Description

This was my first build, and I tried to do a budget build that still was pretty decent for gaming though not quite VR caliber.

The specs shown are different because I upgraded the video card. I originally built this with a GeForce GTX 760 graphics card, and current games looked horrible -- even on low settings, Overwatch was basically unplayable. The easiest fix was to upgrade the graphics card. I was choosing between something like the 960 or 970 and the 1050 or 1050ti. The 1050ti was pretty cheap, and was a very good fit to avoid bottlenecking per bottlenecker.com or whatever that site is called. It was an easy swap, and suddenly this build could crush Overwatch even in the highest settings.

As an aside, I then took that GTX 760 and used it in my third build with an Intel i3-7100 processor, and that new build also crushes Overwatch. So it was the combination of the i5-4570s and the GTX760 that was too weak, but either of those components can be married with other components to make a better game machine. The specs of that GTX 760 build will be posted in my third completed build.

Anyway, the case was roomy, but it was still a challenging build because it was my first. I like the clean look of the case, and having a couple external bays (one for bluray/dvd and one for card-reader/extra usb ports). On reflection now that I've done a couple more builds, this case seems a bit wanting in terms of airflow, and I'm not sure I'd use it for a very high end build that would generate a lot of heat, at least not if it's air cooled.

When I completed the build, there was an initial problem with overheating, fans got very noisy, and I realized I had neglected to install case fans and did so with whatever cheap fans they had at Fry's and it has been fine ever since. (Again, this was my first build.)

Overall, I'm happy with the case, it's a very clean look, kind of like a mac or iphone -- white and sleek. It's really a very straightforward case to build with and probably a good choice for a first build, and I'd use it again if I did not think the new build would generate too much heat for the limited air flow.

The mobo and everything has been great, basically "plug and play." I don't get into messing with BIOS, not that tech-savvy.

Note, the pics show a different monitor than what is listed, as I switched it out for a better monitor, and the pics show the original 760 graphics card, not the 1050ti.

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

The 760 is fine. I picked up a really cheap 660 ti used and its good for 60 fps medium 1080p

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

Agreed, either the 760 was damaged or flawed. the 760 is still a viable 1080p card.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

But it works good in the i3 pc? Man PCs are weird.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the 760 is doing great in my 3rd build paired with i3-7100. Maybe it just does not work well with i5-4570s, or another component in this build. On paper it should have handled Overwatch fine in this build, but didn’t. From my experience, I like the i5-4570s with 1050ti and the i3-7100 with the 760. I went from one build that was struggling with current games to two builds that are doing great with Overwatch at 60fps.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty good build in general. Although i would only use these parts or recommend that anyone use these parts if they already have it... Or have a way to get them for cheap. Good motherboard, Processor and GPU but i would recommend the Gtx 1050ti SSC, FTW, Or G1 Gaming you are able to get great overclocking rates. (Better on the FTW and G1 because of a external power source). I rate this build 7-8/10

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for input. I basically went for what was in stock at local Fry’s for 1050ti. Had urge to resolve gaming problem immediately.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

The Gtx 760 really does pack a punch. An example of this is where JERMgaming builds a cheap pc with a Gtx 760 in it with lower specs than your pc and destroys everything he throws at it.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Well something about this build with the 760 had a problem or bottleneck given the terrible gaming performance. But the 760 is doing great with gaming in my 3rd build w/ i3-7100, and this build is doing great w/ 1050ti, so all is well. I would have liked to see what UserBenchmark said about this build before I upgraded to 1050ti, but did not think of it.