Description

Hi everyone, this is my first PC build and it has been a dream for me to build one and game at max settings at 1080p 60fps without overclocking. I know some of you may think that I could have gotten better parts in terms of price-performance wise and I do agree but I did not do enough research to understand which parts were best for my preference. The parts were purchased separately starting from June this year (price is in AUD). The build took approximately 4 hours to complete, half of the time was spent on reading the manuals and watching installation videos. I'm very cautious when it comes to new things.

Overall, I am very satisfied with my build, everything runs smoothly and the gaming experience is what I expected it to be. Only downside which bothers me is the cable management at the back which I need to fix. Had to give a slight push to actually close the panel as the motherboard cable is so thick, it was struggling to fit inside.

Note: If you have noticed the red protection covers on the front of the GPU, I have already removed them.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great for gaming without any overclocking but could have gotten the i5-7600k instead for better base clock speed. i5 because I only do gaming, light web browsing and watching videos in 1 monitor so the i7 or Ryzen CPUs were unnecessary.

CPU Cooler

Pretty good cooler for the price. Installation was a bit annoying as the screws keep coming off but managed to keep it in place in the end. Very quiet as well, after gaming for hours, never exceeded 70 degrees which was my limit. Average temps under load were about 58-67 degrees.

Motherboard

Nothing much to say, had all I needed. Chose this mainly because it has 3 fan headers and matches my GPU. Great for non-overclocking use.

Video Card

This GPU is a BEAST. Has great cooling temps and noise is very minimal. Only able to hear it once it exceeds 70 degrees but still quiet IMO. Did some benchmarking for half an hour, played Unity, Syndicate, Doom and Overwatch. Max temp I saw so far is only 73 (from Overwatch epic settings), other games were about 59-70 degrees.

Case

This case gave me a headache on build day. Was happy when I was assembling my parts together until I realised the front I/O panel was missing. I was like WTF...I panicked and searched everywhere but I couldn't find it. So I had to remove my motherboard and mounting screws from the case and return it to the store to get a new one. Unfortunately, they do not allow trades so I had to wait 2 weeks for a new front I/O. Not only that, the top left mounting hole was not drilled properly as well. I was struggling with inserting the mounting screw into it but it was too small so I had to use a screwdriver to loosen the hole. Aside from the 2 problems, the case was a breeze to build in, I love the PSU shroud as it hides the PSU and makes the build look clean and simple. The velcro straps and provided cable ties were really helpful with cable management (although I did a pretty bad job at it). Case is compact, quiet and good cooling temps which I love.

Power Supply

PSU is amazing. Outstanding build quality and thick cables. Comes with a tester which is really handy. Definitely sufficient enough for my use.

Operating System

What I need

Case Fan

Based on the reviews I've read about this case fan, it is great for exhaust and I think the rear needs a really good case fan to remove all the heat in the case. Comes with 2 adapters as well, ultra-low-noise (700rpm) and low-noise (900rpm). At default, the speed is at 1200rpm. Currently using low-noise for minimal noise as the weather is cold in where I live. Might have to remove the adapter once summer arrives. Hence, I've placed the stock fan to the front to have 2 intakes for positive airflow.

Monitor

Best budget 23" IPS monitor for 1080p 60fps gaming. Couldn't have asked for a better one. Was tempted to get a 144hz monitor but with the upcoming AAA title games which I am very interested in (Origins, Anthem, etc.), I don't think it would be worth it. Considered 27" as well for 1440p gaming but felt like the screen was too big for me as my desk is only 80cm wide so the 23" is perfect.

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Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

nice buiild! we have the same case :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks :) it's one of the best microATX cases

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing build my guy! Glad to see you got everything you wanted. Just curious, whats your main character on OW?

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

thank you :) I main Zen in comp. Junkrat, Hanzo, Mercy, Mei in QP/Arcade.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! You mentioned wanting to work on your cable management some more, I’d recommend just using a whole bunch of zip ties to group things together a little more. I think it was Bitwit on YouTube that did a pretty decent cable management video. I need to go back and work on mine some more as well.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks :) will look into it. The mess started when I plugged the cables for the hdd and ssd first which was not a brilliant idea haha

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

What could you have got for the same money that's better? Your gtx is £356 converted, there's no chance you would get it that cheap here in the U.K. Mines was £385 and that's one of the cheapest.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Was lurking in buildapc not long ago and saw some really good builds at at cheap price, mostly Ryzen 5 1600 PCs. Heard that the stock cooler for the Ryzen CPU is decent enough for gaming which saves some cash on buying an aftermarket cooler. Also has more cores and threads which makes it more future-proof (less likely to bottleneck for higher-end/future GPUs) compared to my current CPU.

A lot of people were also saying the GTX 1060 6gb is sufficient for just 1080p 60fps gaming which seems skeptical to me because I imagined future games will be more demanding so I went with the 1070 to be safe. Was a month late to the party as the mining craze started in June when it was much cheaper in April/May (especially RAM).

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Bro, how was the i5-7600 paired with your GTX-1070 on high CPU demand games?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

The CPU and GPU combo are a good match so far. Been playing the following games and have not encountered any bottlenecking:

  • Overwatch epic, ~90-120fps, CPU temp 60-70c, GPU temp ~65-73c

  • Dishonored 2 max, 60fps capped, CPU/GPU temps ~58-66c

  • Syndicate ultra (fxaa aa), ~61-90fps, CPU/GPU temps ~58-66c

  • Doom max, 60fps capped, CPU/GPU temps ~57-65c

  • Far Cry Primal max, ~63-90fps, CPU/GPU temps ~58-66c

Heard GTA V is CPU intensive but have not tested it yet.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you experienced any stutters? how about the CPU usage?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

No stutters at all. CPU usage is around 80-100% while gaming