Description

So after watching a video by the YouTuber TechSource I was inspired to build my own PC. It started out as a clone of TechSource's ORION, a $500 budget build. But as I learned more and more about the hobby and parts, I decided on a Skylake system featuring the then-recently announced Radeon RX 480. I knew I wanted a custom card and not reference so I had to wait a while for that to be released (I settled on the Sapphire NITRO). I originally wanted to watercool it but due to budget restraints I settled on the CM Hyper 212 EVO. Once the NZXT Kraken X52 releases I am going to upgrade, since the 212 takes up a lot of space and doesn't really match my color scheme. The motherboard has a really annoying red power indicator next to the ATX cable, but I covered it up with black tape to clean up the look. My one gripe is that the loudest fan in my system is the PSU fan, but it doesn't bother me much. On the part list the prices are what they were on Amazon at the time of buying, so they may not be accurate now. Overall I am really enjoying the system, and ELECTRO V2 will be coming after I get custom sleeved cables, a Hue+, etc.

Part Reviews

CPU

A total beast, crushes everything I throw at it. Overclocked to 4.0, just because I don't want to go much higher. Temps are chilly.

CPU Cooler

Works well and is quiet, too. Planning to upgrade to a Kraken X52.

Motherboard

Works great, only gripes are the red LED next to the 24-pin connector and no HDMI port for testing. I also wish it had more USB ports.

Memory

Works great, looks great. No complaints.

Storage

Can't even use it because I didn't realize that the mobo only supported PCIE M.2, not SATA. An adapter is on its way.

Storage

Good for mass storage. Definitely slower than an SSD though.

Video Card

Epic card especially for the price. I like the RGB customization and the backplate. I only need 4gb of vram because I don't play Tomb Raider.

Case

Excellent cable management and I love the sleek minimalist design. Matte black is awesome too, especially with the blue accents.

Power Supply

A bit noisy but works well otherwise. Planning on getting custom cables soon.

Operating System

It's Windows 10, what do you expect?

Wireless Network Adapter

I get horrible Wifi. This is no fault of the card's and it works as reliably as it can with my horrible reception. The PC is really far away from the router. Planning on getting Powerline Ethernet adapters to fix this issue.

Case Fan

Looks crazy cool on the Hyper 212. Works good, runs quiet, keeps things nice and frosty.

Case Fan

Work well and run quiet. No complaints.

Monitor

Probably the best budget monitor out there. You get a 27" IPS Display that looks amazing, dual HDMI, Displayport, thin bezels, and built in speakers. What more can you ask for in a sub -200 monitor?

Mouse

Great for palm grip users like myself. The high DPI and RGB customization are big pros for this mouse as well.

Custom

Really loud and tactile. I love the programmable RGB and cool lighting modes. Also has a wrist rest which was a must for me. Best budget mech keyboard in my opinion.

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Why do all the gaming pcs have a i5 instead of the i7 I'm putting one together and was wondering that

  • 31 months ago
  • 6 points

The i7 is ~$100 more than the i5 and only adds Hyperthreading which makes little to no difference in most games. So if you're just gaming there's pretty much no point in getting the i7.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I heard its better for mmo's and FPS's, Which i5 would be best then, Should i get a quad core or 8 core

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  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

It actually can make a difference, it is that it is usually way past 60FPS/60Hz where most people play so it would be unwise to get if you can spend the money elsewhere. That is assuming gaming only i.e no streaming or anything else demanding. If your goal is 144Hz or higher it would definitely make sense to get one since at that goal you will often be compute bound no matter how much GPU power you have.

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

I got a graphics card but cant figure out which one i got, My computer says i got this when i check it but idk which 7800 series it is and cant find it on here Graphics Chipset AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series

Core Clock 1100 MHz Memory block 1200 MHz

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get windows for $30?

  • 31 months ago
  • 4 points

he cant answer that, pcpp staff.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

look at tech source build guides with win 10 download. there is a link in the desc and he explains how he gets keys for cheap.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

pauls hardware has a good video on it

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Sale of software and keys from that site often violates the ToS or are resold licenses purchased via fraudulent credit card. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

you should get a cryorig h7 and put that fan on it, it would look soooo hot.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I will gladly save that $100 and get one of those hot new Krakens, but look at this in the meantime...(inspiration for this build) https://pcpartpicker.com/b/sd4CmG

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

lol I have the same build in my favourite builds album on my phone. That my friend is a hot cpu cooler is it not?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish I had money....

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

the h7 is only like 40 dollars usd.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

nvm 30

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

i bought everything on amazon and didnt think to check newegg D:

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Paint the cooler! Paint the cooler! : )

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

But the Kraken X52 releases in 4 days....

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Forget what i said! : P

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

New Kraken Cooling Solutions by NZXT... "We're surprised nobody has realized how ridiculous an RGB water cooler is."

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

= D

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Put one in Coconut Lime 5.1!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

just letn ya know, the x62 is out.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

but the only place you can buy it is directly from nzxt and its out of stock

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

we american folks have to wait 2-3 months according to nzxt

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

unless we buy it for $90 above msrp from ncix

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, planning a similar build myself. I have a question though, where did you get the name "ELECTRO"?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Came up with it myself...not referring to the villain in Spider-man.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

turquoise = pretty

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

what is that epic background pic and where does everybody get those awesome pics? I try to find HD pics for mine, but they always turn out small... DX

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

just look up "facets justin maller" and make sure the resolution of the photo is similar to the resolution of your monitor. actually the one i have isnt by justin maller. it is called "encrusted" but i dont know who made it.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

sweet! thanks!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the blue theme dude +1

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice simple and clean build. Really like the Terquoise/Blue accents. Would look sweet with some Thermaltake Riing's in the front! +1

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The fans are only visible in that pic because I took the front panel off...

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I know lol, I can tell :P would look nice with them though! Just saying.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build! I love seeing Blue and Black Builds