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Bigger Doesn't Always Mean Better

by Appachi

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2 Comments

Details

Date Published

Jan. 2, 2017

Date Built

Dec. 25, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

23.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

40.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.35GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.0GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

34.0° C

Description

Edit: I had to buy a new mouse. The Zelotes mouse has the worst sensor I've ever used, and it spins out after a slight flick in CS:GO. I can't expect much, so it will go to office use for my dad. Purchased the SteelSeries Rival 100 along with a SteelSeries Qck Heavy and I am happy as could be!

Hi, I'm Appachi. I'm 14 and this is my first build. I had started planning and saving money for this build in March of last year. I had been using an 8 year old Lenovo laptop before. Needless to say, an astounding 20 fps in League of Legends is not ideal.

The building process was... a struggle to say the least. The case, while looking great, is terrible to build in. I wasn't expecting much from a $35 case but it was just horrid. Heres a quick pro/con list

Pros

  1. The pre-installed fans are quiet and have nice, bright, blue LED's. Great airflow as well.

  2. It looks sleek

  3. Easy to access front IO

  4. Decent cable management, even if you can't get the other side panel off

  5. Easy SSD mounting

Cons

  1. I almost sheared off the solder on the bottom of my motherboard with the pre-inserted standoffs

  2. The back of the case bent while I was trying to remove the side panels (and I could only get one off)

  3. There is one page of "instructions" that tells you nothing, not to mention all the screws are unlabeled

  4. The mounts for securing the graphics card after inserting it are not ideal.

Okay, a bit negative there, but that's my fault for picking a bad case.

I plan to upgrade from the i3, but until then, there is plenty for what I need. Same with the 1050, plenty to push 200 frames in CS:GO and 240 in League of Legends, but I will upgrade in the coming years.

The SSD is speedy, booting Windows 10 cold-turkey in about 15 seconds.

The motherboard BIOS got a pretty big update since I first got it. I can now adjust the fan curve of my CPU fan and case fan that is plugged into the 4 pin. It looks cleaner now than the original bare BIOS that it shipped with. a

The power supply is nothing special, good quality, works like intended and is pretty much completely silent.

The keyboard and mouse were gifts from my sister. The keyboard is something I fell in love with. It's cheap, but it feels better than some of the Razer keyboards I've tried. It uses Cherry MX imposters, which means it is clicky and has a great feel. Typing this description on my MacBook Air feels like night and day.

Thanks for reading this far! My next upgrade is going to be a new case. I have fallen in love with the Corsair Carbide Air 240. After that, a 144Hz monitor is in order. I'm currently using an old Dynex TV from my sister's college days. I'm looking towards the Acer GN246HL.

Give me some feedback in the comments! Thanks :)

'Pachi, out.

Part Reviews

CPU

A great starter processor with an even better upgrade path.

Motherboard

Probably the best option for budget, starter motherboards. Easy to work with and it has plenty of USB ports. Only con would be its barely bigger than a mini ITX board, so it looks kinda weird in a mid tower case.

Memory

It's ram. It works.

Storage

Boots Windows 10 in about 15 seconds, a good amount of storage for light games like CS:GO and League of Legends with plenty left over.

Video Card

Good budget card, performs slightly better than the RX 460. The fan rarely goes above 50% when under load, so it's very quiet. Not to mention it's tiny, so it or it's big brother the 1050 ti would be great for an HTPC build.

Case

Horrid to work in, only reason I'm giving 3 stars is for the look and for the fans.

Power Supply

Reliable and dead silent, does it's job well. Cables are a bit of a mess but for $35 you really can't go wrong with this PSU.

Keyboard

Amazing keyboard. I think it can compete with the hundred dollar keyboards on the market right now. Great feedback and it's nice and clicky.

Mouse

Wonderful to use. Has a great sensor that I can't make spin out even with the highest DPI. The RGB lighting is pretty nice too. It fits my hand very well, however I would not recommend for a palm gripper, it suits a claw grip better just because of the size. My only gripe would be that that the soft rubber covering it gets a tad greasy from use, but that happens to all mice. Nothing a Clorox wipe can't fix. Would recommend to anyone looking for a good looking and performing mouse for any FPS.

Other

This thing is huge. We're talking 1/5 of my desk huge. Incredibly smooth and keeps tracking to a T. The only error I've found is my own human error when aiming.

Comments Sorted by:

Itsbubbaj 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Wish I had a pc like this when I was 14. Can't long as it does what you need all that matters

Appachi submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks :D