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Building this one just for fun. I've always wanted to build a machine but never took it on. Mainly using it for gaming but also just to learn the build process and have fun. I searched reddit and pcpartpicker.com for ideas on what others were using and conferred with some friends of mine and a group of gamers who all lead me down the path to good part selection and other things I never considered.

Picking out the parts was the longest part (aside from waiting impatiently for FedEx truck). I feel like the case and form factor were easy to work with. Micro ATX is small and next time I would probably go for a larger case and better parts. The GPU has been great so far. It was recommended that I go NVIDIA but I don't know how much I will be gaming. I like to play games, but time doesn't always allow and I have to fit in time to hit the MTB trails too. But I feel like for the price, the graphics card was in my sweet spot.

During the build, you may notice in the pictures that organization was not my strong suit. I pretty much spent Saturday getting it working and installing the OS and some games to try. Then spent two hours Sunday removing all the parts and MoBo and routed cables in a more graceful manner. Also removed the bottom harddrive cage and mounted the SSD under the top drive bay.

Overall I'm pretty happy with my first build. The case and stock fans are quite loud but with a headset on, you don't notice

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid choice, well balanced, and gives you a lot of room for upgrades. How is the rx 480 treating you? +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

It's only been up and running for a couple days. I have played a little Diablo III and it did fine with default settings. That game is not really that taxing though. My son played some Team Fortress 2 and it held up well, but again not a great game to test limits. Doom is the only newer game that I've played so far and it seems pretty good with default settings. No issues at all, very smooth and not jumpy at all. Think it was set to 60fps and high settings but I'm not 100% sure.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

That RX 480 should be able to play most newer games at 1080p near max settings at around 60FPS. From the reviews that I have read it is a awesome little card.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Try using fraps!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Good overall balance.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thinking of building my first PC too what sort of settings can you play at in game with this build?

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

If you want to save some cash, go with a Pentium G4560, it's dual core with hyperthreading and overclocking ability. It's over half the price of this CPU, and paired with something like a RX 470, or a GTX 1060. You can get a great gaming PC for decent.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Ysp9BP

I slapped this together.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I will load up Doom tonight and get back to you. Doom is the only game on the newer side I am playing ATM. Loaded it up once and played for 30 min or so at default settings. It seemed smooth and did not have any issues. Can try to bump the settings up to push the limits a little and check the GPU. I'll reply back with my findings.

I can say that for a first time build, it was easy and didn't take too long at all. I was trying to describe and teach my son about the process as I did it as well which added a little bit of time. I would recommend finding the cheapest version of Windows 10 - however you can find it (Physical Disk, Digital Copy, USB Drive). but buy it for the product key only and then use the Microsoft application to make a bootable thumbdrive. It seemed like this way, after you install the OS, there are less windows updates to run afterward. Saves a crap-ton of time and endless restarts when setting up machine.

Another suggestion on this build is to either replace the stock fans with quieter ones or a get liquid cooler, or get a case with better fans. Keep in mind that adding a cooler and/or fan controller might mean upgrading the PSU.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Keep in mind that adding a cooler and/or fan controller might mean upgrading the PSU.

Power draw on those parts is minimal, and shouldn't necessitate a higher-output power supply.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Set all the Doom settings to Ultra and played for over an hour. No issues, no dropped frames, very smooth game play.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

hey wondering how the pc has been a month in. Am thinking of using the same build as you, i wanna be able to play most/all games at ultra with 60 fps coming from console