Description

First ever computer build to get me through University. Used for all work and a bit of gaming from time to time. Didn't want to make a really cheap PC but also didn't want to spend too much due to my restricted budget. I was originally going to exclude an SSD, however whilst waiting for my case and motherboard to arrive I decided to spend a bit of extra money to save me having to do it at a later date.

The case came with two front fans installed, and the other two corsair fans are used to exhaust out of the rear and top of the case (Although I may switch these around further down the line.

Cable management isn't perfect due to the additional connectors on the wires provided with the PSU, however I will change this further down the line probably with more aesthetically pleasing connectors.

The Acer monitor was around £120 at the time of purchase a year ago when I used it as a second screen to my laptop & a monitor for tv and playing console at uni last year. The Phillips monitor is being borrowed from a flat mate who doesn't use it anymore.

EDIT: I swapped the case fans around to make my stock 'Fractal Silent Series II - 120mm' exhaust, and my Corsair fans intake as the corsair fans run at a higher RPM per percentage than the Fractal fans (At 50% the fans ran at: Corsair 926rpm; Fractal 750rpm).

Part Reviews

Case

Good case for its price point. Nice simple design. Has a hidden slot for SSD, two 3.5" disc trays with quick release, and a hidden 2.5" mount in the rear of the case for an SSD. No PSU shroud though which is a bit of a bummer. Built in dust filters that can be easily removed. Bit of space at the back of the case for a bit of cable management too. Window made of plastic, not glass so be aware of that before buying. I am definitely happy with the case though for £50.

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice color scheme, was the ram stable at 3200 with the motherboard?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, there's something about a white build tha's so appealing to me. Regarding RAM speed, I updated my bios earlier today and upped ram frequency to 3200, so far no issues on start up and Memtest86 hasn't picked up on any errors on its first run. Will see what happens when gaming a little later on.

However before the BIOS update, it wouldn't boot when I attempted to OC my RAM to 3200, and 2933 was the highest I could go.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I was also wondering if you had to update the bios since some people been saying it doesn't support ryzen 5 out of the box

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

The motherboard supported the chip straight away but to overclock the RAM to 3200 a bios update was needed. Could only get my RAM to 2933 prior to update.