I wanted to build a good gaming machine after having painful times with my Core 2 Duo + Radeon HD 6450 which barely even ran games released during its time in 2011. It was my first build and I did not know much about part selections nor did I have a decent budget. This time though things were different. At least that's what I thought.
2017 seems to be not a good year for building PCs due to GPU and RAM prices. Plus building a custom PC in India is a pain. Brands and sellers are quite limited. Even the options we do have are a bit expensive. This build cost me 1535 USD which would actually cost 1199 if in the US.
I wanted to go with a black and red AMD build and selected parts accordingly. I decided to wait for GPU prices to go down so I ordered everything else first. Used the 6450 from my old rig in the meantime. I ran into a couple of issues during installation. The first while mounting the cooler, I had to hold the backplate as it kept falling down. I don't think that should happen but maybe I missed something. The second was mounting the motherboard to the case. For some reason, it was not aligning itself with the standoffs. I had to fight with the IO shield to get it aligned. After installing everything when the PC booted it felt really great. Overall it took me quite a while to finish up with the build.
For cooling I wanted to go with a Set of 3 PWM Fans but I could not find any. So I had to go with 3 Individual PWM ones. I was quite surprised what Jonsbo had to offer. They feel really premium and are very silent. I then proceeded to adjust the fan curve in UEFI to be as silent as possible. The machine is very silent even with the side panel off. In fact, it becomes noisy with the side panel on due to the hard drive vibrations which is very annoying. Desperately looking for a solution and would really appreciate if anyone has one.
Unfortunately, my wait for the GPU prices to go down was fruitless. I had decided on RX 570 but even after months the prices did not go down. So I had to go with 1050 TI. Playing CSGO for now. Getting 200+ FPS on Mid to High settings. CPU temps are 40C Idle and 61C Max. Going to buy some games soon.
PS: For Indian readers, I bought all the parts online from MD Computers and Vedant Computers. Mentioning them in case you are looking for online sellers. I had a great experience shopping from them.
A great value for money processor. It comes with 6 cores and 12 threads at 3.2 GHz works great for gaming and productivity and can be overclocked easily. I faced a difficulty mounting the cooler. The backplate kept falling out from the motherboard. I had to hold the backplate in place to screw in the cooler. Not sure if this was a motherboard problem or the cooler.
The best looking board compared to the B350 competition IMHO. It comes in neutral colors which gives it a stealth look. It comes with red LED which looks great in my black and red build. It has 6 fan headers which is awesome.
I faced a difficulty mounting the cooler. The backplate kept falling out from the motherboard. I had to hold the backplate in place to screw in the cooler. Not sure if this was a motherboard problem or the cooler. The UEFI is slow to post even with the latest update. It takes 2-3 seconds for the VGA test. The IO shield looks great but was difficult to install. I had to fight with it to get the motherboard aligned with the standoff. In the end though it is working great without any major problems.
I really like the heat spreaders on this one. These black ones look nice on my MSI B350 Tomahawk motherboard. Also I did not want to risk compatibility issues so went with a 2133 MHz one. A very good value for money RAM from a good company.
A very good value for money SSD. It boots Windows 10 in a couple of seconds. I don't like its color though. Would have prefered a black one like HyperX Fury which looks nice but is a bit expensive.
Reused from my old rig. It's been 4 years since I am using this and it is working without any issues. If I wanted to buy a new one I would go with WD hands down. Very reliable hard drives.
Aesthetically the case looks awesome. It was the only budget case I could find with a transparent front panel. It can install 3 x 120mm fans or 2 x 140mm fans in the front for intake. It has a transparent side panel and has a power supply shroud to hide those excess cables. The hard disk mounts are very cleverly engineered.
The case does have some issues. It does not have an opening for the front audio connector. There is no opening at the top for exhaust. Cable management is not that great. There is too less space between the back side and the back panel for the cables. The hard disk vibrations spread to the transparent side panel giving out an annoying sound.
Overall though for the price it is a great budget case.