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Lightning At Midnight

by lazenbyt

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58 Comments

Details

Date Published

March 31, 2016

Date Built

March 29, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.18GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

Description

NOTE: This has had a lot of content added to it

This was my very first attempt at building a machine. I spent two months going over build guides and reviewing parts before ordering all my parts one weekend after our tax return came through. I eagerly awaited my parts arrival. I am of the opinion that Newegg gets too much hype because they took the longest to get my parts to me. But when the last part finally arrived (which was the case by the way) I started my build. I work from home as a tech support agent so I worked between calls.

Yes I am aware I should have been on a non static environment but I was just too excited to wait until after work with my parts all calling my name. I still didn't get it fully assembled until after I got off work. At that point YES I did get into a non static environment and started the process of connecting leads to the motherboard and the various cords. I especially enjoy the little POP that comes from installing a new CPU. The CPU cooler was a bear to install, but that had more to do with the fact that I had no experience . . . at all . . . building computers. I am a software guy.

Anyways I had what I thought was all the parts connected and did the test run. I saw the magical glow of the fan lights and the fans turned on . . . and then they all turned off. I just about fainted! What happened! I was so afraid I had ruined it by not doing the first bits on a non static environment. But I was going to do my research first! You know, in case that wasn't the issue (for example I missed something). I looked for my laptop, and couldn't find the power cord for it. That was a problem because my laptop's battery was dead. So here I am, running around in a panic. Let's just say that I am just glad my wife and kids weren't home to see me in this state.

Finally after a long fifteen minutes, I found my power cord and after a little bit of online searching, I figured it out; I forgot to plug in the CPU power supply. NEWB MOVE! After plugging it in, my machine turned on and I was ever so giddy. I took the photos the next day. As some have noticed there is a piece of bread on one of the photos. I am a father so I took the photos when I could. But the bread jokes in the comments I completely love, so keep them coming! EDIT: New photos have been uploaded but I kept the original ones with bread.

One Week Later After working with my new PC I was able to readjust the wire management from what is shown the original photos (the ones with the wood table instead of the black desk). It looks much better now. I uploaded updated photos that include that about a week after this was first published.

Summary I finally have a machine that starts up quickly, runs Adobe CC very quickly, and makes it so I can play some minor load games. I haven't tried with any triple A titles, but I am not a gamer. I also have a lot of "expand-ability". The computer is very attractive for my taste, and even though the power supply is not a 700 W like what many people said I needed, everything uses just over 50% of what the power supply can handle.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great processor for the budget build. I am getting very good boot times, great performance with Adobe CC, and it can be overclocked. I am not sure how to do that with my motherboard but I will update my review once I have.

CPU Cooler

Whisper Quiet, keeps the CPU at a very good temp, and the motherboard was able to control fan speed very easily.

Motherboard

The board is easy to intall and the manual is very easy to follow. For its price its great but it I wish it had more PCI slots rather than PCI express. Also the RAM space is hindered if using an air cooler of any kind to two slots rather than the four.

Memory

Great little blue chip that installs as easily as any other chip, also great look.

Storage

Boot time for my PC in incredible and competes with the time for an SSD. I also love the space for the price ratio. The speed of retrieval is incredible. The open case concept had me a little nervous though because of limited hand space for installation.

Video Card

Very good card for gaming and Adobe CC. Easy installation and very durable feel. The Temps are easy to monitor with the included software. The front socket design is the only draw back I have seen as it keeps from more streamlined cable management.

Case

The look was exactly what I was looking for, and supports everything you would need to get a basic PC going. Drawback include the slightly limited cable management back space and slots on the left sides of the motherboard, lack of rubber stoppers on cable management slots, and the non-existent basement of the case. Also the top slot for optical devices is unusable as the wires for the switch, LED and USB inputs come down through that space.

Power Supply

Works very well. I am only using a little over 50% of its load capcity, and the heat from my PSU is very minimal. Also installation was very good. The wires are long enough to get to the motherboard and work with cable management. The black look helps to hide it too even if you don't have a basement.

Optical Drive

This is very easy to install and is compatible with tool-less designs of cases. The low profile face plate works well with the look of black cases without changing the style. The drive works fast and the sounds it makes are very subtle and quiet even while working under a heavy load.

Operating System

I wasn't a fan of Windows 10 when it first came out, but now that it has been patched up and ready to go, I like it a lot better as long as you have the hardware to make the most of it. The OEM version is very easy to install, and the COA that comes with it makes it very easy to get support when needed.

Wireless Network Adapter

Very easy to install using a PCI express port. This has a good speed for most consumer wireless connection needs. The low profile faceplace didn't match my case's black look so that was a drawback.

Keyboard

I love this combo for the price that I got. The click clack of the keyboard mimics a mechanical keyboard very nicely, and the lights are not overdone so for a non gamer like myself it is great for working at night. The LED lights turn off on the keyboard when the PC is turned off. However the lights on the mouse are do not, so putting in your bed room is not recommended unless you want to cover it every night or turn off the PSU entirely.

Comments Sorted by:

ndietz21 10 points 20 months ago

That piece of bread under your case though

lazenbyt submitter 1 Build 5 points 20 months ago

LOL guys I am a dad, and took these photos while I had a chance. But keep the jokes coming I am dying!

Ryuhara 2 points 20 months ago

I'm also intrigued

lazenbyt submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I didn't even know that was there, now I am trying to remember if I even attempted to clean up before taking the photos or if I was in too much of a hurry.

jellobeast 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I second that. Nice build, interesting use of triangle of sliced white bread. Maybe wonder bread makes wonderful computer?

Eltech 16 Builds 5 points 20 months ago

I was thinking of measurements.

And making a sandwich.
joshzpants 3 Builds 4 points 20 months ago

maybe he thought the pc would work as a toaster if it got hot enough? Should've gone the AMD route then....

jk dont hurt me

Eltech 16 Builds 2 points 20 months ago
Mmm... toast, slathered with melted butter, mixed of sugar and cinnamon that is sprinkled on top.

Should've gone the AMD route then....

Should have gone AMD route???!!! * gasps *

* eats a loaf of bread *

WHY, OH WHY YOU MAKE ME EAT? BECAUSE OF STRESS! YES, I EAT BECAUSE OF STRESS! (Just kidding.)
ZygoteConrad 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

I thought my family was the only one that used the sugar and cinnamon mix on buttered toast?!? Where did this strange breakfast ritual begin?

lazenbyt submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I would never hurt you! That was hilarious, my sides are sore! Best part I have seen a video of a build where they build the computer to warm pizza as well as game. It was in a test case surrounded by cardboard and all heat was directed upwards to a heating plate. I was dying the entire time!

ROG2000_PCs 2 points 20 months ago

Ya know, my friend once cooked poached eggs on his 5K iMac with an M395X lol

joshzpants 3 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

lol I watched the same video on LTT, that episode was awesome!

lazenbyt submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

I made quite a few of them making this build . . . that might account for the bread.

Eltech 16 Builds 1 point 19 months ago
Ah! I should use a slice of bread to measure, instead of my measuring tape.
gorkti200 2 Builds 4 points 20 months ago

Hey looks like you've got a solid machine at a great price here! Enjoy!

I have no idea why people would say you need 700W for this...

EDIT Also I like the name, it's way more creative than 99% of what we see hahaha. +1

lazenbyt submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks I have seen a lot of completed builds here with the "that name is so bland and not creative blah blah blah" that I didn't want that to happen to me.

Eltech 16 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

...even though the power supply is not a 700 W like what many people said I needed, everything uses less than just over 50% of what the power supply can handle.

Who said such silliness? I'm glad you did not get a 750w for this current build. For what you are using it for and how it's setup at the moment. You are perfectly fine with 500w.
Nice work for your budget build and especially for what you needed. Plus one!
lazenbyt submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Co-workers . . . With as many people that are saying that I don't feel so bad now.

Eltech 16 Builds 1 point 19 months ago
Good grief... that is sad. I'm glad you did not listen to their advice, it would have been unnecessary spending. You made the right choice to grab a 500w. You could have even snatched a 430/450w but if a 500w is available in the budget then that's good to have. Incase you might want more hard drives, upgrades, etc.
Luxazur 2 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

totally agree with Gorkti and Eltech, the PSU you have is plenty for the parts in this build!

very nice build! You noted expandability, I think an SSD would be a great future upgrade for this pc.

lazenbyt submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Funny thing I found an secondhand SSD for 18 bucks a couple days later after the build.

Orion555 2 points 20 months ago

Nice solid build. I have almost the same - Zotac 970 on mine. Nice asthetics +1

lazenbyt submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I thought about upgrading but I think after 960 it is more power than what I need for Adobe CC and the types of games that I play, which I never get to play most of the time with the little boys running around :)

lazenbyt submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

And now I kinda regret that now that it has come time to upgrade for VR

MannyPCs 2 points 20 months ago

Great job. +1

A bit of cable management would do

lazenbyt submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

My wife said the same thing, I will be uploading new pictures later once I have a chance . . . without the bread.

ZygoteConrad 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Add a grilled cheese though.

lazenbyt submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

You know, I might just do that, Add a hidden grilled cheese and then do a give away of some sort for people who find it and report it on my tumblr blog :)

ZygoteConrad 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Yes! And be sure to use some Gouda, class it up.

yunggamer03 2 points 20 months ago

Upgrade your CPU to a i5 4460 ;)

lazenbyt submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Will do once I am not on as much of a budget

Growliff1234 2 points 20 months ago

You won't see a huge performance increase in games - just saying

lazenbyt submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

That's ok, like my description says I am not an avid gamer. Just a web and software developer.

lazenbyt submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I speak more than I type for work ATM, so this was bound to happen!

ROG2000_PCs 2 points 20 months ago

Hey, the build is quite nice!

However, I feel that for a non-gaming situation, you should have at least gone for an i3 and a GTX 950 and that would be a big bonus for CC. Any CC program, be it Photoshop or Premiere, is much more CPU and RAM bound. In that case (no pun intended, I do like the bread though, as long as it's whole grain to keep those kids' brains flowing with nutrients), you should have probably stuck with an i5 4460, and gone on either the iGPU or maybe spend a bit more and keep the 950 or a 750 Ti. This is my recommendation. Also, smart choice with the PSU! +1 from me indeed!

lazenbyt submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I would but I was on a strict budget when I first built the computer. So that is why I went with the G3258 Processor.

ROG2000_PCs 1 point 19 months ago

Ah. I could see how you thought that through, only a CPU upgrade, no GPU upgrade for a while, right?

lazenbyt submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Yes exactly. The GPU is not something I want to change after installation so I didn't cheap out on it.

ROG2000_PCs 1 point 19 months ago

That makes sense, instead of having to do both. Quite clever! =D

Cashtache 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Cheapest build ive ever seen

Squishbean1 2 Builds 3 points 20 months ago

There are way more cheaper builds than this. This would look expensive to some builds. ._.

Eltech 16 Builds 2 points 20 months ago
It is about $550-$580 as the build alone, so it's OK. You are correct that there are some much lower priced builds but for what OP is doing with, it's good to go.
lazenbyt submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Thanks for the backup! I stand by my two months of looking.

Eltech 16 Builds 1 point 19 months ago
Hey, no problem. I support your decisions.
Squishbean1 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Yeah, it's very good price/performance.

lazenbyt submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

From what I have seen yes it has been very good performance. Now I have to write all the reviews for the parts . . . .

shudders

Squishbean1 2 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Lol

lazenbyt submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Agreed. I think this is a very good value!

Cashtache 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

not with the prices of parts right now zude

lazenbyt submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Everyone is a critic! :)

Cashtache 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Good build though

BeastPcLewis 1 point 16 months ago

Hi, good build, just wanted to know how many USB ports are on your case altogether. Surely there is more then 2 right???

lazenbyt submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

On the case itself there are only 2, but depending on your motherboard you could have more. Mine has 4 3.0 USB slots and 2 2.0 slots. Additionally the motherboard itself has only one 3.0 USB header

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lazenbyt submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Oh this is just wonderful I didn't even notice that.