Description

This PC build was my first ever build as I have been wanting to do for a long time but never had the money for it. Now that I do I was able to finally build it. I will go over the build part by part and list pros and cons for each part. NOTE It does not look like I have a case but I put it under custom parts because I can no longer find it on PCPartPicker.

Starting with the CPU, I chose the i5 because it seemed like the best option for my build, the i5 works very well and I am very glad I chose this processor, only con is that it does not come with a CPU cooler but I was planning on getting another cooler anyways so it all worked out.

My CPU cooler keeps my CPU at a solid temperature, even while under load, the RBG effects are easy to control through the motherboard driver that can be installed for RBGs. It keeps everything well maintained and was a very good price. Kind of bulky, but still fit everything perfectly, harder to install than a stock CPU cooler, but keeps everything perfect.

The ASRock Phantom Gaming 4 was definitely one of my best decisions in this build. I was hesitant due to the lack of reviews on PCPartPicker but it was worth the money. The RBGs fit perfectly with the aesthetics I was going for as well, BIOS was easy to run and everything worked out well with this motherboard, definitely worth it. I'm not much for overclocking, but the motherboard's drivers work well for it. Drivers were also easy to install and required not much effort due to it's easiness.

For my RAM I chose 2x8 GB sticks of Corsair Vengeance. I was going to originally get some of G Skill's Trident RBG RAM sticks but these RAM sticks were easy to install, look good, and work perfectly.

I decided to get and SSD due to everything being faster and I don't use much storage due to the number of games I play. Eventually I will be getting a Hard Drive to start putting games on, but for right now this SSD was perfect, basically a plug and play, I saw that some of Samsungs SSDs had to have some things installed for it to work but this SanDisk SSD was no hassle when it came to installing it, I also bought a bracket in order to mount the SSD but it all worked out in the end.

For the Zotac GeForce GTX 1060's performance, I was surprised on the price, I am able to hook up my HDMI 60hz ultra wide monitor to it, while still having my 144hz plugged in with a DisplayPort Cable to it as well. I can run games at a solid FPS while still doing other tasks and I am very glad I bought this part. Works like a charm.

For my power supply I decided to go with 750 W because that was plenty of wattage for my build, it comes with plenty of cables if you have a lot of things inside of your PC, I would recommend this power supply for sure.

Of course Windows 10 because Windows 10 is perfect for me and is easy to install. Just the home version works perfect.

The motherboard comes with a slot on it for WiFi but instead of that I bought the Netgear A6210 because it is easy to plug into the PC and immediately connect to WiFi.

I am going to review the case due to this was the reason I bought the case fan. The case worked perfectly, good design, and had good slots for cable management, the only complaint I had about the case was the stock fan. The stock fan was 3 pins instead of 4 so it needed a little boost in order to start spinning, which can get annoying and even while spinning it spun at about 600 RPM, I still have the stock fan in the front for extra air flow but everytime I turn the PC on I have to lightly blow it from the front of the case to get it going.

The case fan I chose was the Cooler Master MasterFan MF120R, this fan works perfectly and fits well with my RGB fan, both of the fans I have synced up together and the fan spins at a good 950 RPM usually. Keeps air flow good and works perfectly in place of the stock fan.

The LED's work perfectly for aesthetics along with the RBG fans, soon I think I am going to get an addressable LED strip though as the motherboard has one that can be controlled with the RBG driver.

Overall this PC can handle anything I throw at it so far, my choices were amazing and I'm very happy with this PC.

Part Reviews

CPU

I chose the i5 because it seemed like the best option for my build, the i5 works very well and I am very glad I chose this processor, only con is that it does not come with a CPU cooler but I was planning on getting another cooler anyways so it all worked out. The i5 was the best choice and I recommend it all the way.

CPU Cooler

My CPU cooler keeps my CPU at a solid temperature, even while under load, the RBG effects are easy to control through the motherboard driver that can be installed for RBGs. It keeps everything well maintained and was a very good price. Kind of bulky, but still fit everything perfectly, harder to install than a stock CPU cooler, but keeps everything perfect.

Motherboard

The ASRock Phantom Gaming 4 was definitely one of my best decisions in my build. I was hesitant due to the lack of reviews on PCPartPicker but it was worth the money. The RBGs fit perfectly with the aesthetics I was going for as well, BIOS was easy to run and everything worked out well with this motherboard, definitely worth it. I'm not much for overclocking, but the motherboard's drivers work well for it. Drivers were also easy to install and required not much effort due to it's easiness.

Memory

For my RAM I chose 2x8 GB sticks of Corsair Vengeance. I was going to originally get some of G Skill's Trident RBG RAM sticks but these RAM sticks were easy to install, look good, and work perfectly.

Storage

I decided to get and SSD due to everything being faster and I don't use much storage due to the number of games I play. Eventually I will be getting a Hard Drive to start putting games on, but for right now this SSD was perfect, basically a plug and play, I saw that some of Samsungs SSDs had to have some things installed for it to work but this SanDisk SSD was no hassle when it came to installing it, I also bought a bracket in order to mount the SSD and it all worked out.

Video Card

For the Zotac GeForce GTX 1060's performance, I was surprised on the price, I am able to hook up my HDMI 60hz ultra wide monitor to it, while still having my 144hz plugged in with a DisplayPort Cable to it as well. I can run games at a solid FPS while still doing other tasks and I am very glad I bought this part. Works like a charm.

Power Supply

For my power supply I decided to go with 750 W because that was plenty of wattage for my build, it comes with plenty of cables if you have a lot of things inside of your PC, I would recommend this power supply for sure.

Wireless Network Adapter

Easy to just plug into my PC and go from there as soon as I installed windows, worked great.

Case Fan

The case fan I chose was the Cooler Master MasterFan MF120R, this fan works perfectly and fits well with my RGB fan, both of the fans I have synced up together and the fan spins at a good 950 RPM usually. Keeps air flow good and works perfectly in place of the stock fan which was not working properly.

Custom

The case worked perfectly, good design, and had good slots for cable management, the only complaint I had about the case was the stock fan. The stock fan was 3 pins instead of 4 so it needed a little boost in order to start spinning, which can get annoying and even while spinning it spun at about 600 RPM, I still have the stock fan in the front for extra air flow but everytime I turn the PC on I have to lightly blow it from the front of the case to get it going. I ordered another fan instead to replace the stock fan.

Custom

The LED's work perfectly for aesthetics along with the RBG fans, soon I think I am going to get an addressable LED strip though as the motherboard has one that can be controlled with the RBG driver.

Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

here is a little tip to cable managing in this case. cpu cable should be routed to the top right, when facing the back of this case. route the connecting pcie cable to the nearest hole. there is a hole near where the ram slots would be. route your fan cables to that spot. other than that +1

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

will do! thank you, I knew there was a hole to route the cpu cable through but it wouldn't fit and I didn't feel like taking the motherboard out but I will just to get the extra satisfaction of cable management

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm affraid that you are not using all of CPU potential with 2400 MHz RAM...

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

looks good, just needs a little cable management! +1