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Having never built a PC before, and not being guided along my way by anyone but Linus Tech Tips on YouTube and assorted forum posts from half a decade ago by smarmy teenagers, this was an exercise that saw me swear up and down and have to troubleshoot every little thing. I give the overall experience a C-. It was fun. I'd do it again.

Part Reviews

CPU

It's a rootin' tootin' good time for the money. Makes 4-core processors utterly undesirable.

CPU Cooler

Absolutely the finest piece of fan hardware I've ever touched. Smooth, quiet, and dare I say it, dignified. I was able to easily get the mounting adapters I needed for it to fit my motherboard since they were out of the model that came with said adapters (and I can certainly see why it would be such a popular product). I will definitely be buying Noctua again in the future. Plus the packaging is A+, I really felt like I was unboxing a pair of $500 cuff links or something.

Motherboard

Perfect little small form-factor motherboard. Look at this little cutie. And it has RGB underglow? What more could you want?

Storage

Man, M.2 made me squeamish about ever getting 2.5" again, this thing is a beaut. Fits perfectly inside my cram-packed little HTPC.

Video Card

It's a marvel that Zotac continuously gets these things so small and so cheap, it's usually just one or the other. The 1060 architecture, however, has given me some fairly major problems. This thing randomly just chugged when playing Tomb Raider for a week, and then an update seemed to fix it. But that random chugging period was years after the game came out. Apparently 1060s are notoriously finicky.

Case

Surprisingly roomy, unsurprisingly a headache for cable management. Bigger than an original Xbox One, but still a great size for an HTPC. My only real complaint is that the power light is too bright, it overpowers the TV that the computer lives under. I had to mask it off with tape.

Power Supply

It's cheap for a 500W PSU but it's also gigantic. I have a small form factor case and I had to take out the 2.5mm drive enclosure just to fit this thing in there. It's a good thing I used m.2 in my build, otherwise I would have had to get another power supply. But other than its bulk it's a good PSU. Not too loud, not too demanding, the modularity is great, it seems reliable. It does the job, I'm just knocking one star off because if you have a special case, this thing might be too big. Maybe.

Case Fan

Noctua makes perfect fans. That's it. That's all I got to say.

Keyboard

Every couch computer user should own one of these. My biggest gripe is that crumbs tend to get inside it and rattle around, but taking it apart and shaking it out fixes that. Still, it is hard to find all the screws on the bottom. A close second in the gripe department is that when you switch it on, touch-click and gestures are always enabled, and you have to hit Fn+left click and right click to disable them. That makes the act of switching the keyboard on into a 3 step process. But honestly it's not too bad. It's sturdy, survives drops, and the trackpad is better than any Windows laptop I've ever used. Solid buy for couch browsing.

Custom

It attached my older CPU cooler to my newer motherboard, and it made me feel confident in doing so. A+. Also, the instructions are very easy to follow and the build quality is supreme.

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Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Why a 1600x ?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I got a good deal on it, and it runs slightly faster at a slightly lower temperature. I didn't want to overclock this build since it would be living in a closed cabinet under my TV.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah, very nice.