Description

This PC is used for JustGaming and to make videos... at the same time! It took 6 hours to build this... but I'll take it, because this is my first build, so I understand it may take a while to get used to the environment. At first it didn't show any video output but that's easily fixed...

I regret picking the Deepcool Dukase V2 and should instead persuade my father to get a NZXT S340 (non tempered) and choosing a Corsair AF140... for the front, and it has LEDs... oops.

If you want to see the (poorly made) time lapse, here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R5C_dyL3oE

Part Reviews

CPU

Very satisfied with the performance even at stock clock speeds. Not only do this help with running games smoothly, it can encode a 30 minute video, in Handbrake, in about 10-20 minutes. Additionally, the included CPU Cooler keeps the CPU cool even on high load; I get about 65 degrees Celsius while encoding a video in Handbrake.

Motherboard

The motherboard's "Ez Debug" helped me solve the issue when it can not boot for the first time. In general, this motherboard have a generous price with everything you need. Fan Headers, SATA ports, PCI Slots - it has everything. I didn't expect the audio lighting to be white but that doesn't matter.

Memory

Bought this before the RAM prices went up; $119 at the time of buying this. These memory sticks are alright, although I should've spent more for a 16GB Kit...

Storage

It's a budget SSD, and it's OK. The Read/Write Speeds are to be expected when buying this SSD. They're not that fast, but not that slow either.

But I now regret buying this SSD instead of a 240GB SSD instead...

Oh, and as this is a M.2 SSD, it's hidden by my graphics card. The temperatures are still OK and I like that my graphics card hides the SSD from view.

Storage

A popular choice for a HDD. It's balanced in price, Read and Write speeds. The price is also reasonable.

Also, by recording a lot of videos with Nvidia Shadowplay, and installing a lot of games on this, it filled the drive quick; one year of use and I only have about 100GB left. I need to buy more storage...

Video Card

In Australia, I don't think they sell these anymore. But this is a damn great graphics card. Sure, it's not anything GPU greater than the GTX 1050 Ti, but I upgraded from a laptop running a Nvidia 820M graphics card, so the performance difference between this GTX 1050 ti and the 820M was substantial to me.

I love this graphics card. I love the performance for such a budget graphics card, the cooling performance of the aftermarket cooler, and unlocks a wider range of games I could potentially play. From the 820M to the GTX 1050 Ti, this made really happy.

On a slightly sad note, because this graphics card doesn't require a PCI Power Connector, overclocking this is kind of limited. Not that it matters though, because the stock clock/memory speeds are fine by me.

Got this for $229 at the time of buying this, and got a free copy of Rocket League and a free $20 Steam Gift Card due to the promotional events at said time.

Case

Although it's a good budget case and all... I don't like building in this.

I have trouble installing one fan, installing the motherboard and securing the motherboard to the PCI slot due to misalignment issues. Well, not sure if it's just me or the actual case but, yeah, I don't like building this overall.

Although I do appreciate the PSU dust filter, I'm starting to think the front dust filter is not effective at all...

If I were to choose another case, I would choose either the (old) NZXT S340, the Phanteks P400, the NZXT H500 or the Corsair Carbide 400C.

Custom

Great semi-modular power supply for a reasonable price, nothing else to say...

Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow that m.2 SSD is cheap af

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

It runs on the SATA 3 protocol

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

oh

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Just because it's M.2. , doesn't mean it's fast...

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you did well, this pc is pretty balanced and I'm sure will serve you well.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, thank you! And it did. <

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm doing something similar for my first build, and I've been wondering where people get their parts from. Is all this bought off this site? If not, can you tell me where you buy from?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

pc part picker should tell you where you can buy it cheapest

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm limited to using only 2-3 online stores. I assume that everyone else just looks around for the cheapest most reliable looking one they can find online and orders it to get delivered to them.

I just can't do that.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Click your username and you should be able to edit the online stores it pulls prices from.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

For me, I brought all of my parts off Mwave. It's a good retailer... but only if you live in NSW. IDK where you live (and you shouldn't tell me obviously) but, like when you research for your parts, search your nearest PC Part retailers. Oh, and if you DO have a retailer near you... you might as well pickup by yourself. I did. All of my parts were brought online but picked up by my father. Save the shipping costs (duh).

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean "at first it didn't show any video"?

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

The first time I boot it up, my monitor didn't detect any input from the graphics card. Then I reinstall the GPU (and the SSD) and it worked! Thanks to the "EZ Debug" feature on the motherboard itself, my PC would've never show any video.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean budget build but can you pls include all prices. Some people like to see the actual value of your budget and ssd, psu and gpu has no price

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Well... this is an Australian build... in AUD... I can tell you are outside Australia and I understand prices are different to other countries. Of course, you can just copy my part list into yours and see the prices or simply jump onto some PC Part Retailer and find the prices. Soz...

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

In fact I've overwritten all of my parts' prices to Mwave to show that I brought all of the parts from them.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

You have a very capable system on your hands! Great job and have fun, thanks for sharing!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

is this able to play ever games at 1080p?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

You mean "every" game? Well... the majority of my games are "E-Sports", and, to be honest, I don't even play on a 1080p monitor ;) But... yes... just lower the graphics on Crysis 3.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

What are ur benchmarks for this computer?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Um... I... **** I didn't do any benchmarks... but I will do some. In fact I might as well make a Youtube video of it.

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