Description

I was looking to make my first gaming PC with a relatively low budget. I bought almost all my parts at Microcenter, its about a 2 hour drive but was well worth it as i got great deals that beat out anyone online. I wanted stable 1080p 75htz game play with pretty much all modern games as well as good performance in adobe programs (RIP ryzen)

Processor: I was not too interested in overclocking so i went with the 8400 to get a solid 6 cores, enough for all games to utilize not too many because I wont be streaming or doing any heavy workstation loads.

Cooler: Okay i went with the stock cooler because i mean its an 8400, I actually might end up picking up the Cryorig H7 because it will look cool and keep things really cool for only a few bucks.

Motherboard: Phew I looked at what felt like hundreds of different motherboards, overall i settled on this one because it has dual M.2 slots i can upgrade into in the future, great I/O with 3.1 gen 2 usb even included in what seems like a budget board. It has great looks for a slightly cheaper board too! I ended up finding an open box version at Microcenter and added on the 30$ off when you get a board and a processor together knocking the price down to just 50$

Memory: Okay i know i look insane but i was planning on picking up the cheapest 2666 black ram they had in store however they had this insane 3200 RGB ram for the same price again because it was an open box. So i mean why not and my goodness does it look great. Solid metal heat sinks on both sides make it feel like quality.

SSD: I picked up a Samsung 860 from Bestbuy when i was still on my laptop so i just kinda moved it over, looks like i overpaid for it now but it was a decent deal at the time and I've gotten good use out of it since then.

HDD: Okay so i got a 1tb Toshiba OEM HDD from Microcenter for like 30 bucks but it was DOA :/ all it does it clicky click and stop my system from posting. But lo and behold i found like a 5 year old 1tb 7200 rpm drive from an old family computer!

Video Card: Okay again this was an open box from Microcenter, great deal but....its so red, I went back and forth on whether it was worth it and since its upside down you really cant see toooo much of the red, and there is a really subtle pentagram on the bottom that is actually pretty cool. Overall it runs just like a 580 should, now be warned this card is HUGE, anything but a solid mid-size check your case clearances, keeps pretty cool overall, Idle of 40 and under load around 55 under load, not too bad for an “off brand” card.

Case: Oh god i love this thing to death, i spent forever looking at cases, i really like the minimal style of this one, very subtle branding you can just barely see at the front is a great touch. Internals are amazing for cable management and plenty of room for even poor cable management behind the MB tray. The temps are extremely good for a non mesh case, Most people are very suspicious so i am glad to say they did test this thing well. I got the 500i which comes with 2 led strips and a smart fan and led controller. Pros are that they work great as a single purchase to get a decent amount of control and ive had really good experiences with nzxt's cam software however there are people who really dont like it so i would recommend trying it out before you decide to drop the extra 30$.

Power Supply: Not too much to say except i got a great deal on a great product you really cant go wrong with EVGA, i would heavily recommend at least a semi-modular power supply with this case however, if you want to have any 3.5" drives there is not too much room for those non modular cables. Overall it powers stuff, does it efficiently, all black cables 10/10 gold star <3

This was just such a fun build, I'm happy i spent the little extra to make everything look good and make it a bit easier on the first build, the whole setup turned out really good and just sitting down in front of it makes me really happy. GG guys thank you so much for all the help this community is one of a kind, from PC part picker to the Reddit community you dragged me here and i couldn't be happier.

Part Reviews

CPU

I was not too interested in overclocking so i went with the 8400 to get a solid 6 cores, enough for all games to utilize not too many because I wont be streaming or doing any heavy workstation loads. 40 idle, 55 under load. perfect for gaming and adobe programs!

Motherboard

Phew I looked at what felt like hundreds of different motherboards, overall i settled on this one because it has dual M.2 slots i can upgrade into in the future, great I/O with 3.1 gen 2 usb even included in what seems like a budget board. It has great looks for a slightly cheaper board too!

Memory

I cant comment on whether its worth the cost because i got a decent discount on an open box set, however i can comment on their quality. The RGB looks even better than i thought, many different colors and pattern options. I've never had ram that felt so high quality, the solid metal side plates make this ram look quality and feel quality. It runs super smooth, however I've only tested it up to 2666.

Storage

Too fast i have trouble getting to BIOS ;;

Video Card

Okay, make sure you get a decent deal i would say its not worth the same price as an asus card, however this thing is huge and the cooler is much better than the 480 seemed to be.

Case

I personally love the smart controller and CAM software from NZXT but make sure its to your liking before picking up the "i" extra version. The case is everything i want from a case stylish, easy as hell to use and surprisingly cool!

Power Supply

Many powers supplied and it does it well, all black cables, an eco mode and EVGA reliability.

Comments

  • 14 months ago
  • 4 points

What's the keyboard?

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

Sorry about the late reply the keyboard is the MK fission white keycaps with cherry MX clears!!! i love this thing to death and its a great option for a mid to higher price mechanical keyboard

https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=3510

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

That is an impressive build for such a budget! Also looks good too.

I wouldn't worry too much about the GPU being red though. The blue LEDs easily hides the red.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Indeed well done with your budget, you can definitely achieve your goals for FPS with that build.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Thunderbolt and lightning very very frightening me! Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, Galileo Figaro - magnifico!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build while maintaining a low budget target. The result looks great and most importantly it serves your needs perfectly. Nice job!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! This is essentially what I'm planning on building in the near future but with a ryzen CPU. Are you using the stock Intel cooler or did you go with an aftermarket cooler?

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I'm using the stock cooler and i hate it haha, I'm looking at upgrading it soon, but with the 8400 there's not really a performance increase, its just loud. Id probably go for one of the cryorig coolers either the h7 or c7 depending on what I decide on.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Keyboard?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry about the late reply the keyboard is the MK fission white keycaps with cherry MX clears!!! i love this thing to death and its a great option for a mid to higher price mechanical keyboard

https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=3510

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks so much! Are the keycaps individual rgb or just the base

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Keys are just white led! That's what I was looking for, they are really high quality keycaps though all double-shot the base is full rgb.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Got it. Thanks!