Description

I began this build for my little brother Nick in 2014, it was supposed to be his Christmas present before he passed in a tragic car accident. It took me 2 years of the case sitting in a box in my closet before I decided I wanted to build it for myself.

Everything about this build has been pretty great. I had fun building it and ran into no issues besides the ram. I had to use XMP profile to get it to run to 2933 from 19XX (due to incompatibilities), which greatly increase performance. I regret getting a small SSD but plan to upgrade in the future.

The case is the biggest regret, but I bought it for him so i stuck with it. I plan on getting a better case in the future when the right one comes along on a sale.

Part Reviews

CPU

This chip has been incredible. It never goes above 30% utilization and keeps at a pretty cool 50 Degrees Celsius. I think I made a good choice.

Memory

The RAM had some incompatibilities at first, but I was able to make it go as high as 2933 by enabling a profile in the BIOs. Whether this was what I was supposed to do or not I'm not sure. Either way, it runs better as a result.

Storage

It's fast and my PC boots to desktop in 18 seconds. I would have preferred a bigger one now that I've had time with it, but there's always another upgrade.

Storage

Lots of space, no complaints.

Video Card

I don't have a way to bench mark this card besides numbers, but it's run everything I've played on it at 60 FPS on high/ultra depending on the game. Poorly optimized games stick out a lot more with it, it keeps a pretty low temps about 50-60 under load with the right fan curve. I don't think I'll need to upgrade for a few more years.

Case

This case is pretty old, the top mounted PSU is odd and worries I'll over heat it as an exhaust. The one front intake fan with no room for expansion seems to keep the interior cool but it's still not ideal. There's a space for a fan on the side panel near the GPU but the GPU is too large to install one. Odd placement with current market GPU sizes and not nearly enough depth for a aftermarket cooler or anything else.

The HDD/SSD placement is brutal too, there's no room for wires and it's just a cheap case. Wouldn't recommend it.

Power Supply

Likely more than I'll need for 5 more years. I got it to future proof a bit in preparation to swap out for higher parts down the road.

Case Fan

Such an odd size for a fan, but it was needed in the back.

Monitor

I didn't think I would need higher than 60 FPS and the monitor works as expected.

Keyboard

This keyboard is super loud but I like it, the RGB fine for night time and the size is perfect for my desk. And the price, a+

Mouse

Awesome mouse, but I'm not sure what else to compare it too. I find the wire a bit short with my set up and I never use the extra buttons. I bought it to last and it seems sturdy enough to do so.

Headphones

I've never owned a pair of gaming headphones before, they're comfy and sound fine. I'm not sure what to compare them too, I've never owned high or low end before.

Comments

  • 20 months ago
  • 4 points

Awesome you did this in memory for your brother.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, I appreciate it.

  • 20 months ago
  • 4 points

Sorry to hear about your brother, I think it's great you built this in his memory. May it serve you well.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, I appreciate it.

  • 20 months ago
  • 4 points

GG my guy.. RIP Nick,

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you man I appreciate it.

  • 20 months ago
  • 3 points

I am so sorry for your loss... Your brother would be proud

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

sorry for your loss

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Man it hurts I am sorry for your loss

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I’m sorry to hear about your brother, that’s too bad. Amazing build

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build dude! Sorry for your loss man.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Really sorry about your brother +1

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  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, I appreciate it.