Description

This build is used for gaming, web browsing, and as an all purpose desktop. This build was using a combination of old and new parts. I updated to using a SSD and went from a g4560 Pentium cpu to an i5 7600k. And, yes, I know my cable management sucks, but my fan headers are scattered all over the board. I would like to get a better gpu in the future. Prices for GPUs right now aren't reasonable, so I might wait a bit to update.

Edit: Took of the front hdd bay and moved my ssd and hdd up to the second 5.25 drive bay. Also moved some fans around and tried to clean up some of the cables.

April 2018 Update: Added in an AIO and bumped my CPU OC to 4.6 Cooler is a bit loud at higher temps but this could be fixed by adding in some nicer fans. It keeps my temp a lot lower than my previous cooler (hyper T4) and allows for a higher OC. I could probably push the OC a bit further, but right now it suits my needs where it is currently set.

Part Reviews

CPU

Works well. Still tinkering with OC. I know I'm behind a generation, but I wanted a cpu that was compatible with my old B250 motherboard until I purchased a new motherboard.

CPU Cooler

Fans are a bit loud. But it does the job and keeps my cpu <70 degrees Celsius during prime 95 testing with my cpu OC at 4.6ghz

Motherboard

Has two internal usb 3 headers, allows for OC of ram and CPU, has more expansion slots than I plan on using, and has several M.2 slots if I ever need to use them.

Memory

Bought one stick before the ram prices rose and one stick after the price increase. Ram works well at advertised rates.

Storage

It's nice. I used it for a boot drive and it has allowed for a fast boot and has made game loading times much faster.

Storage

Used for storage of pictures, videos, and other large files. It isn't loud and I have had no issues with the drive.

Video Card

Bought as an open box deal. When the gpu prices where starting to climb. Works well for what I play. Medium to High settings on most games in 1080p.

Case

Bit of a tight fit for cables but other than that a very good case.

Power Supply

Power supply works well and supplies more than I need for power. The GPUs I am looking at as possible upgrades (1060 6gb or 1070 8gb) would be able to be powered by this supply with a little wiggle room left over.

Optical Drive

Cheep but works well.

Wireless Network Adapter

Not the worlds best wifi adapter but it meets my needs.

Case Fan

Fan are quiet and move an okay amount of air. Nothing special but they are a nice quality for the price.

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Hello! Is it possible for you to measure the distance between the 5.25 slots and drive cage? Oh, and I upvoted :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

It's about 5.5 in or 14 cm depending on which county you're from ;) Also as a fore warning there is also a 1cm lip on the drive cage on the front and back so you might need to take that into consideration depending on what you are planning to do.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks bro!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

See pic #7 that I just uploaded for the lip on the drive cage.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

did the case come with pre-installed standoffs?

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes it did, but you can move them around and add more in if you need to for any configuration up to ATX. You shouldn't need to pick up any more standoffs; they come with the case.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

You should really rotate that CPU cooler so that it is exhausting out the back of the case and not onto your GPU.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Ive tried to flip the cooler, unfortunately, I dont have enough clearance. My motherboard has a heat sink on the left side of the cpu scocket that makes it too tight of a fit. I do have the fans pointing up though :p

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I really don't know what's the misconception here but clearly from the pictures the fan's are sucking air from the GPU and going up outside the case and some of it is going from the back fan I like it because it's unusual and in physics(google that if you want to) hot air naturally goes up, so win win in my book

if you're wondering this card like most third-party vendor cards blows hot air from the sides

if it's horizontally mounted like usual even if vertically is going to be the same deal just letting you picture the card

hope this solves they misconception (: .

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure either. My mobo only allows for 1 or 2 choices with this cooler. The only other option was to have the fans pointed down towards the gpu. And I would much rather have the hot air venting up and out of the case.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

this is so much better than the original. although still that cable management. also, you could actually take that fan and put it on the bottom of the cooler and that would help the gpu a lot. don't worry it will not make your cooler hotter due to it is still getting air from inside the case elsewhere. that way, you're helping your airflow, helping your gpu, and you would have room to put a fan on the top of the case for another exhaust fan. :) and you really need a fan on the back as well. no exhaust fans are a very bad idea. and after that, you could actually move your gpu to the other pci-e slot it will not be as powerful but still do the job and then that way, your gpu will be directly above the hottest part of the vrm heat sink. hope this helps :D and the fan header issue? you could actually just invest in a fan controller and hide it in the back of the case. and my bad another edit, didnt see your second fan on the bottm, in that case, i would take the top fan and put it on the back of the case for an actual exhaust.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the gpu shift I'm not sure I understand what / why you are suggesting the gpu move. Speeds would be the same if moved down a pcie slot - however it would dip if I moved it down to the third full pcie slot; as it is only a basic pcie slot. I do understand the need for an exhaust fan, and I have a spare fan that I can throw in to my build in your suggested location.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

was just an idea if you happened to need to move stuff around and needed space

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Flipped some of my fans arround :) and cleaned it up a bit.

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  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Actualy looking for a gpu in the 1060 6bg or 1070 8gb range or their future equivalent. Rx 470 or rx 480 would also work but amd gpu prices are so high.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah im looking into getting a 1070 ti right now while they are still "cheap"

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah not sure thats the word for it :p Hopefully you will be able to find one for a reasonable rate.