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Red Stripe (First Build)

by Fomrbyman



Date Published

Oct. 29, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.253 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


I knew nothing about building a PC about a month ago - but I was off work, housebound and a bit bored. Our old computer was on its last legs and I was fearful that it could die at any time and we'd be PC-less. How would we cope?

I bit the bullet and decided to build one and, thanks to this website (and those people who post "how to build a pc" videos on YouTube), I've succeeded in building something that actually works (touch wood). Due to time constraints, and my total lack of knowledge, I've totally relied on positive feedback from others on the quality/performance of a component. I have to say I'm very pleased with the result.

We're not gamers (yet!) - we mainly use the PC for internet/YouTube/homework - but I wanted a machine that would, to some degree, be reasonably up-to-date and offer the potential for some upgrading in the future. I had a budget of about £800, which was probably what I spent on the old computer (about 8 years ago!). I also wanted something that was fairly small and tidy.

Part Reviews


It seems to work just fine - as a non-gamer, I was not interested in anything more spectacular, and it fitted my budget. The stock cooler seems very quiet and efficient - although I am comparing it with our old PC which sounded like the air-conditioning in a car being put on full blast.


Very nice - because it's so tiny, it's fairly easy to understand what everything is, and where everything goes. The Asus Easy-Bios is an absolute joy for a novice like me - shows all the fans are working in a lovely, reassuring graphic of a spinning fan (obviously) and it's very easy to rearrange the boot-up order.


Chosen because of lots of positive reviews and the price seemed ok. Works fine.


Again, positive reviews and price - although this is so cheap, I wonder if I shouldn't have gone bigger.


According to Amazon, the most popular (and highly rated) selling component of its kind - what more do you need to know?

Video Card

I'm guessing this component might confuse people - it's obviously way too much for a non-gaming PC (but in the future who knows what we'll be playing) and I could have gone for the 2GB version and saved more money. I was relieved to hear that the fans only come on when the graphics are more demanding - that's probably why I've never heard them!


This case is ace!!! I was on the verge of ordering the Prodigy, when I saw this. I believe, internally, that it's almost identical. The stripe (which can change colour!) was the selling point (mainly because I'm childish and shallow). Everything is well made (and it's not expensive) - comes with all the expected screws and cables.

Power Supply

Why didn't I get a modular power supply? - surely it would have been better when building a mini PC. Well, I was going to until I saw a YouTube video and this bloke said that a non-modular one was better because it actually took up less space in the area at the back of the PSU. Not sure if I was right to do this. This part was chosen due to price and hundreds of positive reviews on Amazon.

Optical Drive

I can't get my old head around why people wouldn't need an optical drive. Haven't the kids today heard of CDs and DVDs? Why this model? Everyone else got one.

Operating System

Everything loaded fine and then I had a very big initial scare due to the automatic updating. I was caught in the dreaded "automatic repair loop". Fortunately, I was able to follow on-screen instructions and everything righted itself (although it did take a while, over an hour). Since then, and touch wood, everything's been fine. Windows 10 itself - as an OS - is very nice. It takes some getting used to for someone who has used XP for years but that's to be expected.

Comments Sorted by:

Vergere 7 Builds 3 points 39 months ago

For a first time build, the construction looks great! Some of the parts are mid-tier, but they should still last for a good while. +1

Fomrbyman submitter 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago


m52nickerson 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

Nice build!

Fomrbyman submitter 2 Builds 2 points 39 months ago


gugu96 19 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

1 month into custom pc build and that's what you pulled? I would say congrats, you did very well!

Fomrbyman submitter 2 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Very nice of you to say so.

anthonyconcep 1 point 39 months ago

with this build it lets you play games such as BF4, CSGO and id say H1Z1 on high and ultra graphics?

Fomrbyman submitter 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

I've been told it's capable of playing most games at 1080p on high settings - but, I'm not a gamer, so can't tell you much more than that.

tiny_voices 4 Builds -3 points 39 months ago

Apart form the lower quality PSU and SSD, this looks good.

Fomrbyman submitter 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks - yeah, I might regret "cheaping out" on a few things but time will tell.

ROG2000_PCs -9 points 39 months ago

Okay, change out the PSU to an Antec VP450, the SSD to an ADATA model, and the GTX 960 to an R9 380, you'll be good to go. R9 380 is debatable.

I_dunno 2 points 39 months ago

Why do you recommend these changes???

johngerges582 2 points 39 months ago

GTX 960 to an R9 380

In this situation I wouldn't.

Although the 380 beats the 960, I think it would be too much of a hassle to return and get the 380 since the performance boost isn't huge.

ROG2000_PCs 1 point 39 months ago

Yeah, I wouldn't recommend switching after a purchase, the 960 is still good.

gugu96 19 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Why change all of this? It runs fine and he's happy. And beside, he's not planning to build a computer, he already built it!!! Who in their right mind would budget to replace brand spanking new parts right when they completed their rig? "oh I'm builing a brand new computer, let's add an extra 400 buck so I can swap out parts upon completion" That's silly. And you even admit to be suggesting debatable changes, that's total non-sense. downvote

ROG2000_PCs 1 point 39 months ago

-_- I am saying that it is debatable to change a 380 4GB. It performs slightly better than a 960 4GB and costs a bit less, but you will also have a higher TDP and a bit more heat output (assuming you have enough case fans set up properly this will be no issue). The other recommendations were inarguable. Just facts.

Fomrbyman submitter 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

I'm a bit busy tonight - I'll try and do all your recommended changes over the weekend.

ROG2000_PCs 1 point 39 months ago

: ) lol ok

bobdude_01 3 Builds 0 points 39 months ago

I agree totally with the R9 390, it gives you more performace for your money. Also yeah, the PSU isn't the best. But overall it is a good build

ROG2000_PCs 1 point 39 months ago

Yup! : )

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Fomrbyman submitter 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Yeah, a bit weird, I suppose, but you soon get used to it.