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Comment reply on Blog Post "$1250 Gaming PC Build - ASUS STRIX B250F Gaming / i5-7500"

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

An update on this rig. It's still running beautifully, and I've made a few upgrades along the way:

  • I swapped out the 1070 for a 1080ti FE.
  • I bought a 1440p Asus monitor overclockable to 165 hz
  • I just swapped out the 7500 for a 7700.

If you're planning to still do this build, it's imperative that you spring for the i7-7700 (You can get the K for a minor boost, but you can't OC with this build). The i5's meager four threads are a huge bottleneck for most recent AAA titles. I found the i5 struggling to keep up on BO4 and Battlefield V, to the point where it was nearly unplayable (constant dips under 60 fps).

This shouldn't happen when you're rocking a card like the 1080ti.

If you want to look at the most recent part list, here it is:

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/seraphicx/saved/BPMkdC

Comment reply on Blog Post "$1250 Gaming PC Build - ASUS STRIX B250F Gaming / i5-7500"

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

This is roughly a year on from my initial build of this - can confirm everything is still working 100%. I've made a few upgrades - mostly to accessories - but just popped in a 1080Ti FE from NVIDIA. This thing just melts anything you throw at it.

Here's my update to the initial build list - I saved over time to get all these things - but this build is great to get you started with a dependable machine that is very moddable and easy to navigate.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/drfW4q

Comment reply on Blog Post "$1250 Gaming PC Build - ASUS STRIX B250F Gaming / i5-7500"

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a bit late to this, but it's still running excellent! Let me know if you have any specific questions

Comment reply on Blog Post "$1250 Gaming PC Build - ASUS STRIX B250F Gaming / i5-7500"

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Any thoughts on future expansion/upgrades re: the DUKASE?

Comment reply on Blog Post "$1250 Gaming PC Build - ASUS STRIX B250F Gaming / i5-7500"

  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

Fantastic guide! I followed the tutorial (mostly) to the letter and have a great new machine that replaced my aging 4-year build. It was my first done completely solo without the aid of a friend who had done it before! These tutorials are incredibly empowering and professionally done. Please do more.

A few comments about the end product:

  • This build is wicked silent. My old computer (built in a Corsair 500R) was a clanker compared to this. You can hardly notice it's on if it weren't for the rainbow LED's.
  • When the machine is powered off, the mobo oscillates colors by default. Makes a pretty night light.
  • Tested with Battlefield 1 and Rainbow Six Siege with all settings maxed to ultra - R6 runs in the mid to high 100's. Battlefield never dipped below 60 fps in 64 player games of Conquest and Operations. Looking forward to seeing how ME: Andromeda plays this week.
  • I passed on the RPM drive and instead used two large SSD's. I used an EVGA 1070 instead of the Asus card here, but only because I had it on my old machine.

Some words of warning to newbies like me trying this for the first time:

  • Be really careful about getting the standoffs properly inserted before securing the CYRORIG. The thing nearly fell off when I tipped the mobo over to tighten the screws, because one of the standoffs wasn't depressed all the way.
  • The Intel chips are getting really small (at least the i5-7500 seemed smaller than the chips from my last two builds), so don't overdo the thermal paste.
  • Wire management gets trickier if you use both SSD bays. The extra SATA power cable is a pain to get through the case hole.

Out of curiosity, what other upgrades would be worth doing to this? I noticed the DUKASE has an empty fan bay on the top of the case. It would be cool if you all did a follow up video on more mods you can make to it. Not sure how much flexibility there is, but would be good to know what else you could do with it.

All in all, thank you so much PCPP! This was a fantastic and enjoyable weekend project.

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