Description

UPDATE: Build used to be called "Small and Simple", but as of now it's neither small (compared to ITX builds) nor simple really. Anyways, after changing my CPU fan for the last time after discovering issues with non-PWM fans running at full speed 24/7 (shoutout to Shakaron for giving advice on this, thread can be found here https://pcpartpicker.com/comments/thread/2551622/), I'm finally done making changes with my build! I'm fully satisfied with everything (lighting, cable management, etc) and can hope to use this thing for at least 4-6 years... wish me luck.


All my parts were bought from Micro Center. You can honestly get some solid deals at Micro Center, especially for the $30 off motherboard and CPU combo (although it only works with Intel Core i3 and above, so Intel Pentiums won't work for the deal unless you can trick the cashier ;) ). So far I love everything about this build, because it's not too hardcore in terms of performance and the case (which is the Corsair Carbide 88R) is the perfect size for me. Before I was going to go with a mid-tower case (NZXT S340), but I realized that mATX Mini cases with mATX motherboards give the inside a fuller look, while mATX Mid-tower cases with mATX mobos make the inside look a bit empty. I like a fuller look inside a PC.

As a first time builder, I ran into a lot of problems, so if you are looking at this build as a first time builder here are some tips (I also suggest watching Bitwit's video on PC part compatibility and Paul's Hardware's videos on things to do after building a new PC. Both videos helped me make sure that I was picking the right parts and setting up my PC correctly):

*-RAM usually goes in slots of the same color for Intel motherboards, given that there are 4 slots available for use. I didn't know this and took 3 hours figuring out why my PC was booting with no display

*-If you are using a wireless card and need to download the drivers but don't have an optical drive in your build, find a laptop or PC that has a CD drive/optical drive and download the drivers from the CD to any USB/flash drive you have lying around.

I'm a Computer Science major, so I plan to use the PC for coding and whatnot, and thus far it's been exceptional. I usually only play League of Legends, and this build gets 120+ FPS in-game, so it performs more than enough. As for older single-player titles (Bioshock, Dishonored, etc.), it expectedly does well, but I have yet to move to modern, mainstream single-player games.

Part Reviews

Wireless Network Adapter

Better than ethernet cable connection in some instances. For me, I get more frequent ping spikes in League of Legends than on my cheap laptop, which is odd, but it still gets better connection than my laptop. Not sure if I could improve my connect with higher priced wifi adapters

Keyboard

Got this mechanical keyboard for a pretty good sale, and it was already one of the cheapest RGB mechanical keyboards on the market (at least at Micro Center, it was). This is my first mechanical keyboard, and I'm pretty satisfied that I made the move from regular keyboards. It sure makes doing work a lot more fun, especially when you're looking at the lighting on this thing. It's not Cherry MX switches but the Kailh Brown versions instead, but I can't tell the difference. Lighting is for sure one of the best out there, and it's small footprint is nice for smaller desks.

Mouse

The tight-clicking feeling that people always say is bad for non-FPS games (e.g. MOBAs) on this mouse isn't as serious as people say. I barely notice it. Good mouse for palm-grippers with 16.5 inch hands... so small hands benefit from the shape/size here.

Comments

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

I wish I had a Micro Center in my area. But I'm not in the USA!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang, that sucks dude. Hopefully you have some other tech store that offers good deals near you.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

For a fairly cheap but high quality air cooler, I think most people would agree with me that purchasing the Cryorig H7 would be the best for you.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats! The Cryorig C7 performs better, looks better, and is quieter than the Intel stock cooler for only $30. That's the cooler I was going to go with until I decided to go with Ryzen instead, which has a nice stock cooler. I hope you have fun with your new PC!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I looked over the Cryorig C7 and decided to take your advice and bought it. I'm looking forward to never hearing the sound of a stock fan ever again :,)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Very well rounded budget system.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice and simple! Could you have made it more compact maybe?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

When I went to MicroCenter, I saw some smaller mITX cases but none of them really suited me. I don't dig the square shape of the cases so the Corsair Carbide 88R seemed to be the best option for me.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! May I ask what rainmeter skin are you using?

  • 21 months ago
  • -2 points

Do you like Ryzen? here's a parts list if you want one: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/7ZMp6X