Description

After using years of only gaming on consoles, I eventually ascended to the master race after getting fed up with them. However, my first computer was horrible and couldn’t even run Overwatch at a constant 25 FPS. Yet, I was not deterred from PC gaming. I eventually got a laptop with an i5-7300HQ and GTX 1050, not really having an understanding of the hardware other than “It’s super good compared to what I have now.” I finally got to see the beauty of PC gaming, but this hardware would prove to not be enough for all the games I wanted to play. Wanting to upgrade to the power of a desktop, I found myself researching prebuilt PC’s and figuring out their hardware’s capabilities. I eventually came across an $850 Dell desktop with an i5-8400 and GTX 1060 and almost settled on it. Eventually, I learned that building it yourself could get you better hardware for a fraction of the price. Continuing researching for months led me to do this build with birthday money I’ve saved over the years. This is what I ended up getting:

I got the Ryzen 7 2700 on sale at Amazon for only $220, ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1070 used off eBay for only $230, and the EVGA Semi-Modular 600W PSU for only $40. Everything else was bought at the prices that are present as of October 18th, 2018

The RAM arrived a week late but I had built the PC and waited to install the RAM until it arrived, hence why it is not in some photos. I was not able to actually use the PC until October 11th because of it.

Update: I have since installed a second 8GB stock of RAM as of March 3rd, 2019! :D

The pictures currently displaying the computer is, is not where it will be staying. This is just where I built it. Once I get my stuff in my room set up, more pictures will come!

In total, I paid only $722.73 USD!

I am most certainly glad I decided to build my own computer instead of buying that Dell prebuilt...

Part Reviews

CPU

Thank you AMD! This processor is great for gaming and amazing with productivity! Better yet, I got it on sale for $220 at the time!

Motherboard

Not the greatest motherboard in the world, however, it still does the job! It looks pretty good despite lacking RGB (White lights are on the corners but their color can't be changed). On top of that, hooking up my CPU cooler to its RGB header revealed the very few features and color options the motherboard has. I'm not sure how well it does with power delivery as well lol :P

Memory

Good RAM. My motherboard recognized it as 2133 instead of 3000 but changing it in the bios allowed it to run at full speed :D

Case

I love this case! I believe it to be the best budget case there is for under $50! Not only does it have tempered glass, but it also as a PSU shroud, support for radiators, and a nice blue light running down its front! I'd definitely recommend it to budget-minded consumers!

Wireless Network Adapter

This little WiFi card works pretty well! It was a bit finicky at first but after a while of usage, it has been working perfectly with good internet speeds!

Keyboard

Excellent keyboard! I love how it looks and feels! I just wish some colors' lighting was better, such as purple. It is dull and lacks any vibrancy.

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 5 points

This is a very balanced system. You got a really good deal on that 1070. This should hit 144fps at 1080P, on pretty much anything you throw at it. Good job +1.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! It means a lot! :D

  • 7 months ago
  • 4 points

Nice job on the pc. With the prices you got the pc is very good value. Maybe you should get another stick of ram (preferably the same stick) so you can have dual channel memory and get a pretty decent performance boost

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah that’s what I was planning on. Just thought I could hold off a while without 16GB but that will be my next upgrade. :D

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

This turned out looking pretty sick. All black components through the tinted glass with only subtle light from the AMD cooler and the STRIX. The aesthetics on this build are honestly more appealing to me than some builds I've seen double the price.

Well balanced parts and excellent execution for a great price.

+2 if I could.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much! It means a ton to me! :D

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing setup... I really like it, cos you used Thermaltake case. Thermaltake is a bit underrated but its worth every penny on European market, and quality is getting better and better as well. May it serve you good.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I believe that the Thermaltake case I chose is the perfect budget case! Not only did it have tempered glass but there was a PSU shroud as well! I love it! Only thing I wish is that the light on the front could be controlled.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

For that price its perfect the way it is. :)

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I5-8400 and 1060 6gb for $850, My friend got a similar specced pc for about $1,200 - $1,300 from Alienware, Now that’s a bad deal!!!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

:D

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job you have definitely made a great system and I enjoy the Harddrive SSD combo for increased performance and dat 1070 is nice I’d recommend a 2TB Harddrive for 50 GBP and if you ever have any cash to spend I highly recommend getting a 16G it’s not necessary for most gaming but I’d definitely say the performance boost is 100% worth it. The CPU is nice and I don’t recommend changing it in your next build unless you arnt going for a 1000 £/$ budget PC then by all means change it. I don’t have any say on the motherboard as I haven’t every had or seen any builds with that one. +1

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for leaving a comment! I did plan to upgrade to 16GB once I can. The motherboard is pretty nice but doesn’t have quite as much as I would like. However, I am still satisfied with it. Also, I’ve never used an SSD until I used it in this computer and I must say it feels so great! With that and the 144hz monitor, everything feels so smooth!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a good looking build. However, I feel like the power supply may be a bit on the low side. I'm not sure what the power consumption is but I personally would've given myself some more overhead for future upgrades.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! My computer only uses around 300W so I think if were to upgrade in the future, it would be plenty

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

If it is only rated at 300w then you've got good overhead. I always try to leave at least 200w of overhead so my PSU isn't running too hard. A lot of people short change themselves on the PSU. Plenty of overhead makes for a quiet and cool performance. It also lasts longer. Good job!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I appreciate that you took the time to comment! :3

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Good build overall but a stock heatsync on RYZEN 7 will give you no head room for over clocking in the future great price to performance though

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I am indeed looking to upgrade to a better in the future. However, I don’t want to spend too much on it.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

If u are looking for a good price to performance aio then the Corsair h100i v2 is a very good price to performance and it comes with a am4 bracket

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I will be building a pc this Christmas (or even this month, idk) and I was looking at builds that fit my budget of $1150 and this caught my eye, this is the most balanced pc build I've ever seen for both the performance and the price, I will be using this for a rough view of what I can put in my pc! :D +1

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! I’m glad to see I can help! I’ve found used 1070s to be the best value for the money at the moment so I’m glad I checked the used market before buying new. I was going to go with an RX 580 originally. I was also going to use an R5 2600 before seeing the 2700 going on sale. I wish you the best of luck with your build!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty clean build! Really like how sleek the lights inside look through the window.

Just a quick heads up with the effects on the motherboard, I think it’s more related to the cooler than it is the motherboard because my RGB components in my build (that can run through Mystic Light) have a pretty good amount of effects.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I think you're probably right about the lighting effects. I think I felt it was because of the motherboard since it is a more budget-friendly option.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

i wish this was my first pc. im using it right now and i have an r3 1300x and a gt 1030. ); i built it

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! That’s actually a good build for the money!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

i guess its decent runs fortnite on medium at 80 fps 1080p

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

No hella over 100 boy.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it possible to unscrew the feet from the bottom of the case? I'm hoping to lay it horizontal under my tv as an htpc/gaming rig.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

What mouse pad are you using it looks amazing!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Love the case. Im thinking of getting this or the cooler master ql300. How is the airflow? How many intake fans can you install at the front? (2x 140, 3x120 ect)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Airflow is great! You can fit 3x 120mm fans in the front or 2x 140mm fans. There is also room for one 120mm fan in the back and space for a 120 or 140 in the top back for exhaust. Hope this helps and I would be glad to answer any questions :D

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the airflow and the building experience in this case? Do you think a radiator would fit (obv with fans) in the front?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Airflow is quite good and it’s easy to build in. I have not dealt with radiators, but looking in the user manual, I think it should. I’ll link it here: https://www.thermaltake.com/db/support/usermanual/_c38af2e1afe94d1fb28aa0dff9df8f71.pdf

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! Considering it for a future project...

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It’s a great case! Especially for beginners like me :D

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Does the WiFi card block any of the gpu fans since the card has to be placed under the flu on this motherboard

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

It does indeed. The card blocks somewhere around 1/4 of the fan furthest to the back of the system.

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 point

Is overclocking good on this MOBO?

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

I haven’t tried overclocking on here actually since I’m happy with where my performance is at

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  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :D