Description

This was basically an educational project for my kids and a way to get all of us into PC gaming to avoid purchasing a game console. Yes, I wanted to play some games as well (Battlefield V, Rainbow Six Siege, etc.) and I'm anti-console given that so much work (and play) can be done on a computer. This initially started with no graphics card and one SSD but now I have already made a few upgrades which the kids were involved with. Obviously, the CPU is the bottleneck in this build (at least as far as I can tell) but my plan is to do another educational upgrade involving a Ryzen 7 2700X and RGB cooler. Can't decide on AIO liquid or fan cooling. My main disappointments with the build were the Thermaltake RGB controller and provided cables to connect to motherboard and the Gigabyte App Center software seems to be nonfunctional. I'd also like the Gigabyte Fusion application to provide more RGB options but its OK. I haven't gotten the Team RGB RAM to sync with this motherboard but it looks good anyway. The GeForce RTX 2070 makes games playable that were not playable with the APU and works very well. After a week of use, I had to disassemble the RTX 2070 to figure out why it was making a clicking noise when fans were running. It ended up being one of the cables hanging ever so slightly in the fan rotation path. I wasn't aware when I purchased the RTX 2070 that it would not sync with motherboard but I've learned. When the kids are not taking over, I'm planning to learn overclocking of CPU, RAM, and graphics card. I installed Windows 10 Professional and I'm very happy with the performance of the overall build. Time Spy score is max of 6793 so I wanted to improve with overclocking and eventually upgrade to the Ryzen 7 2700X. If anyone out there has any suggestions on the best case for RGB fans, let me know since I was disappointed with the Thermaltake RGB controller and cables and wouldn't buy it again if I had better options. Couldn't find the fans to add to parts list: EZDIY RGB 120mm fans that look great - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07N2DQCY2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Part Reviews

CPU

This is fine for an entry-level CPU and until I started benchmarking I wasn't able to see some of the limitations. I also wasn't aware that some games would not even let me play with the on-board APU. That being said, I intended to upgrade to a Ryzen 7 2nd or 3rd generation at some point (with dedicated graphics card) to continue down the road of updating components with my kids. I was able to overclock to 3.8GHz with stock cooler and temps were OK for short periods of time.

Motherboard

I'm pleased with this board for the most part and don't have any complaints about the hardware aspects. I'm glad I chose a MB with 2 M.2 slots and heat sinks. I do wish the manual was a little better at explaining certain items since this was my first time using a Gigabyte board. The biggest negatives are probably the Gigabyte App Center and not being able to view some of the applications I've downloaded and installed. The RGB Fusion could use just a few more options for controlling lighting and it would be great (e.g. flow effects for items connected in certain order and multi-color options per fan at any given point in time). As it is, I ended up disabling the sync feature for system fan LEDs to get the ultimate RGB unicorn vomit my kids love. Some have complained about the overclocking ability and voltage limitations but I found it fine for increasing 300MHz with only stock CPU cooler.

Memory

These look great and function very well.

Storage

Solid product. No complaints.

Storage

Solid product. I got this on sale and at the time was the cheapest for the speed of this device.

Case

Overall, I am pleased with this case. I like the tempered glass front and side panels and the design for cable management. My complaint is the pre-installed RGB fan controller which comes with cables to connect to the motherboard that I have had problems with. The cable connector for my MB just does not stay on the header and I ended up taping it together.

Power Supply

Works fine so far. I probably paid too much for the RGB lighting.

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Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

Ryzen R5 2600X (on auto settings)/2600 (at 4.0GHz) + Thermalright Macho Rev.B cooler will be ideal for gaming.

Cheers.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

That case looks awesome! How do you like it? Also, I agree with everyone else. That CPU will bottleneck your GPU a lot.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

The case looks fine with decent cable management options. My complaint was with the RGB fan controller and the cable connection to the motherboard which I essentially had to tape to the RGB header.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah something like a 2600 would be nice.. And personally I would go for air cooling..

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll probably stick to air cooling for convenience and minimize risk of radiator failure.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice looking build! You got some lucky kids! Props for being such a nice parent.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I see you are trying to educate your kids into becoming well-distinguished PCMR RGB gentlemen. Cheers for teaching them the only way to play games. I wished my dad was as cool as you.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh man, I had to look up PCMR and when I read through the site I realized I am pretty much pushing this ideology. As far as the RGB, I did it to pique their interest but even I think it is pretty sweet looking. Haha. My wife actually made fun of me for having so many items with RGB LEDs. Whatever works...

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

How old are the kids? I'm all about exposing them to the PC early, it really does do a lot more for them than consoles. I learned to type initially by playing Starcraft, and came strutting into typing lessons in 4th grade ready to crush 'em!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

My 10, 8, and 5 year olds were very interested and helped with screws on the motherboard and fans. My 10 year old is more interested in the entire project than others and has started to learn Python.

  • 10 months ago
  • 0 points

this build would be for kids around the age of 7 to 13.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

This was basically an educational project for my kids and a way to get all of us into PC gaming to avoid purchasing a game console

Its always good teaching the kids to work hard ( building up the PC ) rather than just buy instant gratification ( a console ) for the finer things in life. Plus they learn that putting a bit effort in life will grant you more than just lazing around.

+1 for good parenting. But i have to ask, Do you have any more pictures of the PC?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. So far I think my older 3 have become very interested in the hardware aspect and my oldest is really into overclocking and benchmarking (even with my budget Ryzen 3 CPU). She is beginning to learn Python which is great because of our tutorial for kids. Way more interesting out of the gate than my old C programming, assembly language/machine code, or PLC ladder logic courses from college. I tried to upload new photos taken with an actual camera but there appears to be something wrong with the site unless you can't upload jpegs between 1-3 MB.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

New photos from an actual camera were added today. Update: after doing some overclocking (or what might be considered low level overclocking) of CPU and graphics card's GPU and memory clocks I was able to get this CPU/GPU combo to a Time Spy score of 7439. Stock fan seems to do OK up to 3.8GHz on Ryzen 3. The kiddos were getting pretty excited with every improvement in benchmarks such as Time Spy, Cinebench R20, and Heaven. Looking forward to a CPU upgrade after I decide whether or not to go with 3rd generation Ryzen 7 or the respectable 2700X.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful RGB build! Hey, I was looking at the case. How is it? Is it tempered glass, good cable management? also, get this for air cooling, I have it, Its cools my 2600 (x) and its incredible. Easy installation too.

https://pcpartpicker.com/product/HyTPxr/cooler-master-hyper-212-black-edition-420-cfm-cpu-cooler-rr-212s-20pk-r1

PS: There is also an RGB one: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/hHDJ7P/cooler-master-hyper-212-rgb-black-edition-573-cfm-cpu-cooler-rr-212s-20pc-r1

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

The case is well built and looks great. It is tempered glass and I like the way it attaches and detaches. It has a nice PSU shroud and several places on the back to cable tie into the case. My biggest complaint is with the pre-installed RGB fan controller which comes with cables to connect to the motherboard. The cable connector for my MB just does not stay on the header and I ended up taping it together. The connector that came with my EZDIY fans controller was much nicer and stayed connected without any problem. Thanks for cooling recommendations.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the case review!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Dope! Those fans are pretty interesting, I should have done more sourcing on fans when I was in the market for some, but I'm impatient lol

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, i got the same casing but i face the problem of ARGB connection. Some fan can light up but some cant. Mind share with me how you connect the ARGB Fans with motherboard?

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

An r5 3600 would suit the gpu better than an r7 2700x, given that you upgrade the bios on the mobo to x570. Also, how many fans came with the case?

  • 10 months ago
  • -1 points

It would be better if you use a ryzen 5 1600 or i5 9600k. I recommend the i5 though.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

I would not use a Intel CPU for a PC unless You have a 1500 dollar budget because then it gets pricy for the motherboard and the CPU its self.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I'll upgrade to a Ryzen 7 2700X or whatever is better if 3rd gen is compatible.

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Agree