I had to be careful while running the thick PSU cables through the back, it doesn't have much clearance between the back of the motherboard panel and the removable side panel. It does have enough room to let cables through, just not as much as I'd have liked.
Absolutely it would! If you are able to stretch your budget a bit, try getting a RX 480 instead of the 1050 Ti, it’ll give you a nice bump in performance. You could also look at AMDs new budget Ryzen cpus instead of the Intel G4560 I have in mine, the extra threads would be nice for productivity! Otherwise the build I’ve done is a nice entry level build that’ll let you play at 1080p at a consistent 60fps for pretty much any of the games you listed!
I don't think the G5400 would work with the cheap motherboard I've got, I believe it needs a newer boards, like the H310, B360, H370 and Z370 mobos, which might add a bit more than $12 to the end price. Thanks for looking out, though! I'll keep it in mind for future builds, since it does seem like a fairly cheap way to slightly increase cpu performance
Digging the build man, I’m throwing together something very similar for my younger brother soon. I agree with your reasoning on the G4560 - fantastic budget CPU and pairs quite well with the 1050ti. Good on ya mate, ignore the haters. I’m buying some red case fans as well - I think my little brother will like those a lot so it’s worth the extra cash.
I’m curious why you went with an aftermarket cooler since the stock Intel fan is fine for the non-overclockable G4560. Were you extending the red & black theme I see going on? Looks nice either way!
Well, yeah, of course you need dual 1080s! wink wink Originally our IT guy recommended a $2,000+ prebuilt Dell with inferior specs and a ton of bloatware. I told my boss I could build him a better PC for half the cost, and thankfully he listened! He's pretty happy with me since I saved him some $$$, and our IT guy is okay with it since he still gets paid to come in and install all our custom software. Win/win, I guess!
I'd love to do that, sounds impractical and hilarious! Or I could just buy the whole thing off of him & set it up with a graphics card & new CPU/RAM haha
Oh I agree - the launch was terrible. The chips themselves work fine though.
Yeah, it's working great but I agree that I would've preferred to wait for budget boards... I hear those are out Q1 2018?
Thanks! Was happy to get to try Coffee Lake out since I just missed it in my personal build (even though it's a budget CPU)
Yeah, it was a nice surprise!
I considered Ryzen very carefully but ended up choosing Intels onboard graphics over a dedicated graphics card + Ryzen as the price difference would've been almost negligible.
Yeah it's ugly as sin but running beautifully! Haha
Yeah, I love Amazon because of their return policy on things like this...I'll always choose them over Newegg of the prices are even close to comparable
I heard similar things; but no problems so far! Best advice I could give you is to throw another 120mm or 140mm fan on top of the preinstalled one in front that comes with the case, the positive pressure will really help out!
If you were to use the DH-15S instead of the regular DH-15 like I did, I'm pretty sure it'd work great! The 2nd fan on the DH-15 is the problem, since it doesn't sit flush over the low profile RAM I installed, it needed to be pushed out further than the center fan (you can clearly see this in picture #7). The heatsinks themselves fit in the case just fine in spite of their large size, it's the fan that is the real problem. The DH-15S should be a good fit, and the Chromax heatsinks look dope!
Hey thanks! I know there's little difference between this monitor and the ACER and AOC variants, but I was willing to pay a little bit extra to get a monitor that didn't scream "OMG GAEMR". I can turn off the red ASUS ROG logo in the settings and then the monitor just kind of drops into the background until I power it on, it's nice.
Good luck! Hope that you enjoy it :)
Pretty much. Personal preference is huge, just go with whatever you feel will suit you best. IMO, you won't notice much of a difference just based on the PPI between a 24" and a 27" monitor if it's already 1440p - the 27" just means you get a much larger screen. And it is much larger. 24" vs 27" might not sound like much of a difference, but it really adds a lot of real estate. I'd recommend going with a 24" screen if you sit close to your desk or don't really want a distractingly large panel in front of you, otherwise 27" seems to really be the "sweet spot" for 1440p if I'm honest. It lets you experience the higher resolution on a much larger scale without sacrificing any of the picture quality.
I don't know what monitor you are getting or how much you are willing to spend, but I initially was looking at this Dell 27" monitor (there is also a 24" variant) and only rejected it after hearing multiple complaints of severe color banding: https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-27-gaming-monitor-s2716dg/apd/210-agjr/monitors-monitor-accessories
I ended up going with the ASUS panel since I was eager to test it's IPS-type quality (this model uses an AVHA panel)... to be honest it looks incredible, the colors are incredibly deep and accurate at whatever viewing angle I might be at. This is the main advantage that my monitor has over most "gaming" monitors, which typically use a TN panel that can affect how accurately color is reproduced at varying viewing angles. With my monitor, I could be sitting on my couch across the room and the color looks nearly identical to if I was sitting in front of it. My only hesitation I had while buying is because many people complain about quality control on these things. Mine turned out great, others have had different experiences. If you head over to https://www.reddit.com/r/Monitors/ I'm certain you could get some more concise and helpful advice than what I'm giving here.
Again, personal preference. You say your desk is small, I'd say go with the 24" screen - you won't be disappointed either way as long - as your panel doesn't have hidden quality control issues.
Honestly, no. It's just that I have a very shallow desk, so this monitor takes up a lot more of my field of vision than my previous 18" laptop ever did. It takes a bit of getting used to, but the quality on this monitor is superb, I wouldn't change the screen size since 1440p at anything less is just wasting the extra pixel density IMO.
yeah i fixed that later during the build! good eye
Yeah, that includes all the peripherals including the expensive monitor. Real price of the rig is actually around $2,100.
Yeah that subreddit is amazing except it makes me want to spend all my money on keyboards I'll probably never use! Haha
I like this idea. :)
Hey thanks for the tips! I'm hoping the Define C's smaller size won't negatively affect my GPU temperatures, I'm throwing in a 3rd fan up front to help with the push/pull of air...
https://pcpartpicker.com/user/SquelchMuffins/saved/xyj3CJ hows this look for a quiet, minimalist build?
hey thanks for the breakdown, really appreciate it. I guess I'll be looking to slap one of the stock fractal fans up front under the other one.
How's the noise level on this case? I'm thinking of using it in a 1080 ti build as well, I'm curious what level of noise the stock r5 case fans put out...any tips?