Description

Hey there, first build here. I originally bought a 1050 ti to slap in an old dell tower for some light gaming on the weekends but my measurements were off and it didn't quite fit. Hmm what to do? Well, I decided to keep buying parts and build a light gaming/multipurpose machine that I could upgrade later when gpu prices are less extortionate. The build went well, no major problems other than having to re-install the os after windows glitched out on me. Probably because I neglected to delete an old partition from the used ssd I installed. The computer runs great, xmp clocks ram just under 3000 and I'm getting decent fps on all the games I've played so far. The system temps are very low at idle AND under load. All in all I'm very happy with the computer and it serves my needs flawlessly for the moment.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great processor, cool under load and will hold up great when I upgrade gpu

CPU Cooler

Not overclocking cpu but this keeps my processor very cool.

Motherboard

Kind of on the lower end of zed boards, but it suites my needs just fine.

Memory

Great performance and great led visuals. The link4 corsair software let's me adjust brightness and switch and sync between breathing or static. Can also turn off leds if you wish. Xmp clocks it to rated speed with no problem.

Video Card

Runs games at good fps on medium/medium high settings (1080p). Will be upgrading to 1070ti when gpu prices come back down to earth

Case

This was my least favorite part of the build. Sure, cable management was easy enough and can't beat the price for a tempered glass midtower.. But I find it lacking where it counts. Only 2 USB ports, no reset button and the fan placements would make airflow an issue with a more powerful gpu and overclocked cpu.

Power Supply

A 550w gold certified power supply for this price? Can't beat it! The materials and build quality of this thing are top notch. I would highly recommend

Case Fan

I was impressed with these fans. good airflow and build quality. All other rgb fans are way more expensive and I really like the look. I'll keep an eye out for more deepcool products in the future

Mouse

Going from a death adder to this has been difficult for me. I have bigger hands than this was intended for I think and some of the edges feel sharp on my hand after long periods. But for the price it's a steal. The software works nice as well

Comments

  • 18 months ago
  • 4 points

That monitor is really hurting my OCD

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I thought about going with that same Intel chip. But the Motherboards were just a bit to expensive for my liking. So I opted to go with the Ryzen 5 1600 instead.

I'd say your next order of business would be upgrading to a widescreen monitor.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I agree, wide-screen monitor is next on the list. And a better gpu if prices ever settle around normal again...

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I Have that same CPU and MB combo. You can OC the i5-8400 up to 3.8-3.9ghz on all cores.

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