Description

Made this first build for video, photo editing and of course a bit of gaming. I'm fairly new to the PC world as I was very reliant on MacBook Pro (mid 2012) for most of my photo work. I haven't run into any issues with it so far other than when I try to play Doom it has some frame drops. Maybe it's because I'm not overclocking? I'm not entirely sure, but the system works well for what I intended it for, Premiere, Lightroom/Photoshop, After Effects etc etc.

Some parts on this list are subject to upgrades though. Might swap the Mobo for a gigabyte Z390 M Gaming, liquid cpu cooler, more RAM, and i7 8700k. Not so sure yet.

I am open to feedback, comments, etc. I will eventually update this description with more details to it when I get around to knowing this PC a lot more.

Fire away :)

Part Reviews

Case

I only picked this case to see if I could make a better, slightly cleaner build than from what I saw on a dreadful PC build video on YouTube months ago. On a serious note I've also been a big fan of compact cases that can hold a lot in the inside. This one's definitely my favourite.

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

It's probably not because you're not overclocking. Anyways a non K variant can't overclock anyways. Solid build and nice photos.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I was told that upon buying my parts. After all I did say to the guy that if I could save extra bucks and sacrifice over clocking then I'd go with the 8700 instead of 8700k.

Hey I get what I ask for, no?

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

pics are niuce

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I think, you don't need to change the mobo and cpu. As long you run it on stock, it's fine.

The memory's speed is just fine for photo editing and light gaming. but for workstation 16gb is not enough.

Actually it's a solid build after all. If you want to upgrade, upgrade the ram first. But check your mobo's ram limit. i think b360 boards only can get up to 2666 mhz.

You need to add 1 fan at the top as exhaust. Just 1 in the back is enough.

For cooler, liquid AIO sure will be nice. But h7 air cooler will do just fine.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I actually have RAM on my list as for the first bits of upgrades I want to get. My mobo supports up to ddr4 2666 so I might pick up 32 gb worth of ram. Probably around Boxing day.

I will take note of the top fan exhaust. However upon connecting the fans on the mobo I only saw 3 fan headers? 1 for CPU and the other 2 for the fans I have sitting in the front. Should I move one from the front and place it on the top side? Should I get a fan splitter? I do have 2 extra fans in my boxes, but set them aside since I had nowhere to connect them.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. Get the splitter for the front fans. Bottom intake is not necessary but i will try to add 1 since you have 2 spares.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe it's because I'm not overclocking?

I don't think you can overclock those chips. And it probably wouldn't be a good idea since apple's cooling has been known to not be very good

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I have a quick question. Is it possible to fit a higher CPU cooler? The case specs say up to 150mm, but I see yours is 152. I was wondering if a 160mm cooler would fit in that case. For example CM Q300l dictates coolers up to 158, but a fitted a 160 cooler without issues and there is plenty of room left (around 4-5mm).

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

My CPU cooler barely fits actually. It's literally kissing glass on my PC case so I doubt fitting a 160mm would be a great idea. I'm actually going to switch out the CPU cooler eventually as I am going to be switching to AMD cpu, new RAM, mobo, and liquid cpu cooler.