Description

I built this as a side project in order to earn some extra cash. I plan to invest it towards my next personal build. I didn't want to go crazy because I live in a small town and it's rather difficult finding somebody to buy a $2,000 PC. So, I put some thought into all of the parts and this is what it came out to be. I'm quite happy with it and until it sells, it will serve as an awesome HTPC or a dedicated server for my primary rig.

The assembly was a breeze and could not have been easier. I do wish that I chose a different budget case. It's decent but I think it's overpriced. The instructions and RGB controller that Cooler Master includes are awful and for some unknown reason, the front RGB fans were preinstalled as an exhaust and not an intake. I spent as much time turning the fans over and figuring out the RGB than I did assembling everything else. Perhaps I'll do more research next time..


Quick FAQ:

Why the SU800?

I believe that we are nearing the time where the average person can afford to have only SSD storage in their computer. The SU800, I believe, is a fantastic budget SSD that is fast enough for the average gamer. HDDs are great in terms of cost but their transfer speeds and boot times are unbearable in comparison.

Why the 1660 Ti?

The 1660 Ti is, again, awesome for the price. ~$280 gets you a ton of power that can very easily run all titles at 1080p60 on high or ultra settings. I even feel confident enough that this GPU is very capable of 1440p60 gaming.

Really? Semi-modular PSU?

Lol. What can I say? I cut some costs by not going with an EVGA G3 or SeaSonic FOCUS but I know the CXM 450 is a reliable, safe unit to use. I don't mind the permanent motherboard and CPU cable in a budget PC.

Part Reviews

Custom

Good case but I feel that it's a bit overpriced. If this were about $20 cheaper, they would have nailed it but with all the acrylic panels and the awful RGB controller, I can't give it a 4 or 5 star review. It took me more time figuring out the RGB than I spent assembling the rest of the PC. Also, who's idea was it to preinstall the front fans as an exhaust?

Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

WAIT, are the front fans REALLY installed from factory as exhaust? If so that is really stupid. And when they are intake, they are suffocated by the front cover.

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

well yes, but there are top and bottom slots to allow some air flow to be pulled. Unless it's a completely open case in the front, there are always restrictions. So at least it does have some air flow. Still does not change the challenged idiot who put them in as exhaust at the factory. I agree. Just wow.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, they REALLY are. Haha, I couldn't believe it. At least the rear fan was installed as an exhaust. There's barely any clearance between the front panel and the fans. It'll get the job done but I would be afraid to use an i7/2080ti in this case!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

omg it is the exact same way as my meshify C case. They install the front fan as exhaust.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

quick question is the mobo rgb

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. Only the 'Phantom Gaming' on the top right of the RGB and the small RGB decal on the I/O shield.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem! I meant on the top right of the PCB*

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

forgot to say but nice build

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. But the people who make the cases must not know anything about pc's if they are put in the front as exhaust.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I know, I couldn't believe it. Luckily a fairly simple fix but I highly disagree with that choice. Maybe it was purely accidental or maybe it was just mine - who knows.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build! I just hate how unnecessarily thicc the 1660's are

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Haha I know. It's 3 slots thick.. :P

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

It's only that thick because that specific EVGA version is a single fan and in order to effectively cool the entire card they need a frickin thick heatsink.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow Pc looks really nice!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, very nice build. It's very similar to one that I am planning. I am an absolute noob at this stuff but I want to build one with my son.

Couple of questions if ya don't mind...

Looking at motherboards and I see a lot that say the BIOS would need to be flashed to run a 9th Gen Intel. Did you have to do that?

I have been looking at the GTX 1660, but not the "Ti". What does "Ti" even mean?

Last one... Do you think the stock CPU cooler is sufficient or is a beast of a cooler like your worth it?

Thanks!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

No, that's why I chose a B365 motherboard. B360 is the older generation while B365 was released for the 9th gen CPUs. It's possible to get a B360 updated for it, however, B365 is ready out-of-the-box. If you purchase a B360 from a local shop, I imagine they will update it for you. Otherwise, you will want to find out if they are '9th gen ready' before purchasing.

The Ti stands for Titanium. It simply means that the Ti is more powerful than the regular version.

Given the fact that the 9400F isn't overclockable, the stock cooler will be sufficient. I chose to upgrade because quite honestly, I just hate how outdated and ugly the stock cooler is. You'll be more than fine to use it if you'd like to save a few bucks.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, thanks! I'm not a fan of that stock cooler either. I'll have to look around.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

quick question did you have a problem with ram clearance

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a little tight but I had no issues!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

great to hear my build is very semiler to yours but have a full ATX mobo so i should be good. thank you so much you've saved me a whiles worth of anxiety

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha no worries. Have fun!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there room to fill all four DIMM slots? I'm considering the same mobo/cooler combo.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely. Shouldn't have an issue.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you tested the computer and seen fps? If so what are those numbers? This build is very low cost so i think it would be great to build. Thanks in advance

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late response! The 1660 Ti is very easily capable of 1080p60 pretty much maxed out. I personally have it set around medium settings with maybe 1 or 2 details on high and average around 85-90 FPS depending on the title. It's a very solid experience for the cost.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

doesn't the cpu come with a cpu cooler? and nice build btw.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure does! I have a personal hatred towards the stock cooler. It's ugly, gross and inefficient so to me, even though the 9400F isn't overclockable, I still thought it was worth spending just a bit more to get something that has far better cooling and also looks much better.

If you haven't seen it, here's a link for reference.

https://www.google.com/search?q=stock+intel+cpu+cooler&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS846US846&tbm=isch&source=lnms&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjdrf36hN7iAhVkGDQIHRfTBe0Q_AUI-QEoAQ&biw=2048&bih=1010#imgrc=_

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool I’m loookimg to build my first pc just like this one. Only difference is, imma use 8gb of gskill ripjaw V (are they any good?) and a some other motherboard. But my main concern is, what FPS are you getting with for a Horizon 4 1080p all max on this build? Could you please let me know.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Ripjaw V is good. Unfortunately, I don't have Horizon 4 downloaded but you should definitely get 60 FPS.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

So this pc will noticeably outperform an Xbox/PS4 in car games in terms of graphics, performance, and FPS?! If so that would be soooo awesome. Thanks for your reply too! And please feel free to check out the build I made and criticize if you want. I’m new to this

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh absolutely. The Xbox One X has an APU roughly equivalent to the RX 580, but there are many other factors that contribute to its performance such as CPU, RAM, thermals, etc.

With something like this build, you'll get full desktop grade hardware which can make a big difference. Compare a laptop 2070 with a desktop 2070 for instance. So anyways, yes, you'll have no trouble at all gaming on high/max quality settings and still getting 60 FPS.

Plus you have the option for upgrading. If it doesn't get 60 FPS in five years, get a better GPU. No need to buy a whole new PC or wait for the next generation of PC.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! Thanks so much for your time and reply. Im very excited to start my pc build now!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello I built this pc myself and for some reason the adata SU800 ssd is not being detected by the motherboard. I’ve tried using different cables, unplugging and replugging them back in and resetting the pc multiple times. If there are any solutions please let me know

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, sorry for the late response. I've had a lot going on lately. I hope you've figured it out since you posted this.

If not, are you using more than 1 drive?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I’m only using one but we decided to return it for a new one and that is coming tomorrow or Saturday and we’ll see if that one works. If it doesn’t I’ll get an m.2 instead.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

You'll likely need to go into Windows Disk Management tool and format it for GPT for recognition and use.

Here's a quick rundown to help you out - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/storage/disk-management/initialize-new-disks

Hope that helps!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice and strong build! Same as my parts but i picked silicon power a80 512gb m.2-2280 instead.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, hope it's been treating you as well as it has for me!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

my man this were the parts i used but a diffrent case pretty goodbuild

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a very solid build for the cost.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Monkey curiosity question, did you ever sell it? or decide to just keep it?

I like the open-air photos.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It actually sold a couple of weeks ago. While I had it, I used it as a dedicated server for Rust.

Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, Great build! I am planning to build my first PC with these specs and I want to know which monitor would work best with this configuration and is also cheap? Thanks for your time!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, it's not exactly capable of pushing 144 FPS so spending a bunch of money on a 144hz or higher monitor would be kind of senseless unless you plan to make a significant GPU upgrade to something like the 5700 XT, RTX 2070 or even a GTX 1080. Those are the cards you would want in order to take full advantage of such a refresh rate. Especially if you were wanting high or maxed-out quality settings.

However, 144hz monitors have dramatically reduced in the price over the last few years so if a 144hz fits the budget, you may as well. Just know that the 1660 Ti won't come close to giving you the full experience. My link below will bring you to all 1080p 144hz monitors. Otherwise, a simple 1080p60 monitor would be a good option. Better yet, you could get a 75hz panel with Freesync and at least take advantage of that.

https://pcpartpicker.com/products/monitor/#r=192001080&D=144000&sort=price&page=1