Description

My second complete build, but my first since getting started with pcpartpicker. It's meant to be on the lower end of the mid-range pc spectrum. It has linux mint 17.3 installed on the main drive, which is for general use, linux mint 13 on the hard drive as a backup and Windows 10 on the other ssd for gaming and internet streaming that requires proprietary software. It is the result of a lot of research and deal-spotting, and I'm happy that it turned out with a little more variation in the part selection than many of the builds on this site. Put together with my brother's help, and then loaded up with the new RX 470 graphics card.

The keyboard, speakers, mouse, Mushkin ssd and hdd are transplants from my old build, so the actual price I paid is significantly lower.

Part Reviews

CPU

Runs cool and fast, but the jury is largely still out since I'm waiting for the summer to end to start over-clocking.

CPU Cooler

Keeps the cpu at around 29 idle. Can be a little loud at higher rpms. Great compatibility with case depth and RAM. Struggled with installation, but mostly because I didn't follow the directions. The arms attaching the fan to the heatsink are a little loose, and occasionally need repositioning to stop a rattling sound.

Motherboard

A good looking, albeit understated board. Pretty limited in terms of its special features, but its a good price from a good brand if it matches what you need.

Storage

A bit of an oddity. My first arrived DOA, it was replaced with minimal fuss and has worked well without slowing down for a few years now. It doesn't boot up in very cold ambient conditions, though.

Video Card

Love the card. It took a lot of heat for being more expensive than a 480 with 4gb RAM, but it has some features that make up for that. It's more efficient, so if you use the card for a few years, the price difference swings in the other direction. It runs cool and quietly (hasn't gotten over 60c even when gaming). It's one of the best looking graphics cards I've ever seen, and if I'm going to be looking at it for the next few years, it's worth paying a few extra dollars for the aesthetic boost. Yes, you could pay a bit more and get an aftermarket 480 with better performance, or you could pay a little bit less for a little less performance.

Power Supply

Probably overkill for my needs, but the value for this unit is hard to beat. The cables are pretty stiff, which can make cable management a little more difficult- comes with velcro ties to help keep things in place.

Monitor

A good price for an ultra-wide monitor. Complaints about the contrast are fair, but one of the presets (fps 2) covers the whole visible contrast spectrum. A bit limited by the scarcity of content for 21:9 aspect ratios, but a good choice for games that can support it.

Keyboard

All the features of a much more expensive board. Poor design on the wrist rest makes it less comfortable for typing than it should be. The software for it isn't great, and sometimes the board needs to be disconnected and reconnected after booting up. My first mechanical keyboard, so I don't have much of a comparison base.

Speakers

A great, entry-level set of speakers. The right speaker has a screw or broken piece of plastic in it, but it doesn't rattle when its playing. Had them for 4 years and they still sound great.

Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, the rx 470 is indeed a pretty and solid card. In my build, I chose the rx 470 4gb version over the rx 480 4gb mainly due to heat and power consumption: 40 watt TDP difference. If I had chosen a larger form factor for myself I would have probably got a reference rx 480. Anyway, good job!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

why bought rx 470 (8gb) for $240 , when u can get rx 480 (same 8gb) for the same price ($240) ???

  • 41 months ago
  • -1 points

Because the 470 uses less power, runs cooler/quieter and looks better (assuming you're comaparing it to the 480 with reference cooler).

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

yes but it performs better (which is the most important part) at the same price :D

  • 41 months ago
  • 0 points

But you wont be able to tell the difference between your mother hair drying and the reference cooler

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

u can add $10-$20 for a custom cooler (saphhire nitro+ or asus strix)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

or u can add just $10 and get way more performance , way less power consumption , way less heat , by getting a gtx 1060 6gb ($250)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

The case in your part list doesn't have a window - I think perhaps you uploaded your build with the wrong case selected?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Right you are- tough to keep track of all those different p400s's. I should have used the filter to pick cases with windows. The list should now be correct. Thanks for the correction!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean by pseudo-silent? Is it not silent?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It's got some features that help it run silently: a modest fan curve on my linux partition, psu and video card fans don't run unless under load, noise dampening material lining the case. But it's also got features that prevent it from being totally silent: small cpu cooler has to run harder (hence louder) under load, the aforementioned psu and video card fans spin up, I use a more aggressive fan curve on my Windows (gaming) partition, and the case has a window, so there's no noise-dampening material on the side that faces me when using it. Thus, not totally silent, but pseudo-silent