Description

This is my first PC build, I called it impulse because I impulsively bought it instead of waiting for zen 2 because I was sick and tired of my gaming on my laptop. The building experience was fun other than having to manage cables and waiting forever for my games to download. I would like to point out that NONE of the PC build guide videos would have ever prepared me for how hard I to push cables and the ram in. I definitely had to reseat some stuff after I first assembled it. This system is a high-end gaming rig to me and I am loving it! Can't wait till I have the funds to build another PC!

Part Reviews

CPU

Great value CPU. I probably won't ever use the chip too it's full potential since I only play games and browse the web. Also, the stock cooler cools the CPU very well and it is very silent even while I'm gaming.

Motherboard

Not much to say here, it is a very barebones B450 motherboard. I never planned on overclocking my CPU so I didn't care about the VRM setup. One gripe I do have is that there is only one system fan header so I had to buy a fan controller off of Amazon to plug in my three fans. Also, the one fan header is located near the rear I/O so I had to have a cable hanging across my motherboard to where I mounted my fan splitter.

Memory

Was able to easily get it to its rated speed using the XMP profile in the bios. Doesn't look as gaudy IRL as it does in the pictures.

Storage

Really speeds up my game and OS load times. Works as intended.

Storage

It works so that's good enough for me.

Video Card

My card was a pretty good overclocker despite being a bottom of the barrel model. However, the card lacks a fan stop mode at idle so it is never silent. While it's not loud by any means, the GPU will notify you of its existence with a soft hum once you boot up a game.

Case

The case is phenomenal for the price. It's nice and compact and the side panels are reversible. There are plenty of drive mounting locations in the small case along with support for 5 120mm fans. It also surprisingly has a pretty high-quality PSU filter which glides in and out. But keep in mind, it does not come with a dust filter for the top two fan mounts. So you will want to get a dust filter off of Amazon or just put your GPU box on top of it like I did. The fact that this case is only $40 is pretty insane to me considering the quality and structural integrity you get.

Power Supply

The cables are nice and black and feel pretty sturdy. Bonus points for the fact that it hasn't blown up! Plus, EVGA warranty if it does.

Case Fan

For the price these fans are great. They are pretty quiet and move a good amount of air.

Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I like the title lol.

Yeah Zen 2 is around the corner but you would be limited to a few 5xx motherboards if you wanted to take advantage of the PCIE 4.0 tech.

I'm not sold on Zen 2 for another 6-8 months after release. I've waited 10 years for a new build, I could wait longer since it's been this long anyways.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Great budget build. You did the right thing by not waiting on Zen 2, I just wish as much as these new GPU's cost they could at least give you a backplate. It's not like it would cost them much more to add one.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

what monitor are you using the rest of my build is very similar to yours and was wondering?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm using the Acer R221Q. The colors are great and I don't ever feel any input lag or anything. I was also able to overclock mine to 74Hz.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

i had the versa h25 and can say i hated it, and bought a nzxt h500

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Will the motherboard be enough for a Ryzen 5 2600X? I see you used a Ryzen 5 2600 and seemed to have no issues so I wonder if something a little bit faster would be fine too.

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