I am a high schooler who plays tons of video games. My old dell optiplex wasn't keeping up so I decided it was time to do something I had wanted to do for years: build a gaming computer. Thankfully, I have a friend who is also really into computers, and he gave an old computer he built a while back, and I replaced almost everything, only keeping the HDD, case, and PSU (it also had an aftermarket cooler but I forgot to pick up thermal paste, so I just used the stock cooler). He also gave me the 1200p (think 1080p but 16:10 instead of 16:9), and the other monitor had been lying around collecting dust for years.
Cable management was not very good, but its not a huge deal, installing windows was an absolute pain. First I tried a day and a half to install 7 (which he also gave me), until figuring out that the newest chipsets don't support 7. Then I got windows 8.1 pro for free from a program that gives it out to high schoolers and college students. It gave me tons of trouble still, but I eventually got it to work. I haven't tried a whole lot of stuff yet, but so far its worked great. The GPU covered the PCIe slot, but I was able to but the WiFi adapter the PCI 4x slot instead, In the photos shown its not in there because I didn't realize that would work yet, also the SSD is installed a bit wrong but I figured it out. Sorry the first image is of low quality, I'll try and take a better one soon
Update: I upgraded the PSU to something more modern, easy as pie. Photos do not reflect this change. Next time I build a PC (probably not for a while) I will be sure to have better photos (and more of them). All the temps stay low, the fans aren't loud, and it can perform admirably on any and every game I have.
Great gaming CPU! The single threaded performance is better than a Ryzen, so that's why I chose it, and I have no regrets! Works great for both single threaded games, and higher end multi threaded games. If you are considering a Ryzen 5 I say this is better bc it has better single threaded performance
edit: had it for about 6 months and it still crushes everything I throw at it, 10/10 would buy again
Installing Windows was a pain. Custom support is pretty slow. But hey its a cheap board and you get what you pay for. Also my GTX 1050Ti covered the PCIe slot so if you plan on using all 3 slots then you might want a bigger board
edit: also, I like the black color scheme
The first thing I noticed was how small it was, I was absolutely blown away. In terms of performance, my games do boot fasted then they used to on my old HDD, I can definitely tell the difference.
EDIT: after a few months, I have grown to love this thing even more. Windows boots in a handful of seconds, Civ V boots in like 5-10 seconds (it's like a minute on a normal HDD). 5 stars and then some
Works good enough, but I think that for like 5 bucks more you can get 2 TB
In 2018 this is a great budget card! Runs most games on max settings, if you are getting into the high end stuff you can get good frame rates on high settings. Perfect for budget 1080p
Ugly, and bad, not even on the market anymore. But hey I got it second hand for free, so its all good
It works just fine and should continue to do so, plus its semi-modular. Great for low and mid tier builds
I got it for free through a program that gives it out to students. Works fine, has no problems.
Wireless Network Adapter
At first it was really slow but now I get good speeds. One con however is that you have to have this annoying antenna out on your desk the whole time.