Description

I built this rig for my girlfriend as a platform for her to game and also a platform for to build her own PC. Most of the parts came from my older PC I had lying around after I built my new rig. Got her a new SSD, RAM sticks, CPU cooler and also an optical drive. I had no problems putting everything together but one thing for sure is that I had a hard time cable managing in that case. The PSU is not modular either so it makes things even difficult. That's why it looks so damn cancerous.

A lot of upgrades are needed to be done in the coming future but I will let my girlfriend decide on that. I didn't have enough time to run benchmarks as my semester break was already coming to an end. I would gladly take suggestions to overcome that cancerous-looking cable managing as I have no idea how to.

The i3-2100 still runs pretty well even after all these years and the motherboard was no short of it too. On the downside however, this board doesn't have a USB 3.0 insert so I am not able to untilize the case's front header ports. I replaced the stock cooler with a Hyper 212. They only had the LED version so I went with it. At its price, there's nothing that could go wrong. I went with the 4GB DDR3-1600 even though the board could only run 1333. This was because they were priced the same and the other had no stock.

This is my second build and I had fun doing this with my girlfriend. It was also a teaching process because she had no clue on PC building. She's happy with this build and so am I.

Part Reviews

CPU

Despite being an old architecture, this i3 was still able to hold itself well on a day to day basis usage. No overclocking of course but this is already enough for my build. Only reason I used this in the build its beacuse its still kicking.

CPU Cooler

A very decent cooler because screw stock cooler. With this, I hope I could prolong the CPU lifespan a little longer until I see an upgrade fit. The pricing is good and the assembling was straightforward.

Motherboard

The only downside to this motherboard is that it doesn't have a USB 3.0 header so the front USB 3.0 port cannot be utilized. I had this motherboard together with the CPU. Also only able to support DIMM speeds of up to 1333.

Memory

For those who'd opt for RAMs with no fancy look, this is one of your answer. It does the job.

Monitor

For what it has to offer at its price, this is definitely a must to buy. Amazing display and caters to almost anything your eyes need.

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Comments

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

There exist USB 2.0 to USB 3.0 internal adapters, if you want to use the case ports. They'll only run at USB 2.0 speeds, but they will work. Alternatively, if you're willing to spend a bit more, you can get a USB 3.0 PCIe card with an internal connector.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

The internal adapters sounds like a good idea. Doesn't have to be at 3.0 speed as long as the front headers can be used. That is until she plans to upgrade the rig. Thank you for your suggestion, mate! :D

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

the pics are of a different case, also seems kinda funny to even use a large cooler for a dualcore cpu

together with the 950, it would have been cool to use one of those ultra compact cube/console type cases

monitor is definitely a must buy, it claims to be 8bit VA while most IPSs in this price range are 6bit (let's not even think about TN), i hope to see if it's true with my eyes one day

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I had the N300 for a few years and its the windowed variant and the stock i3 cooler was no longer working. Just figured the 212 would do the job looking at its price too.

I agree on the part of building it in a smaller cases but I suppose that could be done for future upgrades. The N300 was collecting dust in the corner of my room. Hahahaha

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, Kyle! And yes the PSU is an eyesore. Especially the cables.

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