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Introduction:

First off, I have to thank this awesome website and the community. Philip, you are a legend. The PC Part Picker community was so helpful. You guys always answered my questions, no matter how stupid they were. I joined this website exactly a year ago, on July 20th, 2015. At that time I didn't even know what a video card was. In the year I have been on this website, I finally decided to build a computer.

At the end of May, I began researching like crazy. Trying to figure out the nitty-gritty of building a PC. On June 18th, I discovered the AMD RX 480. At the time, I thought that graphics card would be the one I was going to use in my build. However, after more research, I considered the Nvidia GTX 1070. I thought I couldn't afford it, but I scraped up some more money and I decided to use it. ThoughtA's Great Gaming Build really influenced my part choices.

I live near a Microcenter, so I decided to buy all of my parts from them.

Explanation of part choices:

CPU: I thought it was a good sub $200 dollar processor for my needs. I don't plan on overclocking the cpu for a long time.

Motherboard: I was deciding between B150 and H170 motherboards, and I just decided to go with this motherboard because it was the best deal.

Memory: This memory kit was DDR4 and 16gb (it looked nice too). Lowest cost at Microcenter as well.

SSD: Needed a 50 dollar SSD, this one seemed good.

HDD: It was 5 dollars less than the Western Digital equivalent, so I went with this.

Video Card: I wanted a GTX 1070. I had to kill 3 people at Microcenter to get this 0_0 The fans stop running when it is idle, which is nice. The firestorm program that comes with it is nice, however I do not know if that is a good program to overclock it. (Should I use MSI Afterburner?)

Case: The case's design looked really good, and it was a decent size. The case came with more fans than advertised on the corsair website! It had two 140mm fans intake fans and a 120mm exhaust. The top 140mm fan blows cold air right onto my video card, which is great.

Power Supply: I didn't need something super efficient like the G2. This one was good.

Monitor: When I went to Microcenter, I had no idea if I wanted 2k or 144hz. The people there showed me a 2k 60hz monitor and this monitor (I wanted to keep costs down). After seeing 144hz for the first time, I loved it and decided to go with 1080p 144hz.

The build process

Damn, I spent the entire day building this machine. I watched the Newegg how to build a pc tutorial as a guide. I was keen on getting good airflow, so I tried my best on cable management. I did a out-of-box build first, and I was so happy when it booted up without any issues. Once I put the SSD in the drive cage, I installed windows. Getting the side panels on was very easy thanks to the thumbscrews. The computer was surprisingly light, and it fit perfectly inside the enclosure in my desk. Afterwards, I stuck on my 3D printed logo :) . I setup a surround sound system the day after.

Upgrades I will make

I'm going to upgrade to kaby lake sometime next year, probably go for 32gb of RAM to help with my 3D modeling. I will upgrade my video card and power supply in two years as well.

Conclusion

Again, I can't thank this community enough. There was no way I would have ever built my own PC without you guys. My PC really glows at night, and it just looks really cool. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the mess of wires under my desk though...

Edit: lol I realized I had spelled vulpecula wrong, fixed that XD

Part Reviews

CPU

Its a perfect processor for those who don't want to overclock and stay under 200 dollars. I paired mine with a GTX 1070.

Motherboard

It truly is Ultra Durable! I dropped a screwdriver on mine and it didn't affect anything!

Memory

Looks beautiful, delivers great performance.

Storage

Has not caused any problems for me! Good budget SSD!

Video Card

Where do I start? This card was just awesome. Freeze feature is great when the GPU is at idle; fans stop spinning completely. RGB lighting is great for any themed build. I have not overclocked this card yet, but I expect it to be great!

Case

Its beautiful. A decent amount of room for cable management, side window is big, and front fans blow cold air directly onto GPU. Very good mid tower case.

Power Supply

A very nice budget power supply, but the motherboard and CPU power connector wires were a bit bulky.

Operating System

I love windows 10 :)

Monitor

This is a great sub-$200 monitor. 144hz is much better than 2k in my opinion.

Mouse

I've had this mouse for a year and no problems. Download the driver from the Anker website.

Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Zotacs cards keep looking better to me. I also had the 2k vs 144hz decision to make. My grandma has a 144hz panel that I tried out for a bit and my graphics card wasnt having it. It literally screams at 120hz+ in intensive games (combo of fans and coil whine) I use open back headphones so the fan doesnt bother me but the whine is piercing. I have a nice 75hz 2560x1080 monitor arriving soon :D

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

This card was totally worth it, it does not get loud at all even when it is at load. Thanks for replying :)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I'll probably end up with a 1080. The 1070 is about a 12% upgrade for me. Plus I can't fit a card that size in my computer. My Nano has like 2 inches between the end of the PCB and the power supply cables. Looks like I'll just have to build a whole new PC now :) I'm looking to upsize to MicroATX or ATX anyway.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

You are lucky :P I can't afford a 1080 anytime soon.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

This is an "over the next 3 or 4 months" thing where I save $200 out of each check. Plus the Pascal availability is poo right now. After that I'll start saving for a Summit Ridge-Polaris build.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

If you live near a microcenter, you might be able to snag one. Thats basically what I did. I kept asking them when they would get there next shipment and then I would go there on that day.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Why does your grandma have a 144hz panel. Is she a pro 360 no scoping csgo player xD

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Good looking build bud. Everything looks great in there and the fact that you managed to rock it on a nice budget is a major plus. Great choice going with the GTX 1070 as well. The RX 480 is a great card for the price point but I does not stack up to the power of a GTX 10xx. I will say this though..... That Zotac card is MASSIVE. Lol. 2.5 slots i think. You definitely made the right choice on this one. Feel free to check out my build. Its a constant work in progress so any feedback is appreciated.

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice machine for the price ! Windows 10 for 50 bucks how did you find that deal ?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a friend who was willing to sell it to me at that price :)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Was it an OEM license?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

That means the Windows license transfer was illegal then :(

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean? He had an unopened envelope that had the cd and key inside it. The license was never activated until I did.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of frames are you getting on your games and what are you running them at? General question I know but I was looking it get that combo of CPU and GPU so I would like to know how they are.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Well the only game I have tested so far is World Of Tanks, which is a pretty demanding game. I'm getting 1080p 120fps average on HD client at Ultra settings. Same for World of Warplanes. I'm going to use the Heaven Benchmarking software today.

If you could upvote this build that would be nice :)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Yo, I have the same case! (Wire management wasn't fun with that small back-plate huh :P). Anyway, those led fans on the front seem to be really bright compared to mine. What type of fans are those? Nice build btw :)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought my case from microcenter, and they actually had more fans installed than advertised on the corsair website. I have two 140mm fans on the front and one 120mm fan on the back. Cable management wasn't too bad, I just wish there were more openings to the motherboard.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

My build is similar, instead using a GTX 1070 I have a "EVGA GTX 1060 SC 3GB" but I still need to buy the RAM. I'm excited. :)