Description

Before and After photos showcased.

Video of Build and Benchmark Tests:

https://youtu.be/KBJizPZe78U

Short Description:

I'm a College student who constantly uses photo and video editing softwares, including playing and recording videogames. My current laptop setup is weak compared to powerful desktops, therefore I required an upgrade from my Lenovo Z510 laptop.

My main concern was the overall price of the build (including shipping and tax), so I carefully chose my components based on my needs.

Technical Difficulties:

I ran into a very frustrating problem while building this PC where it turned on and off in a 5-second loop.

Check out the full description of my problem here: http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-3232606/build-problem-loops-system-turning.html

tl;dr, The 4-pin speakers I purchased for my Motherboard helped out a lot by sending out beep codes, which identified the problem; the RAM stick was just loosely inserted. Additionally, the RAM stick had to be installed into the slot closest to the Processor.

Conclusion:

Overall, I am absolutely satisfied with my new Desktop PC and I look forward to using it for the next several years! It looks very cozy along with the PS4 placed right above it. Productivity levels increased by a tenfold! Woohoo!

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU package which includes its own Intel CPU cooling fan. Instruction manuals are also included, which is clear and provided visual instructional graphics (for newbies like me).

Wish it was more clear with what updates it needed, as other updates interfered/disabled my HDMI audio capabilities (could be a compatibility issue).

CPU Cooler

Excellent fan that gives you many different mounting options! This package also includes thermal paste for your CPU cooling needs.

Be very careful when pressing your fingers against this cooler. I've experienced several cuts to my hands.

Motherboard

Sturdy build quality. The package DOES NOT include the full manual and requires the user to look it up on Gigabyte's support webpage, http://resources.e-itx.com/gigabyte/mb_manual_ga-h110n_e.pdf

I experienced this interesting technical issue where it would freeze my PC whenever I connect an ethernet cable to it. The problem was fixed by switching between a different set of ethernet cables.

Overall, great motherboard that supplies your average needs.

Memory

Great Memory stick! Very sturdy and can handle a punch!

Storage

Very quiet, reliable, and easy to install! Provides a large amount of storage space for your average user needs.

Video Card

Simple installation requiring only a quick insertion into the Motherboard's GPU slot. Users don't need a separate PCI-e cable from your PSU to provide power to this great Video Card.

Case

Great form factor! Absolutely sturdy and easy to work around with.

I love the fact that the side and top panels are interchangeable (which makes sense for a cube-shaped case).

One downside is that the provided front fan is a bit slow for my liking (but still remains silent).

Power Supply

Good PSU, however the 3-pin power socket is LOOSE and would turn off the PC when given a slight nudge.

Managed to fix the problem by using duct tape and wrapping it around the provided power plug to thicken its body. Inserted the plug into the 3-pin socket, which finally secured it in place. Slight nudges no longer turn off the PSU!

Operating System

Great OS for the average user.

Surprisingly found out that it is able to connect with your other Windows 10 OS devices, where it would sync your settings with your other devices (such as Desktop Wallpapers and clocks settings).

Keyboard

Great wireless keyboard! Would totally recommend installing the recommended driver called "Logitech Options" at http://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/options

The software will allow you to assign and edit keys to your liking. It also provides you up-to-date battery information of your device.

Mouse

Great wireless/wired mouse! The provided USB cable allows you to charge the device when it's running low on battery (which I absolutely love).

*EDIT: The scroll wheel button does not act as your middle mouse button. Rather, the gesture button below it can be configured as the middle mouse button. You can click on the scroll wheel to switch between "Hyperfast" and "Click-to-Click" scrolling.

Would totally recommend installing the recommended driver called "Logitech Options" at http://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/options

The software will allow you to assign and edit buttons to your liking. It also provides you up-to-date battery information of your device.

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, one of the first I've seen to use the 1050Ti as well.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Minky7! The tiny size of the 1050Ti is pretty awesome!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

smol loan of a million dollars

Anywho that's not a bad build, good job.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed a smol loan, and thank you!

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, man i just wanted to ask if you had any problems with the 1x16gb of ram

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello! Apologies for the late reply. So far, my 1x16GB of RAM has no problems whatsoever, and my PC is still running smoothly B)

The only problem was the installation, I initially didn't properly inserted the RAM stick into the motherboard. The solution was to install a beeper, and the beep codes let me know that it was just loose. B)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

What were your thoughts about getting the 1050ti vs 470?

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

One of my key concerns was total cost for the build, so I opted in for the more affordable GPU (the 1050ti). I believe the RX 470 would perform better, but the 1050ti is substantial enough for my needs.

And comparing my new Desktop to my Lenovo Z510 laptop, the difference is massive!

*Edit: If you need a quick estimate on how powerful the 1050ti is, it can run Overwatch on Ultra settings averaging on 60 FPS.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for you help!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually on Epic settings, not Ultra.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing Build, first one I've seen with the new 1050 Ti. I also have the same spider-man-loaf-thing, it's adorable.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! And yes, that Spiderman tsumtsum gives me strength every time I look at it LOL

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I ran into a very frustrating problem while building this PC where it turned on and off in a 5-second loop.

Hey! Your build actually boots up really fast LMAO

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

LOOL, yeah that problem turned out to be just a RAM issue where it was placed or installed incorrectly. T_T

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl and leds!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! And yes, the case is really awesome! I didn't opt in for LEDs since most of my PC would be hidden away in the back anyways.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that card cool in load?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

From my experience, it goes up to maximum of 65 Celsius under load, which isn't too bad!