Description

After a year of swapping out parts and contemplating whether I wanted to spend the money or not, I finally finished my build I thought about going with the Intel Pentium G3258, but when I saw the benchmarks for Overwatch, I swapped it for the i3 6100. I did have the Radeon R9 380X when it was about $180, but the price jumped to $220, so I switched to the slightly less powered GTX 960. Overall, I am very happy with the computer I built. My idea was to cut costs when I could, and spend the money when I had to.

I'm glad that I went with the Deepcool case, the fans are very quiet, and I love the LED lights and open side. I tried to do as much cable management as I could, but for a few things I had to stretch a bit. The CPU power supply connection had to reach across the motherboard because it wasn't long enough to go around.

The result: Amazing! I used the GeForce Experience program to optimize my settings for Overwatch, which ended up being mostly Ultra 1080p across the board. It runs at a smooth 70 FPS and the graphics are beautiful. I haven't tested any other games yet, but I assume it will stand up pretty well. I couldn't be happier with the price point for the amount of system that I got. The installation was surprisingly painless considering that I haven't built a computer in over 10 years.

Comments

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice parts choices that case is really nice for how cheap it is

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea it really is. Thanks!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

You picked great parts for the price. I would have gone with an rx 470, 60, or 1060 but the 960 is a great card anyway.

Nice work!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I thought about going with a higher cost card, but my idea was to keep the build around 500 dollars. Obviously, I made a few good choices that lifted me above that, but overall I wasn't too over what I wanted to spend.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Gr8 budget build! When did you buy that 960? Hehe

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Just a few days ago. The price should be the same as when I bought it.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

You could use something like this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816124045) to fix the sata problem, it will work in an X16 slot btw in case the 960 blocks a X4 slot.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually I was wrong, and I do have enough SATA ports. Thank you though!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, happy gaming n' stuff!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm confused. That motherboard had 4 sata6 ports. What do you mean you can't hook up your hdd, ssd and cd?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, I just checked and you are right! There is a standard SATA port with 2 connectors, and I missed the large SATA express port. It does have 4 SATA express ports. Thanks! As I said, it's been a few years since I've built a computer.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Good deal. Now you can hook everything up!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this build (basically it's my build with other brands) gotta love the i3 6100/GTX 960 combo. Right now I'm playing Batman: Arkham Origins, it looks so freaking awesome

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, it really is a great build. Happy wallet and happy gaming