My first PC build, full of rookie mistakes. I wouldn't say this is the most balanced build with a 550w psu paired with a 1050ti (originally supposed to be a 570) but its all done and dusted and I'm quite proud of it.
CPU - It is truly the year where AMD processors shine and I wanted to be a part of it. I was originally gonna get the budget gem: Pentium G4560 but since my first choice of GPU the 470 was replaced by the 570 then the ethereum craze started resulting in inflated prices of AMD cards, I decided to get a better CPU rather than the 1060. I chose the 1500x because it was a whopping $4 more than the 1400 (note these are Australian prices).
MOBO - I wanted an ATX board and this was the cheapest one at my local store. The case had a big window so I didn't want a void around the mobo if I gotten a Micro ATX.
RAM - Well its ram, I made sure not to buy 2133mhz because I know how much Ryzen likes high clock speeds and the Fury pack was the cheapest.
HDD - Good'ol Western Digital. I was contemplating 120gb SSD but I thought that would be too small for school work and games.
GPU - I find the lack of AMD 570/580 cards disturbing. But nevertheless the 1050ti with its lower performance but higher power efficiency. This GPU model was so power efficient that it doesn't even need a single power connector! Certainly makes cable management easier and a cleaner look.
CASE - It was between this and Thermaltake Black Core V31 and I chose looks over functionality (as far as I know the V31 had better dust filters and a couple rubber holes for cable management) plus it was $6 cheaper, enough to cover the upgraded cpu option ;)
PSU - I know its overkill, especially because the GPU doesn't even need power connectors. This was supposed to be powering the 570 but I didn't want to cheap out on this particular item. Compared to other PSU's in the price range, this was the best option. I would like to say that I'm planning to buy a Vega card but my budget was already stretched thin (originally supposed to be under $900 but now $956).
WIFI ADAPTER - As much as I tried to convince my parents to allow me to drill a few holes on the walls for an ethernet cable, they said no. I was gonna buy a $50 dollar one but I remembered that I had Australian internet! We don't have fast internet so a cheaper one would suffice.
CPU is great but as a first time pc builder I messed up installing the cooler. I removed it multiple times and noticed that a very small amount of the thermal paste went over the side of the CPU. As such the initial idle temps were a bit high sitting near the high 40/ low 50's. I just set it to a more aggressive fan curve, it's now at low to mid high 30's and the cooler is still nice and silent. But it was my fault and not the part's.
Some features: - 4 fan connectors and 1 pump fan connector - AMD crossfire support - 4 ram slots with max at 3200mhz - M.2 slot It's a very nice mobo with a neutral colour theme packed with features that I don't even need.
However there is one thing I'd like to nitpick. Although I could easily go to the bios on the starting screen before installing the os, afterwards after I press the delete key trying to go to the bios I was for a short time met with a black screen then the Windows startup. Tried using another keyboard but it still didn't work. The only way was to go to settings and manually go to it from there.
A nice choice for any Ryzen owner who knows that 2133mhs was no good but not wanting to spend too much on 3000mhz+ ram. Cheapest 2666mhz ram available and I'm glad because the design is nice and black goes with almost all colour themes.
Chose this because of its great reputation and it didn't disappoint!
Even though I was going for a 570 (now it only exists in Ethereum farms) I realised this was a perfect GPU for me personally. Before that though it's important to note that it does not require a single power connector making cable management a bit easier. Oh and no led light :( which was a bit disappointing but is expected because of the lack of a power connector.
As much as I'd like to say that I game everyday (that's why I saved up for a PC because 24fps Skyrim ultra low settings on a laptop can drive a person crazy) I don't. I just watch Netflix and YouTube most of the time… ANYWAY enough of that, this GPU is more than capable of 1080p gaming at mostly high settings. Skyrim SE got around 45-60fps and an older title Fallout New Vegas got 55-60fps. Keep in mind that there was no overclocking and that you could just lower a few settings to get higher fps which I assumed you would since it's kind of a budget GPU.
I fell in love with the industrial and sturdy look. Side panels are rock solid (or steel solid), nice window and 2 fans (one obviously has a red led) both of which uses 3 pin connectors.
Cable management was… an ok first build experience. Bad that there wasn't that much options for proper cable placements and places to tie them down but good thing that Corsair knew how to fix this problem - a big side panel. But truthfully it wasn't so bad but I have a semi modular PSU so that might be why.
And yeah, the reviews are right about the dust filers not being great. Good if you want a bit better airflow with the mesh holes being quite big but bad for effectively catching dust.
USB ports are upside down and I'm honestly quite annoyed about it. Who thought it was a good idea?
A solid choice for its price point. Cables were a bit stiff and I was a bit paranoid as a first timer if it would damage them but it is semi modular so no biggie.
Wireless Network Adapter
Strayan internet so I just needed something that was cheap but reliable. Comparing it to my laptops speed, it's nearly identical however the upload speed did drop from 1.1 to 0.7 according to the Ookla speed test.