Description

Not my first computer build, but this is my first ground-up build with all new parts. Intended use is for a small non-profit, mostly daily business use with occasional video editing. Need something powerful enough to still be useful in the years to come, yet stay within a limited budget.

NOTE: It shows $800+ cost, and I could have bought it for about $700 by using various site vendors, but I bought everything via Amazon because they have a non-profit donation program - which will end up final costing right at $600.

It's been working a couple of weeks now, doing very well. The NVME SSD is so very nice, even with more background apps running that I'd like (Quickbooks, Dropbox, and a bunch of other office-type stuffs) its boot time is consistently 20-25 seconds.

CPU Cooler Note: I ran the stock AMD CPU cooler for a week or so (with the Asus fan controls set to "Turbo"), and the CPU temps were 38C idling, 56C under decent load, with a peak of 65C. I switched out for the Arctic Freezer 12 fan (same settings), and WOW what a difference - idle is typically 27C, under load is 45C, with one observed peak of 55C.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

I ran the stock AMD Ryzen 5 2600 CPU cooler for a week or so (with the Asus fan controls set to "Turbo"), and the CPU temps were 38C idling, 56C under decent load, with a peak of 65C. I switched out for the Arctic Freezer 12 fan (same settings), and WOW what a difference - idle is typically 27C, under load is 45C, with one observed peak of 55C. And , even at full speed it's super quiet

Storage

SO GLAD I got the NVMe version, the transfer times are astonishing!

Video Card

Super card, especially given the price! Handles video editing well, and runs my one game (World of Warships) very well at highest video settings - without any overclocking. If I had any complaints, the fans aren't super quiet when they're going full blast - but they're not annoyingly loud, and they keep the card nice and cool (45C under load)

One Con: The packaging didn't keep the case mounting bracket from getting bent back into the card. No damage done, but it took a good bit of straightening with some needle nose pliers to get it to mount properly.

Case

Love this case! Nicely formed steel insides with rolled-over edges add lots of strength and don't cut fingers or cables, 6 full size and 2 smaller bays (although one is under/behind the MoBo), good cable routing options, great (quiet) fans and decent filters.

Speakers

Can't be beat for budget speakers, the subwoofer adds a LOT! Plus, the desktop "hockey puck" control is very handy, don't have to stretch to get at a volume control.

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I honestly like the looks of the pc more than I probably should. It has good specs for a low cost, didn't cheap out on cooling or the psu, and it has an m.2 ssd to boot. Overall very nice job!

I also really like the looks of the case, its feels nostalgic to see a non painted interior (even though I never had one personally).