Description

Originally, back in 2007, I had a computer built for me for about $1,600. This computer, while everyone else was trying to run Crysis at low, could run the game on the highest setting with no issues. It was able to handle any game I through at it and was rather bulky with a blue LED glow. As such, I named it The Behemoth, after a bulky and powerful creature from Final Fantasy that also was a blue/purple color.

This time around, I am focusing on a White exterior with multiple colors on the interior. I know the MSI Bazookahas a white LED, so the interior will be well lit.. Due to the white theme, glowing interior and power for the budget I have, I have dubbed this PC the Guardian.

Due to the fact that I began recently living on my own (August 20th, 2016), I am having to buy the parts one or two at a time in order to save money. While this is not the wisest thing to do tech wise, I have faith it'll all work out. I began the build process in July of 2016, ordering first my Optical Drive and Wireless card.

After that came the Case, the amazing NZXT Phantom 410.

Soon after, I received a free copy of Windows 7 from a friend of mine that he received during his time at school that he never utilized.

I decided on the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti because of the price tag. Yes, other video cards are more powerful, yet more expensive. However, the most demanding game I plan on playing is Fallout 4, and I am certain this card can handle that game on Medium or High with little/no issues.

I managed to get the PSU for a HUGE discount. Used a promo code to know the $49.99 down to $45.99, then the MIR to know it down to an overall price of $25.99, less than half of it's normal price range.

I also ordered some Serial ATA cables in bulk. They are $1.69 each, but for $3.25, I was able to purchase 5 of them, so I thought eh....why not?

Thanks to a generous friend I met here on PCPartPicker, I managed to pick up a RazerBlackwidow for $40.00 and he even sent a complimentary mouse!

The RAM is...well....RAM. I managed to get 16GB of it with an i3-6100 as part of a "Configurator" deal on Newegg. That, plus the RAM, equaled about $170, which means I got the RAM at about $15-25 off what 16GB of DDR4 RAM normally costs.

On December 30, 2016, I ordered the last parts of my build, and received them, somehow, the next day from Newegg. I began working immediately, and couldn't be happier!

I have played the following, with all at a constant 60 FPS:

  • Borderlands

  • Dragonball Xenoverse

  • Fallout: New Vegas

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

  • Oddworld: Strangers Wrath HD

  • Final Fantasy XIV

  • Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY

While the above games were all at max settings, I also did manage to try Fallout 4. I managed to get a nice and smooth 60FPS at High Settings. I have yet to attempt Max.

All of these games which chugged on my laptop are not being played on my new Desktop at Ultra Highest Settings with no chug, clipping or anything. I've not run any debugs, stress test or the Heaven/Valley Benchmarks, but from what I can see, I am very satisfied with how this turned out for what I am playing.

My Computer while Idling, is at around 28 degrees Celsius, which seems phenomenal.

Also, I want to apologize for my bad photos. I couldn't find my digital camera so I had to use my phone. I have more pictures, but they are on my tablet. I will upload those when I get home tonight.

Part Reviews

CPU

This little CPU is a powerhouse. It may not be an i5 in terms of cores, but for what games I am playing, and even some ones I didn't expect, I am getting nothing but good results from this beauty of a processor. Fan is even nice and quiet.

Motherboard

The colors with this one went with my build so well. The IO shield was a bit of a pain, but not so much that I am knocking a star off. BIOS are very easy to navigate and I am very happy with this purchase.

Memory

It's RAM. It's quick to install, gave me no issues, and runs like a boss!

Storage

Initially, I was concerned because I couldn't get an SSD. My concerns faded though as soon as I started up this bad boy. Within 20 seconds from hitting the power button, I am typing in my password to log into Windows. It's a powerful little guy for sure!

Video Card

This is the one component I obsessed about. I don't play many AAA titles, so I wasn't concerned about getting "zOMG, 235,000 FPS at 4K on Crysis 8," but I wanted consistency. I play mostly last "gen" games, like Fallout: New Vegas and Dragon's Age, and I also will soon be getting Fallout 4.

This card is wonderful! With a DVI-D to HDMI adapter, I as able to hook both of my monitors up to this badboy, who handles it wonderfully! I would highly recommend this card, as the games I am playing now are all at the Ultra highest setting with no chug or skipping whatsoever.

Case

Gotta admit....this case is wonderful, but not amazing.

There is plenty of room for everything I have, but the rubber pieces used for Cable Management kept coming off the case, meaning I would have to pull it back down the cords, and fit it back onto the case. I think I had to do this a half-dozen times, and it got a little more irritating each time.

On the plus side, the case itself on the inside has posted where to put the standoffs depending on the form factor of the motherboard, so for a newbie like me, that was helpful.

It came with three pre-installed fans that are all linked through a cable that attaches to the PSU via a Molex Cable. The case has it's own fan controller up top, and even on the highest setting, the fans are quiet and keep the case nice and cool!

Power Supply

Found this on sale with a mail-in rebate, and could not pass it up! The SATA power cable feeds power to both my Hard Drive and my Disk Drive, so I am not complaining!

Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

This looks good to me, with the photos that look clear enough. Love the spec and choice of parts. It's also great to know you had a sweet deal for the RAM. Though my deal wasn't with Newegg but on Amazon I got it around $63 for my Uncle's build which they work great and look lovely.

Nice work with this build and enjoy it. +1

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I looked frantically for my camera and couldn't find it. I was disappointed, but had the parts there and didn't want to wait, so I made do with what I had.

Thanks, btw! What RAM did you end up getting?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries. Hopefully you find your camera soon!

Thanks, btw! What RAM did you end up getting?

You're most welcome. Oops, I forgot to specify earlier, my bad. It's the same type you have as well. The 2x8 DDR4-2133MHz, Kingston Hyper X Fury Black. Though I'm bias at this point because I've been using Kingston RAM since 2014. I love how they look and they are easy to setup, since the default MHz with Haswell and Skylake don't need to be overclock.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks solid, nice job. +1 :)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

i like it. 1+

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank ya!

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

The 1050 Ti, the little card who could. :P

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

And is, too :-D

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks good! For 650$? You found some good deals or you're smart xD

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I managed to find some pretty decent deals some of the time :-D Thanks!

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Great budget build! From personal experience I know how hard it can be to keep things on the cheaper end!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi im a student, im about to build my first pc for a buget of £550, is it better to get a i3-6100 combined with a 1050 ti or should i go for a better proccesor such as the i5-7500(£180) but a cheaper card for around (£90)?

Im goimg to play games such as gta5 and CS:GO and rust

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

CS:GO is not a demanding game. The wonderful thing about the i3-6100 is that it has Hyperthreading, which means that it has two physical cores and two logical cores, so it can act like a quad-core processor. It's not as strong as the i5, but it closes the gap that way.

As a comparison. my rig is able to run Fallout 4 at a nice 60 FPS constantly, and that's pretty good, so I would think an i3-6100 and 1050 ti would work very well for you.

Just be advised these were chosen because of the upgrade potential and to get the computer started. These aren't meant to be permanent parts _^

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Will the 1050 Ti run most games at 1080p 60+ fps?

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

The best thing you could do if you are looking for benchmarks is look up on youtube "(gfx card) (cpu) (game)" and you should hopefully find some helpful videos that show testing of the parts you specidied in what ever game you want. You might not always find the right game but youll probably find benchmarks, i know with this card you run average 200 fps on csgo high settings 1080p. Hope this helps btw this card is fantastic combo with the i3 6100.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything is working wonderfully! I even installed Fallout 4 and can play it on the high settings. I didn't have MSI Afterburner installed (As I just installed a new OS and forgot to reinstall MSI Afterburner), but I didn't outright notice any problems, so I will look into it when I get home.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

The games I am playing, yes. But then again, the games I am playing are not current AAA games. I am playing games like Skyrim, Fallout: New Vegas and Dragonball Xenoverse.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't believe that was released when I built mine.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Well i actually wasn't aware of that. i think i came out on January 11th... bad luck for you i suppose right?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Not bad luck at all _^ I am quite happy with my build

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

okay

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, nice stuff this is pretty much my build that I'm planning to build. What's the motherboard like?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I enjoy it very much! The I/O shield was a bit of a pain, but not bad. It has a white LED that glows behind it, so that's pretty awesome too. Overall, I am extremely satisfied with it

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome. I'm looking forward to ordering my parts (;

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey what adapter do you use for DVI-D to HDMI?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm afraid I'm not certain. The adapter was given to me by the same person who gave me the monitors

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, cool, just wondering. Thanks tho

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Build looks AWESOME dude!! I also love playing the last Gen games like fallout series and dragon age series especially! On ultra settings for dragon age and fallout were you able to upgrade the graphical textures and stuff as well?

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I wasn't, no. The 1050 Ti is a decent card and lets you play a lot of good games, but I struggled on Fallout 4 to play on High.

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Of course I'm seeking attention for it. I didn't post it for my health :-P

And I know you are. You're a good guy. I don't care what tiny_voices says about you :-P

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm happy with what I have :-D