Description

This is the first PC I have built, I'm hoping to get good results from it, since my current (was current before I built this) old default Dell specs were terrible

OLD SPECS

  • Custom EVGA 750 Ti (replaced this in probably 2014-15 idk, was originally an unnamed Dell GPU I think)

  • Motherboard: 0KWVT8 Dell motherboard

  • CPU: 4 core i5-4440 CPU @ 3.10GHz

  • CPU Cooler: Literally no idea, I took the side panel off and it was probably the default Intel one

  • Storage: Seagate 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD (yes I'm reusing this out of my current PC)

  • RAM: Unnamed 2x4 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz

12/15/18 12:21 AM: All of the parts but the SSD arrived, so I'm going to wait a few hours and start building

12/15/18 2:30-ish PM: Started building, realized the CPU cooler (Corsair H60 Liquid Cooler) did not fit my motherboard which is fine because I forgot to order one so I bought one from a store

12/15/18 2:50 PM: 24-pin mobo power cable was too short, also ordering an extension

12/15/18 3:00 PM: Finished building for the day, waiting for new CPU cooler and 24-pin extension to arrive on 12/17/18, will continue to update and post pictures after it is built and running

12/17/18 6:00 PM: The parts arrived, I’ll wait a bit to start again

12/17/18 6:45 PM: Started building again, plugged in the extension, easy enough, then the CPU cooler gave me a pretty hard time getting the screws in.

12/17/18 8:13 PM: Finished building, quickly hooked up monitor and keyboard to check everything works, which it does, and waiting for SSD to arrive tomorrow to install Windows.

Please don't comment that I got an 8600k with a B360 chipset, I know that's bad pairing and I wouldn't get the full performance out of my CPU. I didn't realize what the chipset was until it arrived.

Part Reviews

CPU

I don't have much to base this off of, but so far it's a great CPU. It boots up fast and runs most games at a pretty stable FPS.

CPU Cooler

It's a great cooler, it keeps my 8600k plenty cool for just $25. It's worth every penny, highly recommended. The only complaints are the size of it, it just barely fits inside of my case. It still looks good though, so I'm not too worried. Another complaint is that it's pretty difficult to install. A pattern that worked for me is to go from a corner, tighten that screw so it just barely holds, then go to the opposite corner and do that again, then once all of them are in you finish tightening. If you tighten them one at a time, the other corners stick up and you have to use a lot of force to push them down and tighten them.

Thermal Compound

Works as good thermal paste, keeps the temperature down. 4 grams is plenty. Cheap but effective for $5. Recommended for thermal paste.

Motherboard

Overall good looking motherboard, impressive max RAM for just $70, DDR4 RAM, 4 USB 3.0s. It's a wonderful motherboard and I am very happy with this purchase. The only cons are that when I purchased my Corsair H60 CPU cooler, the back plate did not fit onto the motherboard so I had to return it and get a new one. The ports also were a pretty tight fit and needed some effort to fit in. However, I can't complain for $70 and all the other features. Overall recommended for a simple motherboard.

Memory

Not much to review about RAM, but it works as expected and it looks good. And it's Corsair. No issues yet.

Storage

It isn't the fastest SSD, but it is definitely fast enough and it improved loading speeds greatly. For this price, it is a must-buy.

Storage

It's inexpensive for a 1 TB HDD. I have been using it since 2013 and I haven't had problems yet. It isn't the fastest HDD out there, but it definitely gets the job done for $42. Overall recommended for anyone looking for a cheap but reliable and fast 1 TB HDD.

Video Card

I can run most games on highest graphics at around 60 FPS@1080p, however it does get to around 85°C sometimes and you have to reopen Precision and you have to set the fan curve to aggressive for it to keep the temperature cool. The fan does a proper job cooling though, as it goes from 85°C down very quickly.

Case

Very good case & RGBs, instructions are very informative. The case comes with good cable management for the fans and has many holes for more cable management. The case is easy to access most screws and disk drives, but the PCI covers are a little hard to unscrew because there is a lip blocking the screws. You can still easily unscrew them but it does take a little while. I think the price is very reasonable for a case of this quality. I'm happy with this purchase so far.

Power Supply

It works as advertised as a 600W power supply. However, the cables are a little bulky and the motherboard power supply did not reach the slot. It is still a good purchase and I recommend it for people who aren't worried too much about extremely good display computers but more functionality.

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

Not bad man, that should last you for quite a while at 1080p. I have the same motherboard, I was actually quite impressed at the size, it's little small, so not much room for upgrades.I totally know what you mean by it being hard to mount the CPU coolers on there dude. I had a tussle trying to get my AIO Cooler master hooked up.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, I'm glad I wasn't the only one with problems mounting the cooler. Do you recommend the cooler you have? I am only getting the CPU air cooler as a temporary fix while I find a liquid cooler.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes a no man, the cooler is nice and does it's job, it is a bit noisy though, like not super loud and you can cancel it out with headphones. But if you're worried about noise, try a different brand for a little more money. if you're ok with the noise then it's a steal.

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

Stick with the evo

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, I was planning on sticking with it anyways because I don't want to go through the hassle of having the evo arrive then ordering another one right after, but thanks anyways.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Your GPU will be the bottleneck in that build so not being able to overclock the CPU should not matter too much.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, I wasn't planning on overclocking my CPU at all anyways. I was saying that I could have saved money by buying an 8600 instead of an 8600k cpu or bought X or Z chipsets instead of B if I ever did want to overclock.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Correct - an 8400 would have been a better match for the 1060. Mind you, even with a GTX 1080 (which is what I have in my system) the GPU is still the bottleneck. At 1440p with high/very high settings, the CPU is usually at 50-60% usage whereas the GPU is 90+%. And I have my 8600k running at 4.9 GHz.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Really good for a first build!!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Im doing a very similar build, nice. Going to be gaming with it?

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Probably not major gaming, but yes, I will be gaming with it!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

So I'm assuming you got Linux? (not that I don't like linux)

Also, nice build!