Hello PCPP Community!
This is an update on my first build, the post which can be found here; https://pcpartpicker.com/b/QmyfrH
(Apologies for the garbage camera quality here, these were taken on an iPad)
This is very clearly a rehash of my first gaming PC build. I originally built the first model of this machine back in September of 2016. The first version included an AMD FX 8320 processor along with, I might say, a rather ugly case. I'm not going to go into a whole lot of detail, most of it can be found on the post above.
-----CPU; One of the first upgrades I made to this machine was replacing the dated FX Processor with a newer, much more efficient Intel Core i5. Why didn't I buy the i5 in the first place? Well, when I first built this thing I was going for a "productivity over gaming" stance. I wanted to remain with my Xbox One as my main gaming platform, while having this new PC to stream and edit videos on. Although, I had a select few titles that I did want to play on PC. Back on topic, however, the Core i5 certainly beats the FX 8320 in gaming and single-core performance, and is able to trade blows with it in a productivity situation. I do still stand with Team Red, and I plan to upgrade to Ryzen the first chance I get.
-----CPU Cooler; The CPU cooler is none other than the forever-classic Hyper 212 EVO, which for $25, performs just as well as it sells. However, to match the color scheme of my build, I ripped a 120mm fan from my first case, the Deepcool TESSERACT, and used some included brackets that came with the Hyper 212 to stick the fan on. There is no difference on cooling performance, and the CPU is idling at around 26C.
-----Motherboard; My motherboard preference came down to two deciding factors; Black and White, and good future-proofing capabilities. I had watched a video a while back on Science Studio's channel where he used the X99 version of the MSI Krait, and I liked the look of it. Fortunately, I soon found out there were Z170 as well as AM3+ variants available. So, naturally, I picked one up. The board performs very well, although a locked CPU limits my overclocking potential.
-----RAM; 8 Gigs of Kingston Hyper X Fury at 2133Mhz. RAM is RAM. Performs well. The only thing I don't like was the included sticker was ugly.
-----Storage; Im probably going to get a lot of comments asking about an SSD. I stepped up from a 5400RPM drive in my old HP Pavilion Laptop to a 7200RPM desktop drive, and the performance blew me away. Im perfectly satisfied with the speeds to the point where I am not looking for an SSD at the moment.
-----GPU; I was one of the lucky ones to buy the Radeon RX 470 when they were available. Etherium mining has pretty much screwed over the GPU market these days, to the point where I was certain I could sell my RX 470 on Ebay and get double what I paid for it. But I never really got around to it, because I like my little 470. :) I've been looking to crossfire two of these things, but I haven't been able to find any. But the performance on one of these is really good. It is still able to push 1080P at High-Ultra on high end, modern titles such as Battlefield 1 and clock framerates over 60. Great card, if you can find one for around $200.
-----Case; I only just got this case three days ago, and it's already grown to be my favorite part of this build. This is a MASSIVE improvement over the Deepcool TESSERACT in almost every way. I got this case on sale for $60, and the features on it absolutely blew me away. Replaceable PCI covers (Which the TESSERACT didn't have for some reason), an Integrated fan controller (Doesn't matter that much to me, as I already had a Sentry Mix II), 5 Included whisper-quiet fans, a side panel window, and a PSU shroud. My only 2 complaints were about the reset button being difficult to press, requiring a small, thin object like a needle or pen to press, and that the cable management was a LOT tighter than the TESSERACT, especially with a Non-Modular PSU.
-----My General Setup; My general setup is used for multipurpose gaming, streaming, recording, editing, basically anything you would do with a computer. I decided to go with white and blue when I first started this project, as well as black for some accents. I have a single 1920x1080 75Hz monitor with a Logitech C615 Webcam for video, as well as a pair of RevJams Studio Vibe headphones, Logitech z200 speakers, and a Blue Snowball iCE for audio recording. I took great pride with cable management as well, using cable clips and double-sided tape to seal the deal. As for my peripherals, I am using a Zelotes Wireless Mouse, as well as a Cooler Master Devastator II keyboard, which I've painted white to match my theme. Also on the desk is a custom Green Day mousepad, which brings me to my next point. This whole setup is very emo-inspired. I've taken a strong liking to more emo types of bands such as Good Charlotte, Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy, Black Veil Brides, and hate it as much as you want, my favorite being My Chemical Romance, as evident by the desktop picture.
But to conclude, this is where I've spent almost my entire summer vacation, here at my humble abode, playing games like Battlefield, CSGO, and Unturned while my soothing emo bands narrate my gameplay. Its a basic setup, but I couldnt be happier. <3
Thank you all for taking the time to read my post! It means a lot!
Okay-ish CPU for the Money. Handles gaming very nicely, even streaming. However, video editing was almost impossible with this thing. it could be my editor being badly optimized, as Task Manager showed 100% CPU Usage while simply editing, but it was almost impossible with this thing.
Keeps my i5 nice and chilly, non-overclocked. Put an aftermarket fan on to cement my theme.
This motherboard is amazing. Full OC potential, and looks absolutely phenomenal. Im using a locked CPU but I bought it just for the looks.
Ram is Ram.
Shreds through anything at 1080p with High/Ultra Settings.
Good luck finding one, though.
AMAZING case for the money, given all of it's features. I got mine on sale for $60. It includes a PSU Shroud, Side Window, Fan Controller (Not a huge deal since I already had a Sentry II), 5 Included Fans, Radiator support... This thing has everything you could ever want!
Run-of-the-mill 500W PSU. Stock cables are ugly and hard to manage, but it Hasn't blown up my rig yet, so I say it's pretty good.
VERY loud when on 100% load, but a fan controller fixed this. You get what you pay for here.
Just a run-of-the-mill 1080p60 monitor. Works great for gaming, especially on a budget.
The Devastator II series is about the best budget keyboard series out there in my opinion. Caps that almost feel mechanical as well as a nice, bright backlight. You're getting the features of a $50 keyboard for $30. I have mine spray-painted to match my theme.