Description

My second personal use PC build. It succeeds my first personal use PC, Black Tiger.

This thing I'd say out performs it's predecessor in every way from the price to part selection. Primary use is Adobe software like Illustrator and Photoshop, some video editing and a lot of music production but I also game every now and then so throwing in a 1060 (which I got for $270... s/o newegg) wasn't too bad of a decision. Maybe it could help rendering videos every now and then but that's a maybe later down the line when I upgrade to maybe a future xx70/80.

Have no intent on overclocking, hence just a plain i7-8700 (plus it has a turbo boost to 4.6ghz so I am not at all upset) and a plain old H370 (might potentially RAID my NVMEs or hard drives... who knows).

Now now, I understand a Ryzen may have been better suited for this build but I personally prefer Intel out of loyalty. Long story short, I live in an "Intel City"/Silicon Forest and family members helped develop the Pentium, Core, Core Duo, and iX series. Also tons of my friends work at Intel...

Part Reviews

CPU

Got it for 300$ at my (far away) local Frys Electronics. No problems so far, does everything I need it to at a reasonable speed. 6 Cores is nice and the 4.6 turbo boost helps quite a bit as a non-overclocker.

CPU Cooler

I was confused on how to install it at first (because I didn't read the instructions...) but once I figured it out, painless. Great RAM clearance and this thing is quiet. Better than the classic 212.

Motherboard

Easy BIOS, feels good, WiFi isn't half bad on this thing and it's pretty easy to coordinate colors other parts (if that's important to you). It's an H370 so it's RAID capable-which I might do.

Memory

...It's RAM and didn't get faulty sticks this time around. Cheap too. Great stuff, I guess...

Video Card

1060 SC is pretty great and with the price range, it's a great bang for your buck option. Got a nice weight to it too.

Case

Management options are limited but present. Give it some time, tidy up the wires from front and back and the case should close with relative ease. At this price range, it is pretty much one of your best options. 4 stars tho cuz one of the rubber foots for the PSU bay came unattached. Minor nitpick, TBH. Airflow is also so-so. Does support a front radiator by the looks of it.

Power Supply

Cheaped out here (really shouldn't...) but provides more wattage than I am drawing at the max with my current rig. Good stuff.

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Comments

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the name, great build dude!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a great build, as much as I love RGB I do love the builds which look amazing ev.en without RGB like this one. Goodjob +1 (also thats a cool name for the build)

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build man. How much fps are you getting?

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Downloading Doom right now. We'll see in a few...

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

well what did ya get

  • 17 months ago
  • 3 points

Doom is at 60fps, no problems. Like butter

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you tried any Fortnite, Pubg, Gta 5? And if you do or have could you tell me the fps? And nice build.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't own GTA 5 and with the other two, those aren't really the kinds of games I play but with Fallout 4 and Doom its been well over 60+ frames without dips. IDK the actual frame rates because I haven't done any true benchmark tests yet. I'm not that of much of a gamer, sorry :/

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Gta V on this should be rock solid 60fps on ultra settings. It is on my i5-8400 with a gtx 970, which is less powerful than this.

Tbh I'm surprised doom Is only 60fps, it should be 90-100 except in hectic situations. Perhaps he left v sync on and the monitor is 60hz?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I left V-Sync on, so maybe I'll turn it off. I have a particularly crappy monitor so I'm going to buy a new one and give the old one to a friend for school. I haven't played PC games in about 4 years so I'm still getting back into the swing things :P

EDIT: turned off V-Sync and now it's hitting way over 140 fps

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Thought so!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. How are your temps with that cooler?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for late reply. It is comparable to an EVO 212:

Idle: 37 Load (gaming): 52-54ish

Pretty quiet and great at its price. Unlike the 212, this thing has awesome RAM clearance. and doesn't block the first DIMM slot. I prefer it over the 212

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries. Nice job!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you replace the air cooling with water cooling? If the case has enough room, which water cooling would you recommend?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

As I am not overclocking (no need to with what I'm doing, really), I'm not going the liquid cooling route. However, there is a full, 3 fan, front radiator support on this case and a single fan radiator mount in the rear for this case as well. No top radiator support however as the top is closed off. As far as I know, all the fan size supported for this case is 120mm.

I personally have never used a liquid cooler so I'd say go ask or do some research. Corsair is a good brand to start with it seems...

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the noise level of the fans in the case? Does it pick up when you record music?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Noise level is basically silence. When playing games and rendering video, then there is some noise but as music recording is not nearly as intense, I dont hear the computer at all.

  • 17 months ago
  • -3 points

Nice build; wouldn't have gotten the crappy single fan card but other than that it's good

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