Description

I've been wanting a new PC for a while, ever since I took a trip to an Apple Store and saw how well a Mac could video edit. I then saw the prices/specs for the cheaper Mac models, and realized that I could not really game on them. Yes, I'll spend $1100 on a dual-core mobile i5! Also, I'm a Nintendo fan, and would love to play some of the games I missed that did not come to the Wii U. (I don't have a Switch yet)

Suffice it to say that a Mac was not an option for me. After 6 months, I finally had enough money to put together my build, and here it is!

I use this build mostly for PC gaming, although I don't have many games yet (My wallet has been depleted by the build). As of right now I mostly play Rocket League and Sonic Generations, with more games to follow in the months to come.

I also have been doing some light video editing with this PC, with Adobe Premiere Elements. It's not professional video editing software, but it's working well for now, and Premiere Pro seems expensive. The i5 decimates any workload that I give it with absolutely no stuttering, which was present in my previous build.

I know, I know, I probably should have gone with a Ryzen chip, but I wanted to go with something that was tried and true for my first build. There is some overclocking headroom with the i5, so I will be able to push the speeds of the chip in the future.

Building this machine went well, although the case was supposed to contain all of the standoffs attached, while one was not. Everything worked first try, and cable management was a breeze in the S340.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Amazing motherboard for the price, with plenty of features. The LED is a nice touch, and the built-in WiFi and bluetooth was awesome.

Case

Extremely easy to cable manage, looks great, and is at a great price!

Operating System

This seems way more expensive than it should be.

Keyboard

My first mechanical keyboard does not disappoint, although I wish it contained some macro keys.

Comments

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a really nice first build for the price! Only things I would change would be upgrading the PSU from bronze to gold for about $10 on a good day/sale. +1 Though!

Also decimate means "to kill one tenth of", thus the root "deci" ;)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

Decimate also means "to reduce drastically especially in number"

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

I call it an illegitimate evolution of the definition !

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

It looks great for a first time build! :-)

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Not bad. Really nice clean build.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I noticed the deathadder chroma was listed at $0 in your parts list. Did it happen to be a promotion on one of your parts?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I got it as a gift for my birthday... Not sure what the price was, but I didn't pay anything.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Similarly to the SSD, which someone gave me a $60 gift certificate to Best Buy that I used.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh Ok. Nice built btw ;)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build but those corsair have a bad rep myself i've had 2 blow up on me

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you may be referring to the older green label CXM's. This one has great reviews.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, man. I'm also going to build my first PC next month with similar specs (the CPU and graphics card). How's gaming on your new PC? Any details would be nice. Cheers

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have many games yet, but it runs Rocket League at all high settings at 250 fps. For the little video editing that I do, (in 1080p) it probably takes 30 seconds for 1 minute of video.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

This is pretty much the exact same config as I plan to get. It's scarily similar. Its a very nice build btw ;3.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Good luck!