Description

This PC is my first custom PC build, and while I've read up that others recommend building on larger cases on their first time, the condo unit I reside in does not have the luxury of space to fit such a thing especially given that I live with a lot of people as well. So with that came the birth of my small but decent build that I plan to use for the rest of my college years as a gaming and productivity PC.

Also, some of the prices of the items may not be too accurate since I've been converting my local currency to USD, and given the large fluctuations in the exchange rate, I'm not so sure whether the prices up actually translate to how much was spent for each component.

(And yes, that 3.5" HDD fits inside case, (I was supposed to get a 2.5" drive but I didn't realize I had forgotten to specify the size but I had already purchased it since I was in a hurry so that was that, and I didn't want to spend more for another HDD.) though I had to do some things to make sure it did. Not having a drill made this kind of challenging but it works for now. Might actually drill holes to mount it properly later. The pictures can give you an idea on how I actually did it.)

I also forgot to mention that yes, I do have an optical drive installed. Got the drive from one of my old laptops, but as of now I don't have the correct wire to power it up, and I'm still searching for the wire around here so yeah.

I'm also gonna try to also put some benchmarks for the CPU and GPU up around the end of August, or when time allows.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

It has one job, and it does it well, and even looks good as it does for cheap too.

Motherboard

A solid miniITX motherboard with all the features you could ask for, for its form factor.

Storage

It's a great M.2 SSD for its price. No complaints here.

Case

Great case, though its manual and description are highly misleading as I thought that it could carry a 3.5" HDD beside a mini GPU. But you know, maybe I should have paid more attention to the "possible incompatabilities" the part picker kept bugging me about lol

A few DIY things here and there made everything work though, so it's all good.

Monitor

Great for its price and what it provides you with. The built-in speakers are average at most, but does the job.

Keyboard

Got the model with the orange switches. Given that this is my first mechanical keyboard, I don't have anything to really compare it to, but I don't think I can go back to using membrane keyboards after picking this up.

Mouse

The only gripe I have with this mouse is how often it needs to charge to survive on its wireless mode, but other than that it's a really comfortable ambidextrous mouse that I can use with ease versus all the right-handed gaming mice on the market.

Headphones

A gaming headset that's really worth the price. Very comfy to wear for long periods of time and the sound quality is great. While the mic could have been better, it's good enough for me. The aesthetics of the headset are also a big plus.

Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

There are a lot of similarities between our computers and a few interesting differences here and there. We have the same coolers and SSDs. Our cases are related. However, I'm one down in CPU (or two down, 7700k vs 7600k) and one up on GPU (1060 vs 1070). It's like our computer builds are alternate reality versions of each other. Have a +1 from your alternate universe cousin.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Just took a look at your build, and it's amazing how similar they are haha. Thanks for droppong by with the one up! :)) I dropped by your build and left a one up as well. (Great cable management by the way :) )

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't take credit for it. There were a few other builds that I saw here that I used as guides. I think I linked them in my description if you wanted to learn from the masters. I do need to come up with a clever name for my build too.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

How are your cpu temps with the C7? Also what's your usual room temperature (ambient)? Been planning to get this case with that cpu and cooler.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

CPU temps seem to be fine with the C7 as of now since it usually is around 70-73 degrees Celsius on regular to slightly heavier use. I haven't checked my ambient temperature recently, but I believe it's around 28-31 degrees Celsius, but that's without the AC turned on. (and the AC is usually on when I'm using it so I'm not too worried with the PC overheating unless I'm using it very heavily.)

Although, I was actually looking around for the cooler pegotico suggested, but it wasn't available in the stores I looked. If it's available in where you are though, you could probably try that as well as it doesn't seem like a bad choice either.

EDIT: I might get back to you sometime soon with more accurate temps and details though, as I haven't actually had the luxury of time to benchmark my PC.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply! Been really into htpc cases lately. Wanted to know your ambient temps cz I live on a tropical island so temps can get warm fast without AC turned on.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Sure thing! :)) I live in a tropical country as well, so I was really worried about the temps, but they seem to be fine so far, especially with the AC turned on. I don't think I'll ever have the courage to game on my PC without the AC on though haha

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Considering the price is about the same as the shuriken 2, I would consider the scythe cooler..

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/GdkD4D/scythe-cpu-cooler-scbsk2100

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Project Oreo, huh? You have my attention...

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't recall ever mentioning oreo though haha

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