Description

This is my first PC that I have built. I wanted it too look good and perform well and I believe I achieved that through the components I have choosen. The NZXT S340 was a dream to build in, lots of room and great spaces for cable management. I will be utilizing this PC for gaming at the 1080p level, that is why I choose the MSI RX480 4 GB gaming X, strong card, good cooling, just what I need. Last I went with the i5 7500 because it was only $10 more than the i5 6500 at the time so I thought "hey" little extra cash for more performance, why not. Very proud of my first build, hope you all don't mind the non-stock cooler, I did it purely for looks as I know I will be doing no overclocking with this build, don't have full peripherals yet so all I know right now is that everything works when I turn it on, still have to install OS and all the other fun software thing we all enjoy, but looking forward to some real PC gaming action. Also I will be looking to upgrade to Ryzen and Vega during the holidays, can't wait! Ya'll let me know what you think, thank you.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU for the price, stays cool under load (58C). If wanting to put together a non-OC build, this is the chip to do it with, plenty fast for gaming and streaming, enough said.

CPU Cooler

Cheap, well made, looks great and does the job. Thank you CRYORIG, awesome cooler.

Motherboard

If your rockin' 7th gen. Kabylake non-OC CPU's this is a great place to start. Plenty of options for expansion, good amount of USB 3.0 ports, 4 DIMM slots with DDR4 boost to 2400, easy click BIOS to work with, M.2 slots, 4 system fan headers (PWM 4-pin), 6 SATA ports, and due to its black and grey color scheme can fit with any color build you want, so don't be afraid to display this MoBo in a window!

Memory

There is no picture, but has a great black and red color scheme for those of you who like black and red builds. RAM works like it should.

Storage

Fast, cheap, can't go wrong, I should have gone bigger though, lol.

Case

Feels like a high quality case, very clean looking, and cable management is easy. Plenty of room for fans and had great cooling, dream to build in, highly recommend.

Power Supply

EVGA,Semi Modular and 850W for a little over $70, enough said. Runs nice and quiet too.

Case Fan

Great fans, lighting is a bit dim but looks sharp, pushes good air and stays dead quiet.

Monitor

I love this monitor! 144 HZ, Freesync, and 1080p for $210, it is hard to beat this deal. The monitor is perfect for a black and red theme. You can adjust height, tilt and angle. Has Display port and HDMI. It also comes with both display port and HDMI cables!!!! It does come out of the box very bright, but that can be adjusted no problem, and you do get a bit of washed out colors due to it being TN, but you can tweak the colors a bit. This thing runs well with the RX 480, but be sure to have the latest drivers because there will be flickering when placing the monitor at 144hz, I found out I did not have the latest crimson drivers, but the issue was fixed as soon as I loaded them. I play BF1, Shadow of Mordor, and Titan Fall 2 all at max settings, and get over 90 FPS on each, which looks buttery smooth with this monitor. No dead pixel issues at all, this monitor is a great buy.

Mouse

Just, wow, this mouse offer so much for a super cheap price, without feeling cheap as well. RGB lighting, over 16,000 DPI, custom settings, easy to use software really grippy. Don't know why anyone would spend $50 on a mouse that offers half as much as this one does. Hats off to Reddragon.

Headphones

Great headset, the Mic. sound so friggin' good, definitely the best part of this headset. Really light without feeling too cheap or breakable (time will tell). Sounds great, but you do get that echo when the virtual 7.1 is activated, I just don't use it because I can hear things coming from different directions just fine without it. I do like the fact that the little LED Dragons on the earpieces flash along with whatever sounds are currently playing. Also very comfortable, can play hours with no signs of soreness. Software sucks though, and is a pain to install. Otherwise I would definitely recommend.

Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

You already have one of the best CPUs for gaming right now so I don't think Ryzen would be a worthwhile upgrade.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea I know this CPU is good, but I plan on expanding my abilities in the future like streaming, 4K gaming and so on, depends on the pricing too, initially I wanted to go with an all AMD build but the current AMD products were sub par compared to Intel and I wanted to build soon so I ended up with my current build. I still have an aspiration for an AMD build, and the way its looking you can't beat the price for performance. Thank you for the comment.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok, I thought you were just going to be gaming. But if you are going to be streaming and gaming then there is already an AMD demo showing how it benefits from the extra cores.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I saw that one, I think it was up against Some Intel i7 CPU, they were playing League of Legends or some sort of MOBA while streaming, RyZen certainly looked buttery smooth compared to that Intel CPU. Pretty cool to watch, but I am awaiting on other reviews from independent sources, I want to hear it from the "people" and see what my options are.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Same here.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks good, I have a similar build (i5 6500 and 480 4gb Gaming X) in the s340 and i'm very happy with the performance. Looks great for a first time build +1!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Also i put an after market cooler on my 6500 because those stock coolers are a demon spawn. XD

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL, I agree, looked too ugly, thank you, I'm sure I will have a great experience with mine, building was fun as well.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey this build looks extremely similar to the one that I am planning on doing. Any possibility that you could submit some benchmarks on a game like League and then a more graphically intensive game? I really like your color scheme by the way. I would really appreciate it.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey there, I got those benchmarks you requested @ 1080p resolution Battlefield 4: I averaged 110 FPS, Ultra Settings Battlefield 1: I averaged 90 FPS, Ultra Settings Fallout 4: I averaged 83 FPS, Ultra Settings Using the DirectX 11 API, Windows 10 pro OS I don's have League, but I did run Diablo 3 on max settings and that ran at about 128 FPS as well as SMITE on max settings which ran at 90 FPS. There were no issues with any of the games at all, CPU hit 33C Idle and about 48-52C on load, GPU is at around 44C Idle and 59C on load. I played each game for about an hour back to back. You can start to hear the RX480 when the temps get to the mid 50's to low 60's, but not very loud at all. It all looked and felt great, buttery smooth gameplay. I was very pleased with the performance as I'm sure you will be if your build is similar to mine. Can't wait to try more games, hope this helped.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you so much for this! I really appreciate it, and so now I know that a build like this can run the games I want at a great frame rate.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea no problem, I am very pleased with the performance of my PC, games look beautiful with great frame rates, I do recommend the monitor featured on my build if you don't have a good one already, it performs great at a low cost. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/tGty9W

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure, I'm still in the process of loading all my software but when I'm done, I will see about running those benchmarks, was my intention after all.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks sick! You included top notch parts as well, so good job!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks bro appreciate it

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

you should make your 24 pin for your motherboard not go in front of the red it can just come right from underneath and it looks a lot better. if you look at my build you will know what i am talking about.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea, i wanted to but the cables seem a little to stiff for me to bend it as such, i don't mind it though, and at least it's not ketchup and mustard.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel like you like MSI... not sure lol. Nice build

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, that is great advice, I really am just going to wait for Vega and I'm just gonna upgrade my GPU in the future, I have settled with the fact that my CPU and MoBO are fine and will be good for a few years.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, I would stick with the I5 you have. The price to performance ratio will not be impressive with Ryzen. You are looking at 250-350 for Ryzen, and another 100 for a new motherboard. Just doesn't seem worth it. If you were going to spend that kind of money, You could get an i7 that will out perform Ryzen. The I7-7700k is somewhere around 350. It is LGA1151 which is compatible with this mobo, so it'll save you 100 bucks ish. You could put that 100 dollars aside for a future upgrade like a second a RX480 because this mobo supports crossfire. Up to you, these are just my thoughts but I great build!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Uh crossfire isn't a very good idea at this time mainly because most games don't even recognize the second gpu and if it does it probably not optimized for it and will be very unstable but if the games u play support sli/crossfire the u do u

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

does that audio led on the mobo change colour?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

No, its just that funky yellow color, but like I said you can just turn it off with the MSI app.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

YAS! MSI isn't as stupid as I thought.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Due to lack of under performance I cant say anything other than this build is awesome

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks awesome, nice choice of parts as well. +1 :)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

thank god i did not ordered the ram its red i thought it was silver but lovely red build

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, and yes I have already move the cable under the shroud, I will update my photos sometime this week.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

the mobo cable is a bit off it should go under the cable management thingy

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, I love the cable management. But my OCD recommends you cut off the end pieces of the zip ties XD

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, will do.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a really nice looking build.

Thumbs up.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey no problem

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I have personally had no issues with Redragon's K552. The keys are mechanical and responsive, and the LED's work just fine. It is an easy plug and play setup, and it works wonderfully in regards to typing and gaming, and for under $50 you cant beat the performance considering it is on par with high end mechanical keyboards.