Description

Benchmarks UserBenchmarks: Game 64%, Desk 87%, Work 66% CPU: Intel Core i5-8400 - 90.7% GPU: AMD RX 570 - 61.5% SSD: Adata Ultimate SU800 256GB - 104.3% HDD: WD Blue 1TB (2012) - 91.7% RAM: Unknown TEAMGROUP-UD4-2400 2x8GB - 79.3% * MBD: Gigabyte B360M DS3H

Basic Information / Use

  • This PC was to be a 4-5 year investment in my home gaming life, and my school and work life. It designed to run games like Apex Legends, CS:GO, Dark Souls on mid to high range settings with ease.

  • For work related ordeals I wanted this PC to run Android Studio and multiple emulators without freezing up my computer and to use and manage heavy IDE's like Pycharm, IntelliJ and Eclipse quickly.

The Purpose of certain Parts

  • CPU: Considered one of the best valued processors. You
    could get the Core i5-8600K but in my opinion it's not worth the extra cost.

  • MoBo: Cheap but good you could go for something better but this suited my needs as an entry level PC.

  • RAM: I chose 16 GB to ensure I can have 50+ tabs of stackoverflow, 3 ide's and 2 shell prompts at the ready or the equivalent of one Facebook tab open. If you're using this for gaming you should only need 8 GB.

  • HDD: The most standard you can get.

  • SSD: So I can run games, heavy duty applications quickly.

  • GPU: One of the cheapest cards that run alot of stuff on
    it's own. Perfect for an entry-level graphics card.

  • Case: Big, roomy, alot of beginner-friendly isntallation and nice led-fans.

  • PSU: Excessive wattage to ensure all parts have all the power they need.

  • Fans: Extra cooling for the long road.

  • Monitor: Something that fits the resolution i'm used to on laptop so I don't need to relearn mouse sensitivity when I jump from school to home. Also it has a size specific for where I put it.

What worked well

  • The case is super noob-friendly since it comes with brackets to hold your drives in place, and loads of room to install everything you need. It also has simply thumbscrews to take off the side panels.

  • The two extra fans give a bit more style and cooling to the PC as a whole and look nice once fully installed.

  • Motherboard comes with designated USB ports for mouse and keyboard that finds really handy to not use the regular 4 slots.

  • Powersupply is modular and comes with cables that make connecting with the hard drives super clean.

Issues / Complications to learn from

  • [T] : Just a tip or heads-up
  • [I] : Inconveniencing (but minor nonetheless)
  • [C] : Something to be cautious for
  • [M] : Major issue that you'll need to account for

  • [T] 3-Pin fans can still plug into the 4-pin connectors to sys-fan on your motherboard.

  • [T] Take off the front panel until you are ready to connect the wires after installing all pieces.

  • [T] Install everything but your motherboard first so it wont have the chance to be damaged.

  • [T] Manage the same types of cables at a time. For me I did I/O Cables -> SATA -> Power Connecters to Sata, Mobo, GPU.

  • [T] Alot of zip-ties come with the case and PSU so most likely
    you won't need them

  • [T] Install your case speaker to identify problems when turning it on. 1 short beep usually means its fine, just booting. constant long beeps means the RAM is not installed or not properly installed.

  • [I] The micro-atx board is a bit unnecessarily small for the large case and can be a bit clustered but not too bad.

  • [I] Plugging in your graphics card before connecting the PC I/O Cables is hard.

  • [I] When your graphics card is physically inserted, the mother board VGA port no longer displays video and is blocked, make sure to connect your monitor directly to the card itself first.

  • [C] Make sure to not pop off the plastic casing on the CPU, not that it matters but the manual said not to but I didn't notice.

  • [C] Your RAM takes a bit more pressure to put in properly than you think so don't be too worried if you have to push a bit hard for the click.

  • [C] The graphics card has to be installed with the front small pins first

  • [C] The power cable for the Corsair power supply has a thickness that doesn't make the clearance for the back cable panel. If you want to try and fit it in you might be able to, but I chose to just wire the power cables from the front (albeit messy, but not-risky).

  • [M] The install-able fans are screwed in, if you don't want them screwed for vibrations then you'll need to get rubber tie-downs.

  • [M] If you plan to use this monitor, note that it has a VGA and DVI port while the GPU only has DVI and HDMI, so you'll need a DVI cable or a new monitor with either DVI or HDMI ports.

Driver Links and Manuals for the Lazy

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Note that plugging a GPU in disables the on-board VGA adapter.

Case

Super noob-friendly with space and tool-less drive mounts.

Case Fan

Only come with screws to hard install it.

Monitor

Only comes with VGA cable and only has 1 VGA, and 1 DVI port.

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Cord management my friend but nice budget build

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

lol!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The cable management in the front I found tricky because the power cables didn't make the clearance for the back cable panel and had to be wired at the front in a suspicious way. Hold on I should put this in....

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build :) I liked the right up.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, made sure everyone had all there is to know!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

np!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Also long but good write up

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I wanted to be as descriptive as possible for anyone wanting to build it.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Pic 3 just messed my eyes up.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah sorry about that my phone has terrible quality haha.