Description

My first build! Wanted to build a desktop computer for gaming. Had several people assist on here and on reddit because I'm new to hardware. What I wanted from the computer was to be able to play VR and stream to twitch, but I didn't need 4K capabilities or anything. I’m not a huge aesthetic person. Idc how it looks so long as the job is done.

I originally started with an AMD build but then my roommate got a new PC (an HP Omen) so she had no need for the parts in her HP Envy Phoenix 810. I took the motherboard and CPU ($150).

Originally, she believed the problem lied in her HDD so she got a new one as well as a new copy of Windows, so when she didn't need it anymore, I took the OS USB as well (paying $80 instead of $120). Turned out that the software was so out of date that I had to make my own USB but the activation key was still needed anyway. So $80 not wasted whoooo!

So far it’s running great. Not unbearably noisy or anything. Need to get some games on it and really take it for a spin.

Part Reviews

CPU

Works great despite its age. A good CPU especially if you can get it secondhand

Thermal Compound

Easy to apply, cheap, works just fine. Not much to say about thermal paste.

Memory

Got it from Newegg. Worked right out the box. RAM is RAM and does what RAM is supposed to do

Storage

So far no troubles. Got it used from Amazon Warehouse. Works fine, no problems. Wish I’d known to do separate SSD & HDD for desktop but eh oh well.

Video Card

Got used refurbished from Newegg. Works great, no issues.

Case

Pretty case, nothing fancy. No space for optical drive if that’s something you need but I don’t use disks anymore personally. Got it from Newegg for $35 after rebate and definitely good for my money.

Power Supply

Used it to keep me grounded while building and obviously powers the PC just fine. I can see how some might consider it noisy but tbh it’s not nearly enough to bother me at all. I didn’t expect a completely silent build and it’s not a problem especially with my headphones on. Microphone can’t pick it up.

Operating System

Honestly, unless you can get a much better deal with a USB or Disk (if you even have an optical drive), you’re better off just buying a key for Windows because my USB wouldn’t install correctly. It kept giving me an error the USUALLY indicates bad RAM, but the RAM tested just fine. I had to download my own copy off the windows site and use the key that case with the USB packaging. Then it installed just fine.

That being said, once it was installed, Windows software works just fine. I actually enjoy Windows 10.

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Build looks fine spec-wise to me, but is there anything you can do to the cable management, or is there a problem with the case?

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

To me it looks like the case has like, zero back panel room to fit cables behind.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Most cables are in the back panel actually. Just the PSU cables and very few others are out in the open.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I just had to cut the zip tie to install the GPU ^;; need to put it back on the PSU cables

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. +1. I would however be concerned about the CPU's capabilities in streaming (and perhaps VR)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Roommate didn’t have any issues with streaming when she was using it. And it theoretically meets the specs for the oculus. Need to actually perform a test tho.

  • 13 months ago
  • 0 points

I'm not sure VR is capable with a rig like this.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

It definitely is with this configuration, however it won't return the best results. My cousin is rocking a fx-8320e with an rx 580 8gb and he has no problem keeping a steady 45+ fps on most vr games

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean, I'm capable of streaming and gaming at the same time on an i5 rig. But, what's the point if it's not fluid? Same with VR, right? At least, I think.I don't use VR, too much of a headache for me.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure about the CPU requirement, but the 1060 is perfect for VR.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Not talking about the gpu. More so the out dated cpu. It's 5+ years old.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Oculus recommends an i5-4500 or equivalent/higher. This is what I found comparing the two

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Even the 4500 series is newer than the processor he has. They're similar in performance, though.

My point is, and maybe I should've elaborated a bit more, just because you CAN run it, doesn't mean you'll enjoy it. I'm sure the VR sessions will look much better with a bit newer/better components.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, I see. I’m certain I’ll upgrade it in the future but I wasn’t going to pass up a motherboard and intel cpu for $150. And I don’t even have a VR set right now, so it’s not as tho I’ll be able to give you a definitive “you’re right” or “you’re wrong.” I appreciate the input though. It’s good to hear things one may have overlooked.