Description

Since my initial build, I saved a few pennies and did some research and upgraded almost everything. This is a rig I can be happy with for quite a few years. The only component that I will still be actively seeking out to upgrade at a reasonable price will be the GPU. I would like to pick up a 1070 or 1070 Ti at a good discount. Hopefully Cyber Monday will be kind to me in that regard, although we live in the time of the bitcoin miners, so I guess I shouldn't get my hopes up too much.

Just a note on the CPU and mobo combo here. I LOVE this pairing and it's ease of use for a beginner like me. After checking some sites out to get a handle on what I was doing, I was able to overclock the CPU and keep it stable at 4.5 GHz. Might seem like a small thing, but it blew my hair back for a little while.

Part Reviews

CPU

Very solid CPU for the money. Easy to overclock and noticeable boost in performance when doing so. Mine seems to run a little hotter than some others I have seen posting performance. I'm chalking that up to a possibly overwhelmed AIO that I'm using, but nothing crazy at all. Overall, a great value when found at a reduced price.

CPU Cooler

To be fair, I think I purchased this AIO with an unrealistic expectation for its performance. An overclocked i5-7600K might be a little beyond its reach, but a very good price for a basic AIO liquid cooler.

Motherboard

Very nice, solid-built MB. The BIOS is very easy to navigate and the OC tab is easy to negotiate. No problems at all.

Memory

It's RAM. It's overclockable. I works as advertised.

Storage

The full measure of the SSD will be its longevity. The OS is booted from it and not a hiccup to report. Very fast read and write speeds.

Storage

Complete overkill but a very good price so I went for it. Toshiba is not a fly-by-night company, so I bought confidently and have not been let down.

Video Card

I ended up replacing this card with a 1060 and will give this to my son for his build. No complaints.

Case

Very pleased with this tower for the price. Lots of space inside and plenty of room for multiple cooling options. The side window is plastic so watch out for scratch-inducing materials, but overall looks great, does it's job, and doesn't break the bank. Can't ask for much more than that from a case.

Power Supply

Good price for a goldie. No problems to report.

Optical Drive

I'm old-school like this. Works fine, not too expensive for a Blu-ray drive.

Optical Drive

Cheap and works.

Comments

  • 22 months ago
  • 3 points

I have the exact same mobo and CPU combo. Unless you really lost the silicon lottery you can probably clock to even higher speeds (I'd say at least 4.7). My setup is running at 4.9ghz at 1.35 volts and im still not done testing limits. Nice build! +1

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I upgraded my AIO cooler to a Corsair H115i and I got the OC stable up to 4.6. Much better! The MasterLiquid Lite was just not keeping up with the thermal demand. Thank you for the thumbs up!

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build. How did you find the 1050ti? I'm thinking of grabbing one.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

I got it from Newegg.com.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh nice. What I actually meant was how good is it? I'm thinking of getting one now and then maybe grab a 1070ti later.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

are temps correct with that liquidmaster? Im thinking to pair it with a Ryzen 1700, but seem a bit high.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

That was the average temp I got while using IntelBurnTest. It's usually right in the 50's while operating normally. I'm happy with the liquidmaster so far, I would recommend it.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

is that AIO cooler working well?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

It works OK. I think I would've gone with something a little more robust in the radiator and fans. I think you could get a little better bang for the buck elsewhere. Hope that helps.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice looking build.

Thumbs up

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!