Sorry for the horrible-ish cable management, this case had VERY limited options for that. But for the price of thirty dollars, what can you really expect?
I am 15 years old and this is my first build. This should last me around 3-4 years I think. After nearly a year of meticulously researching parts, watching prices, reading reviews and balancing costs, I came up with this budget champ. After upgrading from an AMD A8 laptop, this was a HUGE improvement. The primary usage of this computer has been both to indulge my curiosity of how our modern technology works and to have a sweet gaming rig at the price of a console. So far, it has exceeded my expectations in both. The games I mainly play include Xonotic (A great, free game. Just google it!), Portal 2, CS:GO, War Thunder, Minecraft, and very soon Rocket League, when the Linux port is done. In all listed games (except Rocket League, of course) I get well over 100 fps on 900p, maxed out settings.
The reason I went with the G3450 instead of the overclockable G3258 is because this CPU has DDR3-1600 support and higher memory bandwidth, and I didn't want to pay for things like CPU heatsinks, overclocking motherboards, and the risk of shortening the CPU's life. So I am happy with this. Although the CPU is great for playing the games that I like to play, it chokes when I try to record them at any setting. So here is my warning to any YouTubers/Streamers on a budget out there: DO NOT GET A DUAL-CORE CPU IF THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT TO DO! Please, save up for a quad core CPU like a Core i5 or AMD’s upcoming Zen if you plan on doing these things. You will regret it if you don’t! (btw, I used OBS to record, if it matters)
One issue I initially had was on my part. I did not know that when I bought an OEM PSU that it would not come with a power cord (The lack of packaging also threw me off for a bit). SO, if you are planning on buying an OEM PSU, buy an extra cord.
If you go back into my completed builds link, you'll see that there is a SSD that is not here. I replaced it with my laptop hard drive. I did this because my storage was filling up FAST. So, that is why I put the laptop picture in.
Anyways, thanks for reading. Feel free to give your feedback!
Previous build- https://pcpartpicker.com/b/qngLrH
Does what I purchased it for, nothing was broken. Good value if you don't plan on overclocking. However, I would not recommend getting any dual-core CPU after 2015 as it has a tough time dealing with multiple applications at the same time.
Only con is that the SYS_FAN2 connector seems to not be fully functioning. On the other hand, the connectors are placed in logical places, the UEFI BIOS is both gorgeous and easy to use, and the board itself feels like it is good quality. GIGABYTE has earned my trust.
Looks nice, low cost, works. What else is there to say? It’s RAM.
Great, great card. I was skeptical about getting a Zotac GPU because they are generally cheaper and I had never heard of them. I was wrong! The cooler always keeps the chip icy cool. And the 750 Ti itself is still a great card, for both power consumption and price/performance.
Came without any damage, 2 chassis fans included, not flimsy, big power button, nice size, minimalistic. Wasn't advertised, but it came with a 2.5" mounting point at the bottom of the case, so that's a plus. There are some major cons, though. One is that there is absolutely no cable management, so you have to stuff the cables in the 5.25" drive bay. Another is that the front panel cables also run through the 5.25" drive bay, which together means that it will be difficult to fit in a disk drive. Since I don't have this, this is not an issue for my me. For the low cost, I am satisfied with this case.
Good quality, as it is Seasonic. But for a 300 watt unit that doesn't come with a box or an outlet cable, it is awfully expensive. I kind of wish that I had bought the SSR-350ST instead, but whatever.
Wireless Network Adapter
Holds a strong internet connection without drops. It does the job.