Description

Build Date: 26JAN2016

Request was for a $700 "Gamer Styled Computer" for his 16 year old son. Customer's son primarily played World of Warcraft and was looking for a new build to step up his raiding game before the new expansion. The customer further specified that it must have an SSD and also a secondary data drive since his son does photography and editing.

Pros:

  • 4GB VRAM
  • 120GB SSD and 1TB Data drive
  • Beautiful case

Cons:

  • PSU is a tier 4. It should be upgraded if budget allows.

Notes: Budget builds are BUDGET builds. I have to make the best machine for it's intended purpose while maintaining the budget. At the $700 budget mark, I would have typically gone with the R9 380 but since WoW is known to heavily favor Nvidia cards over ATI and the fact that I was able to score a Gigabyte G1 960 for $210, I made an exception. I took a gamble on the Sentey Blade case as it was a cheap case and I didn't know much about the brand but it turned out to be one of my favorite cases I've ever used, especially at the price point. Check the review for more. If you have any questions as to why I chose what I chose, please ask.

Part Reviews

Case

Simply put, this case is amazing. It's sturdy, the build quality is excellent and it looks impressive. The fans are bright and relatively quiet for the CFM they pull. The side panel has a slight tint and with the blue LED fans shining through it gives a really nice polished look. The design is sleek with a little bit of flair. Great purchase.

Bottom line: I highly recommend this case, and will be using it as soon as they go back on sale.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you have considered overclocking the i3 on a board that allows it? (Even though Asrock put out a new bios update to disallow the overclocking of the locked skylake)?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I haven't considered it. While the performance increase could be awesome, people who are comfortable overclocking typically don't come to me for computer builds; lol. And I personally will never have an i3 for my primary system.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

intel are actually removing that feature

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I heard about that, but if you don't update to the latest BIOS that Asrock (or whatever motherboard partner that allows for skylake OC) puts out, then you are still able to overclock skylake cpus

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah but you won't have a supported system anymore

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean not supported? What would happen?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

you will not get software update and any incompatibility issues will not be able to be resolved. Pascal may not work which means any future upgrading is null not to mention that if anything goes wrong with the mobo/cpu you will need to upgrade to get any tech support

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

As far as I know, you need to have a Z170 board to do that type of OC

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah you do

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

awwwwww grrrrroooossssssss a cx unit would have beenbetter lol... On a 700 budget the dad shoulda stretvhed the budget by 20

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

But.. I did use a CX unit..

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

oh u listed it as corsair 500 w

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea it's confusing, but if you check the serial number on that item, it says CX500. Either way, recent reviews have turned me away from using them. But they honestly aren't bad units for a budget build.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah with Chinese capacitors I say only use about half of the max wattage,

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm guessing you used this case in one of your builds as well, because it's so good; i agree, but now i want to add liquid cooling, and i was wondering if you can do that, and if there's enough space, as you probably have much more experience than me. Just generally liquid cooling, with a 60 oc reservoir that can go on the outisde with a mounting bracket. Thanks a lot!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

You want to do a custom loop or do you want to use an all in one cooler?

It sounds like you want a custom loop since you want to mount a reservoir on the outside. What did you have in mind?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, I wanted to build a custom loop.