Description

Mild gaming rig for my first time. Runs very cool and silent. No lights, bells or whistles. I was lucky and bought the GPU in June of this year (2017) because I had an internship and the money was coming in. Little did I know Bitcoin mining was going to explode and drive GPU prices up, I was very lucky.

Had to remove the case fan to fit the motherboard, other than that no huge issues. A lot of rookie mistakes took place.

Runs Skyrim, FO:NV, Bioshock remastered, Firewatch on ultra high 1080.

The next steps are more RAM and a better CPU to relieve myself of the bottleneck. Hopefully my next internship will seal the deal.

Actually took the time to read instructions and found I needed to switch PCIe slots to get the most out of the graphics card. The original slot is a x4 and now it's x16. No idea there was a difference. The internet says there is a difference of maybe 5-10%. I also ordered a GPU stand because the card is cantilevered and bending. I did some more cable management as well.

I am very happy with my build now and its place in my apartment. CPU and RAM still on the way.

Update 5/24/2018

Recognized the bottleneck and finally bought an I5-7500. Added another stick of 8 GB. Witcher 3, Rocket League and Subnautica are on max settings and 60 FPS. Much needed decision. To hell with Pentium, that got me started.

Update 7/14/2018

My boss gave me a 480 GB SSD for free. Swapped out the 60 GB and gave it to my roommate for an upcoming cheap build.

Update 11/26/2018

Case fans were on sale so I bought 6, only 3 made it into the PC. I WOULD NOT recommend the Cooler Master MasterFan Pro. Very loud and occasional buzzing. The LEDs are also dimmer than I had hoped.

Part Reviews

CPU

62C with stock fan on Subnautica.

CPU Cooler

Really great AIO, in my opinion. Occasionally you will hear the fluid making a small swish sound. The fans and pump come with a splitter for the LED control tom connect to the controller. I suggest getting the aftermarket RGB controller because this controller is just buttons that will cycle through settings when pressed. It's a must to use PWM on these fans or else it sounds like an F-22. Comes with thermal paste.

Motherboard

Good MOBO for the price. The constant red LEDs are a little annoying.

Video Card

Really can't complain. Got it for $230 and works well for my cheap build.

Case

The top panel and front panel are difficult to work with when mounting fans. Everything else is great

Power Supply

Cables are stiff, great otherwise. Ugly ketchup and mustard cables.

Case Fan

Very loud. My fan that is mounted on the back buzzes badly while my top two do not. The lighting isn't as bright as I thought. Mounting was easy and you get plenty of slack in the cable.

Monitor

Pretty great monitor for the price.

Mouse

Great mouse for a cheap gaming build

Headphones

Sounds great and feels even better. It's a must to download iCue to change settings.

Comments

  • 21 months ago
  • 4 points

Might be some bottleneck there

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, source I have that CPU and GPU

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

While what everyone else is saying is true (dual channel is faster) and (bottlenecking) upgradability would really make this build great. Think about adding a better processor and another stick of ram in the future other than that get rid of the slack with your cables and it looks great :D hope ur happy with it

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

All of this people telling you that the g4560 its bottlenecking the 1060 6gb might be right, but truth be told, for that price I would have gone for it too. These cards are running around $300 to $400 right now is nuts. This cryptomining mess is truly ruining gpu prices. I'd say thank god you got ahead of the curve, cuz this prices are going to keep increasing. Your are perfectly set up for upgrading in the future. Get an extra stick of 8gb ram, and get a i5 7500, the PC will reach it's full potential there. Overall is a great build, congrats on your first adventure in pc building, you did great bud!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I unknowingly did exactly what you said. The CPU is much better and the RAM fixed a lot of problems. Great recommendation. I would buy your mixed tape.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice 1st build. The G4560 will bottleneck in the future but should be fine now.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

What CPU do you suggest?

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

If you plan to keep the motherboard I would recommend a i7-6700 used if possible. Wait till later this year when Intel launches cheaper motherboards for the I5-8400. Then consider that.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Your CPU is fine and only shows weakness when playing games like Battlefield 1.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

TBH, I am completely fine with you purchasing that GTX 1060, you managed to get a phenomenal price for it and so it fits perfectly in the build. Sure the CPU may be a little weak for the GPU, but pretty sure he is happy with it and that is the main thing. Some recommendations though. - Dual channel RAM, at the time the Ballistix Sport LT RAM (2 x 4GB) was actually cheaper - Ryzen, maybe instead of purchasing the pentium, purchasing something with a much better upgrade path would work a lot better for example (Ryzen 3 1200 and a B350M PRO-VD = $166). While it may cost a bit more it may be worth it in the long run. Perfect build for someone hunting for deals and I really do wish I purchased that 1060. :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

yesh $89.12 for ddr4 ram, I hate how inflated ram prices are now. I've got 16gb(8gbx2)Kingston ddr4 for $86 back when I did my ryzen 1500x build.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice budget gaming build.

Thumbs up.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Bro how much power it consumes

  • 21 months ago
  • -1 points

Could have gone for a $670 dollar build and gotten a dual channel ram kit for a bit more, anyways nice build, bottleneck though, maybe a 1050(ti) next time

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm new to all of this. What are your suggestions, in layman's terms?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Instead of a single stick of (1) 8 gb of ram, you could have gotten (2) 4 gb of ram sticks, because it is slightly faster.

Next, 1060 is overkill for a g4560. Something better would have been a 1050 or a 1030

Also i had to look up laymans terms before this thanks for teaching me

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

The issue is that I'm on a college budget. It plays, it looks better than my Xbox, I'm happy. I will in the future take heed in your advice and do it correctly as I get better parts. I was just happy to shave off some dollars so I can at least get my feet wet. Thank you for your advice. I'm building one for my friend soon and I will use what you have taught me.

I googled layman to make sure I spelled it correctly.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Your build is fine, man. I currently run a G4400 with a 970 and while it definitely bottlenecks my CPU, I can still play games in 60+fps if I fine tune the settings. I just can't run much in the background and it's fine.

Also, GPU should account for at minimum 1/3 of your budget in a gaming rig so you made a good choice. Give it 6 months or a year and upgrade the CPU to something more balanced and you'll be golden.

Hopefully RAM prices will drop soon and if you really feel like you need it you can just toss in a second 8gb stick of RAM.

  • 21 months ago
  • 0 points

Exactly, getting something like 1050 or 1030 would have been cheaper. And wouldve allowed for something like dual channel ram

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

But he's gaming, yes it will bottleneck but the GPU is more important than dual channel RAM for gaming.

  • 21 months ago
  • 0 points

Something like this, your gpu is overkill for the cpu you are using

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/L3BLVY

CPU: Intel - Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor (Purchased For $80.00)

Motherboard: MSI - B250M MORTAR Micro ATX LGA1151

Memory: Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory

Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Video Card: Asus - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Phoenix Video Card

Case: Thermaltake - Versa N24 ATX Mid Tower Case

Power Supply: EVGA - 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply

Wireless Network Adapter: Asus - PCE-N15 PCI-Express x1 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter

Other: Silicon Power 60GB S60 MLC High Endurance 2.5" 7mm SATA III 6 Gb/s Internal Solid State Drive (SP060GBSS3S60S25AE) (Purchased For $35.30)

                                                                           Total: $641.58