Description

This PC is a sub-$400 build I built for my grandfather (pappou). This is the first PC I've ever built! He gave me $400 to work with. Since he's Greek, I made the build's theme blue. He decided he wants a new computer that's faster, and built by me, his grandson.

Pappou uses his current PC for simple internet browsing, and Skype video calls. I'm also making it game-capable for when I visit. I have a GTX 750 in his current PC, so I don't have to include a GPU to this build's budget. I will install it when I see him again. I found an R7 360 for $40, so I put that into the system instead. Now I can take my old PC back home, and use it as an temporary HTPC.

I ran into a silly problem after the build was complete. I accidentally poked the CPU cooler, and a fan blade broke off. The whole system started vibrating really loud! I quickly shut off the PC, and went to bed, since it was almost midnight. When I woke up, I decided to break off the opposite fan blades to balance out the fan. The vibration is gone, and the CPU's temps are still good!

Part Reviews

CPU

For just $40, the G3930 is a great value. If you're not playing intensive games, this CPU should work just fine for you. I would've gone for the Pentium G4560, but the price is $30 above MSRP.

CPU Cooler

Although this isn't a well-known cooler, it looks and performs really well. The blue LED ring around the fan looks great, and it's fairly quiet.

I'm taking a star off for the included thermal paste. Instead of coming in a little syringe, it came in a small packet, which made it a bit tougher to apply. Also, I can't seal it up again, since I had to cut it open.

Memory

Fantastic looking RAM, at a great price! The pulsing lights look great too.

Case

This is one of the best cases in this price range. You get a side window, two pre-installed fans, pre-installed standoffs, and four USB ports on the front panel.

If you're building in this, make sure to get a semi/fully modular PSU, cable management could be tricky.

Power Supply

Amazing quality for an amazing price! Comes with flat black cables, without any other color.

Wireless Network Adapter

Does it's job right out of the box, no drivers needed. It also comes with a smaller bracket for slimmer cases.

Comments

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

Pappou should be proud of you (l'm sure he is). He has a great grandson. Nice build, especially for what you spent for parts. You got lucky on that cooler fan fix. Nice job! :)

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you so much!

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Great looking PC, at first glance at least seems like excellent value!

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! Never thought I'd find these blue parts for such a low price!

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

looks good :)

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

It's awesome that we both call our Grandfathers the same thing, but I spell it Papu. Awesome build, btw.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

That's cool! Thanks!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

how is that ssd working for you?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

The SSD works great! The system boots in seconds, and programs start up almost instantly. Haven't had any problems!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks, I really need an SSD and I have a really tight budget :)

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

What games do u play? And what fps on high settings?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

This PC uses CPU-integrated Intel HD Graphics 610. I haven't done much testing, but Minecraft runs at a solid 60 frames per second on fancy settings. I'm sure 610 could run most lighter games, like CS:GO, Rocket League, and probably some older titles. Saving up a little more for a Pentium G4600 (with HD 630) or a GPU would be well worth it, since HD 610 isn't really meant for gaming.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought an R7 360 for just $40! I installed that instead of my spare GTX 750.

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I replaced the preinstalled fans before I booted the system for the first time. I don't know about the 80mm fan, but I put the case's 120mm fan into my personal system and it's been fairly quiet.

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

The DK-03 fits the color scheme perfectly, for a great price too. If I was on a tighter budget, I would've just used the stock cooler.