Description

Hi! My name's Conor and I'm here to tell you about my First PC Build! :D

I would consider the build I've created as "Standard Gaming" for 1080p (Hopefully 100FPS+ in most games) and you can find my individual reviews for my parts below, but overall I'm pretty happy with the results of my effort.

This build is for gaming, so as with gaming builds a good portion of my budget has been invested into my GPU (about 40%) and I think it's a good investment, as I stated below I got a great deal for it and the upgrade to a 1080 was not enough value to justify the price.

I have the monitor, mouse, and keyboard on hand from some friends who have upgraded and donated to me, so they are not included in the price.

I wish to have this build hold me at least partway through college (which starts in 2 years) and I am fairly confident that with upgrades from Christmas and my birthday this is entirely possible without breaking the bank. It's a mini-ITX build as that would take up less space in a college dorm and it would be at least slightly easier for any LAN World of Warcraft parties I might be able to find around town.

I really want to hear your opinions and comments as this is my first build, so please if you have something to say, negative or positive, put it in the comments section! Thanks for stopping by!

Part Reviews

CPU

Best value for money you can find at this time. Even with the B360 and H360 boards for Intel, the "rival" i5-8400 is notably more expensive for less threads and slightly higher clock speeds, this is the most worth at this moment. I also got it for $50 off new as a bundle at Microcenter. It's probably my fault but the Ryzen AMD Stock Cooler was SO ANNOYING to install because I was scared of pressuring the motherboard and it never threaded properly, and took me about 45 minutes (I had to take a break in between to cool myself off from frustration) until I found a guide that convinced me to press down harder on the board to screw in. Other than that it's a solid CPU.

Motherboard

I have had my sights on different STRIX motherboards, starting with the B350-F, then the X370-E when I thought I was going to make an ATX build, but once I decided on Mini-ITX and noted it had WiFi (Which I need as my house is old and college isn't for 2 years) I got a bundle deal from Microcenter to save $30 on the MOBO+CPU combo for $80 off. It's not enough to drop it down to 4 stars from 5 but I wish that the bottom part of the board was glued on along with being screwed in. Would've made CPU Fan installation a bit easier.

Memory

Simple RAM, Corsair is a reliable brand and the jump from 3200 from 3000mhz was 35 dollars, not worth in my opinion. 16GB RAM is the minimum at this point in computer history.

Storage

Brand new SSD, fast as it gets.

Storage

Got it for $20 off at Microcenter, normal HDD for storing work related documents and the like.

Video Card

Got a MASSIVE discount from friends at Microcenter for buying CPU, MOBO, and other things from them, 1070ti is a SLIGHTLY less powerful 1080 for a notable less amount of money. There were no other 1080 discounts over $50 so I would have been shelling out up to an extra $300 for little benefit. My friend said he had a CERBERUS and he recommended it which is why I picked this specific one.

Case

AWESOME deal from Newegg, very lucky find. This is the best midrange-high level case you can find and it's MSRP is $150. Using a Newegg discount code and a $30 rebate I got it for nearly half price, which is incredible for the value. Comes with all the case fans needed and 2 RGB strips and all the LED connectors needed, with ample cable management space and areas to thread wires to the front. Oh, did I also mention HIGH QUALITY TEMPERED GLASS TO SHOW OFF THAT SWEET, SWEET BUILD?! This thing is top notch.

Power Supply

$20 discount from Newegg, good investment item, as PSUs have good warranties and to use an excessive amount of extra wattage and gold standard from a reliable company like EVGA ensures you can use the PSU for a few years at least.

Monitor

Got it for free from my father's office, gets the job done in great 1080p, no problems whatsoever

Keyboard

I was torn between this and the BlackWidow keyboard by Razer, but this keyboard really stuck my self-diagnosed OCD with its clean cut edges and well cut parts. If you care for aesthetic I would definitely recommend this keyboard, even if it means shelling out the extra bucks.

Mouse

Cheap mouse, nothing special

Headphones

Love these headphones, used them on Xbox for about a year and now I get to use them for PC, feelsgoodman

Custom

Just wanted that nice LED rainbow look for fun, y'know? This fits that pretty well IMO, just be sure you're okay with constant quad-color LED at all times, cuz that's what you're gonna get. (I don't regret it)

Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 3 points

Looks like a nice build but that's not a h200i that's the h400i.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

You are correct my guy, the biggest freakin mistake I made was ordering the wrong case, building in it, then realizing it was wrong. The h200i arrived today and I'm building in it as I type this, will post updated pics this week

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

How is the graphics card performance/reliability to this date since purchase ? any issues?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It never failed per say, but tested against other 1070tis it was ehhhh and I think it definitely got worse over time. I’d recommend a 1660ti/2060+ 👍

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for late response, I feel that I have had some FPS drop over time (ive had the card for about a year and a half now) but only like a difference of 110 down to 100FPS, but I like to think it's more NVIDIA's ****** RTX updates that mess with the GTX cards. 99% of my games in 1440p run at 60FPS or more even at the highest settings. Now I would recommend a 2060 if you haven't decided already but this card is solid enough

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats a big gpu, 3 slot. I don't think it'll fit in the h200i. You might wanna stick with the h400i.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate your concern but the GPU is a 2 slot, admittedly it is quite big though so it's a tight fit with the AIO I'm getting, but it should work :D

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, finally got my case and found time to build in it. Here's my updated Completed Build

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/bByXsY

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I had the same issue with the Ryzen cooler. I watched a hundred guides in preparation for my build and not one of them mentioned that you had to push hard. Glad I'm not the only one lol. Awesome build though. Love the case choice!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! and yeah it was no fun lmao, scared the hell outta me when I pressed harder

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

I will catch you on your typo :P Word of advice from me, ''uou'' see the wire that goes next to the cooler, It would look nicer if you pushed it in between the cooler so its tucked in. The rgb fans look really nice, never seen this asus gpu build too...

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol, "uou" got me there. Thanks man, the gpu was recommended to me by a friend saying that it would last longer than any other, and then got me an awesome deal for it cuz he works at Microcenter, couldn't really pass up that kind of deal :D

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Soooo... Why did you delete your first build?!

Anyway... How do you like the Cerberus 1070ti?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohhhhhh right, yeah I deleted it cuz I did the publishing on April 9th, when I first was doing stuff but forgot to do pictures until April 24th, but that made it get pushed back in the "Completed Builds" section but I wanted it upfront so I deleted the old and reposted it so people saw it. Also I slightly regret the Cerberus as I can't really OC it but it should last me awhile and that's what my goal was so it's alright I guess.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean you can't overclock it??

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I heard from my close friend that it's a longer lasting GPU, but not really the overclocking type. Is he wrong?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Asus claims they intensively test the Cerberus series indeed, but I wouldn't know about the overclocking potential... I don't think it makes a difference.

Did you try overclocking it at all??

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

No because it's my first build and I don't know much, so I was worried that if I attempted overclocking it that would void the warranty/returning ability of the GPU in case I wanted to return it.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the noise output of the 1070 ti cerberus under load ? Is it really loud ? I'm wondering is it worth getting the strix version over this just for the better cooler and less noise...