Description

What started as a tight-budget iGPU-based system in 2017 turned into a modest gaming rig with an impulse-bought graphics card (got it for $150 when prices were ~$220). I'm planning an upgrade to the R5 2600 (or Ryzen 3xxx) down the line, along with some Samsung B-Die (and maybe a more efficient power supply with prettier sleeved cables).

The RAM is running at 2400mHz 10-13-13-28 1T (being single channel single rank helps a ton). I've gotten the 570 stable at 1450/2250+ for gaming, but have it clocked at 1200/2075 @ 850mV with compute mode on for crypto mining when I'm not playing games. The little orange accents were easily covered with sharpie for color neutrality purposes. Not that they're that noticeable anyways.

Temps are rather impressive for a case with such a restrictive front panel (~50C CPU, ~70C GPU). Removing the front panel only drops 5 degrees off of both - those Noctua fans are really doing their job well.

I'm not quite sure what the case even is, there's no branding on it or anything - I got it from my uncle with the floppy drive and DVD drive. The inside was spray-painted black (from a light grey), and a polycarbonate side panel window was double stick-taped to back of the panel (now with a hole cut in it and some rubber u-channel lining the edge). I added some RGB LEDs and a homemade aluminum sheet PSU shroud just for kicks. I think it looks quite the part.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Cool and quiet, while being relatively small.

Memory

A nice cheap stick of ram. Wasn't able to OC b/c of chipset limitations, but was able to get the timings down to 10-13-13-28 1T @ 2400mHz (1.45vDimm, 1.1VCCIO & VCCSA) - a pretty big decrease in latency from the XMP's 16-16-16.

Power Supply

Not modular, not the best in terms of efficiency, ketchup & mustard cables. Gets the job done though, and for cheap. The fan is a bit noisy at times.

Case Fan

Quiet little fan, moves a lot of air for its size.

Case Fan

Very quiet, and can overcome quite a lot of flow restriction.

Monitor

A higher-than-60Hz monitor that's also IPS. I was able to overclock it to 78Hz before it getting upset that the input signal was out of range. Freesync is always a plus as well.

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Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

How powerful is the processor? Is it good for gaming? I know it is supposed to be a desktop processor but can you get decent framerates while gaming on it?

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

I've got a g4560 which is a step down from the g4600 and can play pretty much any game I have thanks to the hyperthreading (although it can bottleneck a little)

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a Pentium Silver J5005 in my all-in-one, and it is slow as hell. 1.5 GHz only and no hyperthreading.

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah, that's basically a rebranded atom. The kaby lake and coffee lake pentiums are actually pretty good for the price.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're not pushing high FPS or anything really CPU-intensive then it has plenty of single-threaded performance (as is characteristic of Kaby Lake). If I did play games more cpu-bound than Rocket League or Minecraft, then I would probably want four cores or more.

Realistically, the 2200G is a much better option (4 cores, OCable) as it is at the same price point now - I was able to get the G4600 when it was ~$65 and the Zen APUs weren't out yet

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I got 4GB of RAM when I built my PC too and found myself upgrading every quickly as it just wasn't enough for me. Do you find it limiting?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd recommend 8GB just to have the extra bandwidth of dual-channel RAM, as well as the increased capacity. I'm getting by with 4GB fine (for now), but some games are getting pretty close to that limit. I'm looking to start some video editing soon, and that 4GB will certainly not be enough for premiere.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah definitely. I do a fair bit of programming and CAD so I've already upgraded to 12Gb and I'm planning on moving to either 16Gb or 32Gb soon