Description

My 14-year old cousin wanted to build his own PC to play Skyrim, Fortnite and other favorite games of his, and I had some old parts that he could use to do that build but I needed to get a newer case. I think the build could benefit from upgrading the graphics card (GTX 1660 Ti or RX 590 maybe) and maybe more RAM, but it's good enough for gaming at 1080p@60 even though the parts date back to 2012-2013. Cousin did the whole build while I just watched the kid tinker with the parts. I think he did a great job for a first time build.

Part Reviews

CPU

Solid CPU even 7 years later. Being locked kind of decreased its performance potential, but it can compare to a modern i5 plus the hyperthreading, which is a plus.

Motherboard

This motherboard is absolutely built for rough life. I had to leave it in a dusty storage room for months and it lived through a faulty PSU that surged and smoked. It still works as new.

Memory

Pretty standard RAM from 2012.

Storage

A little slower than I'd like but its value more than makes up for the comparative performance loss.

Storage

Slower than a turtle in peanut butter in comparison to SSDs. But hey, who can afford a 3 TB SSD or, heavens forbid, a 2 TB NVMe SSD?

Video Card

If this was 2012, I'd give it a 5 star rating. Its low VRAM didn't age well but it has a powerful chip. For the sake of memes, it can run Crysis 3 at 1080p with acceptable framerates.

Case

I got the TUF edition here. I got this case for $35 as the PC store wanted to clear out their current stock of cases. A non-modular PSU and Cooler Master's infamous AIO cable jungle complicated cable management so the back panel has a hot mess in the rear and one of the bays in the hard drive cage was clogged with cables. It also doesn't have grommets in the cable holes, but all in all it's the best sub-$70 case I've seen.

Power Supply

Even though it's a budget PSU, it's not meant to go on budget cases that wouldn't accommodate the enormous jumble of cables. Also the ketchup-and-mustard cables hurt aesthetics somewhat when they inevitably poke out of the mesh sleeves. This PSU makes up for its lack of aesthetics and horrible complications to cable management with good performance.

Wireless Network Adapter

One of the best Wi-Fi dongles on the market. It has comparable performance to built-in Wi-Fi modules, only suffering a little with detecting farther routers.

Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

Looks great. +1

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome Job!!! My Cousin helped me with my first build around that same age.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

very sleek for older components. excellent reuse of stuff! +1