After build a budget work/light gaming PC I still had the itch to build a new gaming PC. I basically to the great gaming build guide and adjusted a few things based on budget and availability.

I really have no major complaints, everything runs fantastic and the build was easy.

I game at 1080p, and this thing runs everything I have smooth as silk, which is all I could ask for.

The only thing I screwed up on was the case color. I meant to get the red for myself, ordered the blue (wife's color choice) for both and just went with it. The red of the mobo kind of conflicts with the blue but I got used to it.

There are some quirks, but they don't really bother me at all that much.

I should also note that I had to build this twice, once for me and once for my wife so the budget was actually quite tight. If I wanted to get something that cost a little extra, the extra cost had to be doubled as I'd have to buy it twice.

Part Reviews


It's a solid CPU, runs fast and cool for me on a stock cooler. Good value if you're not looking to overclock.


Solid board with a decent feature set and really good software at a great price.

Downside is there are only two DIMM slots, I bought 16 GB and I'm an MSI fan so I can live with it.


It's a budget SSD but works great for the purposes I use it for. Windows boots fast and loading times are greatly reduced. I couldn't ask for more for the price I paid at the time.

I bought 2 480s as it was cheaper to buy the two than the 960 alone (by almost $40 at the time).


Probably my weakest decision, should have went with the WD Blue or something better. However, so far it does what I need it to do, which admittedly isn't much.

I docked a star because the thing is loud when it spins.

Video Card

When I bought this, it was on sale at Amazon for Prime members for $452 CAD, a price I've never seen before or since up here. I guess I went shopping for it on the right day. There are better versions of course but for the price I paid I am not complaining.

Everything I have runs smooth as silk.


I bought this case based on the budget build guide here and I thought it looked ok. Cable management is a little annoying but workable. I don't have an optical drive but I'm not sure how you could have one if you needed one, the I/O panel cables are right there in the way.

My only real annoyance is vibration noise. The tray that the hard drive is mounted on vibrates loudly against the drive bay itself when the loud Toshiba drive spins. This creates a vibrating buzz on the windowed panel of the case. It's annoying, but I think I'm getting used to it because I don't seem to notice it as much.

Power Supply

Semi-modular, black cables and does what it's job.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice bulid but if you want to improofe it a little bit just buy a new cpu coller and 3 fans for the top and back.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Quick question. I'm currently making my first build. What do you feel about using the stock cpu cooler over buying another cpu cooler?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Since I am not overclocking (obviously) the stock cooler is fine.

Using a 3rd party cooler on a locked cpu is more preference thing. If you are going for a certain look then the plain plastic-like look of the stock cooler isn't going to do it for you more than likely. Noise tolerance is another factor for some people. Some people find the stock cooler runs too loud for them.

Both of these weren't really factors for me so I just used the stock cooler.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok cool. Thank you for the response.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the mobo?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point