Description

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.

Part Reviews

CPU

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.

CPU Cooler

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.

Motherboard

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.

Memory

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 :(

Storage

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.

Storage

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.

Video Card

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.

Case

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.

Power Supply

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.

Case Fan

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.

Custom

I needed this splitter because the mobo only has one fan header and I have three fans.

Does the job. High quality protected splitter.

Comments

  • 20 months ago
  • 3 points

If you have space, rotate the cpu cooler so that it blows into your exhaust fan. You will get better airflow that way.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a good tip thanks!

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Your welcome. Just make sure you have enough thermal paste if you change it

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm in the same situation as you (student with job) and I built basically the exact same rig as you last year except with a 1070. Biggest thing I took from this is my overwhelming need to agree with you regarding getting a modular PSU. The excessive cables are horrible to try and fit behind the rear panel.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Although I would have gone for a Ryzen 5 1600 or 1400 in that price point for the CPU, but that's just opinion. The next thing I would do is to get rid of those two 160gb drives and replace it with a new 2TB drive. (Which you seem to be getting soon xD). I really do love how you put your extra cables behind the 2 drives as to not take up as much room and air flow. Once you get that 2TB HD, Last thing I would do would get the final two DIMS of ram. I don't personally think you should get a new PSU any time soon, unless you need one, because of how you handle the cables.

Edit: You can also buy a GPU backplate if you want for it to look cleaner for around 30-50 bucks, they can be LED too

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build but How did you get three fans to run on that motherboard ?

  • 20 months ago
  • 0 points

Shoulda waited for the b350 mobos and got the coffee lake i5.Also its a motherboard not a chipset.

  • 20 months ago
  • 0 points

Except B250 is the name of the chipset. That's why the motherboard has that in its name, so you know what chipset it uses. The LGA1151 uses a variety of chipsets with different features.

  • 20 months ago
  • -1 points

I know but he keeps calling a motherboard a chipset.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

He only mentions chipset when specifically referring to the B250 chipset and its limitations. Literally every other instance says motherboard or some shorthand for it.

  • 20 months ago
  • 0 points

should have gone for the R5 1600