Description

It was about time to do my first gaming build. I've been using my laptop (Core i7-3672QM, 8 GB Ram, GT 640m, 120 GB SSD) as my daily driver for a long time. Even though it was a decent system, gaming experience was horrible. It could barely handle games at 720p medium settings. A gaming PC has been on the back of my mind for a long long time.

With the release of Nvidia 10 series cards, I was very surprised with the price-to-performance ratio. I am not a die hard Nvidia fan, but GTX 1060 was the perfect card for me. Compared to last-gen, GTX 960 which was total ****, GTX 1060 had 80% performance boost. GTX 1060 6 GB card is on par with GTX 980 in terms of performance. I did considered RX 480, but the place where I live, price of AMD cards are really high.

My goal is pretty basic, play modern titles like Battlefield 1, Doom on ultra settings at 1080p.

Overall, I am very happy with the build. It can handle every game I've thrown at it on ultra details without sweating a bit. Its also doing great job at maintaining low temperatures even at the full load. I've had no issues so far.

That being said, I've some future upgrade plans:

Upgrade Plans:

  • Even though 8 GB is sufficient, I'll soon add extra 8 GB RAM.

  • The case only comes with 1 Blue LED fan, I am not happy with black and blue theme, I'll be adding 5 RED LED fans to spice the setup

  • I am worried about the power supply, Corsair VS450 being the entry level power supply, I've concerns about its longevity. I may switch to Corsair CX550 power supply

  • I'll be adding Cooler Master Hyper 103 cooler for CPU, even though I won't be doing any overclocking, Hyper 103 has produces less fan noise and temperatures.

  • I need to upgrade my desk to suite my build. The one I've now is too small and setup feels cramped.

  • I need to work a bit on my cable management. I'll do after I get the case fans.

Part Reviews

CPU

This is a great value processor. Works great and no bottleneck with GTX 1060 GB. Gaming performance is on par with i5 6500, and has slightly higher clock speed than i5 6400.

Motherboard

This is one of the best budget motherboard. The only downside is having only 2 RAM slots. But I will only upgrade up to 16 GB.

Memory

I selected this RAM over other gaming RAMs because H110M only supports upto 2133 MHz frequency. DDR4 RAMs are very energy efficient and doesn't need heat sinks unless over clocked.

Storage

I got this SSD for very less price. The read and write speeds are great to. Crystal Mark Sequential R 505 and W 450.

Storage

This is a basic HDD, serves the purpose. Sequential R/W in Crystal Mark is R 124 and W 122.

Video Card

This is the best thing about the build. Had to choose between GTX 1060 and RX 480, toughest decision ever made.

Case

I needed a budget micro-ATX case. Its size is perfect for my needs, and looks awesome. The only downside is you have to give some more time on cable management and it doesn't have fan filter on top.

Power Supply

Its a entry level power supply. Works good so far, but I'm planning to change to Corsair CX 550w or something.

Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

Great part choice for a first build! You need not worry about the quality control on your psu. If you are looking to swap in an aftermarket cooler, I think the cryorig m9i is a better alternative to the hyper 103.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Agreed with the M9i; however, with cable management have you thought about going modular? Its a lot better and easier for cleanup. Other than that, simple and cheap build to get you through. +1

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, I will go for modular PSU only if my current power supply is not good enough for the build.

Should I swap my PSU?

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Well I would, I originally got a the corsair 500 PSU and one I never needed all of those cable, and two it is just a cleaner look.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the suggestion, Cryorig m9i looks good. Will order one soon.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

What are some other good cases to use for this build? I only have a laptop and am looking to get a PC.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Four months later, no longer a great choice. Still I think it won't disappoint whoever already built it that bad. After all, it takes some time before Ryzen 5 gains a noticeable advantage. Btw. maybe the single channel can reduce FPS in some games. I just wonder if the Corsair VS means "very ******" or what is it a short of.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

How were you able to mount your ssd the other side? I was trying that and noticed the screws don't fit the other side and doesn't mount the ssd tightly.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

the psu not being modular you did a bloody good job on the cable managment