Description

PICS COMING SOON.

This is my first build! I use this computer for daily computing, photoshop, light video editing, and gaming. This computer works very well, AAA games run very smoothly on a 1440p screen. This computer is also really quiet, even when on load, you can barely hear it (from where I sit). To be specific, here are the sound measures:

The dbA meter was placed an inch from the PC:

IDLE Front - 47dbA, Glass side - 44dbA, Rear - 52dbA, Top - 51dbA

LOAD Front - 49dbA, Glass side - 51dbA, Rear - 55dbA, Top - 54dbA

I also did various benchmarks with this build, mostly for the CPU and GPU

CPU:

Cinebench R15 CPU Test: 730

GPU:

Cinebench R15 OpenGL Test: 143.90 fps

All Unigine tests were run twice with the extreme preset at a resolution of 2560 x 1440.

Unigine Heaven: Score - 1434, Avg. fps - 56.9, Min. fps - 8.1, Max. fps - 203.4

Unigine Valley: Score - 2437, Avg. fps - 58.2, Min. fps - 29.3, Max. fps - 115.4

Unigine Superposition: Score - 1949, Avg. fps - 14.58, Min. fps - 12.41, Max. fps - 16.80

The PC had three stages, here's a quick rundown of every stage.

FIRST STAGE (April 30th, 2017) This stage had the most of the PC complete, every thing was in place except the graphics card. I ran off of the integrated graphics at this stage. I also used the old mouse (Logitech M310).

SECOND STAGE (???, 2017) Every thing was the same as the 1st stage except the fact that I switched the M310 for a G502 due to disconnection issues.

THIRD STAGE (July 1st, 2017) Every thing remains the same, but now I bought the graphics card (Zotac GTX 1070 Amp! Edition).

Part Reviews

CPU

Fantastic CPU for the price. An absolute beast an I overclocked it easily to 4.24GHz. Performs great in gaming, i7s are overkill for that purpose. However, I am taking a star off because of AMD's launch. If you're struggling between the i5-7600K or the R5 1600, get the R5 1600. You sacrifice 5 frames for 8 extra threads and a sick cooler for $20 less.

CPU Cooler

This is a great cooler. It keeps my OC'd i5-7600K at a nice 78C under 100% load (after reaching equilibrium during stress testing). Its better looking and quieter than the Cooler Master Evo 212 for only a few extra bucks. The installation wasn't a pain but it still wasn't easy. I'd give it a B for an aftermarket air cooler.

Motherboard

This is motherboard is one of the best in this price range. It's built well, it comes with some nice features, it has a good selection of I/O, and it look's pretty good. The power delivery also is pretty good. It's not a fancy board but there's not much to dislike about it.

Memory

Corsair always makes good RAM, what did you expect? 3200MHz, white heat spreader, quality, low price (at least in today's standards). Sign me up.

Storage

If you're looking for an SSD, this is the one to buy. It's not only one of the fastest 2.5in SSDs but also the most reliable. It looks very minimalistic and boots everything extremely fast. Very satisfied, keep up the good work Samsung.

Storage

You can't go wrong with a Seagate hard drive. This 2TB hard drive is very cheap, reliable, and quiet. I can barely hear it and it stays very cool. Nothing fancy about it. A hard drive's a hard drive.

Video Card

This thing rocks. It's awesome like any other GTX 1070. I usually stay with the mainstream but purchasing a Zotac card really blew me away. This card looks fantastic, it stays cool and quiet, and it overclocks like a beast, got me to 2GHz no problem. It also has bright and quality lighting, but no 16.8 million color support (if that matters to you). Also, there are two yellow stripes on the backplate of this card but I personally didn't mind it too much in my black and white build.

Case

This case is great and it's slightly cheaper than the NZXT S340 Elite. The case looks nice, and it even comes with a free RGB strip (wow!!1!111!!one). The airflow is decent but with a closed off panel you can't really expect too much. Building in this thing was a piece of cake and everything looks very tidy.

Power Supply

EVGA kills it. Again. Boom kachow (this did not happen to my power supply). At $80 this is a killer deal. 80+ gold, quality fan, 0db mode, and reliability proves that this power supply is built tough. It also comes with black sleeve cables which is always a plus in my book. 10/10 would buy again.

Operating System

Lol what other choice do I have. Other than malware and security issues I feel like it's a good choice.

Monitor

Obviously not the top choice for hardcore gamers, but great for content creators or just anyone who wants an awesome display. The bezel-less look gives this monitor a very clean and modern look and creates a more immersive experience. The display itself is nothing short of impressive either, amazing color accuracy, range, and brightness makes for a great viewing experience. The viewing angles are also good and the matte coating decreases reflections and isn't too over the top (doesn't mute colors). Even after 8 months of use, I have nothing to complain about other than maybe the price.

Keyboard

This keyboard belongs to the very rare breed of mechanical keyboards that doesn't rub "gamer" all over your face. It's still great for gaming and comes with programmable keys (not dedicated macro keys though) and other gaming features, but it doesn't have RGB lighting and some crazy gamer aesthetic. The thing's also built like a tank, especially for the price. Logitech's done it again.

Mouse

For $60, you're getting a mouse with a top notch sensor, great ergonomics, and lots of gaming oriented features. Any gamer looking for a $60 mouse should take a closer look at it.

Comments

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

bruh no graphics card

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya well I'll explain it a bit better in the description.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Empty

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable Management is nice, there are lots of good graphics card that are also selling for a cheaper price, like the radeon 470 or gtx 1050 ti.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! I'm planning to wait on a graphics card because I won't be needing it for now anyway, but I'll keep an eye out!

[comment deleted by staff]
  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

No that's just there as a substitute for now since the RX 580 is basically only a refresh of the RX 480.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

i dunno how you fit all of those in your budget but man we almost have the same build and almost the same budget (i spent around $1100) except i don't have the peripherals you got and the additional hdd, i also only got a 120gb ssd, because **** here in the Philippines is too expensive.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol ya I've been to the Philippines twice and it's pretty expensive there. But at least now I know I'm not the only one to have a PC like this...