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.
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.
Cranky little beast, either the PWM control or temp sensor is borked and it will randomly ramp the fans over 2000rpm anytime the GPU hits 40c.
But for its qwerks it gets the job done with an enjoyable amount of eye candy turned on in the titles I play.
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.