Description

This is my "first" build because I had originally built this in an NZXT H510i case, but when I went back to Microcenter, the Corsair case looked so much better and has way better airflow. I'll just have to monitor the dust build up. I'm coming from a 2011 MacBook Pro, so an upgrade was much needed, especially since I'll be doing online nursing school. The small, low resolution screen and lack of USB 3.0 started getting to me. I'll be primarily be playing Fortnite, but the 2060 came with a free Modern Warfare (2019) download, so I'll grind that as well.

Here's my part picker logic:

  • CPU = Didn't care to overclock and don't need more power once school starts
  • Cooler = Reliable cooler with RGB since stock cooler was an eyesore
  • MOBO = Wanted built-in the WiFi/BT and the extra features gives me room to upgrade
  • RAM = Best price available for 2x8GB sticks
  • SSD = Great price and had good reviews
  • HDD = Was the original HDD in my MacBook Pro before swapping that to SSD
  • GPU = Sale price wasn't much more than 1660 Ti I originall wanted and free DL of CoD
  • Case = Loved the look of the grill and better airflow than NZXT H510i
  • PSU = Trusted EVGA even though it was semi-mod and bronze rated

I got Windows 10 Student edition for free from school. Can't complain. If you're in college, definitely try to take advantage of student discounts. I set my budget at $1000 for the PC alone. I'm sure I'll upgrade when I graduate. I'll probably be adding another storage device for my other games and projects. Not sure if I want to shell out for a 1 TB SSD over an HDD. If I could build another PC, I'd probably switch over to the 3rd gen Ryzen 5. A small part of my regrets not giving AMD a chance when I first did my research. Oh well.

Let me know how I did. I'd love some comments and suggestions moving forward.

Part Reviews

CPU

If you don't plan on overclocking and want an Intel build, this will do a great job. I could have saved on my build if the stock cooler wasn't so ugly.

CPU Cooler

No issues and keeps my CPU cool. RGB is great. I wish it had addressable LEDs though.

Motherboard

The layout made it super simple to build in. The built-in LEDs are nice too. I needed the Bluetooth and WiFi as I'm far from router in my house. Setting up in EZ mode in the BIOS was pretty straight forward.

Only negative is that the large heatsinks by the IO made screwing in the standoffs difficult.

Video Card

2 DP, 1 HDMI, and 1 DVI inputs. EVGA knows how to make good products. I do wish it came with a backplate though. Fortnite at my setting easily puts out 300+ frames. I'm sure other games work just fine at 1080p and 1440p. Maybe I'll overclock it later on.

Case

I wanted the NZXT H510i, but this caught my eye and I had to have it. NZXT has the right idea by making the front panel connections into one plug, but not a big issue. I also wish this had a USB Type C input for future use. Cable management was pretty easy.

Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build. The cooler is op lol but very nice work

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The stock cooler is a huge eye sore. I don’t know what Intel was thinking.

  • 19 days ago
  • 2 points

Awesome job! Question, since you're have no fans on as exhaust, how's the temp? And does the front panels is plastic or metal?

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

I have one 120mm fan as an exhaust. But CPU is typically around 45 C during gameplay. GPU around 65 C.

The front panel is metal with the pattern cutout. Behind it is a mesh dust filter. Airflow is really good, but it does pick up a little dust.

  • 7 days ago
  • 2 points

Okay, thanks