Description

I am a high schooler who plays tons of video games. My old dell optiplex wasn't keeping up so I decided it was time to do something I had wanted to do for years: build a gaming computer. Thankfully, I have a friend who is also really into computers, and he gave an old computer he built a while back, and I replaced almost everything, only keeping the HDD, case, and PSU (it also had an aftermarket cooler but I forgot to pick up thermal paste, so I just used the stock cooler). He also gave me the 1200p (think 1080p but 16:10 instead of 16:9), and the other monitor had been lying around collecting dust for years.

Cable management was not very good, but its not a huge deal, installing windows was an absolute pain. First I tried a day and a half to install 7 (which he also gave me), until figuring out that the newest chipsets don't support 7. Then I got windows 8.1 pro for free from a program that gives it out to high schoolers and college students. It gave me tons of trouble still, but I eventually got it to work. I haven't tried a whole lot of stuff yet, but so far its worked great. The GPU covered the PCIe slot, but I was able to but the WiFi adapter the PCI 4x slot instead, In the photos shown its not in there because I didn't realize that would work yet, also the SSD is installed a bit wrong but I figured it out. Sorry the first image is of low quality, I'll try and take a better one soon

Update: I upgraded the PSU to something more modern, easy as pie. Photos do not reflect this change. Next time I build a PC (probably not for a while) I will be sure to have better photos (and more of them). All the temps stay low, the fans aren't loud, and it can perform admirably on any and every game I have.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great gaming CPU! The single threaded performance is better than a Ryzen, so that's why I chose it, and I have no regrets! Works great for both single threaded games, and higher end multi threaded games. If you are considering a Ryzen 5 I say this is better bc it has better single threaded performance

edit: had it for about 6 months and it still crushes everything I throw at it, 10/10 would buy again

Motherboard

Installing Windows was a pain. Custom support is pretty slow. But hey its a cheap board and you get what you pay for. Also my GTX 1050Ti covered the PCIe slot so if you plan on using all 3 slots then you might want a bigger board

edit: also, I like the black color scheme

Storage

The first thing I noticed was how small it was, I was absolutely blown away. In terms of performance, my games do boot fasted then they used to on my old HDD, I can definitely tell the difference.

EDIT: after a few months, I have grown to love this thing even more. Windows boots in a handful of seconds, Civ V boots in like 5-10 seconds (it's like a minute on a normal HDD). 5 stars and then some

Storage

Works good enough, but I think that for like 5 bucks more you can get 2 TB

Video Card

In 2018 this is a great budget card! Runs most games on max settings, if you are getting into the high end stuff you can get good frame rates on high settings. Perfect for budget 1080p

Case

Ugly, and bad, not even on the market anymore. But hey I got it second hand for free, so its all good

Power Supply

It works just fine and should continue to do so, plus its semi-modular. Great for low and mid tier builds

Operating System

I got it for free through a program that gives it out to students. Works fine, has no problems.

Wireless Network Adapter

At first it was really slow but now I get good speeds. One con however is that you have to have this annoying antenna out on your desk the whole time.

Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I would replace the case, because airflow seems like it would be an issue, otherwise good choice of parts. If you do decide to replace the case, I would look towards the Masterbox Lite 3.1, it seems like that case would fit the theme of your build.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah, I thought about getting a new one because this one is pretty bad, but now that I've built it I don't want to go through all the work of removing everything and putting it back in another case.

Sometime I might upgrade a part or 2, get a nice case, some RGB fans, and some cooler peripherals. Just spent a bunch of money on this though, so I'll be mostly saving it for a while

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

You'll have a really hard time finding a GPU that can actually run games AND that doesn't take up two PCIe slots (unless you go with a custom water cooling loop). If you can access the bottom PCIe port you can use it (even if your PCIe device is a different size from the port). So you're Wifi card can be plugged into there. Although it sounds like you've already done that. I put a similar wifi card in a PC for my brother and it was really flakey at first, then it just suddenly started working properly. I'm guessing it is something driver related. But I tried putting my GTX 1070 into his PC just to check things out and for whatever reason his wifi stopped working and his games ran worse. Probably a PCI bandwidth issue, but was still weird.

Anyways I've rambled on enough. Cool first build! I've seen some youtube videos where that cooler has caused the new i5's to thermal throttle so you may want to look into that IF you get issues.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the PCIe slot was totally covered by the GPU fan, no way you're gonna get the card in there, but the other slot works too (according to the internet it won't affect performance either). I hope that maybe my card is gonna start working better, but its wasn't even hitting 50Kbps up or down for a while, but then at other times it was working fine. If it gets better I'll update the review, but it still would take away stars for 1: having an antenna on your desk all the time 2: the cord for the antenna is super short 3: the site says it has a higher protocol then it actually uses

I might check for driver updates too

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Add to personal dictionary: cable_management

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

case is terrible, so I can't really do much to it. I later got a semi-modular PSU which improved things slightly (mostly got it cause mine was old and I was worried that it would explode or something), but I was too lazy to re-upload it

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel bad for you

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Why?

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  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

is it not? I just put one in the first slot, and the second one second slot. Is that wrong?

That could explain a couple of minor issues I've had in RAM heavy games...

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