Description

This is my first ever PC build. I have been waiting 3 years to build a PC and after all that research, saving and waiting it's finally here.

I built this PC primarily for high fidelity 1080p gaming but I also wanted it to last a few years so I decided to go with an RX 480 4GB and an i5 6500. These were the best price-for-performance parts at the time of purchase, so I think they'll do nicely.

This PC was built on a budget so there was a few compromises I made here and there so that I could buy it sooner and also so that I didn't have to sacrifice on the core components allowing me to buy what I wanted. For example, this system does not yet have a HDD and so is limited to a 250GB SSD. I also wanted to buy 16GB of RAM but I decided to go with 8GB. I made these decisions so I could afford an RX 480 rather than an RX 470 and an i5 6500 rather than an i5 6400.

I will be purchasing a 1TB HDD and 8GBs more RAM when I can afford it.

All in all the build process was easy (Thanks to this great case, I will be writing a short review on it shortly), and I absolutely no regrets about my choice of components. The only mistake I made was buying 2400MHz RAM when the Motherboard I have does not support oveclocking RAM past 2133 MHz. But this error only cost me a pound or two so it is one I can live with.

Photos of the build, please note that my camera is awful (Thanks, HTC M8!)

Part Reviews

CPU

21c idle, 50c under load with the stock cooler. Not a bother in it, my PC is lightning fast!

Motherboard

A great motherboard, has nearly all of the features of an ATX board in a smaller form factor.

My only gripe is that it only has 2 SYSFAN connectors, which means you will most likely need to get a PWM fan splitter or a fan controller to use all of your fans.

Memory

Looks great, does what it's supposed to. What more could you ask for?

Storage

Boots my PC up in under 10 seconds, what more could you ask for?

Video Card

BEAUTIFUL card. Mine only hits 60c under load and can be overclocked to 1400MHz on the GPU and 2000MHz (at least, didn't bother pushing further yet) on the memory.

Fantastic card for 1080p gaming and is well capable of 1440p too!

Case

This is a great case for the price. It's very sturdy, it features almost an inch of cable management space behind the MoBo tray, comes with 2 pre-installed blue LED fans which are nice and quiet and seem to provide good airflow, it's very easy to build in, the window is a great size and shows off all the important bits of your case while hiding the ugly drive cages and drive bays, and it looks great. It also comes with a removable dust filter for the top and one for under the PSU. I believe it also has a filter on the front of the case (I have not checked, so dont quote me on that).

The only slight shortcomings with this case are that it only supports 4 120mm fans when it could easily support 5 and that there are no rubber grommets on the case to help with hiding ugly cables. The case also seems to have an indent for a 3rd USB port on the front but they didn't put one there, which is odd.

Apart from that it's perfect! Highly recommended! Feel free to contact me in order to ask questions, I can be found on Steam and Origin under the same username. Thanks!

Power Supply

Great PSU. All of the included cables are black and low profile. The only cable that was difficult to maneuver was the MoBo power cable, which cannot be bent close to the connector so it can make cable management a little less tidy.

Operating System

I wish Win7 supported DX12.

Case Fan

Quiet, good airflow, stealthy design. I love it!

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Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweeeet

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I'm very proud :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the build, the case looks great! It's also pretty cool that you got a MasterFan 120 for 5 pounds.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! Yeah that was a great deal! Some sort of christmas special :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Motherboard doesn't support higher than 2133 even with XMP? That's odd, either way though. Cool build, hope you enjoy it. Polaris Sapphire Nitro cards are so sexy.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it is odd! XMP is enabled but I cant change the clock speed past 2133 no matter what I do.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

You can only get higher then 2133 on z170/z270 boards afaik.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

That seems to be the case!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Didn't know that a stormtrooper from the latest Star Wars film could be a PC, but you prove that fact wrong! Nice component choices! Put some more time into cable management and you've got an awesome build

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! I put a lot of thought into the build.

What would you suggest for the cable management? I'm always looking to improve :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd suggest a few more ties on the cables to handle the dangling wires. Really just the wires around the graphics card need a bit of attention and it's golden!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

He was black, why isn't the case black? kappa nice build by the way!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It's black on the inside!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess that makes sense lol. He had a white suit and was black on the inside of the suit xD

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Same phone. Try using the HTC app. The built in camera app does not utilize both of the rear cameras, which produces a blurrier photo. The HTC app produces a much nicer image. Cool build though, +1!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tip :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

It is a very nice build. Might I suggest when you do buy a HDD, you could by a 3TB Seagate Barracuda for like 90$ on newegg.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

As much as I'd like that it's a little out of my budget for storage!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! My only question is, how did you get windows 10 so cheaply? I am also building a pc, so this would be really helpful. Thank you :)

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  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Flip the PSU so that the fan points downwards - your GPU fans won't have to work as hard and your PSU temps will improve.