Description

This is actually my 3rd build, but the first one I've posted to PCPartPicker.

I have a good friend who has been a console gamer all their life, and after completing another build for a friend (my 2nd, which I will hopefully post too once I dig up pics), they asked for one too, but with a pretty strict budget. Well being that I'd caught the building bug at this point and I was looking at upgrading my own first build from 2015, I decided use a lot of the parts from it to give them a no frills, decently performing mATX tower so they could see the magic of PC gaming.

I'm an uber-bargain hunter, and always looking for the best performance I can get for the price. That being said, the prices in the parts list are all what was initially paid for the parts. The CPU, mobo, ram, and PSU all came from my first build and were basically gifted at a steep used discount; my friend only paid roughly half the final total listed. So I guess they got the best price/performance! I'm especially proud of the RX 470 deal, what a performer @1080p for the cost.

I had to clone my ssd to the new one for Windows to carry over, since it was a copy of 7 that did the upgrade to 10, which apparently makes it an OEM-ish copy and is linked to the motherboard. I expected a lot of issues here, but after getting Marcium Reflect to clone from a larger ssd (240 gb) to the smaller ssd (120), it actually worked without a hitch.

Please excuse my horrid cable management in this build. Usually I'm pretty good and picky about it, but it was exceptionally difficult is such a budget case with literally NO room behind the back panel for routing or hiding my usual mess. (This is why I like building in chambered cubes like the Core V1 or Air 240). In the end I got a bit frustrated and had time constraints, and just made it as unobtrusive as possible for airflow, since the case has no windows.

The keyboard/mouse combo I threw in because it was literally the only one I could found that had a purple LED option, per their request. Its just a cheap rubber dome thing I found on amazon, but it actually works pretty decently and they love it!

The monitor pictured here is an Asus VX248H 24", which I'll also probably give them once my massdroped ultrawide arrives, but until then I kind of need it for my own upgraded build.

Part Reviews

CPU

There's a reason this locked Haswell i5 is recommended as the minimum CPU for a VR setup. A great CPU that handled pretty much everything well.

CPU Cooler

Cools well for the cheap price, wouldn't recommend for anyone looking for an overclock though. After using the TX3 and Geminii M4 from CM though, I have to say I am really not a fan of the retention bracket style that applies to Intel configs used for the T4. Its a bit of pain to get on and just doesn't feel as secure as other coolers I've installed.

Motherboard

Not a fan of the yellow/gold accents, but a rock solid board. 3 4-pin fan headers in addition to the CPU header too, which is the perfect amount.

The biggest complaint is the 2 PCI slots. Yes, PCI, not PCI-E. Even when this was initially released surely these were becoming obsolete?

Memory

Its good RAM, and the HyperX's all in a row look neat.

Storage

Fast, cheap, performs well, a SSD for booting and core apps. What more needs to be said?

Storage

A great budget storage option.

Video Card

Definitely not the best 470, but for the price on sale its hard to beat the out of the box performance. This one wont be overclocked and had no real issues so far.

Case

Good option if you want a budget mATX tower and don't care too much about internal aesthetics. Basically a no frills, small black tower. Comes with a 3-pin exhaust fan installed, but mehhh.

There is no room for cables behind the back panel though, so plan accordingly. Probably a good thing this is the windowless version.

Power Supply

This thing is awesome. And honestly probably overkill for a locked i5 and a RX 470.

Still an excellent PSU though, never any worries with this one.

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Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great dude. Hope your friend enjoys it! Btw, where did you get that 470 for 120?! That's a pretty epic price!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Newegg had it for a hot second at $130, and I found a rebate that worked with Asus for it. Typically I don't go for rebates or factor them in, but it was too good of a deal not to. Even at $130 it's a sick deal, and I am all about sick deals.

They're loving it so far, I think my enthusiasm from building it helped rub off a bit too.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I got an rx 570 4gb strix for 180

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice, how's it perform? I put this build together on 4/17, and literally the rx 500 series came out the next day, without me even realizing they were coming.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

8gb of ram for 26 dollars??!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

It is DDR3, which is probably why it's so inexpensive.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Still the kits are like 35-45 dollars cheapest, not 20

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, these were bought in June of 2016 when ram was at its cheapest.

Def not the case today, prices have skyrocketed. I got sticker shock when I went to buy DDR4 for my new build.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

rhombae, that's really cool of you to build a pc for your friend. Hope they enjoy it. There is a big difference in between consoles and PC's. That build should be a whole lot nicer than the consoles of today.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

What type of filter are you using on the side panel vents?

I'm going to be doing a build in this case soon, and was looking for something to use a filter, and what you have looks like a pretty good looking solution.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

It actually came with one! I was super surprised to find it in the box for such a budget case.

It doesnt appear in a lot of the product pictures, but it is listed in the features on the pdf product sheet (under "downloads" on this page). So if yours doesnt come with it, contact CM.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, I gotcha. I actually got the case in yesterday and saw that it was stuck on top. I'll probably just use it to filter the front intake fans.

Thanks for the reply!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Forgive me but that filter is supposed to go on the intake at the front not the side! Unless of course you got two filters? I did a build with the side window and it only came with the one. Nice build though :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Nope, you're not wrong, it only comes with one, good eye. I left the magnetic filter on the side and got two 120mm dust filters for the front. They weren't pictured since they didn't arrive until like 3 weeks after the build, they were some cheap silverstone ones I think but they weren't eligible for prime when I got them off amazon.

They really need the filters too, they have a dog and 5 cats!