Description

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! :)

Part Reviews

CPU

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.

Motherboard

Great motherboard that fulfilled my needs as an entry level PC gamer.

Memory

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.

Storage

No problems with this at all. 100% would buy this again.

Video Card

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.

Case

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.

Power Supply

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.

Optical Drive

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.

Operating System

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.

Keyboard

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.

Mouse

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.

Custom

Issa mousepad. What do you expect?

Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 4 points

I am genuinely concerned about how your water cooling is mounted.. It is clearly crooked and I can see the top of the CPU..

Did you have issues mounting it? It seriously looks dangerous and needs to be fixed ASAP.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Due to space, my friend and I had issues mounting. We had to remove the GPU to get the wires to fit in properly but it's been like that for about 2-3 months with no issues. Just recently, I bought a I-7 6700K, MSI Z170A M5, Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB and a Phantom 530 case so all of those parts + the water cooler should fit nicely without issues. We plan on removing the old parts next week so it should be fine by then.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

You did a great job picking parts for your first build. Nice work! You might want to check that CPU cooler though.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I became aware of that when I first got GTA 5. I played with a stock cooler but the CPU was getting dangerously hot so I invested in a water cooler.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

So much spaghetti!!! Other than that good first build and have fun playing gta v.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Just waiting on some upgrades to make my finished build.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

2013-2014, COME BACK TO ME!!!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

The memories though D:

  • 33 months ago
  • 0 points

Manage cabels, get non stock cpu cooler and it will be v nice build

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

He's not using the stock cooler you can see that in image 6, looks like a corsair water cooler

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow wtf. What was i thinking, prop i was looking at another setup at the same time. Than only manage cabels.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

That is an odd orientation for that cooler ... Normally the logo goes with the cardinal directions and it looks significantly rotated in that pic. Wonder how that is??

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the orientation does seem a little off looks like he's rotated it 180 degrees to place it on top so the cables don't interact with the rear case fan, problem is it doesn't look like it's seated properly, also looks quite cramped in there so it might've been the only place to put the cooler

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Putting the cooler in was a struggle and you are right. It was pretty much the only way I could fit the cooler without have the wires obstruct any other parts.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Got a water cooler in it and it is much better than the stock. Currently waiting on a bigger case to come in for better cable management.