Description

My first PC build ever.

After 2 months of research and learning how to build a computer, I decided to buy these parts. As you can see the prices are quite high compared to the US because I live in the middle east and electronics especially computer parts are quite expensive here but very cheap compared to the pre-built PC's.

Building the computer was quite easy even though the case was compact. The SSD was a bit difficult to line up with the screw holes in this case in my chosen location. I just flipped it over which worked but at the cost of bad looking cable management . After that I didn't encounter any problems except at the end where i switched on the power supply and the PC didn't start. I panicked and checked every connection and re inserted all the cables tightly to see if there was any loose connection. Turns out I forgot to press the power on button on the case after switching on the power supply LOL. That was a scary experience.

Overall I'm very satisfied with my PC. It runs the few games I've tried on Ultra 60 fps which was amazing for me as I was using a 1st gen i3 with integrated graphics potato laptop for more than 6 years and just played simple games on it.

Parts List:

CPU : It was within my budget and works fine

MotherBoard : Fancy looking mini ITX motherboard with Wi-Fi and good connectivity options.

Ram : I need more Ram for CAD work and this was the best deal that i could get, looks pretty and works good. i bought 2400 because 2133 was out of stock and they cost the same anyway.

SSD : This was the first time I held an SSD and i thought it was a fake because it was so light in weight. I login to Windows in less than 5 seconds.

HDD : Standard 1TB for storage, nothing special does what it should.

VGA : Yes I know about the R9 390, but the one which was available in my country was the MSI model and it is too thick for my case. Also from advice from various forums it was suggested that it has more heat output and isnt suitable for mini itx cases, and so i decided on the GTX 970. I'll probably upgrade to next gen cards when i feel the card isn't good enough.

CASE: I needed a small case that i can carry while travelling and this was the only one that i liked and has the required dimensions for taking as check in baggage.

PSU: Tier 2 modular PSU and has very small size with flat cables. I know 750W PSU is overkill for my build but there was no smaller capacity PSU at the shops that were of good quality and I didn't want to cheap out on the PSU.

Monitor: Good IPS monitor for a low price.

If you need any specific detail or photo I can upload it.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

an i5 and a 970 is not a budget build. apart from that it looks very nice.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It is fairly average, compared to the people posting on this website.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you install Windows 10 via USB? If yes, did you use the 2.0. 3.0 or 3.1 slot?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes i did. I used the 3.0 front USB port for installation.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for you prompt reply.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

manufacturers website on the phoenix motherboard and pcpartspicker both state the ram is limited to 2133mhz ddr4 only......im planning a build for this one now , is it actually compatible with other ram?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

You're most likely going to have to down clock it or under clock it whatever you know.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you turn off the orange LEDs of the B150N board?