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Sword Swung

by Modainium


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Date Published

Oct. 27, 2017

Date Built

Oct. 23, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.33 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C



I've been on consoles for all my life, and for my 12th birthday I wanted to switch to all things good, so here it is. I finished my budget gaming PC ( I finished this 10 days after my Bday). My uses of this are for gaming, and possible recording and art for future plans/ideas.

I've had these some of these parts since late August until now, so there was a long wait.

Yes, I know the prices for some of these parts weren't the best but this was a place a bought it at where they said "we can't compete with online prices". There wasn't a Micro Center near me since I live in Lincoln, Nebraska.

While picking up the stock cooler I forgot about the thermal paste and as soon as I lifted my finger from the pad I felt it. I ignored it until I saw the temps my motherboard showed, 51 C. I had to mess around with the thermal paste for the next morning and got a 24 C at startup and 33 C at idle.

It's getting much closer to the time I am going to upgrade, and mid range to high end GPU prices are sky rocketing, pretty sure due to Etherium miners.

Remember the 1060 6 GB? The mid range GPU that hasn't been affected by miners in a while? Heh... heh...

Part Reviews


Quad core, unlocked, great stock cooler, cheap price, what more could you ask?


I should have gotten a quad slot motherboard for RAM upgrades, but since it does overclocking it's just fine for a while. I would recommend this to my brother if he makes a system smaller than my current case.


It's RAM, I have no idea what to say about this thing, it's like every other one you buy. Well, except the heat spreader, it looks quite nice.


I need an SSD later but this was just fine. Hope it won't die on me for the next year. I will change the review if that happens.

Video Card

It's like a 1050, but it does better on DX12, and Vulkan and has more VRAM. Would recommend, but don't choose this ASUS version because there's much cheaper ones for the same product.


It's kinda harder to put on the back panel if you have a non modular PSU. The freedom with cables in this case is NOT very good. It's a bit ugly to look inside but it's okay for a start and I'm going to switch to the S340. I'm giving this a 3 stars due to the high prices on this case (was at 60$ in July, August, then 40$, 45$, in September!).

This deserves to stay at the price it's at right now, 31$.

Power Supply

I'm definitely going to change this PSU for modular in the next year or so. The black sleeve doesn't do much because you can still see the ketchup and mustard cables in there, plus there are the ugly random colors that stick out at the end of the sleeve. It's okay for a start and powers my system very well, but if you plan to keep this for long time buy this with a case with no window.

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BurntSilicon. 1 Build 4 points 17 months ago

For a first-timer with a non-modular PSU, that is some quality cable management.


Modainium submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago


Modainium submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

The cable management could have been better if I got a better case, planning to switch to a S340.

BurntSilicon. 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Same, I have SPEC-03 with a CX450M and my cable management is worse than yours, lol. I'm thinking about getting an H440 this Christmas.

Corsair didn't leave enough damn space for the CPU power cable behind the motherboard mounting panel, so the 8-pin cable is very visible :(

Modainium submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I'm about to change the review on the TYRFING because what I've seen with Bitwit's S340 review. The things you could do with cable management was WAY better in there (check out his tutorial on how to build a PC for more cable management!). Honestly back in July and August the TYRFING was 60$,(The NZXT S340 was 69.99!) but then it went back down to 40$ and 45$ in September when I bought it. It deserves to be at 30$ right now. The freedom with cables in that case is not very good.

scss 1 point 16 months ago

Does this cpu works without bios update ? Some people are saying that ryzen 3 won't post without a new bios.

Modainium submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I'm not sure what you're talking about, I'm not that close to being intermediate at PC talk. Can you tell me what you mean by "post". My PC is running great, and able to overlock (accidentally did because of game boost , plus I could already do it through advanced). All I know about BIOS is just Intel, Buy a newer CPU with an older LGA 1151 motherboard, and get a new BIOS update. I'm don't know If I'm saying it right but oh well.

scss 1 point 16 months ago

I mean when u buy a mobo then u install a r3 cpu + gpu but u see a black screen, the u have to borrow another cpu that works on yr mobo tu update bios after u install yr r3 cpu and then it works fine... But I can see that u had zero problems with mobo and it works fine with r3 chip out of the box ;) thnx for help man ;)

Modainium submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago


Rembrandt1881 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

This is great looking. I just did my first build ever this weekend and had to move the cables to a way that isn't as pretty now because of that psu. This looks great and an idea od what I'd like to do for my son so he can do his streaming

Modainium submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks! How old is your son? I do part lists on this site a lot and make great ones! What's your budget for him?

Also, I hope you plan to teach him how to build a PC!

Rembrandt1881 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

He is 13 probably looking to spend less than for this one I went over my budget getting into it. But probably between 5 and 600.

Modainium submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Will try and make a part list, but I will do tomorrow because of being busy right now.

Rembrandt1881 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

cool thanks I'd love to see what you suggest

Modainium submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

You've got lots of routes in your case, try looking at mine, yours, and other's cases to see what you can do, it helps!

Modainium submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Oh, I just noticed you didn't have a proper hole for your CPU cable. It's actually not your PSU's fault, it's the case.

Rembrandt1881 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

lol yeah I was more proud of the cord management at first. I might look at more builds for ideas because I want to put another fan in potentially.

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