Technically, this is my 2nd build. My 1st one is my own personal gaming computer, but I had help with installing the parts since I was a rookie. So I would call this my first official DIY build.
What do you use it for? My best friend Sean wanted a new rig to game on. He also works with AutoCAD and wanted something that could handle the program.
What worked well? Everything was pretty straight forward to install. The Thermaltake Versa H17 is a WONDERFUL case to work with. Easy cable management, pretty spacious for its size and has great case fan options. Not sure if the prices update with the completed build, but Microcenter always has a good deal on the CPU+MB combo and we ended up picking up the MB for ~$35. Most of the parts were on sale at the time such as the PSU being ~$35, case was $30, RAM was ~$65.
Any problems? The CPU runs a bit hot under load, but that can easily be solved with an aftermarket cooler. Not a huge deal, but the rear fan couldn't reach the dedicated system fan headers towards the bottom of the MB in a discreet way. We ended up using the CPU water pump header towards the top.
Picked this up from Microcenter for ~$35 with the CPU/MB deal. For the price, it is a very solid board that comes with plenty of fan headers, the option for two m.2 drives (even though only one is NVMe) and AMD Store MI.
Would definitely recommend this board and buy again.
Wonderful GPU for the price. Picked this up for $149.99. Has no problem running older games at max settings, but struggles a bit with newer games. With newer games, you can still run graphics relatively high, but need to make some sacrifices. Under load, it hovers around 75C. The design of the card is sleek and really cool looking, especially the back plate.
I've seen a lot of complaints that the fans don't kick on until ~60C, but this can be easily overwritten with Afterburner.
For gaming on a budget, I would definitely recommend this card for its price.
I absolutely LOVE this case. Great cable management, spacious for a mATX and great fan options! The case looks subtle and sleek. Comes with a 120mm rear fan pre-installed. Grabbed this for $30 on sale.
The only negative thing I have to say about this is the front fans. I swapped 3 be quiet! Pure Wing PWM fans from an old rig to this one, so I'm not sure if it came with dedicated mounting options. There is the metal base to mount it to, but there are no dedicated screw holes, so be prepared to MacGyver the mounting of these fans with a longer screw and a washer/nut to hold it in place. They should also be mounted on the inside rather than the outside. Reason being that the top fan will not fit on the outside (in between the metal base and the case cover) due to the USB/Power/Reset wiring. If you take a look at the completed build pictures, you'll see that I placed the top fan on the inside of the metal base and the other 2 on the outside (due to laziness).
I would definitely recommend this case for any build if a side window is not a priority.