Full-time student with part-time job.
A machine intended on gaming and light video-editing and Photoshop.
It was intended to be a budget build, however, being that the GPU is one third the total build cost, you could argue otherwise.
My first choice was a i5-6600k.
However, I chose this CPU because,
It was more affordable.
I did not have the overclocking experience and want to tackle it in a future build when I have more experience.
The B250M chip on the mobo does not allow overclocking.
I also do not have experience with water-cooling, which you don't need with an i5-7500.
Its temps are great. Idles at 35-40c. Under load at 50-55c.
Very quite and cools the CPU very well. The CPU idles at 38c and on load is 50-55c. There is also room for another fan on the heat sink. You could purchase that 2nd fan but honestly, is quite unnecessary.
I got this on sale for 45-50 bucks. I should have saved a few bucks more to get either an ATX or a micro with more capabilities.
It only has one fan header so I also purchased a splitter because I have 3 case fans.
The B250 chipset also does not allow overclocking, so keep that in mind.
Also, raid control in the bios is either non-existent or hidden really well, which I doubt. I've tried numerous times, can't find raid controls.
It has 4 DDR4 memory slots which I am only using two of for now. I hope to get to more sticks in the future.
Under load, games like GTA V and Fallout 4 use about 5-6 gb of memory in this build so these sticks are plentiful for AAA gaming
They look ok / no rgb :(
This is simply to carry my OS as well as a few multiplayer games. It does the job. Windows 10 is only about 20-30gb which leaves a bit of room for a few games which I want to reduce loading times on. Could definitely be improved with a bigger SSD in the future.
I just had a few of these lying around. They go for around 15-20 bucks today. 7200 is not that bad but compared to the SSD, they are painstakingly slow. I have 2 TB coming soon.
This was the last part that I bought for this build because I needed to save more for it.
I was stuck between this "Founder's Edition" blower-style card and other open-fan cards.
In the end, in order to reduce the temps in my case, I opted for the founder's edition card. Unfortunately these cost about 50-60 bucks more than other open-fan cards.
Great case for the price.
Also comes with customizable trim colors - red, black, and white which you can swap out any time.
The Plexiglas extrusion at the front of the case comes out to mount either 2 120mm fans
Drive Bays: Only room for 2, 3.5" HDD's and 1, 2.5" SSD.
Cable routing: Very little room for cable management in my experience. Only available from behind the motherboard tray.
Dust filters on the front and bottom.
Pre-installed with one black fan (3-pin, 120mm) in the back. The front allows 2 more 120mm fans which I used.
The case supports only Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX boards.
In the future, I would get a case with more cable-management capabilities and more room for storage drives.
Get a modular PSU is what I have learned. Dealing with these power cables which you can't remove is the worst.
Otherwise good PSU.
Plenty of wattage for this build. I found that you want your wattage ceiling to be about 200 watts above the max estimated wattage for your components.
The GPU is between 30W - 120W.
The CPU is between 8W-65W.
The MB is between 15W-60W.
Wireless Network Adapter
Completely optional. I needed this because of how far I am from the router. This works fantastic. I get incredible speeds.
They look great. HOWEVER,
They have three pin connectors. Which was a mistake on my part because the header on my motherboard is a four pin.
These fans will plug into a 4 pin header, however, the fan speeds cannot be automatically changed and handled by the mobo according to temps. You can still adjust the temps manually.
With a four pin, the processing system (SpeedStep/Cool'n'Quiet) can generally control the fan speed depending on when your system is idle vs. on load
In my case, the fans just spin when there is voltage. I need to upgrade to 4 pin fans in the future.
I needed this splitter because the mobo only has one fan header and I have three fans.
Does the job. High quality protected splitter.