Description

I was feeling quite salty about the fact that Sony was selling the PS4 version of Kerbal Space Program even though it's been broken since day one. They refused to give me a refund, so I refused to give them any more of my money. The only reason I chose to buy a PS4 over a gaming PC in the first place was the simple fact that I never wanted to have to wonder if a game would work or not. I thought that I could feel secure knowing that any game I buy in a PS4 case or from the PS store would always work properly on my system. Sony has shown me that this is not the case. By removing this sense of security, Sony has also removed their relevance to my life. This PC was funded partly by the sale of my meager holdings of Sony stock.

This PC is by no means top of the line, but is still superior to my PS4 and 2009 Macbook Pro.

Also the combination of flash and the angle I used makes the optical drive look really bad in the photo. Looks much better IRL.

Part Reviews

CPU

So far no complaints about this CPU. Not too loud, not too hot. My only disappointment is that it seems that this processor does not meet the minimum requirements for Battlefield 1, but whatever.

Motherboard

I ended up getting this motherboard for only $4.99 after rebates so I really can't complain. There's no SATA III and no USB 3.0 headers, but I am a simple man and do not need these things at this point in my life.

The only complaint I have is that PCPartPicker did not catch one minor incompatibility on my part list, which is that this motherboard only has one connection for a chassis fan, but the case I bought came with two fans. Not a big deal, as it was the only issue I had when building this PC so I'll chalk it up as a success.

Memory

Insert generic "It's ram, it works" review here.

I bought a single 8GB with the intent of slapping in another one down the line.

Storage

My motherboard doesn't do SATA III, but this is my first SSD and I am blown away by the speeds.

The only game I've played so far is New Vegas and I haven't had a loading screen that was longer than 1-2 seconds. Feels good, man.

Video Card

This is my first video card so I lack the knowledge and experience to provide any sort of in depth analysis. The only game I've had the chance to test it on thus far is New Vegas, which it runs at Ultra High settings with no problem. Not loud, not hot. No complaints.

Oh, there's an LED on it that you change the color of, but the guy at Microcenter said that this feature doesn't work if I'm running AMD, so the LED just stays red.

Case

I chose this case because it was one of the few that I could find without stupid jagged-edged designs or obnoxious LEDs. The fact that it was also the cheapest case was just icing on the cake.

The silver trim is actually darker and more grey than it looks in the photos, and the little strip towards the bottom that looks whitish is actually chrome. The lower piece of silver/grey trim has a corner that does just not want to snap fully into place on mine, but it's not too noticeable so whatever.

My only gripe is that there isn't a whole lot of room for cable management. I would definitely recommend a modular power supply if you get a hard on for pristine cable management.

I had minor difficulties installing the motherboard due to the tight fit. Even after removing the rear fan, the motherboard didn't quite clear the HDD bays when I was trying to put it in place. It was a scary experience as a first time builder, but there was no apparent damage to the motherboard and everything seems to be working fine.

Power Supply

No complaints here.

Optical Drive

I've only used this for installing windows and a few drivers so far, and have had no problems. Haven't tried to burn anything yet. I like the way the eject button feels when pressed, very satisfying for some reason.

This probably the noisiest part of my whole build when it is in use, but doesn't strike me as excessively loud or even louder than average.

The photo on Amazon was showing a white logo and text on the front of the drive, but the one I received has a black/unpainted logo and text. I was pleased by this because aesthetics.

Operating System

I haven't used Windows since Vista, but this seems alright. Took a little getting used to.

It just seems like Microsoft tries to simplify certain things to appeal to average/below average users, but it ends up just making things less intuitive for people who were familiar with older versions of Windows.

Wireless Network Adapter

I bought this thinking it would be superior to using separate dongles for Wifi and Bluetooth. So far it seems that this was a good decision. This card does require a connection to a USB header on your motherboard so make sure you'll have a spare. Due to the layout of my motherboard, I have to basically rainbow the usb cable over the video card and zip tie it to other cables so that it does not make contact with the video card. Other motherboards may have better layouts but it seems to work fine as is.

Wifi - Works just fine, though I did have to raise my computer about a foot higher off the ground to get decent reception, but I'm pretty sure that was just due to my ****** network. The antenna has a magnetic base, which is nice.

Bluetooth - I haven't done much with the bluetooth. I did manage to connect my DS4 controller (running DS4Windows) and tested it briefly in game. Seemed to work fine.

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Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

My only disappointment is that it seems that this processor does not meet the minimum requirements for Battlefield 1, but whatever.

I played it on my 860K which is a bit better than your CPU but still in the same ballpark and it got a decent FPS. You can definitely play BF1.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't pay attention to game requirements! ^ it's your gpu that really matters , just turn down settings till your happy with the game play!

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

The CPU still does matter. You can always lower graphical settings for the GPU but there is nothing you can do about the CPU getting too low of a FPS.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

If your getting 60 fps on your 1080p monitor what's the problem?

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

There is no problem if its a 60Hz screen but if your have a goal of X FPS and your GPU can do it if you lower/adjust the settings but your CPU isn't capable of doing it (the graphical settings don't effect the CPU) then there is a problem since there is nothing you could do about the CPU being too weak outside of overclocking or replacing it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

Not true actually , he will find a bottleneck though when he turns down the graphic settings and the fps doesn't go up, but lol yes your cpu does effect how your system handles graphic settings, i.e. If he is hitting 100% cpu and only 50% gpu he can turn down say AA and shift the load abit . He just has to find which graphic settings reliy on the cpu and turn em down! If the graphics settings didn't effect the cpu everyone would be using a pent 4 from 2002 and a Gtx 1080! :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, thanks for the tip.

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

nice little budget build, I like it. Down the line you should definitely upgrade to something like a 8320e

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

8350

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

The guy at microcenter doesn't know crap. That card is one of Asus's STRIX lineup of cards. Because of this, it probably has RGB LEDs on it; therefore, it is compatible with the Asus "Aura" software you can download, and then you can change the colors as you see fit. Running AMD? Change the colors to whatever you want. Running Intel? Change the colors to whatever you want.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. But in all honesty, for games, the g4400 would be a lot better.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I have both an AMD athlon X4 845 and a pentium G4400. I tested both CPUs with a radeon RX 460.

In rainbow six siege, an almost entirely GPU-bound game, both CPUs were getting 60-70 FPS at 1080p medium settings. There was one huge difference though. The pentium stuttered like heck and sometimes even the audio cut out in-game. The athlon played the game much smoother and even allowed for some multitasking (AKA listening to music, google chrome tabs open, etc.) while the Pentium struggeled to even run the game with nothing else open. The only CPUs i think that anyone should buy from intel are the core i5 and core i7. The pentium and i3 are simply not enough for gaming. The i3 is a bit better, but still. Quad core is always the way to go. I'm now using the pentium in a HTPC, and it works just fine for that. However, gaming is completely out of the story for the pentium unless you just want to play CS:GO and minecraft.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

You can get a fan splitter. https://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-Technology-Sleeved-Splitter-CPF01/dp/B00B46XKKQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1477706223&sr=8-1&keywords=fan+splitter Overall love what you did with the budget, one of the better budget builds on the site. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Much appreciated, amigo.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Everything is a ps4 killer! Even my onions lol +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Besides the CPU not being good (it's HEAVILY overpriced for what you get these days). It's quite a good build for you.

  • 43 months ago
  • -1 points

I'm almost certain optical drives are outdated. Not sure why you used one. I hope you got the 460 for its MSRP or lower, everything seems inflated right now.

  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

Yes, optical drives are sorta outdated, but I purchased it for outdated activities like playing DVDs.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha funny guy

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Not sure why you used one.

To install Windows, as he said. Windows 10 home OEM comes on a DVD.

  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

Also for literally playing DVDs.

There's also a VCR in the first photo.

I'm old.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

nice pc it looks very good to me and like that pc has an optical drive because I still buy games on dvd/cd disk like fs15

I have shows on vhs taps that cant be that are only on vhs taps and i still recorded with my VCRs. I have a 1975 tv made by ge and it still works and I still use it and I'm only 16 and my favorite tv show is goof troop

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