Description

This was my first build which I use for front end web development and casual gaming in GTA5, Portal, Ultramarine and Half Life 2. I am really chuffed that I managed to assemble it with nothing exploding or catching fire. All the parts were new except the GTX 960 which I picked up used from eBay. Also managed a cheeky little overclock on the CPU to 3.7Ghz to squeeze a bit more performance out of the 2200G. The PSU is mounted upside down as I am planning to put the tower on a carpeted floor.

What went well

  • No dead parts, everything was functional.
  • I assembled my first ever PC.
  • Upgrade path so I can improve if my needs change in the future.
  • Decent cable management (in my humble opinion)

Things that could have gone better

  • Installed M.2 drive in wrong slot so had to swap it over after the 1st boot.
  • Should have installed all necessary cables into the power supply before mounting it into the case.
  • Mounted the front fans in the wrong place so had to re arrange to get the front I/O cables routed correctly.

Future build improvments

  • Focus a bit more on colour scheme; matching parts and cable extension kit
  • A different case with a PSU shroud
  • More RGB :)

Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

howdy partner! I'm glad you put together this build for yourself. I dig the equipment you chose - especially the motherboard, cpu, and case (even though it lacks a shroud). If you want to up your wifi game though, I highly recommend replacing that TP-Link all-in-one adapter with an M.2 wifi adapter that lets you choose your wireless card. The Intel 8260/9260 is a great high-end choice for like, £15 and the M.2 adapter is another £15. for a £10 upcharge, you could really improve your bandwidth.

cheers!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

The psu need to go upside down, the hot air of it is going on the gpu, rip airflow

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool build! @OP I'm wondering if you saw this comment and updated the orientation of the PSU? Seems important -- and I didn't notice it either.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate your comments @rroguet and @jerburrito.

It is something I debated a lot before I started building and after seeing a video by JayzTwoCents on Youtube, he said it wouldn't make much of a difference so I mounted it upside down. I am planning on placing the case on a pretty thick carpet once i buy my 2nd monitor.

Do you think it would be better to swap it over and then just stand the case on a small piece of wood so it isn't straight on the deep carpet?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice first build! Great cable management for a small case, with a semi-modular psu.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks @RazerGamer.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Are the IO cables placed between the 2 140mm fans?

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks @madn3ss795. Yep, I managed to squeeze them in between the 2 fans.

You can move the entire IO unit so it can live at the top, bottom or where it is if you wanted to use an AIO cooler.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the cpu performance with Gta v gaming ? Been keeping my eye at this ryzen 3 version

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

During gameplay I get the odd slow down but it is extremely playable.

I ran the benchmark tool in GTAV for you and got the following; Lowest: 39 FPS Highest: 56 FPS Average: 49 FPS