So I finished my wife's build, it came out well enough. But I found myself jealous of what she had and I did not, especially because I felt she was not using it to its full potential. So I set out on a mission that I was going to build my own computer of comparable performance for gaming on half the budget that I built hers with. So the hunt on ebay and amazon began with little luck, so i started to find components that were great for an entry build that would run the games I needed it to (Overwatch, Shadow of War, my emulators, etc.). I came across the motherboard on ebay and ended up spending way too much money on it, but I at least had my beginning.
So i then set out on the hunt for the best performance to cost ratio i could find that would fit in it and came across the G4560 in my hunt, this processor will become a bottle neck in the future if i decide to upgrade the graphics card but for now it is perfect. I lucked in the ram that a friend let me have at no cost, I late found out that it is the stock ram that Alienware uses in their builds and its works perfectly and the first time just like ram should.
The rest, except for the graphics card, I basically bought at a whim one night when my wife was in a good mood and let me purchase the rest. My favorite piece of this entire build is the m.2 ssd, which does the job perfectly and is very easy to install (once you realize it needs the mount and screw, stupid me lol).
So now the final piece to put this all together was the graphics card, which we all know that in today's market it is very difficult to find one at a decent price, much less msrp. I had a bid on ebay for a 1050ti at $250 and was outbid at the last second second for $255, i was upset but not defeated. So I went to the local best buy with not a lot of hope and asked to see their graphics card stock. I've heard and done my research on the RX 560 before and know that its average FPS on just about every game is less then the 1050ti, but not enough for me to care and especially not at $190 in todays market. The ironic thing about this build is that I got everything in my hands except the item I purchased first, the motherboard.
Then it finally came in the mail and I was ecstatic, I waited to get my child down for a nap and went to work. My experience with my wifes computer naturally came in handy and I found myself putting the computer together in no time. The only thing that gave me even the slightest bit of trouble was figuring out where to put the hdd which is slightly odd in this computer case but nothing to be concerned about. I will also fully admit that the cable management in this case is something to be desired, I gave it my best effort but my main goal was to minimize blocking airflow and to not have wires touching the mobo excessively, and in that I feel as if i have succeeded. The other thing about this case is that a high profile cooler like the legendary 212 Evo JUST BARELY fits, like cant even put in the side fan anymore just barely. So word of warning in that regard that a stock, low profile, or water cooler would have worked in this build way better. The graphics card and wifi adapter went in with no troubles as should be expected with such components.
And then the moment of truth, turning it on and after the insane amount of trouble i ran into with my wifes computer i was slightly concerned. And then i heard the beep, and the Asus logo appeared and felt joy that only someone like ourselves would know. The funny part was that I was almost sad that I didn't have to do any troubleshooting on the thing. But the rest is history and am currently very happy with my build and am open to any comments or insights that anyone has. Also yes I know my current set up is laughably jenky and yes I have an old Insignia tv sitting on top of my computer (temps are still very good, cpu never going over 40 degrees Celsius). This is all temporary until we get a very large table in this area to fit three computers.
Thank you all for reading :)
in my opinion, best budget cpu on the market for its time and over a year after its release still wonderful
favorite part of my build, love this little guy more then i can really say. definitely worth the premium
do not buy this graphics card. looks like a good deal on paper but i bought this when graphics cards were nuts. you have to under clock this graphics cards just to get certain games to work. definitely go with a 1050ti
love this case for the look and feel on the outside. only down side is that cable management is all but impossible to look good mainly due to the top mounted power supply. luckily with it being enclosed no one can see your mess. other then the cable management absolutely loving this case