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1st Build RGB-eautiful!

by dbolte

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11 Comments

Details

Date Published

Oct. 8, 2017

Date Built

Sept. 30, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.59GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

Description

This is my first ever PC build. I have been a console gamer forever and I finally gave in after a few of my buddies told me I could build a"budget" PC. Well I started off with a $500 limit and that soon doubled after doing plenty of research and coming to terms with my need for RGB.

The build overall went pretty good. I did have a noob moment like I'm sure every 1st builder has had. I had the PC running for a few days but it would run decently warm....around 80C. I decided to re-apply the thermal paste to the CPU/cooler. When I removed the CPU cooler, I realized I never removed the protective plastic from the back. Thank god it didn't melt on.

Overall, I'm extremely impressed with how this turned out. I love gaming on PC and I'm sure I'll never go back.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great for the price. Easy to install. No issues.

CPU Cooler

Great low-profile cooler. It does a good job, however would not do well with any sort of overclocking.

Motherboard

BIOS is super easy to maneuver. Very user-friendly. Decent aesthetics for anyone looking that as well. It doesn't affect the review at all, but I'm not a huge fan of the orange LED strip on the left bottom edge.

Memory

BEAUTIFUL RAM. RAM is RAM, but if you want something to really POP on your build, look for this to be the centerpiece. Even without RGB fans or lights, this is a great addition. 4 stars just because the software is really buggy at the time of this review.

Storage

Great little SSD. Quick boot times. I'm using this as the main HD on my build, but will only use it for boot when I upgrade with additional storage.

Video Card

Great bang for the buck with this! If looking to go budget with good performance, this is your best bet IMO.

Case

Great looking case with a huge side window to view all the components. The case makes cable management a breeze. There isn't a true PSU shroud, but there is a cover that essentially make a "basement" with the tinted part of the acrylic panel. The tinted part of the acrylic panel can also be removed. Lots of fan space, one in the rear, two on top, two in the front. Can hold 120-140 mm fans.

The only con I have with this case is that it is pretty large for a micro ATX. Easy as big as a NZXT s340. As you can see in the photos, there is a lot of unused space.

Power Supply

Decent enough power to do what I need it to do. However, for about the first 15 hours of use, the fan was EXTREMELY loud. Like very unnaturally loud. I thought I would have to send it back, but after time it is now virtually quiet.

Operating System

The more I use Windows 10, the more I like it.

Case Fan

LOVE THESE FANS. Honestly, go with the 140's if you can. I love the look they give to this build. Even at 100%, they are extremely quiet. The only gripe I have is that the LED only faces one way and it pulls in air from the LED side. So if you have them the way I have them oriented in my case, they can only be exhaust.

Keyboard

I like this keyboard. I would like it more if it had dedicated media keys though. The settings are basic, but they work. No included software, only uses programmed keys.

The mouse would be considered "small" for most people, but I have small hands so I love it.

The mem-chanical claim they make though is false. Although this keyboard sounds mechanical, the feel is very very noticeably membrane.

Other

The controller works fine. However, the CAM software for this controller is shotty. The curves are pretty agressive and if you create your own (which you can easily do) it seems to make the fans "pulse" they speed up and down repeatedly from 25%-100% every few seconds. Very annoying.

If you stick to the pre-set ones, though, you'll be fine.

Other

I went with the white one because NZXT was having a deal on the white. Otherwise, I may have gone with the black. New CAM update allows you to turn off the LED on the controller which is a HUGE bonus to me. Otherwise the LED stays on on the controller even after shutdown.

The lights are very vibrant and bright and the settings are awesome.

Comments Sorted by:

shreduhsoreus 7 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

The C7 makes just about any build look more awesome. +1

dbolte submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Couldn't agree more, and for that price-point its a no-brainer!

Mike2k24 2 points 12 months ago

Wondering, what made you choose the 7500 over Ryzen? Great build btw

dbolte submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks!

At the time I made my choice it was a mix of reliability and inexperience over anything else. This being my first build, I wasn't interested in overclocking or anything like that. However, none of my friends had ever built with Ryzen. They only had experience with prior AMD processors which they did not recommend over Intel. Therefore with the lack of experience and the knowledge that Intel was more or less reliable, I went with the i5 7500.

My original part list included the Ryzen 5 1500X. However, due to the same reasons as above, I switched to an Intel build.

boathead 2 points 8 months ago

Nice Build! Thanks for posting your experience, I stumbled upon a couple of the CM cases after finding that the Fractal Arc Mini R2 is no longer available, that case was almost perfect for me... Your build looks great!

dbolte submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks! I actually upgraded my mobo to a full atx shortly after this build was completed! I moved all my stuff into an NZXT s340 elite. I have this case sitting in its box in storage now unfortunately.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

that moment when cooler master makes a midtower that only supports micro atx boards lol. I just picked one up and damn its hot but damn its huge.

dbolte submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Yeah, I should update this. I moved to an NZXT S340 elite very shortly after this build. Looking back on it, the Cooler Master was huge for only supporting micro atx.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

im thinking of selling mime because Im just over the return policy and buying a midtower cause b350 micro atx boards suck

CureMelons 0 points 9 months ago

Why does it feel like you coulda spend your money towards r5 1600 and a gtx 1060 6gb if you didnt go for rgb...OH because you couldve.

dbolte submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Nah. I have a buddy that works for NZXT, got all of it with his employee discount.

Nice try though.