Description

This computer was built as an upgrade from a Lenovo H430 Tower I had at my mothers house. The Lenovo had little issues, besides its inability to run intense games, which is the primary reason I upgraded. Already having built a PC in the past (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/36yXsY), I had a good clue of what I was doing and part selection wasn't that big of an issue. I had an idea of what I wanted and I went for it.

Starting the build, I went with an i5-8400. This 6-core processor was a must need for me, as I planned to use the machine for multitasking and gaming, requiring lots of threads and speed. The 8th gen i5 series worked wonderfully in my last build, so I kept the same principle and bought a 8400. Prices for this 8th gen series skyrocketed in late 2018, so that put a good dent in my budget. 5-6 months ago, the i5-8400 went for around 180 dollars... which is what I got my i5-8500 on my past build at. Yikes.

Holding the processor I chose a Gaming Arctic B360 by MSI. I wanted ATX and I wanted a white theme for the inside of the case to match the White back of the Phanteks P350X version I acquired. I felt the Motherboard was a great choice. Could have got it 3 months ago at $90, but oh well.

Continuing the white theme I chose Team T-Force White RGB. I originally was going to go with patriot memory, but I felt the need to be one with the RGB and go all out. It was worth the extra few dollars. They have a software called Blitz that allows you to customize the RGB, which I immediately fell in love with. My favorite customization is Starry-Night by far.

Lastly for the white, I got 2 Corsair White AF 120mm fans, probably my favorite look in the build. They look so sick and cool my PC down a significant bit.

Storage was simple. SSD to boot windows quickly and a 1TB HDD to store all my files. Nothing special there. (I really recommend the Samsung SSD though, especially while it's at a low price)

I got the GTX 1060 and EVGA BR 600W PSU for a bundle of $250 dollars on EVGA's weekly Wednesday sale back in October. By far the best deal out of all of these parts. The fact that the card is Detuned doesn't really bother me; I don't plan to overclock so it's all good.

The P350X was my case choice. Digged the P400S from my Blink build, so I kept with the same brand this time. The case itself is very stylish, rgb on the front and side, front jacks, and a side panel, all sold it for me. The accessory box was included... lodged into a Hard Drive bay... oh boy. Got it out though so all was good. The RGB strip I received I have yet to install as its 4PIN does not match the Phanteks 3pin special "D-RGB" cable. Will figure it out some other time.

In all, this build was amazing, definitely a step up from my prior. Probably not going to build again till college... I got all I need for now. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments. Have a great day. :)

(Edit: New images and temps to be published at a later date)

Part Reviews

CPU

Epic processor. 6-core really is efficient for my everyday tasking needs of gaming and schoolwork.

The price is a bit high; used to be a lot lower. Hope they fall soon.

Motherboard

Love the white-black contrast of this MOBO. Fits my computers black white themed style I was aiming for.

Memory

Was hesitant to try this brand at first, as I had never heard of them, but definitely was worth it. Lots of color customization options for the RAM. Starry-Night is my favorite with an ice blue base color.

Storage

My father advocated for Samsung SSDs on my first build and this second one. Really quick boot times for windows; 5-10 seconds.

Storage

It works. It's efficient. About it. :)

Video Card

Really, really, really good. Runs all the games I play perfectly. If you don't plan to overclock, the detuned shouldn't be an issue.

Also worth noting; has white LED text "EVGA GEFORCE GTX 1060" on the front. Looks very clean.

Case

The appearance and looks of the case appealed to me. Great simplicity as well as RGB on the sides, front, and top button.

Reasons for 4 star:

-The accessory box was lodged hardly into a hard drive bay. Took like 10 minutes to find it. Should have put it out in the open... poor decision Phanteks ;-;

-Top panel RGB isn't working.

Power Supply

It works and powers my PC well. Plenty of watts for my PSU and GPU.

Case Fan

My favorite addition to my build. Look very clean and were easy to install.

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

oooh a well deserved upgrade I see. It looks great and the price isn't too bad either. Have you thought about getting a CPU cooler to replace the standard one? Besides that, +1.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes! I will get a CPU cooler replacement in the future. Got any suggestions?

Thankyou for the upvote!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Ryzen 7 1700's are only 200 bucks lately, coulda gotten 2 more cores and 10 more threads if you went that route, seeing you're doing a lot of multitasking.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Could have. Ryzen's in the lead now for sure on multitaskers.

I've just been a long term Intel fan as it has been in all of my past PCs and hasn't failed me or I haven't had issues.

Not doing that much multitasking besides a few background tabs and a game. About it; I think I'll be fine.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

does the i5 8400 with a 1060 6gb play 1080p games at full ultra, 100+ Fps?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends on the game.

Setting up Fortnite at epic I got solid 90fps. Decreased some of the settings and I run 160 with no hassle.

League of Legends runs at 250fps. Not sure what settings I have it on.

I would say probably, just keep in mind over 60fps you don't see much of a change. Eyes can't detect it much.

There is definitely videos on Youtube that benchmark those two. Think I watched one.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you possibly have any benchmarks? I've been looking for a decent beginner PC for $1000 and it looks really nice, but I wanna get some performance details. <3

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I do not. I am not interested or really care. As long as my PC doesn't crash I'm good. I play the games, don't benchmark or track them.

If you are looking for performance details watch videos. I watched many on intel vs amd and then gtx 1050 ti vs 1060. It's a huge jump and worth the money if you can find a sale.

I can help you format a build if you are interested. This one would've been cheaper if I bought parts earlier.