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First Steps

by Sendak



Date Published

July 1, 2017

Date Built

June 28, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


Hi there, first time builder here. I started around late April, and finished late June because I wanted to get a $30 case on Amazon for sale, but had to wait around 6 weeks for it to ship. During all that waiting, I attempted to deal hunt as well as resisting my impulse buys which really helped me in the long run. However in the end, the case never even came through since it was OoS (I kind of expected that). Then my last item was the motherboard and I waited a full week until I realized it somehow shipped to Florida. I asked for a replacement, but then that was cancelled as well. Still I was thankfully refunded and just bought the refurbished model that came in 18hrs. Then putting all the parts together went without a hitch. My apologize for some of the blurry pictures. I think building a pc sapped my funds on taking decent photos.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with what I bought for the price that I paid. If I were to do something differently the second time, I would have gotten a semi/fully modular PSU and maybe a smaller case.

While the build is done, I ended up hacking together whatever peripherals I could find lying around, including a 19 inch monitor with a 5:4 aspect ratio. I'll get some quality peripherals along the line, but I hate not using something that still works, plus I'm on a strict budget.

I'm still not sure what to use the pc for exactly. Gaming? sure. Coding? more likely. Finally not having to use the sack of potatoes that is my 6 year old laptop? Definitely. Building one was really rewarding and who knows, I might even make up an excuse to make another one for friends and family.

Anyways Cheers.

Part Reviews


A no frills motherboard with an easy to navigate bios for skylake CPUs. It unfortunately has one case fan header and only 2 ram slots, but is not really a problem for me.


Performs very well for the price and has a minimalistic look to it. I was afraid in trying this and rolled the dice. Time will tell for lasting impressions.

Power Supply

There a lot of cables for this PSU that I had to mangle through. But the quality is nice without all the ketchup and mustard cables plus a 5 year warranty.


It's a nice and solid looking case for its price. It's equipped with 2 blue led fans and a dust filter on the PSU and a magnetic one on the top. The PSU shroud is a welcomed addition, but it's hard for cable management with a non-modular power supply. Also the window tends to scratch somewhat easily.

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DopeHuman 1 Build 3 points 19 months ago

Well all I would change (if on a budget) is the monitor, you can get a pretty decent one (21" 7ms) for ~$100. If you look harder you can find cheaper ones!

Sendak submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Definitely. That's nice to know since I want a hard $800 on the entire setup. Currently, I'm using an hdmi to vga converter for the monitor and while I want to get a new one, I can feel my wallet crying in pain. I'm pretty sure this is one of those situations where you can live without one, but can't go back to it. It'll be in my to-do list.

KadiusFTW 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

So how did that SSD treat you in the end?

Sendak submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

It's going pretty well. Since there's not many reviews around, I just don't know if it's going to randomly fail at me, or how well the customer service handles it. So that's what I said time will tell for it.

BACWRDS 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Hey quick question, do you know what the rpm of the case fans are? I have same case and was just trying to decide if i should upgrade them to sonething else.

Sendak submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Sorry the late reply. I think they're 1200rpm based on similar models.



Interestingly enough the two have the same size and RPM but different rated air flow volumes and inconsistent current ratings. So take this with a grain of salt. I'm perfectly fine with these for a locked i5, so I can't say much for OCed CPUs.

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Sendak submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I was asking the same question myself.

I managed to get an i5 at a discount. Also factored in the cost for an amd mobo and faster ram, going for R5 would at least cost me $60 which is more than I'd like. That's the reason why, plus I didn't know any better at the time of buying the i5.

I didn't want to beat myself up with buyer's remorse, but if I had to pay $185 for the i5, I would have gone for Ryzen 5 1600 in a heart beat.

Nullarc77 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

I don't understand why people always ask why the builder did not get ryzen. I got my 6600k for $180 and a z170 mobo for $65 at Micro Center. Would have cost be an extra $80 for an x370 board. I know the b350 mobos are only $100 but the z170 chipset has more features for the same price. For the same price as my i5 you could get an r5 1400. But the clockspeed would be much lower even after overclocking and the frame times would be about the same, But my i5 would have a better fps because of the higher clockspeed. Find an am4 mobo that supports sli for under $100 and you will have found a stupidly good deal.