This is my first PC build and my start into PC gaming and editing. This is a budget build that runs most games at 1080p 60fps at high to very high settings except for some high-end games like GTA 5, Witcher 3,etc. I wanted a machine that ran games better than the Xbox One and PS4 since I didn't want to keep buying more consoles but still wanted to game. I also wanted to use this as an all-in-one build to record, stream, edit videos, and play games all at high quality. I fulfilled most of my wants but it wasn't perfect. I played with this exact rig from Dec 2014 to July 2016 when I started upgrading my parts frequently. That build will be for later ;)
Some Suggestions: - Invest in a Water Cooler. If you do use this case with a water cooler, you might run into some difficulties with space. If so, invest in a Full-Tower Case. - I think the Video Card listed isn't available anymore from retailers and can only be obtained through 3rd parties. If you can't find it, I'd suggest getting an Nvidia Video Card. I think I paid around $200+ for the R9 280 at the time and the GTX 960 is better at nearly the same price. - I have a TV for a monitor for certain reasons but get a monitor that can at least do 1080p 60fps. -Obviously, you won't need everything here so if you have extra money left over, I strongly advise getting the upgrades I mentioned above.
Aforementioned Upgrades: - Water Cooler (Corsair H100i v2) https://pcpartpicker.com/product/CrDzK8/corsair-cpu-cooler-cw9060025ww - Full-Tower Case (NZXT Phantom 530) https://pcpartpicker.com/product/HZ6BD3/nzxt-case-caph530w1 - Video Card (Asus GeForce GTX 960 4GB) https://pcpartpicker.com/product/YqkwrH/asus-video-card-strixgtx960dc2oc4gd5
EDIT: The images of the PC shown above have the same parts excluding the Video Card which I upgraded (MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X 8GB) and I have added the Water Cooler that I have linked above.
If you have any questions, comments, concerns, etc, post them below and I'll do my best to help or explain. Hope this helped and thanks for checking out this build! :)
Bought this back in 2014 but forgot to review it along with the other parts. It ran my games without throttling, recorded and rendered what I threw at it, and overall had a great experience with it. My only gripe with this is that eventually I couldn't get away with the stock cooler and had to invest in an aftermarket cooler (AIO). The CPU was getting so hot that I couldn't render, play certain games, or record without the CPU crashing my PC due to overheating.
Great motherboard that fulfilled my needs as an entry level PC gamer.
Nice stick of RAM. Over time, I had to upgrade due to games recommending more RAM and that I left my PC on for long periods of time.
No problems with this at all. 100% would buy this again.
Was a very good GPU to start a budget build with. I don't think they produce these anymore. Ran every game I played at 1080p60fps with high to very high graphics. Enjoyable experience at the time but it started stuggling in later years due to games being more demanding.
Still using this case in 2017 waiting until the Dark Base Pro 900 Limited Edition (White) gets here. Exceptional case that has ample room but can get a little hard to work in at times. Holds all my parts with ease and has great cooling options for this price. Also, the red fans included gave the case a little bit of flair instead of being a boring box. I'd recommend for budget builds.
Still using this until I upgrade but it provides great power, virtually no noise, and hasn't created any problems. There are better power supply options for this price point but overall, it's a great power supply but I don't recommend overclocking with this.
Hilariously loud when burning a disc but got the job done and was there when I needed it. Also, it doesn't hurt to have one just in case you find an old CD game.
Get Windows 10! So many crashes and stupid errors that I was done with it the minute I could get my hands on Windows 10.
Bought it off a friend for $35 but within a year some of the keys started getting stuck. It was a little too big for my desk since I don't use the wrist pad that you can't detach, but I don't want to be too harsh on this product since I bought it used and the fact that I really love Razer Green.
This was also another used product that one of my friends gave me for free since I built my 1st PC. It did what it was supposed to do but eventually the side buttons started to fall off and had to replace it.
Issa mousepad. What do you expect?