Description

**Edit 17/09/2018 Made some changes and waiting on a few parts. I will update the build accordingly.

Edit: 08/04/2018

Decided to elaborate a little in the build description. Let's start with a background story.

So I have always wanted to build my own gaming PC. I can't remember when I did not want to. However, my reliance on a laptop during my varsity days pretty much prevented me from actually building my own. I am coming from a Lenovo Y500 See here, mine was with the GT 750m. Sometime early 2018 I decided it was finally time to build this long overdue PC.

Now as I started, cash was a bit tight. Also, this was supposed to be a budget gaming PC which is why I went with the GTX 1050 Ti. That and also because prices of the other cards had increased substantially I got the Strix version because I liked how it looks. I know I could've gone cheaper and OC-ed myself. Well you know budgets are meant to be broken, am I right? :P Also under this budget, I got the PNY SSD as it was on discount. Sometime in March 2018, I had access to some cash after settling my commitments. That's when I decided to up the budget a little. I am a fan of RGB, albeit not in an excessive dose. Which is why I chose the Kraken X62 and Trident Z. Rationale is thrown out of the window if you're thinking of RGB IMHO.

So in chronological order, I got the GPU, SSD, PSU, RAM, and then the rest (from one shop). I would definitely advise against doing what I did especially on parts such as the GPU. The GPU and SSD were collecting dust in my room until end of March when I built the PC. I had tested both beforehand on a friend's PC because I wanted to ensure that both were working. Also because I had a 7-day 1 to 1 exchange policy with the shop I got them from. But then again, I did not know that my cash flow would be somewhat aided in March. If I had to choose a GPU right now, I would've gone with the 1070 Ti, there are some good deals online locally. I stay in Malaysia and I did not want to experiment with eBay and the like. I should in the future though.

It was challenging for me to build this PC. Almost gave up a few times during the build. Thankfully I manged to soldier on and finally complete it in 5 hours (I kid you not, and not including cable management). All that pain was worth it when I saw that POST screen though.

I will be sure to post pics of my full set-up soon. I need to cable manage everything again as before this the cables were negotiated around my laptop. Will also look into putting individual part reviews Please do comment on areas where my set up requires improvement, I'd be happy to learn more :D Also, do drop any questions you might have on this set up and also if you're thinking of something similar. I could give you some input. Thanks!! :D :D


My first self-built gaming PC

Got the 1050ti ROG Strix to ride out the crypto mining craze.

I bought everything except the Seagate SV drive which was taken from a build back in 2007. The monitor, keyboard, mouse, headphones, wireless network adapter and speakers was from my previous set up.

Part Reviews

CPU

6 cores 12 threads smashed into one die. What's not to like? :D Removed 1 star for the extremely crappy TIM used by Intel warranting a delid if you really want to see magical 10 celcius drops in your temps.

CPU Cooler

Great cooler, not the most affordable but if RGB is your thing, this is the pinnacle of it!

Thermal Compound

Works as intended. Be careful when spreading this on your CPU. Some of mine smeared onto the motherboard but thankfully with a little damage control I managed to get it all off.

Motherboard

Would've gotten the E Gaming which is essentially the same thing with Wi-Fi Support and USB3.1. However, if you are torn between the Strix series or the Maximus, get the Maximus if your budget allows for it.

Memory

Amazing looking RAM. It's fast and does exactly what its supposed to!

Storage

Got this cheap. Get 500+GB if you can accommodate in your budget.

Storage

5 stars for just being able to last so long from my previous build in 2007. Paid nothing for this as well back then.

Storage

Wanted to see what the SSHD craze was all about, note that this will never be able to replace a traditional SSD but in terms of price and what you get, this is a comfortable middle ground between a standard HD and SSD.

Video Card

Beast overclocker and runs very cool. Bought this on a somewhat smallish discount early this year. Hence, the mismatch between my GPU and Processor.

Case

Excellent looking case for the money. I wanted the Cable Management Puck as well!

Power Supply

Every bit of this PSU screams quality. I had the most wonderful unboxing experience. I was after the Superflower Leadex II platform which is why I got the G3 as it is essentially a rebadged Superflower unit.

Wireless Network Adapter

Got this in 2016 when my laptop's Wi-Fi adapter was wonky. For the price this is a steal.

Monitor

This was a gift. I would've gone for a black monitor if they had it in stock. Nothing much to comment on this monitor, it does what it's supposed to.

Keyboard

Excellent keyboard. Got this back in University to type my thesis (great excuse!). Been serving me since. No complaints.

Mouse

There are many issues surrounding this mouse's QC standard. I had to RMA my first one as there was some problem with the left click. No issues since getting my replacement.

Headphones

At that time this was one of the more bass-ier headphones. Got it because it doubles up as a gaming headset with the BoomPro Microphone (purchased separately)

Speakers

Got these as replacements for my Logitech Z623. There is definitely less bass from these but the immersion is better. Probably because the bass interferes less in these!

External Storage

Got this on a discount (brand new) from a friend who needed instant cash. No regrets! Holds all my back ups and data without a fuss.

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Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Good call on grabbing a 1050ti for now. Did you ever look on ebay for used last gen GPUs?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! No. I kind of bought the 1050 Ti on the fly whilst I was at a shopping mall. I live in Malaysia so buying from eBay would've taken quite some time to arrive. But so far the 1050 Ti is plenty.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Building this same build but having different Case and Storage. Looks like an awesome build, can't wait too see mine!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Good on you buddy! Can't wait to see it as well. Do post it here! Just holla if you need any input from me. :D Cheers!

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I will

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey dude, you and I have almost the exact same build. I had a question though. When thinking about looks, how would u have felt about the Z370 E with the black NZXT case? I was going to go with the Z370 F because its black, but which one do u think I should get?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man. Ok so I'm from Malaysia and we only have the Z370 F here. So like it or not I had to get it. :p But if given a chance I would've gone for the E as it has WiFi and also a front panel USB 3.1header (future proofing). If you're talking solely about looks though I personally like the F gaming better because of that charcoal/black finish.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah. Thank you my good sir.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking build!

Difficult to see from pictures, but does the graphics card cover the 2nd PCIe slot down? I.e. not the one below the GPU slot (obviously it will covered), but the one below that.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! Sorry for the delay in reply. Do you mean if the card is taking up two PCIe slots? Since this card is a two-slotter, it takes the first PCIe and the PCI slot just below the GPU. Your second PCIe slot is still available :D

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Bruh...your build makes my pants wet :O

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

How does that 500gb hdd work? I think its made for camera recording anyway inwanna buy it im on a sma budget, do u suggest it for gaming? Seagate ST3500410SV

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply. Just logged on after a month. Lol. I think it works like a normal HDD. It's been going strong for over 10 years. It was from a previous pre-built machine.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

lol, dont mind it man i used some money on my brothers surgery now i have like 500$ (next week it will be 600$) i dont think i can fit in a hybrid drive haha, but thanks for the info.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Jeez. I hope you brother is alright dude. Try getting the normal Seagate Barracuda I think they're quite reliable as well. Anything from WD is fine too.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

He is alright now thanks for asking, i am gonna get an hdd from wd for sure, but later i know how great their products are but for now im getting an ssd. Do you know anything about inland ssd's? I seen positive reviews so far and its 5$ cheaper than all the others..

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

This is my current build. I think it'll do well in video editing and gaming too, i dont wanna spend 2 much that ill regret it. And i dont wanna spend too little that itll be **** sooo https://pcpartpicker.com/list/8JQVLJ Either that rx 560 or a used 7970 which is 1060 3gb performance, but its a used card so you never know what problems come with it

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

GreenPigeon thanks for your comment. 1. True. But for my usage right now, the 1050 Ti is optimal. I mostly play Dota 2 and intend to stream somewhat in the near future. 2. Yes you're right. That was from my first pre-built computer in 2007. Decided to chuck it in for the lulz :P also I don't know why PC Partpicker does not list the 250GB variant. That's the one I have. I just dumped my iTunes media folder into that disk (with a back up in my WD My Book just in case it fails!) 3. Is there any reason why you think I should've gotten more? 4. True. I wish Malaysia had the Strix E Gaming. The currency here isn't the best against the USD which is why some of the prices are a bit off. I would've gone with the ROG Maximus X Hero now if I could. I didn't think I would be so addicted to overclocking haha. Oh yeah, I'm mentioning only ASUS boards because I am a fan :P 5. Specifically chose the Kraken for its looks and RGB. It does help that the cooling performance isn't too bad. 6. In my country we don't get very many Seasonic units. I specifically chose the G3 because I was after the Superflower Leadex II platform to which the EVGA G3 is built upon.

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah but he could have saved in other areas and picked up a 1060 3gb or 6gb.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

I bet he will upgrade once prices go down an was just getting something for now. He said he got it from eBay to

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah once prices have stabilised I hope to upgrade. However, this is a beastly card for the money and really shines once you overclock

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely. Which is why I edited my build description. Just wanted people to know why I went with the 1050 Ti. This was supposed to be a budget build but my fingers got itchy towards the end. lol. Unfortunately the GPU was the first item I bought and I was quite lazy to sell it off while building the PC.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotcha. That makes sense.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha its all good! I like to see what other people think of my choices as well. The GPU market is pretty bad a the moment. So I'll be riding that 1050 Ti train for a while. :D