Description

 Hello! Thanks for stopping by. This is my first attempt at trying to document my build process. I have always liked computers, and am currently majoring in IT. I have 9 years hardware experience from my time in the navy and working as a copier technician. With all of my time under my belt, I felt that it was long over due for me to build my own pc. I decided around July of 2017 to build, so that’s when I started to research my components.

 I initially was going to go with the pentium g4560, but since this pc was going to be used for more than light gaming I decided I wanted a minimum of a quad core with multi-threading. Now the prices I have posted are not what I paid because I started gathering parts in late August of 2017. The reason I went with the ryzen 5 1400 was due to me winning it in an eBay auction 100 dollars bnib with free shipping, and the gtx1050ti was only 140 dollars when I purchased it in September. All in all I was into the whole pc about 430 dollars.

 I built the pc on my birthday as a gift to myself. First mistake I made was not putting the stand offs in the case for the mobo. I only realized this when the mobo did not line up with the I/o plate. Glad I recognized the issue before I powered up the machine! Second issue I realized I made was going with cheap components. My mindset when I sold the idea of building a pc to my wife was cheap as possible. The case was fairly sturdy, but was lacking cable management (or I was lacking the experience to lol.) the led for the power button was burnt out when I got the case and only realized it after it was fully assembled. The second thing that I did not know was to not skimp on the PSU.

Once the PC was built, unfortunately it sat for a few months as I traveled for work. My coworker at the time was looking to get into pc gaming, and offered me 575 bucks for it. So I sold it, but it is still chugging along with games such as BF1, fortnite, and GTA 5. Maybe some time I will sneak over to his place and get some benchmarks! I really enjoyed building the unit and am currently building PC number two and will post it once I am done with it! As for now, I’ll continue refurbishing thrift shop lap tops to pay for more builds!

Part Reviews

CPU

Great cpu! Performed all of my tasks well with no stuttering!

Motherboard

Easy to work with, felt like everything was placed where it could be easily accessed

Memory

Remember, I went cheap as possible with this. At the time this ram was around 74 bucks.

Video Card

Great card for the 140 I paid for it, not sure if it’s worth 200 today when it’s only 20-30 dollars under a gtx 1060 3gb

Case

Had broken power led when I got it, but what can I say, it was 19 bucks.

Power Supply

Cables were a pain on this, but it was a learning curve. My current build has an evga 80+ bronze certified semi modular psu in it. Only time will tell how well this stands up.

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

You might have a bit of a harder time finding a gpu and ram at that price for your next build. Unfortunately prices in those markets have gone up. This looks like a nice build overall. As you said in your description I would look into a better PSU for your next build. If you are building a budget rig for your next build, I would recommend the EVGA 450w BT Bronze. It often goes on sale or has a rebate to bring it down to $25 USD.

  • 11 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you for your response! my current build is rocking the ryzen 3 2200g. I am planning on buying a gtx1060 6gb later this summer. I went with a evga 500w 80 bronze. it was 23 after the rebate.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

fixed my list with the correct SSD I used

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

looks perfectly fine and the components are spot on. Well done on your first build. Look forward to you posting the next one (it's addictive). +1

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Logisys PSU is a fire hazard tho. I wonder why did you get that PSU in the first place.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

As stated above my initial mindset was cheap cheap cheap, and it was the cheapest psu with a rating at the time. My current build has an evga 500w 80+ bronze psu

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Good but why did you go with single channel RAM? Would perform much better w/ dual channel.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I know it would now, but then I didn't know that ryzen chips like dual channel faster ram. I fixed that with my current build though!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok cool!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

how much fps did you get on fortnite?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I am not sure, I sold the build due to not using it and that's one of the games my friend who bought it plays. Ill ask him though!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I would save up a little bit more for the gtx 1070ti instead of the 1060 because the 1070ti out performers the 1080

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

from what I have seen a 160 is perfect for 1080 gaming. I'm really not so involved in gaming yet that I have to have 4k

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

1070/1080 aren't for 4k, you'd need 1080ti or titan x if you wanted to hit 60fps in 4k. And yeah 1060 is a good choice for 1080p gaming, but only if you are running at 60hz. If you wanted to do 144hz then 1070/1080 would be better, but the 1060 is a good choice for 1080p60.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I have been gifted a 60hz monitor but haven't really looked at 144hz yet. I'm assuming it all comes down to a better picture quality?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

144hz is just more frames so it looks a bit smoother, 60hz is what most people play at tho and the perfect refresh rate if you're using a 1060 :)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Awesome that you got the R5 1400 for so cheap. Too bad you sold it but good to see you made some profit off of it for your efforts. And I see you built another one for even cheaper, so win win.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah it was sad to see it go but let me tell you this second build of mine was so much easier

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha nice; whatever works.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry I'm late to this party. This was a nice jump into home built PCs. Sounds like you profited a little on the sale when not including labor. Good job.

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  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

no I didn't realize the price. I paid about 84 dollars

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  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

right? I was wondering why my build cost was so expensive

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

just set all the prices manually

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure where to do that I have been looking for it on my breaks at work