Description

I decided to upgrade from my Asus Rog laptop that had an Intel i5 3230m and a gtx 660m. I decided to do the upgrade so that I can play Overwatch, Paragon, and Doom when they come out at 1080p 60fps. I don't plan on upgrading again until the beginning of next year so this should hold me until then.

AMD X4 860K I got this processor for it's price to performance ratio. I got the Cryorig H7 and have it overclocked to 4.3Ghz at 1.4 volts (the asrock atuning reads it wrong}. The H7 keeps the cpu over 25c on the thermal margin on AMD OverDrive under full load of prime95.

ASRock A88M-G/3.1 Awesome motherboard for the price. Has 4+2 phase vrm under a nice little heat sink for overclocking. Usb 3.1 type c (which I don't need yet). My HyperX Fury was on sale and its running at 1866Mhz. My only complaints about the board is that it could use another case fan header and one less cpu fan header. The usb ports above the ps/2 port were also kind of stiff at first.

Storage I bought the SSD on Black Friday from Amazon. I used it in my laptop for a while with an external HDD. The WD Blue I got out of an old pc that my aunt gave me.

R9 380 I bought the Sapphire R9 380 4GB on sale from Newegg for $170. I couldn't pass that up. Maxes out most games and handles Fallout 4 with grass and leaves on trees mods like a champ.

Case and Power Supply I bought the case because I liked the form factor and the ease of building in it. My $45 550W non-modular psu fits like a glove with the confusing psu case bracket and the cables were easy the manage and hide. The massive front intake coupled with my corsair 120mms for exhaust and dust filters everywhere is awesome. The cons for this case are the poorly written manual and having the motherboard in vertical mode seemed like and afterthought with the missing dustfilter intended to be a passive exhaust on the bottom of the case now.

Peripherals The monitor I got on sale from NCIX after I broke part of the monitor on my laptop. Its only got 10ms of input lag according to displaylag.com. The Wifi Adapter is temporary but has a lot of good reviews and works fine for me. My mouse and headphones are awesome and I soldered the Gaote Browns into my keyboard myself. It origionally had outemu blues.

Part Reviews

CPU

Good Bang for the buck. Got mine OC'd to 4.3Ghz on 1.4 volts with a Cryorig H7.

CPU Cooler

Awesome cooler. I have my 860k OC'd to 4.3 with this.

Motherboard

Has almost everything that I need. Great overclocking features for the price. I only wish that it had 3 case fan headers instead of 2 case fan and 2 cpu fan headers.

Storage

Windows 10 boots in like 10 seconds with this thing.

Video Card

Able to max out a lot of games at 1080p and still achieve good frame rates. The 4gb frame buffer helps on some games with high resolution textures.

Case

I really like this case. It was a little bigger than I thought it'd be but that is ok. The case is very easy to work in and is really good with air cooling. My only complaints are the horrible instructions and the psu bracket is a pain to install.

Wireless Network Adapter

Has worked perfectly for me.

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build. Thanks for the detailed reviews. Also great looking curve on the 24pin.

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Whole build is price to performance mastered, well done!

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

That case looks so big but so small at the same time, it's really weird.

Great build 9.5/10 will keep me warm in nuclear winter

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

I was really hoping the case would literally have been made out of an old easy bake oven. Damn.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Saw the first picture and knew I have to upvote.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for my Athlon brethren!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for not cheaping out on the motherboard. Also just a FYI use a AMD Overdrive to get the thermal margin.

https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/142216-psa-amd-cpu-tempatures

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It stays over 25c on the thermal margin in overdrive under prime 95

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! I'm looking to upgrade my rig into the same build. Will you let me know how you like it so far, and if you're experiencing any bottlenecking with the CPU? I'm very curious to see what your experience with this build is like.

  • 43 months ago
  • 5 points

With the overclock on the cpu i experience no bottleneck with the gpu. Some newer games you have to turn down a few settings to hit 60fps but it still looks awesome

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you!

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

The Athlon WILL bottleneck in some games that are very CPU heavy. Farcry 4 is a good example of this.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a huge Farcry fan, most likely will try 3 though to see what the hype is about. But I didn't fully enjoy the first game.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I played 3 on my Phenom 2 x4 (slightly better than the majority of 860k's unless highly overclocked) and it wasn't bad. Nowhere near as bad as 4.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much for your help! At least I know what to watch out for.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty good build for the price. Any particular reason you went with a vertical mobo orientation over the horizontal orientation I see a lot of v21 builds use?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I just like how it looks better. Plus my gpu has a backplate :P

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah the benefits of the core platform. You could always go horizontal and put the window on the right side of the case.

I picked up the node 804 and every build I see with the v21 I wonder if I should have gone with that platform instead.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the build! +1 It seriously reminds me of my build just with a few tweaks. We even used the same case & almost the same PSU lol!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome name. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Easy bake oven, eh? That is what I call my laptop ;p

Awesome name C: Also, great part choice to start with pc gaming!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid, but I have to give the +1 for the title. It was the perfect name.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I am searching everywhere for a good mid-range budget gaming pc.I dont know a lot of stuff about pcs only the basic ones.I want to ask some questions if its ok with you.I want this pc to run some of the main online games such us League Of Legends,Hearthstone and maybe Rocket League and Overwatch(I saw u mentioned it aswell).Iwant all of these games installed on my pc so I would like to know if you are able to tell me how they will perform (fps).My 2nd question is what upgrades I can make to this pc in the future like for example can this be upgraded to 16gb of ram?Sorry for my bad english I am not a native speaker and like I said I dont know a lot of pc stuff and I am trying to get into it.Thanks in advance.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It runs rocket league at ultra and 1080p at like 80fps average. i haven't tried league of legends buy my gtx 660m could acheive over 100fps at 1080p on that because it's not too taxing at all. And I am still waiting for overwatch to be released but according to the recommended pc specs for it I should be fine.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I see some similarities with this and my Over Bake Oven. The big question is, how's cupcake production?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, so i am considering buying this case, Have the 500 £ budget , not including a Monitor already have one and a hdd and ssd Now, i aint going for expensive mouse , just going with the 24£ cm combo. Using same graphic card as u, same i mean exactly same and same ram sticks (obvious) H7 out of stock so , good old hyper 212 is what i am using. Now comes the questions : 1) U used a non-modular psu, how was the cable management particluarly in this case ? 2) How far did u overclock the CPU And how good was it with this motherboard ? And a suggestion this particular case would benefit from the Corsair SP 120's then the Airflow ones Nice Build (BTW i am using the same cpu so what fps do u get in bf4 , gta5 ,or any other popular game) So what my inital plan was to go for g3258 for now,, overclock it with the stock cooler till max , then get a i54760K within next few months , What upgrade paths are available for this Build u have ?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the motherboard need a bios update before using a 860k? Just wondering as I was thinkinf about using the same motherboard and cpu.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

No, my worked out of the box

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :D

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm getting that case! We have the same CPU coolers and almost the same GPUs!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Well building your PC did you have to update the A88X chipset bios so it would work with the kaveri cpu (amd athlon x4 860k)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it had the update when i received it.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. Also, thanks for reviewing the parts. I wanted to get the H7 for my 860k build, seems like it might be a good option.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

was their any trouble with the bios update regarding your cpu

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

Hasbro still sells this product Easy Bake Oven, the oven is just powered by a light bulb heat

  • 42 months ago
  • 0 points

Your Graphics card is probably bottlenecked by you CPU. I have a 860k and a 280X and its heavily bottlenecked by it . In games that are CPU intensive like Battlefield, you are going to have a bad time. Not saying that your are going to play these but just saying.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG that name. I'm crying:) love the build. Awesome!