Description

It's been about 10 years since I switched from desktop to laptop and since I built my last machine. I decided to switch back due to the value vs money spent on a laptop. Plus I wanted a rig that could possibly allow me to dabble in PC gaming again (usually a console player but used to be addicted to CS back in the day).

My main goal for this rig was to build something for my day to day job which is C# development and also virtualization with a dash of budget gaming. On the priority list was good RAM and storage but also snappy speeds to build in Visual Studio - hence the SSD. For the memory I'm starting with 16GB due to budget but I plan to upgrade to 32GB soon.

The trickiest part of the built was installing the Be Quiet! CPU Cooler blocked which appears to sort of block my first RAM slot so I would've chosen another unit had I known that in store. Otherwise it was a smooth build.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Blocks the first RAM port on the AsRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 mobo. Instructions weren't very clear, had to YouTube some things. Feels like it was mainly designed for a Intel CPU. Otherwise it's a great cooler and super silent!

Case

When I unboxed this case I was little surprised at how big this thing is but it's a great case with awesome cable management. The only challenge I had was getting the 8 pin CPU power cable through the top slot. Had to remove the rubber grommet in order to plumb the cable through successfully however this is probably an issue with the PSU. The only complaint I have is that the USB ports on the front panel are very tight for some reason. I have to really pull hard on the drives that I plug into those ports, same goes for the headphone jack. Otherwise great case.

Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

I love this build. It's simple and good. +1

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

why only a RX 460 when the 480 or 580 is way faster but not much more expencive

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Came down to price and bang for your buck. I was already maxing out my budget and the 460 had great reviews for it's price-point. It was the only sub $200 card that made sense.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Now that I look back I should've gone for the 480. Might do the upgrade since the 570-580 is impossible to find. Damn cryptocurrency miners.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Upgraded the GPU to a Zotac GTX 1070 Mini since it was the cheapest 1070 at the time. The RX 460 is a great budget gamer card but after upgrading to a 4K monitor I couldn't justify keeping the 460. Too bad I had to join the green team, would love to go back to the red in the future.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I imagine it didn't, but did your Pure Rock come with an AM4 bracket, or did you have to get one? I know they're free, but :/

Edit: Answered my own question; it does, but some of the dark rock pros don't or didn't, which is why I asked.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I have some Corsair LPX Ram in all 4 slots, if I had this (AM4 Orientation) would it block a ram slot? Thanks

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply. I think you should be ok!

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I didnt consider this! But the mounts on the mobo for the cooler are fixed. I didn't see any alternative holes to mount it 90 degrees, I should double check. Thanks for the tip :)