Description

I moved across the country and shipping was going to get too expensive since I was not using any moving services. I decided to sell my rig to fund this one. A temporarily budget-oriented gaming rig hiding in wait for the opportunity to blossom into its true form. In other words, I didn't have the budget for the rig I wanted and didn't want to skimp now with budget parts for my future upgrades.

Aesthetically I decided to keep it simple and stick to black, with future upgrades adding white accents and lighting. I plan to leave the lighting alone for now.

This CPU/GPU combination handles 1080p very well, but the stock cooler is holding the processor back.

I'm sure you're wondering why I only have a single 500gb drive in here. I don't have more than 3-5 games installed at a time so it's fine for now. As of right now I have 352GB free lol.

Upgrade Plan:

CPU - 9900k

GPU - ?

Monitor - 144+hz 1440p & 60hz 1440p

Aesthetics - fans, sleeved cables, custom gpu backplate

The goal is for this next upgrade to be the last for years. I have a habit of rebuilding nearly annually and it's time to stop.

My desk is the beech wood table top from IKEA along with a set of Alex drawers and table legs whose name I forgot lol.

Part Reviews

CPU

I highly suggest using an aftermarket cooler to utilize the full potential of this bang for your buck CPU. I would argue this is one of the best values on the market at this time.

Motherboard

This board has every feature I could possibly need and then some. It helps that it looks good too. Asrock makes a solid product. Even better if you can catch this on sale like I did.

Memory

They look really good, just keep in mind the modules are quite tall!

Video Card

For under $300, this GPU is actually a solid value right now given the strange GPU market with RTX and AMD lagging behind. If you don't care about ray tracing and you just want a great 1080p gaming experience this is a great option. AC Odyssey is a very demanding game, but in 1080p with a variance of high and very high settings the 1660ti handles its business, giving me 60-80+ fps. The card also remains quite cool, maxing out at 68c in the Unigine Heaven benchmark.

This is a triple slot card, so make sure your case and motherboard can handle that.

Case

Pros:

  1. They replaced that horrible power button

  2. Awesome features like the button to pop the top filter out and easily removable 3.5" and 2.5" drives

  3. Mesh front panel

  4. Long basement leaves plenty of room for cables

  5. PWM fan hub in the back

  6. Just looks really damn good honestly

Con:

  1. I do like that the side panels come off with a pressure click, but it's removing the panel afterward that you should be more careful with, I found it to be a little awkward. Could've just been me though.

Monitor

For less than $200 I am happy with my purchase. The speakers on this thing can get very loud, so I tend to keep it on 20-25.

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Good job. I probably couldn't bring myself to buy one of those little chubs of a GPU lol.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

It’s not as goofy as it seems but it is pretty big lol. I figured looks don’t matter anyway since I will eventually resell it.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

COngrats, seems like a nice pc to have, I just got myself the 9400F after years with my i5-6500 and 1060 6GB, I want to jump to 1440p but cannot afford new monitor and GPU at the moment, Now I just got logged to ask.... I read in the intel ark website that the 9400F is till 2666mhz ram speed, do you use and see the 3000mhz available and in usage in the Pc or is only throwing 2666mhz ???

Cheers for the new Pc, my glass is high for you and wish the FPS be high and the temps low.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

According to my bios I am just under 3000mhz but I will actually verify that later as I only glanced after activating XMP.

It’s a really great processor for the money.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

good job, what keyboard is that may i ask , looks clean af

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Cooler Master Masterkeys Pro S with brown switches. Best keyboard I’ve owned and I’ve used several other brands.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

That 1660ti and the 9400F is what I would recommend to friends looking to (budget) enter PC gaming from consoles. That is cool it can play a demanding new game on 1080p with up to 80 fps as you said. I wonder what that combo could do at 1440p. Cheers.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely get a better cooler for it though, the stock cooler isn’t sufficient for more demanding games long term. You could definitely get playable frames in 1440p, just at lower settings.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Had a 8400 with stock cooler, a bit Loud but on AIDA64 only reaches 75-80c, and turbo boosts to the max,3.8ghz. I’d assume the 9400F would perform around the same

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm pretty sure a 550w is fine for a 1660 ti, thats what i got and it works fine

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

You should read people’s descriptions before commenting.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Regarding your upgrade plan, the i9-9900k is not worth it if your still into gaming. I suggest an i7-9700k instead since its cheaper, therefore better for your use case (and both the processors will stay relevant for gaming for a good while, at least 4, 5 years or more). I'd also suggest an aftermarket cooler such as the Hyper 212 EVO if you dont plan to OC, but if you plan to OC get a beefy Noctua cooler or an AIO. Nice looking PC build anyways that I'm sure performs like a beast.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah you’re probably right, but it’s what I want. As for the cooler I’m aware the stock cooler is crap and noisy, but it works alright on this processor for now. I would never use it long term.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that the tabletop leg from IKEA is backwards, the single leg goes to the inside for more space for your own legs and also more stability to the whole top, once again thanks for the info about the RAM speeds.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

It isn't in my way at all lol. Even if I spread my legs far apart. Don't remember what I told you, but you're welcome lol.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I'm looking into a similar build with the i5 and 1660 Ti. Current prices for 9400F and 9600K are $135 and $200 respectively. Would the extra $65 be worth it for someone who probably won't upgrade for a few years? It'll be my first build, so I won't overclock until I really figure it all out.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly I’d go with a Ryzen build.

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  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you read my description? And thank you, I do love this case a lot. Easily my favorite and I've worked with a lot of different cases.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

oh sorry lol