Description

My Father-In-Law's old PC was on its last legs--it became very slow, dusty, and overall somewhat unusable--even YouTube videos would stutter. So my wife suggested that I build him a new one. My in-laws don't play games or do anything CPU intensive so I decided to user lower-end parts but at the same time I wanted to make something that would hopefully be reliable and efficient for years to come. I also wanted to build something that could be expanded upon later on if need be. Lastly, I wanted to get some flashy parts as my brother-in-law (who built the PC being replaced years ago) is into building computers as well :)

The only things I provided not included in the part list was a spare Thermaltake Riing fan w/ controller (for the intake) and the rubber anti-vibration flexible rivets for mounting the fans. I had these laying around from a previous build so I thought I would donate them to this build. I also had a spare copy of Windows 10.

For the part reviews I was able to provide reviews for most parts except the Micron M.2 SSD -- Seems like the only place that carries this thing is Microcenter (where I purchased from) and some obscure online retailers. I think for the price its an excellent deal. Anandtech had reviewed these units years ago and they seem to be solid. The thing I like about this drive in this build is that I needed less wires and it was sufficient in size for the needs of my in-laws.

Part Reviews

CPU

There seems to be a lot of hype around these new Kaby Lake Pentiums (dual core w/ Hyper-Threading support)--for the price I thought it was a great buy.

Motherboard

Wanted something that would match the red/black color theme of the case and RAM. This fit the bill and the price was just right. It's got some decent features like the red glowing lights and tons of fan inputs as well as m.2 32gbps support. I had some issues initially setting up with displayport output.

Memory

Red Ram. Looks matched well with rest of build. Passed memtest86 with flying colors. Worked at 2400 right out the box.

Case

For a "budget case" this thing looks pretty nice. It probably looks better in the stock photos than it does in real life. I really like the uniqueness of the "gull-wing" style window. Its a dust magnet though!

Power Supply

What more can I say here? One of the best power supplies on the market. I know I could have spent less and got a cheaper unit, but I wanted something super reliable. I'm also a bit of a neat freak when it comes to cable management so I needed fully modular.

Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow. That is a VERY clean build. Incredible job on the cable management!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Man, that is a nice concise CLEAN build. You took a lot of time and dedication to wire management. Very well done! +1

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! It did take some time and re-doing here and there but at the end I thought it was worth it! Having a modular PSU helped too!

  • 27 months ago
  • 3 points

Modular will hopefully be and stay the standard that PSU manufacturers lean towards. I get that it increases costs but Id glady pay $5-10 more for modular on any PSU over nonmodular. Except in the case of $20 PSUs.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the motherboard good looking?, I have one on the way and I'm going to put it in a corsair 350d

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it. First time building with MSI--previously I've built with Intel, Gigabyte, and ASRock motherboards, but so far the MSI is looking good. I updated the BIOS as soon as I got it though.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I will have my first build too. Do we need to update the motherboard first? Do we use the cd that comes with it? I dont have a cd drive though..

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are trying to use a Kaby Lake processor w/ a 100 series motherboard then you'll need to upgrade the motherboard first. But if you use a 200 series motherboard like the one I used then you'll be ok. Still a good idea to update firmware, drivers, etc. You can download them and load them on a USB stick; no need for cd drive etc.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you update the firmware after you have everything set like windows 10? I probably have to watch vids about updating mobo firmware. Thanks!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

yes.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Very intriguing case. Never seen that one before. Good find +1 for originality and extremely clean!!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I had a quick question about the mobo, in MSI's marketing material it looks like there's a red glow around most of its perimeter, however I can't really see it too well in your photos. I was going for a subtle red / black build in the new inwin 301 and was wondering how much you could see the red LEDs during the day and during the night? Thanks!

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for the late reply but there is a slight red glow...hard to tell and very subtle.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries, thanks!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I am going to get this MB, I am planning to get a m.2 SSD, Do you think losing one Sata port really affect anything? I am just starter at PCs. BTW nice PC.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. No, i dont think you'll really care for losing a sata port. I don't have any sata drives in the PC anyway.

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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