Description

Hello everyone! Welcome to my first PC build. I'm not really sure what to write here so I'll start with a little backstory.

My interest in computers started around 3 years ago when I first made a steam account, only because my friends told me about it. So there I was, playing free games like TF2 and Loadout on my moms old gateway laptop from walmart. It was a horrible experience, but at that time I didn't know any better. I continued playing on it, and later bought a few more games. After a few months I started digging around, discovering more things about computers and other tech stuff, and somehow I found out about building a custom gaming laptop, which I later found out was very limited and expensive, so I dug some more and discovered you could build a custom gaming desktop! After that i spent around a year just learning about everything there was to know about building one, and eventually came up with a parts list that consisted of an fx 6300 and a r7 260x. Well, I never pulled the trigger and bought the stuff because i was still really confused about a lot of things like Nvidia and Intel vs AMD. It wasn't long until i finally found out about PCPP, and boy was it amazing! It was now so much easier to find compatible parts and watch prices, and it was (and still is) fun looking at other builds. Anyway, after saving up more money and $130 worth of gift cards, I decided it was finally time to build a PC, not just for gaming but also for school and productivity. And the timing was just right with Black Friday right around the corner.

The building process was awesome and went by with no troubles at all. It took me about 4-5 hours to build it and install windows and programs. The only problem I ran into was with the CPU cooler. I didn't take the cable route into consideration and realized it would not reach the connector on the motherboard without wrapping it around the opposite side of the cooler, but i figured it out. otherwise it's all good. Oops, I almost forgot a major detail! Where is my graphics card you may be asking? Well long story short, I've waited awhile to purchase one since the prices are kinda messed up at the moment, but I finally ordered an RX 470 because I felt the price was right on amazon so i should be getting that in the next week. I do wish I posted the build right after i built it a couple months ago, but life happens. I guess that pretty much wraps it up. I'll leave reviews on each of the parts, so be sure to read those.

Please tell what you like (or don't like) about my build down below. I'll be sure to update pictures and add benchmark results when I get my GPU installed. thanks for reading, and have a good one.

EDIT: Just a little note, the build pictures were taken with an iphone 5 so bear with me. I'll try to post better completed build pictures soon.


2/18/2017 UPDATE: Got my gpu a few days ago, so now I'm awaiting the arrival of my hdmi to vga adapter, since i have a severely outdated 19'' monitor. In the meantime I'll post new pics showing off some led's.


2/21/2017 UPDATE: Got my graphics card installed and ready to go, so, enjoy the view! :]

The new pictures were taken by my sister. She takes lots of scenic pictures, so check out her instagram page if you want. https://www.instagram.com/vivalaambergrrr/


UPDATE 3/13/17: Just got my steelseries mouse pad I ordered. My mouses rubber feet are spared! Now to upgrade to a new monitor...


UPDATE 3/24/17: Finally got myself a new monitor! Whoo! Absolutely worth upgrading from this guy! I'll be sure to add before and after pictures of my setup soon.


Part Reviews

CPU

Works great and stays cool. Perfect for gaming on a budget! Although as of now, i would recommend the new G4560, since it's half the price and only slightly slower.

Motherboard

No problems at all with this board. Looks pretty good and the audio LED's adds some color to the build, even if it isn't RGB. Very solid, Would recommend!

Memory

It's ram. It works. Looks good too!

Storage

thanks to this little guy, my PC is now the fastest computer in the house. Not the best ssd on the market but it works and its cheap.

Video Card

The good: This card looks great, and stays cool. Maxes out every game thrown at it, but is quite loud.

The bad: The reason for the three star review is I've been having random black screen issues with it. It will randomly turn off my display when I leave my PC sit for a while, and sometimes when gaming, requiring a system restart. I had high hope for AMD. Hopefully the future doesn't bring too much headache.

Edit: Uninstalled and reinstalled drivers and now all has been good for the last 48 hours or so. Weird...

Edit: Turns out it was the outlet the monitor was plugged into the whole time! The cards been great so far! Highly recommend!

Case

This case is Amazing! looks great and building in it was a breeze. Fan filters everywhere and LED's are nice. cable management is also very good.

Power Supply

Heard good things about EVGA so i got this. The thing is built like a tank, so no quality complaints. Eco mode keeps it quiet and its not too hot. 10/10, hasn't exploded.

Monitor

Loving everything about this monitor so far. A massive upgrade from my old 17'' dell monitor! Very thin and light and has a pretty sturdy stand. Has everything I need. 1080p, IPS, matte display, and Freesync!

Mouse

This mouse is great! LED's are neat and has pretty good grip. Fair warning, it is a rather large mouse, but that's not a problem for large hands.

Headphones

Nice, cheap cans.

Custom

A nice, basic mouse pad with a cool logo. Also no more destroyed mouse feet.

Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

You had me at the title. Get those photos up once your GPU is in, looking all pretty.

Thumbs up.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

many thanks! I sure will!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

I like your name +1

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks dude! I like it too... kinda.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

You got a pretty nice setup yourself for a first timer, brings back alot of memorys of when i built my first pc; if you ever need some tips let me know. (:

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice PC you have here, its great to see a budget but still great looking build among all the gaming battle stations here.

  • 32 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks man!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. May your FPS be high and temperatures low. +1 :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I hope so. Thanks!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Nvidia vs radeon lol

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Amd ftw!

I hope...

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

True I have a fury

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the p400 case come with the rubber gromets in the cable management holes?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

It does indeed have rubber grommets! If you're looking to buy it, I would check out HardwareCanucks full review on the case. It's a pretty good in depth review.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I did watch the video and at times they were off and other times they were on, just a little unsure, that's great that it has the grommets. Thanks for the reply :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem man. Glad I could help!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any problems with the RAM for that motherboard? The specs have a pretty restrictive RAM "support list" and I'm not sure if I really need to follow it?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope. Everything's been working great so far! As for the RAM support list, anything from the minimum to the max frequency, in this case 2133Mhz-3200Mhz, should work with the board. If it's over 3200 the board will just downclock it. If you're planning a skylake build this is a great board to use! But for kaby lake, I would say get the Z270 version. Hope this helps!