Description

This was my 11 year old's first custom build as an upgrade from his budget laptop. He wanted a PC that would easily play ARK and Subnautica etc. Budget was a huge consideration, and this build actually went over what we were hoping to spend but it was worth every cent! He is extremely happy with the way it looks, and the fast performance. While serious gamers might not consider this to be a "true" gaming build, it performs beautifully! He can play all his games with graphics set on high or epic, and we've not had a single problem. I debated an SSD but we couldn't afford it, and seeing how much better this performs compared to my computer and his old laptop I am totally fine with skipping those sorts of extras. The kid thinks he's got a million-buck computer because it does everything he needs. I would highly rec this build for anyone looking at an entry level multi-purpose computer that's easily to upgrade in the future.

Part Reviews

CPU

Really happy with this as an entry-level CPU. While there's obviously faster/better around, this more than covers what we need.

Motherboard

This was a really easy mobo to install. I had just finished building another PC with the MSI Gaming Pro mobo, and I wish I had of learned on this one! It has everything labeled, and the instructions are clear. Looks really nice!!!

Storage

This is a tad noisy to be honest. Not a deal-breaker, but something that I have noticed. In hindsight the 2TB would have been better seeing as it's not much more money.

Video Card

Got this on sale for AUD$199. Really happy with that price and hope to get another one on sale. For those struggling to choose a graphics card and weighing up price vs performance, this card runs all the kids Steam games with ultra high or epic graphics with no problems at all.

Case

I'm giving this one 5 stars simply because for the price and the market that its aimed at, it's a great case. Obviously it's not going to be as nice as case that costs $150, but for a cheap case I was really surprised by how good it looks and feels. This was my first build and I had heard cable management would be tricky. Not the case with this. My PSU was non-modular, and I still had no dramas. Heaps of room for cables, clear instructions, space for everything.

Power Supply

It's hard to review this... I know it's only 80+, and we've only been using it for a couple of months, but I'm happy with it. I read heaps before buying because there were no reviews here for it, but the Thermaltake website was informative, and the kids were really keen on the LEDs! It looks great in the case, and I'd buy it again.

Wireless Network Adapter

Meh. Not sure if there's nicer options for these things. I'd probably research these better next time to see if I can avoid the external aerials. But wifi reception is great so I can't complain.

Monitor

A monitor was a tough choice for us seeing as we had a small desk area to work with that had a shelf above. I actually had to choose based on a small height to start with and then look at other options. In the end, I was really happy with this. The tilt and swivel options are great! Having the additional USB slots on the monitor has been useful. Great view angles. Clarity seems fantastic and we have no complaints.

Keyboard

Keyboard arrived with the spacebar stuck down. There was a fair bit of flex to the keyboard and when pushing down I could get the spacebar back up, and then it seemed to be fine except the spacebar made a squeeky noise. I contacted the suppliers and they swapped it for a new one, but makes me wonder how sturdy it will be longterm.

Comments

  • 18 months ago
  • 3 points

Just do so cable management and it will look a lot better and then post pictures of it being more organized

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

That photo was our "It turns ON!!" victory photo with lights :) It's tidied a bit more, and up and running now. I would have liked to have taken a nice pic of his overall setup like some people here have, but his PC box is under his desk so it doesn't photograph well.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Cable management needs a little bit of work, but overall this is a very nice entry level PC.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

This build is eerily similar to my first build...only difference is ram and Mobo, but I used corsair ram and an MSI B350 board so.. r/hmmm

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome job, and good parts selection, this will be awesome for him. I remember when I was his age and I would play on a laptop that couldn't even run Minecraft. Went through a couple other laptops that were a bit better and finally built a rig not too long ago, before substantial price jumps, with a Ryzen 5 1600, RX 580 8GB, and 16GB 3200MHz RAM. So much better than past laptops.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I know that I am eyeing off his rig and wanting one of my own!!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I just want to warn you about the paint on the power button. I have a Corsair 200R which has the same IO and power button, and after two weeks of using my computer the paint only my power button started to chip, to the point where there is now no paint on my power button at all after a year of use. Idk if it’s a thing with only my case but you should just take care of it because the paint chips REALLY easily if it isn’t an issue with only my power button.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Are we going to see any pictures of the tidied up version you mentioned in another comment? Otherwise, great build and I'm sure your kids will love it.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Any issues with Mortar Arctic? I've been reading that MSI AM4 mobos are a big problem but I really like to replace my Asrock B350M Pro4 with that mobo. Hoping for no issues. I've been itching to buy that because it fits my color scheme

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

no problems at all. I flashed the mobo on install and that went smoothly. I'd buy again for sure. The colour scheme was a priority here too! But now I just really like the board.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

very good budget build, maybe some cable management couldve been done and a radeon rx 570 4gb one might have been better value (like this one https://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=39329&cPath=877&utm_source=googlebase&utm_medium=cse&utm_campaign=export_feed#googlebase )

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