My Wife said to spoil myself with new parts after living with Me having lost my Gaming PC three months back to a Motherboard fault that killed My Haswell build, and three failed used parts builds attempted in between. So I managed to piece together a build partially new, and afford the kids a Nintendo Switch within the limited budget that was available.
Originally intended to be a Voltron Lion themed build however My Wife and Daughters "Acquired" several of the fans needed to finish the color themes. So I went with a tribute to my favorite genres of fantasy.
The Lighting is from a $4.88 USB powered strip picked up at the local Walmart I was unable to locate on their website to add to the parts list.
Parts marked as $0.00 are salvaged from other builds done over the years, swapped parts, or gifts.
At the time of purchase it was only $10 more then a I3-8100 for 33% more L3 cache and 100mhz, and worth it giving I don't have time for overclocking and the related stress tests. And as my PC is only used for Gaming/Entertainment@75hz it is overkill.
From either 2012 or 2015 I honestly don't remember which one of the two I have owned this is.
But it has never failed to get the job done when needed.
Easy to work with and well laid out board design it gets 4/5 only because of the smaller then MATX board size.
Compact and Roomy 4/5 only because of the limited space available for storage. It also will fit taller coolers then listed, but only when the I/O is mounted away from the CPU cooler. Ventilation is okay but the dust filtration is somewhat poor.
Good color for a TN panel and horizontal viewing angle. However vertical viewing angles are poor and it is very bright. Freesync cuts out under 48hz with noticeable screen tearing.