Description

My Dad needed a new PC. I convinced him off of a prebuilt and this is what we ended up with. Assembled just after Christmas. He likes how fast it boots up and the overall snappiness. The case was fun to build in, but some larger cable management holes would be appreciated. Another note is that the motherboard only has 1 USB 3.0 header, but the case has 2 for the front I/O. Unfortunately, this means that the front USB type A ports don't work for now. All in all, a very enjoyable experience. Sorry for the bad pics. P.S. - Don’t take off the back panel.

Part Reviews

CPU

One of the cheapest 8-core CPUs you buy. Very nice overall. I haven't used the stock cooler, but it looks beefy enough to handle it reasonably well.

CPU Cooler

A nice cooler. The finish looks good, and the RGB is nice. Handles my R7 3700x reasonably well. I routed the little molex powered RGB controller outside of the case so I don’t have to use software.

Motherboard

A nice, no-frills motherboard. It only has one USB 3.0 header on it, but that's not a big enough annoyance to dock a star. I/O is pretty good, and the RGB is OK. Mine didn't come with the M.2 screw, so I totally didn't use electrical tape to secure the SSD. Update: found the M.2 screw on my bedroom floor. It is now properly installed.

Memory

32 GB of RAM. Got it up to the rated speed just by turning on XMP in the BIOS. Not flashy, just what I needed.

Storage

A snappy, 1TB NVMe SSD. Pretty cheap too.

Storage

6TB. What more can you ask for?

Video Card

A nice GPU. Runs everything I can reasonably throw at it. The metal backplate is a nice touch. You can't do much better for $190.

Case

Cable management could use some improvement. The bottom cable management hole needs to be twice as big. The 140mm red LED fans look nice, but they aren't PWM, so full blast all the time. Overall, a very nice case.

Power Supply

650w, 80+ Platinum Rated, What more could I ask for?

Optical Drive

When it's running, it is the loudest thing in the entire system.

Operating System

Windows is windows. It just works.

Wireless Network Adapter

A pretty nice WiFi card. For Bluetooth, you need a USB 2.0 header on your motherboard.

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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

bottlenecking? What games does your dad plan to play on it?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

He plans on editing “4K videos.” In reality, it’s a glorified Google Chrome browser. Hence the 32GB of RAM. We were going to go for the R5 3600, but he unexpectedly ordered the R7 instead. I know the GPU is underpowered. As long as it drives a display, he doesn’t care. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

ah ok.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build! Been a while since I've seen someone use PS/2 on a computer, Also it would be a good idea to upgrade the graphics card to something like a 2070 or above.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Does your PSU by any chance sometimes have Coil Noise that disappears and appears randomly?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

No. I haven’t had any issues.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

No, not at all.