Description

For me i wanted to build a system that all around fit my needs for almost if not anything i could throw at it. The parts i chose presented an option that would benefit my small high school life while also providing me with my own personal belonging that i could proudly call mine and fix up/break down whenever i want. I built it focused towards games but my extra 16gb of ddr4 3000 mHz ram(although i cant fully take advantage of it) most certainly makes browsing and small video editing much easier

I built a machine that can handle the majority of the games i play, can run chrome or whatever programs i need to get work done or just browse the internet, it loads in less than 10 seconds and doesn't break the bank. Its really all i could ask for and the parts i chose, i feel at least fit together quite well and neither part bottlenecks the other.

The only problems I've encountered so far have to do with CPU issues concerning ram speed, but that is mostly due to it being an i3 vs say and i5 or i7, secondary issues mostly just include Bluetooth problems(due to a third party Bluetooth connector from amazon).

Part Reviews

CPU

Where to start. An 8th generation CPU with benefits like these, at a price point similar to the Ryzen 3s and 5s, really makes it a hard choice to consider. Youll have to buy at minimum a new z370, H370, B360, or H310 chipset motherboard, but shopping around will get you one quite easily. All in all im happy with my 4 cores 4 thread performance. It's locked at 3.6 ghz, but does come with a cooler that keeps it surprisingly cool. Highly recommend for a starting build for mid range gaming and commercial use. Works very well in tandem with my 1050ti.

Motherboard

I really dont have anything to complain about with this motherboard. Came in this nice neat Gigabyte box, handled very well and has surge protection in case of static electricity accidents or something like that. It has tons of features for all types of computer enthusiasts, it comes with a disk containing information concerning drivers/bios update, screws for all the necessary parts, a manual for easy understanding of the board, and the potential to overclock ram quite easily(if you know a good amount about bios meddling). Plenty of fan headers and room for expansion, sturdy and sleek, matches my build and has these cool lights on the edge. A bit pricy but supports the new 9th generation intel cpus as well(with a bios update) Would recommend for mid-high tier builds.

Memory

This ram is so god damn cool, comes in a nice package and looks so good in my red and black build. The 3000mHz is a nice touch and with cas 15 latency the speed is phenominal, got this kit for 95 dollars a good steal if you ask me. Will be using these for the foreseeable future.

Storage

A nice powerful little SSD that opens up my windows and runs my programs, best price to performance in my opinion looks nice feels nice and is good to just plug and play.

Storage

HDD is gonna be an HDD i suppose, fast but a bit pricey In My Opinion, if you have an extra buck i'd suggest this storage unit its definitely well built and reliable. Had to manually set it as my primary storage but that was a personal choice, if this is your only storage then there should be no problem.

Video Card

A teensy bit upset, considering my other quite stronger options like the Rx 570 and 580s being so cheap all of a sudden, cant help but feeling left out. But nothing will beat out the quality, easiness to use, clock speed and durability of these Nvidia cards. Overpriced just a little bit at the moment but still definitely a good buy for 4gb of vram and driver support thats one click away(well actually like 6 clicks but eh). Works very well with my i3-8100, no bottlenecking.

Case

Oh boy mixed feelings about this one. Got it for 78 dollars off walmart(ow couldve done better) but once it arrived it looked so beautiful. The case itself is gorgeous and fits right with my build.

Pros

-Fit all of my parts in with room to spare, great airflow besides the 3.5" storage tray being in the way of the front bottom fan

-Has room for 2 140 mm fans at the front

-INCLUDES 2 120 mm fans at the front(blue light up((shiny)))

-Can fit 2 5.25" drive bays on the top right of the build

-Accommodates 1 2.5" drives and 2 3.5" drives

-LEDs are just the right brightness

-Plenty of ports on the top

-Dust filters on all sides except the back(my exhaust fan anyway)

-Big but not too big, perfect size

-Quite light

Cons

-The 5.25' drive bays conver one of the fan slots on the top

-Feels a bit cheap and the metal flexes a bit, but not noticeable to the eye

-Cable management is very dodgy but definitely can be worked around with proper positioning, might take a couple tries

-Glass is a bit touchy and scratches easily, BE CAREFUL!!

Power Supply

I absolutely love this thing. It can handle everything i throw at it and will probably support another 2 or 3 years worth of upgrades, semi modular but that didnt help me much considering i used all the peripherals anyway, and the black cables look nice in cable management and style. 100% recommend especially at this price. WARNING- sata cable connectors will not reach the top of the case and the bottom to connect to the drive cage(bottom) and 5.25" bay(top right), will need an extender.

Optical Drive

not hooked up kind of just there, dont have any extra sata cables unfortunately. Will give five because i assume it works decent.

Wireless Network Adapter

SO GOOOOOOOD MMMMMM love this thing!! wireless internet especially when im so far from the router just makes me so happy, will need to get drivers installed for it but other than that easy to use.

Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Considering that you got a Z370 mainboard, I'm pretty sure you'll be upgrade to i5/i7 K processors.

Also kudo for going with 16GB. Good build you got there.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks dude :) I’m definitely planning on going to an i5 9400 or just the 8400/8600k because of how similar their prices are right now

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Later down the line you could upgrade to an i5/i7 cpu and get some nice performance boosts.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yuh 100%, with either of those i could finally make some use of my hunky 3000mhz ram.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, sensible, balanced build. Something first time builders rarely seem to get right. And a nice budget to start out.

So often you see the i7-xxxxK paired with something like a GTX 1050...or the other way... an i3-xxxx paired with an RTX 2080 or some other goofy pairing.

And by choosing the Z370 board, you have real options going forward. Well done!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much! Hindsight is 20/20 though and i made a few mistakes when it came to price/performance, definitely could have achieved the same if not more performance through knowledge of AMD parts.

Overall the build does work together quite nicely and the z370 board will definitely serve me well in the future, next time i will for sure tweak my purchase choices.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build. Definitely room for upgrades like everyone has stated. I have one question. For the CD/DVD tray, did you forget to plug in the cables? Or did you just put it there for aesthetic reasons? Pic 13.

+1 good job

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I wasnt able to stretch my sata power cables to the top of the case to power it, + i ran out of sata data cables so i pretty much gave up on her. Thank you though means alot hearing all this positive stuff i was sure i did something wrong with this build.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Lmao nice mousepad

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

You know it chief ;)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

This IS it chief!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

that looks so slick. rubba dub dub,!!!!!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Yuuuuuh aye thanks man!!! I appreciate it :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a solid GPU I had it for ever a year. I had the overclock that GamersNexus had. 150 core. 400 mem. It's awesome for 1080p too!