Description

(The tower by itself cost about $598.21 USD. Set prices do not include tax or shipping.)

This PC is replacing an all-in-one with an odd screen flicker problem(Intel iGPU). My mother wanted to try something with tempered glass so you could see the internals like my personal PC setup. She also wanted pretty lighting and left other details up to me for what the build. Nothing cheap though, but not too costly either. I decided to make it a basic/minimalist mATX gaming machine in general. I might use it for streaming at some point along side my personal gaming computer or something.

I messed with some overclocking and the short of it is that the highest CPU overclock so far gets up to 3.85 GHz @ 1.356v, and the GPU got an OC clock of 1350 MHz & 2000 MHz Memory. System Ram accepted an XMP profile OC from the default of 2666 to 3066 @ 1.20v. This CPU seems to have a weird issue? of reporting 1 second temperature spikes of +10°C, every so often when overclocked and I'm not sure why.

The current CPU overclock is set to 3800 Mhz @ 1.262v.

I made a video time-lapse of the build process as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwzqOxgz9C0

[1/17/2019]

Updated the part's List to better reflect the current setup.


To-Do's:
- External Speakers (Creative Pebble 2.0)
- RGB Mechanical Keyboard (Corsair Strafe RGB MK.2)
- Mouse with lights on it (Logitech G203 Prodigy)
- Desk/Mouse Mat (Reflex Lab Large Extended Mouse Pad)
- Considering a Monitor Riser
- Maybe additional Case Lighting

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Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a solid build. The cable management is on point, good part selection. Really well done.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for commenting. I wanted the less amount of required cables for this build to keep it simple.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Very very nice. I plan on building my mother a PC, using my old I5-7500.

The build is solid, only things I would personally change is the PSU and use the new Ryzen 5 APU.

+1 for cleanliness.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah this has better performance that that apu

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Really? The 1200 is kinda underpowered... I dunno tho, I know the 560 is better than the vega 8/11 we see in the APUs

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU wise, the R5 is more powerful. Vega 11 isn't as powerful, however. Unless your mother frequently plays games (If she does, go mom!) then this setup is just fine.

Except the PSU but whatever! I personally only go for perfect PSUs :P

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I want her to explore some games, she usually just plays candy crush type games, but always wanted to play "tails and sonic" again which is referring to Sonic & Tails on the Sega Genesis. My sister has been exposing her to some VR with an Oculus Go she recently obtained. She's a much older woman though.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I was going to get a 500w or 550w PSU but the one I purchases happened to be on sale at a lower price that my initial choice so 600w it is.

As for the APU, I did want to get one when they were announced, however I had already purchased the motherboard 10 months before and I honestly just wanted to avoid the potential hassle of getting the old Bios(2.50p) updated to use the newer APU's.

I just went with the original idea of an R3 1200 + a GPU, which was going to be an RX 550 but by the time I was going to get it, RX 560 was just a better option.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I wasn’t talking about wattage. I was talking about the PSU itself. It’s simply okay. Nothing exceptional about it. I think it lacks OTP, but which the low power draw, I doubt it’ll be an issue.

Cheers!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Understood. I wasn't sure what you were referring to initially but now that I looked it up, this BQ unit does not specifically list OTP as a feature. It lists OVP, UVP, OCP, OPP, and SCP.

At first glance, the BQ line seemed okay enough with my limited knowledge. I was originally going for a Corsair unit, as that's what I use in my personal system, but as I mentioned before, This was on sale and I think it was new in the overall lineup for EVGA.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but 84°C is above the recommended 70°C. You need a good cooler for overclocking:

  • Thermalright Macho Rev.B - great cooling
  • Scythe Mugen 5 Rev.B - good cooling
  • Arctic Freezer 33 eSports Edition - nice cooling

Good price/performance config overall.

Cheers.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I just put whatever the highest OC I had taken down so far. I'm not sure if I should include the Temperature spikes it has, since it doesn't run at a consistent 84°C, it would be 74° with instant 10° spikes that immediately lower back down to 74°. It's also not real world but worst case since that was under Aida64 Stress Test(CPU-Cache-FPU-Memory)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid and cable management is on point

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for taking a moment to leave a comment. With the hardware I chose, the lack of cables to manage was the goal. It seems to have worked well.

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  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Fantastic shots of a classy build!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks you for commenting and showing appreciation for the image eye-candy I tried to provide.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Can I ask how did you make the RGB strip work? I noticed the motherboard does not have an RGB header.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

This motherboard has one basic RGB header. It is at the upper right of the board, to the left of the AMD Fan RGB header.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

How are the noise levels in the case?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I refer you to this Gamers Nexus video about the ATX version of this case. https://youtu.be/IqoGsaYJIzU?t=460

If you are asking my personal opinion, you can hear this PC if nothing else is going on, as it is an open mesh front after all, and the fans are max RPM in my situation, but while listening to anything I don't really notice it.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome thanks! I’ve been doing a lot of digging and I wanna make sure I find the right case

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Really great balance on the parts! Love the Aesthetic!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, guess you found this here.

It looks a little better after taking care of the extra additions that have been made since then, however I don't have any current images of such.

Regardless of that, thank you for admiring the build.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, a question about your light on top of the PC, where did you get that? is it possible to get a link for that I love the way it looks

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I apologize for only seeing this comment just now. I don't check the site very often when haven't done anything lately.

The LED can be found in the parts list as a Custom. Amazon or Newegg, though I got it from the former.

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  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. That is the stock cooler, "Wraith Stealth".

Some models of their CPU have different stronger Coolers packaged with them as you go higher in the Ryzen performance tiers.

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  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't really done anything with the system personally yet, And nothing my mother will do with it will either. I did set it to be running an overclock though, and have already done stress tests with it.

CPU - R3 1200 (Overclocked)
Core: 3800 MHz Base / 3800 MHz Boost / 3800 MHz @ 100%
Voltage: 1.268v Base / 1.312v Max / 1.300v @ 100%
Temperature: 28-30°C Idle / 65-75°C Max (+10°C Spikes)
Memory: 3066 MHz @ 1.20v (16-18-18-38)