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.
Incredible Value at this price point, at the cost of i3-9100 you get 2 more Cores.
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!
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.
SFX Power supply is so much better than ATX, lighter and smaller. It allows for better cooling in the case.