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Ed...ward... Wait, that's the wrong Chimera.

Anyways, this is my PC build, built from parts from other, older PCs and new parts. The new parts were bought with the money I accumulated by working. It was a sizeable chunk of my hard-earned cash. I was proud of what I achieved and wanted to share it with you guys. I'm using it primarily for gaming and school tasks and eventually, for programming when I graduate from high school.

  • The CPU: Coming from a A8-6600K, which had horrible single core performance, this feels like heaven. I got a good deal on it, considering I don't live in a very good region in terms of pricing to buy PC parts. Do note that this is a Ryzen 5 1600 AF, which is pretty much a lower clocked R5 2600 and when overclocked (which I did), it performs the same as one. I went with Ryzen due to the promising upgrade path.

  • The CPU Cooler: This is quite honestly probably the best deal of all the parts I bought. This cooler keeps my CPU frosty as hell. It performs only slightly worse than the legendary Hyper 212 EVO (by a couple degrees, according to this video, which is also the video that made me discover this beautiful deal) and it is available internationally. The biggest downside(s), however, is (are?) that you most likely can't return it and you probably have no warranty whatsoever.

  • The Motherboard: A great motherboard on a budget. It has decent VRMs, enough to handle even Ryzen 7s OC'd according to some owners of this mobo. It lacks features that high-end mobos have, but it more than makes up for it with its cheap pricing.

  • The Memory: It's more than enough RAM for what I do. The clock speeds are great, especially considering Zen CPUs almost require high RAM clock speeds. The timings are quite decent, too.

  • The Storage: Ahh... I do enjoy "free" storage. The 2TB Seagate HDD came from the previous PC I owned (with the A8-6600K) and runs decently enough. I mean, it is considered one the best HDD, so there's that. The other HDD is salvaged from a MacBook Pro 2012, whose storage got replaced by an SSD. I use this mainly as documents drive, 'cause it doesn't have stellar read/write speeds. This SSD is just... wonderful. I got this from my brother, who replaced it with a 1TB SSD. This is the first SSD I've ever had and it's glorius. The speeds are mad crazy. It came out of a laptop, so I'm not sure if it's the right part, but it's close enough ¯_(ツ)_/¯.

  • The GPU: This GPU holds up surprisingly well. I primarily play lower end games and older games and it's been good so far. I OC'd it as high as possible, and it plays the Witcher 3 at 50-55 FPS at 720p low, which is... far from optimal, but it works. I do plan to replace it eventually with a much, much, MUCH more powerful GPU after I graduate, so this is pretty much a placeholder GPU to hold off for a short while.

  • The Case: This case came from my old PC and I have some things to say about it. The cable management is OK, and at the same time pretty bad. I had to use the strength of the gods to close the side panel since I shoved it full of PSU cables. The results are pretty decent, although it looks kind of cluttered near the HDD bay. Trust me, it doesn't get better than that. I'd recommend to either get a (semi-)modular PSU or just get a different case. There's no front case fan included, either. I salvaged one from a friend's fried PC build.

  • The PSU: I got this PSU for a great price, considering it's said to perform like an 80+ Silver PSU. The only negative I'd say it has, is that it isn't a modular PSU, which was quite annoying to deal with, especially in my case (no pun intended).

  • The Monitor: It's a dated monitor that I got with my old PC, but it still holds up incredibly well. It runs at 144hz and although it doesn't have G-Sync or Freesync, I don't notice any tearing for as long as I've had this monitor.

  • The Thermal Paste: Another deal from China! Since the CPU cooler didn't come with thermal paste (did I mention that?), I had to get some myself. This is a wonderful deal, considering you get 3 of those syringes for the price I mentioned. Pretty good for people who plan to make plenty of PCs.

  • Final thoughts: The assembly went buttery smooth (except the cable management, heh) and overall, I'm very satisfied with the results. This build'll last me for years to come, and I can definitely see myself upgrading my system with ease.

Part Reviews

CPU

It's just wonderful for the price I got it for (I got the AF version of this CPU, which means it's pretty much a stock underclocked R5 2600).

Motherboard

A great motherboard on a budget. It has decent VRMs, enough to handle even Ryzen 7s OC'd according to some owners of this mobo. It lacks features that high-end mobos have, but it more than makes up for it with its cheap pricing.

Memory

Great set of RAM sticks for the price I got them at (65 euros) and they have good clock speeds and decent timings. They lack heatspreaders, however, which is not that big of an issue, but still is a negative point.

Storage

Somehow, this HDD still holds up today. It's primarily used to keep my games on it that don't need to load that fast. Overall, it hasn't disappointed me yet.

Case

Decent enough cable management, but you do need to force the side panel to close due to the little space there is to tuck all the cables away. It probably has mediocre air flow too and lacks a front intake fan by default.

Power Supply

A great PSU that performs akin to an 80+ Silver PSU. Too bad it isn't at least semi-modular though (I am well aware that the CXM-series exists, but they don't perform at 80+ Silver efficiency). Nonetheless, I still recommend this PSU, especially if you've got a PSU shroud and/or cable management room.

Monitor

This monitor still holds up somehow. I don't notice any tearing despite it not having G-Sync or Freesync and the colors look fine to me. It also is a 144Hz screen, which is just great to have when I play League of Legends, Overwatch or Paladins.

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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

you did a great job with the build, you have plenty of upgrade room (as long as you dont go for an extra long card but there are plenty of powerful shorter cards like the 1660 super or the PowerColor dual fan 5700xt (230mm card and it looks like with the hard drive cage its max gpu length is 250) Either way the 750ti is "good enough" and there is no game that it cannot run on the market, you just might be stuck with low settings. Honestly this is one of my favorite builds on this site. probably in my top 10 I love breathing life into old parts with a combination of new parts. Nice job!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the feedback! It's nice to hear that someone appreciates my build that much haha. I gotta say though, it's hard for me to not jump the gun and buy a 1660 Super right now instead of holding off for a bit longer because of all the benchmarks and gameplay videos I've seen, but I'm going to have to force myself lol. Once again, I really appreciate your comment!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

just curious did you buy the snowman because of techyescity?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Yep, that's exactly how I found out about the cooler actually. He said it performed out of its league, so I instantly felt drawn to it and bought it.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

especially in its price bracket. when i went on aliexpress it was competing with coolers like the deepcool 200t which is a much weaker cpu cooler.