This computer was built in mind to replace my problematic laptop which was powered by an i7-4710MQ, GeForce 840M-5GB, 16GB RAM. While it still works for most tasks; it would randomly restart with only a Kernel 41 message as the only clue as to what is going on. Also most games would have to be run at the lowest of settings in fear of overheating the components.
CPU: The Intel G4560 was chosen for its value and use of the LGA 1151 socket. While I did consider the new Ryzen offerings, AMD does not offer a lower end chip within the same socket family allowing for future upgrades. The stock fan cable was about an inch too short be routed comfortably; so now there is a bit too much cable (see pictures)
Motherboard: A motherboard was chosen based on the current socket generation and an eye towards future expansion and upgrades. The motherboard also needed to have 4 RAM slots, see below for details. I was also able to grab this before a slight price increase from my preferred vendor. There is a strange little strip of LED lighting on the board by the PCIE slots.
RAM: The Crucial 4x4GB was chosen based on an unexpected find from a vendor that was still pricing it at levels before the recent increase in RAM prices. Coupled with a vendor coupon, it was an unbeatable combination.
HDD: Nothing special here, it was a little above what other vendors were offering but I bundled it with another part to save on shipping and allowed me to use a coupon.
GPU: So, this was an area with some difficulty. I was originally thinking about going with the GTX-1050-Ti; as the GTX-1060/RX-470/RX-570 called for a jump in price point I was not willing to fork for at this time. Then a specific vendor dropped prices and along with a manufacturer rebate allowed me to make the jump to the 1060-3GB.
PSU: So this wasn’t on my radar until someone else on the forums here pointed me towards it; I snatched it up while a rebate was being offered. Though the build got overhauled and is now a bit overpowered for my needs. Next time I will definitely get a modular power supply, there were two long cables with the peripheral and SATA ports that I did not use and had to stuff them awkwardly somewhere.
Case: Was not originally going to pick this case until a rebate being offered that allowed me to save even after shipping and taxes compared to my original upper price limit on cases. Comes with two fans so that is always a plus as most cases at my original price point only comes with one. In the documentation, it is said “Front dust filter and mesh cover” but mine only came with the coarse mesh cover. Due to how the 120mm mounts were tapped I could not use 120mm dust covers as large areas would not be covered (see pictures). But because I was using rubber mounts the 140mm filters could not be mounted as intended; fortunately the coarse mesh attached to the front panel were spaced as such that I could use those screws the secure the 140mm filters. There is some overlap in the middle as the grill is not 280mm tall and there is no existing method to secure the filters in the middle. Will see how this holds up, but might apply a little tape to the sides if they start flapping around. Also need to monitor if this increases fan workload. Even with the protrusions on the side panels; there is not a lot of room for cable management as I had to press the side panels with more force than expected when reinstalling them. Also there is a gap between the side panel and case thumbscrews tap; causing it to be more difficult than expected to put them back in.
Don’t know if this is my motherboard, case, power supply combination; but using the pre-punched CPU-PWR port near the top left of the motherboard in the case resulted in the rear top fan mounting location to be unusable.
Wi-Fi Adaptor: This was mostly because I move around a lot and the router might or might not be near my room or placed such that running a cable would be easy. I do have a wireless router but no guarantee I can bridge it with the local router where ever I’m moving.
Monitor: Was just looking around for a 22”-24” able to support 1080p 60Hz and the right connection ports. Found this for almost half off MSRP.
I have been spoiled by Amazon prime with its two day shipping on available products; though even this failed due to one part being out of stock, still it arrived ahead of other components in this build. Slower vendors did allow me to save a bit on taxes depending where they were located.
I have a total of $55 in MIR to process; so after everything I spent $631.55 on this system. Probably could have been lower if I spent a little less on the case, motherboard, and PSU; extra case fans were probably not needed. But I think I did alright overall for my first build. Next is a SSD; keeping an eye on a Kingston 120GB on Amazon for $50.
I have ran a few games so far and nothing has exceeded 60C from what I saw. Some common benchmark numbers below.
3DMark Fire Strike: 8926; fps: 57 (highest)/14 (lowest); 55C (core0)/56C (core1) 3DMark Time Spy: 3515; fps: 25 (highest/7 (lowest); 58C (core0)/56C (core1) UserBenchMark: http://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/3934727
The front audio connector is about as far from the front audio as possible; it is at the bottom left of the motherboard. There is also a weird led strip by the PCI slots.
It's a nice lower end mid-budget case. It is advertised to come with front dust filters but mine did not; only had the coarse mesh attached to the front grille. Also the thumb screws used to hold the side panels to the case can be difficult to align since there is a gap between the panel and case holes. The side panel protrusions are nice in helping with the cable management but felt that the internal wall should be moved about 1/4" inwards as I felt a few cables resisting when reattaching the panel. Since a specific CPU_PWR punch out was provided; motherboard mounting should be moved 1/4" to 1/2" downwards; due to cable routing I could not mount a fan using the rear mounts on the top panel. There were a total of 10 screws holding the HDD/SSD drive cage in place; seems a little excessive. The quick release for holding down the different drive bays were nice though. This case does not come with grommets for the cable management cutouts and Corsair does not sell them as additional accessories on their website. The case is elevated about an inch with four plastic feet so power supply can take in external air.
LEDs are quite dim.
Should also come with perforation for 120 mm mounting holes.