Description

After 5 years of struggling with a gaming laptop I finally decided to upgrade. It certainly was an interesting experience building a new PC all these years after my first PC (Pentium E2160 and 9600GT).

Part Reviews

CPU

Superb CPU for the money and with a great included HSF. Runs cool and quiet at stock with boosts up to around 3.85GHz all cores. Easily overclocked to 4GHz all cores with 1.3v. The best bang-for-buck CPU currently.

Motherboard

Great board for the price. Only missing features are offset voltage control and better fan control with profiles.

Memory

Decent, cheap DDR4 RAM. Runs fine with XMP Profile 2 selected (2933MHz). Managed a small overclock to 3066MHz with 1.4v, I was hoping for a little more overclockability as I couldn't get it stable at 3200MHz or 3166MHz. 3166MHz would boot but Memtest would show errors so it might be possible to get 3166 stable with some tweaks.

Storage

Decent SSD for cheap. Not the fastest but very cheap for 240GB of storage and Windows/Games load super quick.

Storage

Super cheap and pretty quick storage, never had a problem with excessive noise.

Video Card

Great card, runs quiet and cool even with my limited airflow build. Great frame rates too.

Case

Lovely budget case. Tempered glass, RGB, cable management, USB3 front ports, dust filters on all intakes, psu shroud... The list goes on. Really sets the benchmark for budget cases I think.

Power Supply

Well priced modular power supply. Have replaced this with a 650w power supply for more overclocking headroom.

Wireless Network Adapter

Great WiFi card, manages to max out my Internet connection from a few rooms away through some walls. Only issue I had was constant disconnects and reconnects after installing the Asus software for the card. Uninstalling this and just installing the drivers only fixed this issue and it has been great since.

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build. I'm glad that you upgraded, I'm going to be upgrading in December. I'm trying to upgrade from my Toshiba Satellite, with an Intel Celeron.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

best of luck to you!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I think your build looks very good

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same WiFi adapter and SSD. Good choices.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

can that motherboard overclock??

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the motherboard is showing a different one, the pc actually uses this one: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/pBWfrH/msi-b450-a-pro-atx-am4-motherboard-b450-a-pro

I have managed to push my processor to 4GHz @ 1.3v on that board so overclocks quite well. I think I lost the silicon lottery with my processor as it tops out at 4GHz.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build What kinda of frame rates are you getting on different games if you don't mind me asking? Have you attempted any vr with this build/intend to?

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I mostly play esports titles, I am getting between 250-250 FPS in CSGO/TF2. I also was part of the Last Year and Overkills Walking Dead beta programs getting around 120+FPS on each with max settings. Have no attempted VR with this build but it would be possible in the future.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you mount your ssd?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

The case comes with a single SSD mounting bracket that hooks onto rubber feet behind the motherboard tray

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you change the rgb on the case, mine is stuck on factory colors and the case wont show up in msi mystic light