Description

Ever since I got into PC gaming I have dreamed about having a PC to play games on very well, on my laptop I had, that was not the case. But I had been saving up money for about a year and I finally had enough money to go out and purchase parts and then before I knew it I had all of the parts I needed. I the building process is one of my favorite things I have ever done. I learned a lot over this whole experience and I look forward to in the future to keep upgrading this PC.

Why I chose the parts I did: CPU: I bought this CPU because I thought it was the best bang for my buck, but I was wrong. I wish I had done a little more research because I would have bought a Pentium because they are cheaper and performance is about the same. The i3 is a very good CPU it handles all of the games I throw at it with ease with minimal bottleneck. I would recommend it if you want to get the next upgrade from a Pentium.

Motherboard: I purchased this motherboard because one of my friends has had his motherboard for 3 years and had no problems. I can say the same about my experience with the motherboard. It runs extremely well the UEFI is really easy to configure the only problem I have with it is it cannot pick up my fans on the motherboard which is really frustrating because I had no way of cooling the PC, which is why I bought more fans and a fan controller. Other than this con it runs really well. I would buy a cheaper motherboard if you buy a Pentium.

RAM/ Memory: I bought 8GB of DDR4 ram because it is a huge upgrade coming from 4GB of DDR3 ram. It handles multitasking with ease and it does it's job very well. I wish I would have bought more but it does its job and for being under $50 it was easy to chose this ram.

Storage: For the time being I have both my OS and Game library on this hard drive and it runs everything really well. My OS boots in under 30 seconds and I can load into games really well and with ease. In the future I plan on upgrading to a SSD to help it boot even faster. But for the time being it runs everything I use it for really well.

Video Card/ GPU: Many of my friends told me to just wait and buy a GTX 1060 but I went with a GTX 1050ti because I wanted to be different and seeing how this isn't to many reviews for the card I wanted to give the card a review and I can happily say it has lived up to my expectations. It handles almost every game I throw at it in 1080p at High- Very High settings at a constant 60 FPS. I would purchase this card. In the future I plan I building a RYZEN PC with RX 480's to make it a AMD build, but I digress I highly recommend this card.

Case: At first since I was new to PC building I had no idea how to manage cables but with the help of my friends it looks very nice and it even helps keep wires out of my fans, ( The wires were never in my fans but they were right beneath them), overall i really like this case.

Power Supply: I chose a semi-modular power supply so I can manage my cables. They do it does that very well. In the future with my next PC i plan on buying a fully modular power supply to make sure it is even more manageable.

Optical Drive: The optical does its job very well, not much else to say, it works really well.

Operating System: I chose windows 10 because it is the standard for operating systems today and since windows 7 ins't very secure anymore this was a really easy choice.

Case Fan's and Fan Controller: Due to my motherboard not being able to see my fans even with my new fans I had to purchase a controller which was frustrating because I wanted my computer to be cost effective but at this point that was not the case. The fans and controller work really well together and they help keep my PC cool.

Monitor: I have had this monitor for about a year because I wanted to move my PS4. But now since I have a computer I use it for that purpose now. The brightness of the monitor is very good and colors are excellent. One pro of this is there is no glare on the screen.

Keyboard: I bought this keyboard because I needed a keyboard to use with my PC it came with a mouse but I didn't like the way it felt so i kept using my old mouse. The keyboard feels very nice and the back light isn't blindingly bright. It does it's job quite well.

Conclusion: After having my PC for a couple of months I decided that I would reword my other build description and format it better. I am sorry if I kind of ran on some of the sentences I did not do this on purpose. I will be updating my pictures in a few days. If anyone wants to give me some constructive criticism I will welcome that you do that. Thank you for reading my whole build.

Part Reviews

CPU

This is a good CPU but if your building on tight budget buying a Pentium G4560 is probably the better choice because it is cheaper and runs really well for how cheap it is. I would have bought a Pentium but I did not do all of my research. But I digress the i3-6100 is a good choice for a CPU.

Motherboard

The Asus Z170-E is a very good choice for a mid range motherboard. I would have personally bought a cheaper motherboard but, I took the recommendation from a friend to buy an ASUS motherboard and it has yet to disappoint.

Memory

For being DDR4 under $50 this is was a good choice for ram, I should have bought more to further help future proof my machine.

Storage

For being a 1 TB hard drive it acts better than some SSD's I've seen, it boots my PC in under 20 seconds and it launches all of my games fast and with ease. I highly recommendation.

Video Card

Many of my friends were skeptical when i bought this graphics card but for being on a budget I really like it. One of it's main pro's is that it does not need very much power to work and it gets its power from the motherboard. I haven't ran into any problems yet. I would highly recommend this graphics card.

Case

I have grown to like this case. After some cable management I have really grown to like how it looks. Only con is the fan that came with my case was dead. I really recommend this case.

Power Supply

The power supply does it's job very well. For being semi-modular cable management is a breeze and it sits very well in my case.

Optical Drive

For just being a standard optical drive it does its job very well.

Operating System

I really like Windows 10 it runs very smooth. It took some getting used but I highly recommend windows 10.

Case Fan

I really like how the fans preform and help keep my PC under 60 degrees Celsius under load.

Fan Controller

This controller is very easy it use. I had a problem connecting the molex power cable to the fan controller power. But after they connected it has worked with breeze and the fans are really easy to control.

Monitor

I bought this monitor a while ago because I wanted to have my PS4 in my room, but now since I have PC it runs some much better. I would recommend this monitor as it suits my gaming needs very well.

Custom

A very worth while keyboard for being quite cheap. I am not a fan of the mouse so I just use my older computer mouse. I would purchase this just for the keyboard.

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

Budget. Runs well. But cable management!! ;(

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

MANAGE THEM CABLES BOY!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, though i feel you could have prioritized differently in some places (just constructive criticism)

you've spent almost $60 on extra cooling, where i fell you should've gotten a quad core CPU and 1 fan maybe. Or even a better motherboard, that can control the fans intelligently (the Z170-E might even do this) - unless of course its cause of the astetics.

as you went with the external fan controller, i feel you shouldve gotten a cheaper motherboard (why z170 when your chip is low power and not overclockable) and gotten a better cpu or gpu.

Also, ive built in the 100R myself, and cable management is possible, especially when you have the flat cables from the PSU. I know its not easy in any way, but possible :)

Other than that great build! :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I understand that you're on a budget, but I feel that even a small SSD to put your OS on would greatly improve your experience. Other than that, it looks great, I think you'll be happy with it. You get my +1.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I was going to put a SSD in it but I just ran out of money for it. I know for my next PC.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Seems perfect for your budget and needs. I'm glad the motherboard worked out for you!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. However, you could have possibly saved from buying only one set of case fans and possibly upgrading your hard drive for an SSD or saving $30 for the fan controller and then upgrading the GPU. Also please manage your cables, as that helps airflow.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I should've added this in my review but the fans controllers on my motherboard didn't work. This was frustrating because I wanted to get a i5-6500 but I had to spend more money on a fan controller and fans.

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