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by iridi

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8 Comments

Details

Date Published

June 5, 2018

Date Built

Nov. 20, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3 GHz

Description

I wanted to build a desktop for the first time so I got some brand new but mid-range parts. Didn't want it to be too expensive because I wasn't sure if I'd ever use it since I already have a laptop. I've ended up using it as a media/streaming PC though!

I took the HDD from one of my stepdad's old desktops, although at some point I might put an SSD in it for kicks.


When I first tried to build it, I couldn't get it to boot and left it sitting unfinished for 2 weeks thinking I'd have to take it to a repair shop because I was out of my depth. I was worried I somehow fried the motherboard because I didn't have one of those fancy static wrist bands or whatever I always saw in build videos. The fan and light for the power button turned on but nothing else. Turns out I was mis-reading the guide for the motherboard and trying to plug the PSU in wrong. Also, my approach to "cable management" was basically "as long as the wires aren't hitting the CPU fan it's good" so it's not exactly pretty inside. Not like I have a glass case anyway.

I'm using external adapters for wifi, bluetooth, and a mouse. If I try to put any of them on a port in the back, the signal gets jammed, so my only option was either have the back facing out (so I'd have to reach around to the power button like a peasant) or use a hub to get enough USB ports on the front, since the case only has 2. I ended up sticking the hub to the top of the case with poster tape because its cord isn't long enough to have it actually rest anywhere. It looks stupid but it's functional.


I originally put Ubuntu 17.04 on it but couldn't get it to correctly underscan (my TV overscans by a loooot which I cannot just live with; read the manual and searched online to no avail, then ended up calling support just to be told only a privileged technician could turn off overscan and oh would you like us to schedule that for $100? Sorry, we can't just tell you how they do it :)....??? Never get a Hitachi TV I guess; then, for some reason Ubuntu wouldn't let me set a non-16:9 resolution and after a few days trying to figure it out and dejectedly staring at old Stack Exchange posts that were only vaguely relevant, I gave up) SO it's now running Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB. I don't want to deal with constant updates and bloatware.

It takes maybe 10 seconds to boot and the fan & HDD are super loud during that period, so not exactly the best, but otherwise runs great. Granted I'm just watching anime, but hey at least my anime is buttery smooth.


UPDATE: Power supply has been changed to an EVGA Bronze 80+ rated 480 W and operating system is now Ubuntu 18.01 (LTS). Planning on getting a 120 GB SSD as a boot drive soon.

Part Reviews

CPU

Works perfectly! The stock fan is kind of loud and sucky but that's expected.

Motherboard

It has a tacky & low quality (pixelated/blurry) MSI logo screen on boot. Otherwise it's fine.

Case

Wish it had 3 USB ports on the front instead of 2. Looks very unassuming. Tray/holder for drives is kind of a pain to use as it holds them sideways instead of laying them flat and has like a billion screws you need to use to keep it secure--would rate it 3 stars just for that but the price makes up for it.

Power Supply

Apparently this thing is known for bursting into flames. I've managed to go 7 months without dying tho so that's definitely worth a star!

Comments Sorted by:

legomaster 7 Builds 3 points 9 months ago

Highly suggest replacing your fire hazard of a psu

iridi submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Oh lol didn't realize how bad it was, just figured most of the complaints were about it being low-powered. I'll replace it asap. :)

gugu96 19 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Logisys isn't known to be reliable, clearly the opposite. You'll get a lot of remarks about that psu. I suggest you plug your usb hub in the back, get a longer usb cord if needed. That way you'll have direct access to usb 3.0 from the front, without going through the hub.

NeoBlue 2 points 9 months ago

Is that a magi madoka wallpaper? Nice build :D

iridi submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Yep! Thank you! :D

Nullarc77 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

"Welcome to suicide bomber school. I have here a Logisys PSU as my bomb. Now pay attention because I am only doing this once."

+1

NeoBlue 1 point 9 months ago

Tbh you're not wrong, besides it not even being 80 plus certified, this PSU is absolute crap as apparently it only can handle 192 watts on the 12 volt rail, like it's not even a 480W, more like a 250W PSU.

Also logisys is known for power supplys that start fires, a PSU isn't something you really wanna skimp on lol..

Nullarc77 3 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Yeah. Logisys can't even make cases right from the reviews I have read. And if a company can't get a piece of metal and plastic right then how are they going to make a good power supply?