Description

This is my first build, built it back in October 2015 and just getting around to publishing it now that I've put in some LED fans and done some cable management. I built it as a budget gaming computer, mainly for League of Legends and Skyrim. I realize the PSU is a little bit overkill but at least I'm set if I decide to upgrade. I'm really happy with how it turned out overall! Any comments are welcome =D

Part Reviews

Case

Powerful-looking case good for a first-time build.

Pros:

-Had this over 10 months and no scratches or dents, it's sturdy--metal on the sides and plastic on the front. -The angled pattern front is pretty cool, it's a powerful looking case to house your powerful rig. -A large amount of space to hide cables behind the back panel. -The sides are a nice matte aluminum. -The case is very quiet, it's so quiet that it'shard to tell when your computer. On that note, the green LED that indicates when your computer is on is pretty hidden and non visible unless it's on your desk at eye level. -Has a lot of space for extra fans, 2 120mm intake ones in the front, and another 120mm inside on top.

Cons: -My biggest issue with this case is the fact that the plastic side panel is tinted. Why the hell would you make a see-through side panel to see your kick-az build if you're going to tint it and diminish the visibility of your rig?? That's the reason I'm taking off an star.

-I noticed when installing extra fans that you have to install the front one with very thin zip ties, there's no where to screw them in. The fan for the top you can screw in though.

Other Thoughts: I used this case for my first build, and am really happy with it over all. Bought it for $5 during a shell-shocker deal sale but messed up the rebate and ended up paying $30 for it. Still don't regret it. It's a pretty big case so just be aware that it will take up a large amount of space on your desk. I do wish the side panel wasn't tinted, but that's my only complaint.

Monitor

Great first monitor!

Pros:

-Had this for over 10 months and haven't had any issues. Really like it, especially at this price point.

-Comes with speakers, which obviously aren't the best but work as a stopgap if you don't have any (like me)

-2ms response time, good for gaming

-Tilts forward and back, has a the adapter for a wall-mount on the back

Cons: -It's a TN panel and not an IPS panel, but still has almost 180 degree viewing angle from the top and side. Works better in a room without a lot of direct sunlight though.

-A lot of people complain about how hard the buttons are to press, but definitely not a dealbreaker. How often do you need to play with the buttons? You just have to be firm is all.

-Bezel and stand are made of cheap plastic, but it's not a dealbreaker at all and you get what you pay for.

Other Thoughts: Would definitely recommend this monitor, especially if you can get one on sale like I did for $115 (after rebate).

Would recommend playing around with the brightness and color settings to optimize it after you get it. It's factory settings are SUPER bright, especially in a dark room or at night.

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Great for your needs.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Just like mine in the beginning :)

I now have an i7 4790 b4 was an i3 4170, I have a H97 board, 16GB RAM now b4 was 8GB, 500W power supply and an R9 270X.

Nice.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I had so much fun building it I already want to upgrade, but as it's perfect for my needs I can't really justify it haha.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Purple haze~ Clouding my mind~

Love the reference man.

Just saying you could have gotten a 750 ti for around $70

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! And if that's true I messed up but I did a cursory search and the cheapest I found was like $115. Is the price you mentioned for when there's a good sale?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not a reference edition, but I remember seeing a cheap 750ti for around that price. Best would be to just search the PCPP database for it. I'll look too and leave a link if I find it.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

This one for $90 doesn't seem bad.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Not the one I was talking about but it's actually better than the one I saw. Factory OC too.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the excellent cable management

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I appreciate it! Tried my best haha.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the wireless wifi adapter thing working?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not terrible. A couple times a month when I'm playing League, my ping will spike through the roof, but resetting it will always fix it. Might be a driver issue, haven't researched it properly. Both my friend and I have it and are happy with it though. For the price it's pretty good.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

It happens on my store bought dell pc too. Maybe it's just a problem with mid-lower end adapters?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

this build reminds me of my build

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

How many fan can you have on that mobo?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, just saw this. There are only 2 fan headers, one for the stock cpu cooler and one for the back exhaust fan. I added a 3-way fan splitter to add 2 more fans. To manage the cables a little better, I plugged the cpu fan into the exhaust header and the splitter into the mobo header, idk if that's bad or not but it's been fine. The only thing is that without a fan controller the fans run at full speed all the time though.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh okey thanks! :))

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

But I think you should have the cpu fan plugged in to the cpu fan header

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

You're probably right, but I did ask in /r/buildapc and was told as long as my CPU temps were ok it was probably fine so for now I'll probably just leave it until I upgrade my mobo.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Okey :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same monitor as you and i love it although when i get a new pc i plan on changing it

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I like it a lot! I also just recently got this one for only like 70 bucks to run dual monitors, so worth it. The speakers on the old one are better (not saying much, but hey) but the new display is bigger and better imo.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

how do you change the light i'm planing to use this case for my first build

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Which light are you referencing? The green "power" LED? I haven't done it myself but I saw a comment in a Newegg review that said it was fairly simple. I think there's just a panel you can pull off the top of the front and you can replace the LED from there.

If you're talking about the purple lights, those are NOT coming from the case, those are from fans that I put in afterwards. The case itself came with no LED fans.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking at this case for my own first build, does it come with any case fans? If so, very poor quality or relatively manageable?

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

It comes with a rear exhaust fan if I remember correctly!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

What fps are you getting medium to ultra?

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

oh boy what's that mean?

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