Howdy howdy guys, Ponchato here, and today
we’re going to take a look at my $800 i5, RX 480 gaming PC build: The Tank. [intro] This beautiful micro ATX build came about
because the Sleeper didn’t have USB 3 ports on the front panel (among a few other problems)
and I was tired of the enormous case my old PC had, which took up about a quarter of the
space under my desk. I wanted something smaller than that and faster
than the Sleeper, so I built this. So why is it called “The Tank”? Once the build was finished I picked it up
and moved it into my room and it was surprisingly heavy for its size. I thought to myself “This thing’s a tank.” And so I named it The Tank. Mystery solved. So this PC is built around an Intel i5-7500,
quad core, 3.4GHz Kaby Lake processor. My old desktop has an i5-750, so if my calculations
are correct, because 7500 is 10 times more than 750, this computer should be 10 times
faster than my old one. That was a joke. The processor will be cooled
by a Deepcool Gammaxx 400, my new favorite CPU tower cooler. The graphics will be powered by an MSI RX
480 4GB with the reference blower cooler. Pro tip: if you’re trying to build a silent
computer, don’t get a card with a blower cooler. They are not silent. As in the Sleeper build, memory comes from
Team Group. The same Team Elite Plus DDR4 2400, 2x4GB
kit. Storage is provided by a Crucial MX300 525GB
m.2 SATA III SSD. Something I found interesting: this is my
first build with an m.2 SSD and these things are tiny, like less than half the size of
a stick of RAM. In my Sleeper build I used an ASRock B150M
Pro4V motherboard, and because that didn’t suck I went with ASRock again for the Tank. This one is built on an ASRock B250M Pro4
microATX motherboard. Pretty. All this stuff is powered by a SeaSonic M12II
Evo 620W fully modular, 80+ Bronze power supply, and jammed into a Fractal Design Core 1500
microATX case. In depth reviews of the motherboard and case
are coming, because I really like both of them. As usual, the build started outside the case
with the assembly of the motherboard. First up was dropping the processor into the
LGA 1151 socket and clamping it down. [Terrible cpu retention clip sound] What a beautiful sound. Next, I added a pea sized drop of DeepCool
Z5 thermal paste to the center of the processor. To install the Gammaxx 400, I removed the
fan, centered the heatsink on the i5, and pressed in the retention clips. But, something went wrong. The last clip gave me a ton of trouble, and
even after it snapped into place, it was still loose. After a few minutes of trying to figure out
why it wasn’t working, I flipped over the motherboard and looked at the bottom of the
retention clips. Turns out one of the prongs on the loose clip
had bent itself on the top of the motherboard instead of going through the hole. Awesome. So, I removed the heatsink, bent the offending
prong back into shape, and reinstalled it, making sure that all the clips were seated
correctly. Now, some of you are probably saying “foolish
boy, you have to clean the old thermal paste off, otherwise you’ll trap air and the cooling
effectiveness will be reduced!” Well… Yes and no. If this were a 7700K and I were overclocking,
then I would have cleaned the thermal paste off the CPU and the heatsink, to make sure
that the new paste was optimally spread out with no air bubbles. Every degree counts. But, this is only an i5, it’s only running
at 3.4GHz, and it can’t be overclocked. Plus, the TDP is only 65 watts, so this isn’t
a hot chip to begin with. If you don’t believe me, I’ll cover the
CPU temperatures in the benchmark video to put your mind at ease. Next up, I installed the memory. Sticks go in, retention clips set themselves,
and all is well. Once the memory was in place, I reattached
the Gammaxx 400’s fan to the heatsink and plugged it in to the motherboard’s CPU fan
header. Finally, I installed the Crucial MX300 SSD. If you’ve never held an m.2 SSD before,
they’re tiny. Only a little bit bigger than a USB thumb
drive. The thing I love most about them, though,
is the fact that you don’t have any extra cables to deal with; power and data come right
through the motherboard slot. I secured it with the tiny m.2 screw, and
motherboard assembly was complete. Next up, case assembly. The Fractal Design Core 1500 comes with some
great features, but the one that immediately stood out was the adapter for the motherboard
standoffs: it lets you use a standard Phillips head screw driver to tighten them down. That’s a really nice touch. Once the standoffs were in place, I popped
the I/O shield into the back of the case and installed the motherboard. With most of the components already installed,
it’s just a matter of lining up the mounting holes with the standoffs. While putting in the screws I got interrupted
by a knock at the door: my RX 550 had arrived. Benchmark video soon. After that, I finished installing the motherboard
screws, then took out the expansion slot covers for the RX 480. I lined it up with the slot, secured the retention
clip, and reinstalled the screws. Finally, I installed the SeaSonic M12II 620W
power supply in the bottom of the case. I had to turn it upright because there’s
a bit of space between the power supply and the motherboard tray – the screws didn’t
line up with the case when it was on its side. Because I’m only going to using the motherboard
to control the fans, I removed the Core 1500’s fan controller wires. Fortunately, they just pop right out. Next, the nightmare of cable management. One of the few things I don’t like about
the SeaSonic M12II is that the PCIe power cables have a 6 pin and 6+2 pin connector
on each cable. So, if you’re only using one power connector,
the other one is just going to be dangling off in the middle of your case. Fortunately I only had 3 cables in total to
deal with: the 24 pin ATX, 8 pin EPS, and the PCIe cable. I tied the cables down on the back side of
the motherboard , reinstalled the side and front panels, and the build was ready to go. The great thing these days is how fast and
easy it is to install Windows. You can download Microsoft’s media creation
tool, turn any 4GB or larger USB stick into a Windows installer, and it all takes about
10 minutes from first boot to sitting at the desktop. I’ll be uploading the benchmark video soon,
but to put it in a few words: damn, this thing is awesome. I’m finally able to put my 144Hz monitor
to good use on high or ultra settings, and stuttering is now a thing of the past. Stay tuned for the full benchmark video soon. Now, the cost breakdown. The Core i5-7500 was $195, Deepcool Gammax
400 was around $25, the ASRock B250M Pro4 was $75, the Crucial MX300 SSD was $160, Fractal
Design Core 1500 was $75, and the SeaSonic M12II 620 was also $75. Team Group doesn’t maintain their inventory
on Amazon very well, so I linked instead to a Ballistix Sport 8GB kit for $60, which is
a few dollars less than what I paid for the Team memory. The only major change is that instead of an
RX 480, I linked to an RX 580 since the 400 series isn’t being produced anymore. The good news (or bad news, depending on how
you look at it) is the RX 580s are basically just a rebadge of the 480s and the price stays
the same. The Asus RX 580 that I linked will have the
same or slightly better performance for $205, which is only $5 more than what I paid for
this RX 480. That brings the build total to $871; a bit
more than my planned budget, but well worth the small extra cost to not cut performance
corners. All the parts to this build are linked in
the description below, and you can expect the benchmark video soon after this gets uploaded. So guys if you liked this video hit the like
button, if you want to see more hit subscribe, and if you have any questions on this build
or the parts I chose, leave them in the comments below. Thanks for watching, I hope it was interesting,
and I’ll see you in the next video.

The Tank: Midrange i5 Gaming PC Build

40 thoughts on “The Tank: Midrange i5 Gaming PC Build

  • June 30, 2017 at 11:28 pm
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    Finally A new Videos :3

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  • June 30, 2017 at 11:29 pm
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    You still own a AMD rx GPU?? sell it asap! You are aware of Ethereum mining right?

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  • June 30, 2017 at 11:53 pm
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    Plz help me hit 200 subs

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  • June 30, 2017 at 11:58 pm
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    Do all motherboards come with an m.2 slot

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  • July 1, 2017 at 12:27 am
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    Sweet build

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  • July 1, 2017 at 12:42 am
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    Why not 8 GB of ram it will make gameplay better

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  • July 1, 2017 at 1:20 am
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    Why not go with a ryzen? The 1500x is roughly the same price, but would be nice for gaming AND work (stuff like video editing/rendering).

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  • July 1, 2017 at 2:56 am
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    Ponchato! I love it! Your going to become big! Pin me xD, <3

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  • July 1, 2017 at 4:41 am
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    Could of gotten a EVGA 980ti hybrid for about 220$-280$….. should of been a beast

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  • July 1, 2017 at 4:57 am
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    Oh and 16GB of ram would of been much better for gaming! While on battlefield 1 I use 8GB

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  • July 1, 2017 at 7:14 am
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    Awesome video as always. Keep up the good quality videos!

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  • July 1, 2017 at 7:57 am
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    u shouldve went with the r5 1600 espciacally that it crushes an i5 now because most games are optimized and also as a content created render times are 2-3x faster

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  • July 1, 2017 at 10:10 am
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    why so few subscribers ? good content ! i would like to see a comparaison of your 3 pcs with the rx 480 (i5.750 2.66 + rx480) (i5 7500 + rx 480) (g4400+rx480) any way good job

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  • July 1, 2017 at 1:17 pm
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    Can someone please tell me if this is a good pc for editing/rendering videos and also playing games.
    1. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
    2. Intel Core i7-6700K
    3. 16GB DDR4 2400Mhz RAM
    4. 2TB SATA HDD + 240GB SDD
    5. Chipset: Intel Z170
    6. Power supply: 500 watts
    For this PC it costs £850 BUT its not new, I have no issue with that as it will come with a 3 year warranty. Is this a great deal???!!

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  • July 1, 2017 at 3:41 pm
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    Dude. I have no clue how any of your content isn't at at least 500k views. You make great content man, keep up the great work!

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  • July 1, 2017 at 11:06 pm
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    do you recommended the 480? thinking about upgrading my 1050 to a 580(next year tho) I have no money and I will wait till the mining thing has blown over and the cards are to normal price.

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  • July 2, 2017 at 3:45 am
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    Simple, clean, well edited and narrated, and overall very nice video. Sweet little build you've got there! What made you go with an i5 over a Ryzen build?

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  • July 2, 2017 at 6:14 pm
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    I love how you go through each single step!
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  • July 5, 2017 at 1:04 pm
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    can you build a pc using xeon x5650 oc to 4.0 ghz?? i would like to seem some other alternative option than ryzen

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  • July 5, 2017 at 3:49 pm
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    Excuse me but… "The Tank" has already been built and in a fashion more true to its name 😉
    http://wccftech.com/read-ri...

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  • July 7, 2017 at 4:52 am
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    I really love your presentation style. Its clean to the point and well put together. Plus your sleeper build pc helped me decided what I wanted to go with!

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  • July 14, 2017 at 4:39 pm
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    Why didn't you get AMD Ryzen

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  • July 19, 2017 at 2:54 am
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    Very nice build. I'd add the 1tb wd blue for mass storage and games though. Amazing build otherwise though. 🙂
    Subscribed.

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  • July 26, 2017 at 12:36 am
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    Benchmark video is up! https://youtu.be/iw0Sqr9hbxU

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  • August 6, 2017 at 6:28 am
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    Just ordered my parts

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  • August 14, 2017 at 11:37 am
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    can it run Roblox doe?

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  • August 17, 2017 at 4:05 pm
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    Sad old!/old sad? 🙁 I remember when when ASRock was = Plain f'ing shait! Boards.. time goes :-/

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  • August 23, 2017 at 2:40 pm
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    Any reason you didn't go with ryzen since you liked ryzen 3 so much?

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  • August 31, 2017 at 3:45 am
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    Didn't you use M.2 in your last video for the first time?

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  • September 6, 2017 at 1:07 pm
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    Nice cpu, not bad

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  • September 17, 2017 at 5:02 am
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    I like your videos I fall asleep

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  • October 22, 2017 at 10:51 pm
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    I'm here to hear,"Howdy, Howdy ponchato here"

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  • October 24, 2017 at 4:56 am
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    Just bought all the components tonight 😀

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  • November 25, 2017 at 1:38 am
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    Awesome dude keep up the good vids😁😁

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  • November 27, 2017 at 1:17 pm
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    Something funny, if the RAM prices weren't so god damn high, the build would cost around 700…

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  • January 27, 2018 at 12:33 am
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    You're vids are the best for info

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  • February 24, 2018 at 8:20 am
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    I have the Sea Sonic power supply to but my God it's a good power supply but I hate the cables!

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  • March 25, 2018 at 2:28 pm
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    I need good names for my new pc Project, and by the way. Should i buy all my parts at ones or should i spred it out?

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  • June 19, 2018 at 2:27 pm
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    Great build but I have a few changes that would improve it. In budget builds you must focus on the graphics card mainly for performance. Here’s what I would do-
    -gtx 1080ti 11gb
    -garden potato
    This will be a little harder to build because of the adjustments. First microwave the potato for 15 seconds on high, or just enough to bring moisture to the surface. Next throw the potato at the graphics card. Boot it up and install drivers to proceed as normal

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  • November 12, 2018 at 12:21 pm
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    buy a gaming laptop instead of this it makes my brain fry how much effort you put in

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