Description

Built for a friend to get into PC gaming, who had a choice to buy a laptop or build a desktop.
Hit the top of his budget and it works very well.
Utilized a few old parts I had from other builds, and he traded me for the processor.
The motherboard lacks onboard USB 3.0, so an adapter is still required to connect the front panel USB ports (albeit at 2.0 speeds maximum). He liked (and still likes) the case, though.

Fallout 4, GTA V, CS: GO, and Portal 2 all run well above 60 FPS with great quality.

Cable management is still a high-priority TODO.

Part Reviews

CPU

Dead socket, though the processor is still very much alive. No hiccups on speed.

CPU Cooler

Excellent cooler compatible with a lot of cases. No need for a backplate, though the installation gets tough if RAM is already placed in the board. Keeps everything at cool temperatures.

Motherboard

Basic motherboard for a dead socket. Works at the very least - wish it had more features, and fan connectors. DDR3 is limited to 1333.

Storage

3000-4000 hours on, running strong still.

Video Card

Despite me associating Zotac with low quality, this is a nice card - especially for the price. Let's just hope it doesn't die in a year, but good performance otherwise. Came with a DVI to VGA adapter, which was nice.

Case

Metal, portable, and roomy for the size. Not a lot of room for cable management in the back so I just stuffed PSU cables in the HDD bay (which is removeble). 5.25" expansion bay slot is best installed by popping the small panel out and placing in from the front. USB3 and a super bright power LED combo.

Power Supply

Silent, and it works well (though my max load is under 200W so results may vary).

Optical Drive

Basic ODD. Loudest part of the build.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

Cable management doesn't affect cooling so it's not that big of a deal. However if you are building with a windowed case or for a client then thats a different story. Really great build that sure give consoles a nice run for the money.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

There is some evidence contradicting that. It likely varies depending on the case/parts, but bad cable management does not necessarily mean higher temperatures.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice. Taking care of your friend. +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

this is a really awesome budget build! Like seriously good! I just finished my first build and I thought I did good on my budget :P

What did your friend trade you for the i5?

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

An iPhone 5c that I'm going to use for iOS development very soon.
Normally I prefer money but we both had a use for the trade - not the best condition for the phone, but entirely useable.
He has a new phone now, and I figure why not let the processor get some use.
P.S. your build is still decent :) Better in certain respects.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm wondering, how is the RAM on this build? I don't see it listed and I was just curious.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Listed as a custom part, sorry: 8 GB of Samsung RAM.
Probably OEM, but it's 2x4 GB and works very well. No heatspreaders.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, I'm trying to get my friends into PC gaming too. What os is it running? I like how you put the i5 in it, something I wished I had from time to time.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Windows 10 64-bit, he already had a license which saved some costs.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Not trying to be rude or anything, just some constructive criticism. That is WAY too much thermal paste on the CPU, when/if you take the cooler off it's going to be splooged all over and probably will get into the socket.

Love that case though, i've used it for a couple customers and my wife's build.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I use less now - that picture was after applying, installing the heatsink, and then removing it - but thanks :)
The case has a lot of fan spots, but it does feel compact when navigating inside the case.

  • 45 months ago
  • 0 points

Im sorry, i cant believe you get +60 frames in fallout 4

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll take some screenshots later when I'm at his house, if you wish. Fallout 4 runs very nicely on medium settings. Minus anti-aliasing and a very slight core boost through afterburner. Easily over 100 FPS if the resolution was lowered.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 0 points

Please be my friend!!!

  • 45 months ago
  • -2 points

In b4 replace that psu

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Why ? Its EVGA, he should be fine...

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Who are you talking to ?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

He's just stating that if this PC were used for heavier gaming, a new one would be required to keep up. EVGA is nice but their lower end models have a few questionable choices internally.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh okay.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I have a EVGA psu and i absolutely love it

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