The main goals of this project were games at 60+ 1080p with the ability to light multitask, discord, maybe a browser tab or two while playing games. I also wanted to leave upgrade options open going forward and I think that's solidly in place to eventually go up to a 1060 or 1070 even if I feel like upgrading my monitor and processor as well which eventually I'm sure I will. Coming from a laptop at 720p, CPU at 2.4GHZ and a whopping 6GB of DRAM though this is quite a significant upgrade and I couldn't be happier.
Thanks very much to everyone at pc part picker and the community for assisting me with putting together my first build ever. I had some trials and tribulations but so far nothing has broken I'm playing games at 60+FPS and watching videos at 1080p. It's fast and snappy stays relatively cool I think it's spiked up into the high 50's at the worst when I ran Heaven benchmark. I can multitask no problem without having to tweak things or turn a bunch of stuff off although I leave most stuff off just out of habit, thanks, old laptop.
Thank you once again to everyone at the site and all the youtube creators whose product reviews and build videos I watched. You have all been an immense resource and I just so enjoy learning about tech and hardware it's been an awesome journey thus far and I can't wait to see what I'll learn tomorrow.
For my use and the price couldn't be happier. 1080p like a boss with low power draw low temps and low price
Helping with those low temps quite significantly and for $20 you can't go wrong. Fairly easy install even for a noob like myself
Actually really solid for the price it does the job. Has all the core features I personally needed. Some quality of life things like better io shield and so forth would have been nice but it was $60, compatible, shipped in two days when I needed it to finish the build cause the first one off of ebay seemed to have issues or I messed something up not sure but It wouldn't boot to save my life. The gigabyte first try haven't had any issues since.
It's ram it works I liked the way it looked. Originally purchased to help diagnose troubleshoot boot issues on first build attempt. Decided I'd rather have more ram at a lower speed than 8GB at 2400. So once I was certain this would be recognized I kept it and returned the 8GB of crucial 2400 I originally planned on.
Fantastic at least as far as clean installs go. Put one in my old laptop a few months ago worked like a charm and dramatically improved performance. If anyone is planning a migration PNY does offer free software for cloning drives can't speak to how good it is though. I was so happy with the laptop upgrade though that I had to have one for the rig.
The standard stores all my gams
Considering the market it's fantastic. Not quite as good as the RX480 I had dreamed of but for now 60+FPS in everything I play as long as you're ok with dropping settings to med or fiddling to find a balance for some games it's right. Could always push it a little farther with afterburner but for my case which is a lot of dead cells and Heroes of the storm at the moment, it's perfect and low power draw to even with the 6pin plug on this overclocked model. I do still want to play some AAA stuff I'll just turn settings down like I said. I mean is hair works in Witcher 3 really that great? I mean like $400-$500 great? For me the answer is no but then again maybe I don't know what I'm missing.
pretty good for a low power low-cost build. While it has space for dual GPU's and the like unless you're planning on a custom loop as well which again you have space for I'd think about something with better ventilation. Collective wisdom is that it gets a little warm under more demanding workloads see the Gamers Nexus Review. Originally had a define C from Fractal which I was in love with until I was taking standoffs off the bottom of my bad motherboard with pliers. Probably my b as a first timer and I may give fractal another go in the future but for now the phanteks is great. For $80 you get rubber grommets, psu shroud, sound dampening, magnetic dustfilters, RGB led, and two fans. Couldn't really ask for more and if you want to spend an extra couple bucks they have a tempered glass version.
As far as performance Fantastic! Really well reviewed by johhny guru got plenty of watts for upgrades super stable, super quiet at least to my ears and a 5 year warranty. If you've got a window look at getting cable extensions. ketchup mustard on the nonmodular cables might be an eyesore for some. Personally, I never see it with the panel on so I don't care. I also got it for like $60 off Amazon after rebate.
I want my alt tab back from win 7 they lose a star for that otherwise Meh it's windows..?
Works for now only 60hz will probably upgrade as soon as I can afford to. I do notice some tearing specifically in games where I'm getting way above 60fps like over a 100 or more. I might actually hang on to it though for watching streams. I watch a lot of Amazon video and Netflix and IPS is pretty darn nice so I could see a dual monitor setup in my future with this one for the shows and browsing and another one just for certain games. Honestly, this thing still does pretty good for indie platformers and the like where you're almost as much appreciating the pixel art as you are the gameplay. As long as you have decent peripherals I haven't noticed much input lag with v-sync enabled even. Guacamelee looks awesome on this the colors jump right off the screen.