Originally this build started as a father/ daughter project as a followup to her Computer Science class (9th grade). They were learning about CPU / bus speeds / RAM/ IO /IDE / AGP / PCI all related to how a PC functions.

She was using an IBM Yoga x1 from 4+ years ago, it had a 6th gen intel i7, which is okay for her homework/ minecraft and some photoshop usages. With the new PC I wanted her to able to play some AAA titles and have full access to my steam library.

I wanted to reuse some parts I had laying around, namely the GTX 1080 ITX pulled from a TB3 enclosure. I had some SSD and HDDs laying around.

She researched her own parts and put together the whole thing with some supervision. The only places I changed her original choices were, Monitor, PSU, and RAM.

Monitor - @ 1440p 27" is ideal but for 50 dollars more the 32" is a better value and it takes up enough desk space not to think about dual monitor setups. She went for 24" Acer Nitro+ 144 Hz unit that was $150, it was IPS but it was so small...

PSU - here I'm willing to go up a notch, the SFX PSU is so much smaller and emits so much less heat. Originally she choose a PowerSpec 550w PSU that was around $48, but I didn't want her CPU to go up in flames. Besides I couldn't find it on the PSU tier list...

RAM - RGB, RGB, RGB I dunno as girl RGB should have been the first on her list. Here she opt-ed for G Skill RipJaw V for $69 but has no RGB....

I’m really surprised by how well the Zen+ as well as the GTX 1080 performs, and it’s very stable.

Cinebench scored around 3000 compared to my i5-9600k was 2700

Rainbow 6 Siege clocks in at 200 fps on the benchmarks

All parts are from micro center + amazon.


Part Reviews


Incredible Value at this price point, at the cost of i3-9100 you get 2 more Cores.

CPU Cooler

One of the Cheapest AIO coolers on the market. I don't think you can go wrong unless it leaks.


This combination has been very stable. Zero crashes or lock ups.


Price / Performance / RGB, doesn't get better.


Reuse of the SSD pulled from an enclosure.


Pulled from an Old MacBook Pro, Still works!

Video Card

Pulled from Gigbyte TB3 box, the GPU looks kind of raw and it only has a single 200mm fan, its very quiet under heavy load.


NZXT has an excellent build quality, the airflow, in this case, is short of amazing. We bought an open box/return for $73. This case is excellent, minus the CAM.

Power Supply

SFX Power supply is so much better than ATX, lighter and smaller. It allows for better cooling in the case.

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

what’s better 1080 GPU or 1660 It ?

  • 3 months ago
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GTX 1080 GPU it's equal to my Red Devil RX 5700 XT, or better in DX 11 games, the Red Devil is better in DX 12 and Vulkan games by 10-20%.

The GTX 1080 GPU drivers are very stable.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I’m honestly Shocked at the prices this seems so cheap lol

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I was pretty surprised at how cheap of a system you can build a complete tower. Micro Center does price match so take advantage of that. the 2600x is 110 this week... 10 dollars cheaper then what I bought it for.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

The only thing is that the 1080 is a much better card when you run driver 399.24, it is a very stable driver and it can maximise the preformance of the card.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

When your cables look nicer than your GPU.