Description

Finally had some money to move to desktop gaming.

CPU: Currently, I do not need the power of an i7, so I went for the i5 instead. I do not need to overclock right now, but it is nice to have that option in the future.

Motherboard: Seemed like a decent one for my needs, and well, it is an ASUS, pretty self-explanatory. I think the colors of the motherboard goes well with the colors of the Noctua CPU cooler.

GPU: Deciding on the GPU was probably the most difficult. I leaned towards Nvidia, so it had to be something from the 900 series. The 960 is an okay budget card, the 970 is the most popular and most notorious (being the go-to meme card these days), and the 980 has a price tag bigger than the card itself. I considered getting a 970, but got the 960 in the end since it will do just fine for most of the games I play.

Case: The case of your build should be a good investment, since a good case will last you multiple builds and upgrades. With that in mind, I looked up my ATX full tower options and liked what I saw from the NZXT Phantom 530. The ample space seemed good for water cooling if I wanted to in the future. The case itself was not as great as I thought it would be, but it does the job. The top cover is fairly easy to get open once you get the hang of it. The front cover however, seems to take more effort, or maybe I am just doing it wrong.

Case fans: Since I am not overclocking, I opted out of the water cooling option. I know water cooling gives much better results than fans, but I currently do not need it. The NZXT Phantom 530 has a fan hub that connects up to 10 fans with a 3 pin connector. Since I got a big case, might as well get some big fans with 2x200mm up top to blow air out. I will not go into the negative vs. positive pressure thing, because ultimately it depends on the case. The side fan 140mm mount was unnecessary in my opinion; it should have been parallel to the GPU to allow for better cooling. I felt like diversifying from Noctua fans and got 2x120mm Cougars for the bottom of the case and 1x140mm BitFenix to blow on the GPU. Not really noticing a difference in temperatures with all the fans running at full speed vs lowest speed, but might as well make my case feel not so empty.

My first try was not as great as I imagined, but at least everything turned on and worked at the end. Probably will upgrade after 3 years by replacing the GPU for something with more than 3.5 GB.

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

If you like liquid cooling but need something a bit more powerful, https://pcpartpicker.com/product/RH2rxr/corsair-cpu-cooler-cw9060027ww this is the cooler for you

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

If you do decide to overclock or make your PC Silent, here is a good liquid cooler that get you started: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/CrDzK8/corsair-cpu-cooler-cw9060025ww

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Other than that it looks good

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'll look into it!