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Hey guys and gals Packman here. This is my second build, but my first post. I got out of PC gaming and building after an accident with a log splitter left me without a left middle finger and it's now awkward to type or game on a keyboard but building another PC was an itch I had to scratch that I could no longer resist. A few things with this PC. My birthday was this past August. Told the wife I wanted to fit a PC in our budget and this is what I ended up with. I started out resurrecting an old PC I built back in 2014. FX 8320 in a Fractal Define R5 with a 240 aio. Bought a bunch of cheapo stuff from Amazon because I was really trying to keep it under $200.00 US and I had no RAM, GPU, peripherals, or any of the mounting hardware for the AIO or even the motherboard for that matter. I bought a used RX 480 4GB on ebay for $85 got a kit of RAM and all the various screws, fans, and peripherals I needed and tried fixing up the wore out FX system. Long story short the GPU was from a mining rig and it displayed video for all of three minutes before it crapped out and I sent it back to the seller. Started a return on Amazon for the ram and started drawing up my build I have now. Definitely ended up with a much better PC. Used for gaming/ web browsing. Looks pretty nice sitting in my living room entertainment center. Not bad airflow. Did run into some issues with the case fitting the power supply in. Overall happy with the build and glad I decided to get into PC gaming once again.

Part Reviews

CPU

I like that AMD started putting nicer coolers in the box. Quieter than I expected and performs alright. Not overclocking because I don't need to. I'm currently running the system on a 60Hz 1080p tv and the system runs all the games I play well over 60fps. Runs at a frequency of about 3.7 under load according to Ryzen Master.

Motherboard

For $80 its not a bad motherboard. Plenty of fan headers which is why I chose this over MSI's cheap B450 board. It's not as wide as a lot of full size ATX boards I had to remove a couple of standoffs in the case that came pre-installed. My gripe with this board is the AsRock polychrome utility. When I have it downloaded and running I can't play Apex Legends because anti-cheat recognizes it as some sort of cheating software. Also kept crashing on startup, had to re-install 4 different times just to try to control the RGB on my RAM. It never did recognize the lighting on my graphics card. I ended up just deleting the program and letting the LED's do their own thing.

Memory

Cheap, fast, RGB ram. The motion of the RGB when its in the wave setting is not a fluid motion at all. You can see a delay when the LED's cycle. Brighter than the LED's on the graphics card I have so no problem there. Actually runs at the rated speed in my setup just by turning on XMP so I'm pretty satisfied with this ram overall!

Storage

Does it's job for me. Not a bad price either.

Storage

Tried and true. The one in my system was bought in 2014. Still works like a charm.

Video Card

I really like this card. The backplate looks great. Love the zero fan mode. Just the right amount of an RGB shine. The RGB on the fan side of the card illuminates on my white power supply shroud in my case and has a nice looking effect. Picked this one up for $279.99 on sale and I couldn't be happier with this purchase.

Case

Not bad, not great, just average. One thing in particular with this case is if you have a larger psu that isn't modular good luck putting it in the case. It doesn't have the removable bracket on the back of the case allowing you to put the PSU in from the rear so the right side is the only way you can put it in. The compartment under the shroud is a tight fit and there's a hard drive cage right in the way. I had to put the PSU in without any of the cables attached and then take the front side of the case of and reach in with the tips of my fingers and attach the cables with one hand while fishing them in to the PSU with the other hand. Very frustrating and time consuming. Smaller PSU fixes this problem seeing as the EVGA 750 G2 is rather long. The case does come with very subtle, adjustable accent lighting so it looks rather nice IMO. 3 stars

Power Supply

Been using since 2014. Still holding up strong. Never failed me. Love the eco mode. Very quiet.

Case Fan

Had these fans since 2014 they still work great.

Custom

The molex plug is only a few inches from the 3 pin plug which makes it hard to hide. Other than that not a bad fan. I'm just not a fan of these!!

Custom

I have no idea why on Earth I even purchased this crap. The mouse is light and the cord is ridiculously short and very thin. The keyboard is hard to type on I feel myself hitting the wrong key constantly. Also while holding down a key in game it will just quit working. Not a great keyboard or mouse. 1 star for sure!

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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build over all!

Though i think you did not need all that Watt. for your build, you should i have upgraded to a bigger ssd, better cpu, case cans, it really does not matter but the extra 65$ bucks could have went elsewere, other than that minior over spend its an amazing build good job man! +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I pulled the psu and mechanical drive from an old fx based system i built back in 2012

Edit. The fx system was actually from 2014, sorry.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

ah ok, well it's all good! still a great job!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

MSI products are not compatible with ASRock products this is why polychrome would not recognize your graphics card I suggest swapping your motherboard to an MSI motherboard. Which is what I did. You might have a better time on apex if you use mystic light which is the MSI software, I don't know if it works on apex, Because I don't play Apex on PC mainly because of the constant cheating problem but then again that's what the anti-cheat is for

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

I just got rid of the polychrome. I keep letting myself get caught up on the way my pc looks when i dont even look at it while im playing im trying to convince myself to just live with it

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the gpu have a ARGB header on it?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

No it doesnt