Description

So this is my first build! Although not too outstanding in it's performance compared to more expensive builds, but for my needs, it gets the job done. I don't play many intense games yet, and I do some light graphics. I plan on upgrading the power supply and graphics card down the road and even through in an extra stick of memory.

Here's the typical breakdown of the part selection:

CPU: Good speed with 4 cores and a low wattage!

Motherboard: Not really happy with the layout of this motherboard. The USB header is right under the PCI-e x16 slot which can get covered up easily by a bulky graphics card and the SATA ports aren't in a favorable spot either but hey, it's still getting the job done.

Memory: Cheap, single stick, which allows room for an inexpensive upgrade, and still 1.6GHz.!

Storage: More than enough storage and it spins with an impressive speed of 7200 RPM. Also I got it for only $45 from Amazon!

GPU: It's an okay card. Definitely not able to play newer games at high quality at 1080p. But if you aren't picky about using a 720p monitor and need a cheap graphics card for it this is the perfect solution.

Case: * fart noise * ...Not much else to say. Made out of cheap material, doesn't allow for good cable management, and the power LED in the front is WAY too bright. Only good thing I can say about it was that it came with two fans. I would not recommend this case to anyone else.

Power Supply: Antec has a good reputation so I thought it wouldn't be a bad power supply with the good reviews that it has, and I was right! It stays fairly quiet and I haven't run into any problems with it yet so I'd say it's doing great!

Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

i hate to be captain hindsight but at this price point, you would've been better served by buying an APU than a low end dedicated GPU.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

+1. Going for such a weak Dedicated GPU is pointless.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I'm not sure if it's a good idea to buy another single stick of ram and tossing it in there. I believe common wisdom states you're supposed to add "matched" sticks, which means they've been tested as a pair/set by the manufacturer. I've done it years ago, but I don't think it's recommended.

About the LED on the case.. I had a similar problem with the case I bought for my last build. I'm not sure if your case works the same way, but on my case, I was able to take apart the case to a degree and put a few layers of tape over certain parts of the LED to mask most of the light coming out. If you (or someone you know) are a little more technical, you might want to consider switching out the LED to a different colored one.. assuming it's the same wattage.

Also, as far as cable management goes, you don't need a fancy $200 case with all the bells and whistles to have decent cable management. You just need to get a little creative with zip ties and looking for spots to tuck all that extra cable. At the end of the day, I don't think it makes much of a difference if you don't have any heat issues.. it's just ugly.

Happy gaming!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

So you're saying the only way I should go about upgrading ram is to buy a specific kit that is made for dual channel? My idea was that if I added the same exact ram to my computer it would work just fine. Am I wrong?

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

A few months ago, I had to upgrade the ram on a machine I'm using to run some computational research I've been working on. The computer was a little older; it had 6 DIMM slots (triple channel) and I needed 24gigs (6x4GB). Triple channel kits are pretty rare and the only thing I could find that would fit the bill were some Corsair Vengeance 3x4GB kits. I ended up buying and installing 2 kits. It originally had lots of stability issues, so I ended up testing each stick and each DIMM one by one, and shuffled around the order in which they sat. After some tinkering, I got everything to run fine. I'm not sure what the problem was,but I haven't had any issues since.. even when running big calculations with 6 cores pinned at 100% and 16GB+ of ram for up to 3 weeks straight. The thing with the kits is that the manufacturer tests them as a kit, so they're sure they'll work together without issue. I guess RAM is a bit finicky and sometimes doesn't play nice with even its own kind.

So at the end of the day, I think you should be fine.. it certainly worked for me, but not without some snags. I guess it's just good form to buy kits, or maybe that's what manufacturers want us to believe. I think you should at least buy the same brand/speed/timing/model though, just to make minimize any chance of problems.

Good luck.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

That's interesting. I know what to expect now. Thanks for sharing!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

It will work for sure, even if you add a stick from another producer.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

You are right, it will probably work just fine that way. There is a possibility of some stability issues that wouldn't exist if you got a RAM "kit". But, it's likely you'll be just fine if you throw in another identical stick.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

You should be fine. Just don't mix RAM and/or RAM type. If you have a 4 GB stick don't add a 2GB and I recommend going with the same make/model as what you have.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Good parts and thanks for telling me about that case because I was just about to buy it

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

gaming

r7 240

hmm

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

do you even gpu bruh?!?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think this gaming build might handle GTA V or maybe Battlefield 4?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, it should play with around 25-30fps with the graphics on a low or medium setting.

  • 60 months ago
  • -2 points

a rosewill case with a psu would have saved ya a 3-4$ lol

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Never buy a Case w/ PSU.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm afraid that the power supply within the case wouldn't have had the dedicated manufacturing like a bare power supply. Although I didn't buy an expensive power supply instead, which of course I would much rather have, I would prefer that Antec over a lame power supply Rosewill may have just tossed in there.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

a good brand with 4-5 star reviews on newegg i think they would be fine