I recently built a R3 2200 budget APU system about 6 months ago and it has been serving me well to catch up on PC RPGs I've missed over the years. For the past 1-2 months I was considering adding a discrete graphics card to my system so I was browsing available deals. I was considering buying a new RX 570 or 580 but I didn't want to spend $150-200. I came across a EVGA GTX 970 that was being sold for $90 on ebay directly from EVGA (refurbished B-stock I'm guessing). Seemed like a very good deal so I jumped on it quick.
When it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to see that they package the card well; it comes in a nice, simple box with the EVGA logo and the card itself looked brand new.
I'm pretty new to PC building and I was worried because there always seems to be issues that pop up when I'm trying to put stuff together. I was concerned that my case wouldn't have enough space and / or that the temperatures inside the case would get too hot. Thankfully there was enough space for the card to fit. However, the main issue I ran into was that SATA cables and the front panel cables were getting in the way of the GPU fans. I had to get creative and zip tie them to lead away from the fans. I also realized that my monitor was using an old VGA connection and I had to buy a VGA to DVI adapter from Microcenter (It was $6 and I didn't include it in the build price.)
Thankfully I think it's all put together now and hopefully it'll continue to run well! Feels so good to actually play games at 1080p. So far it is running Dragon Quest 11 at a pretty consistent 60 fps and the same goes for Street Fighter 5.
Thanks for checking out my build! And if there is a trophy for worst cable management let me know where to pick it up; lmao.
Pretty happy with it; it played all the older games I wanted to catch up on fine with the Vega 8 graphics and provides enough CPU power for my graphics card.
Motherboard has done its job so no complaints. I got it with the $30 discount that Microcenter gives out for buying a CPU + motherboard combo.
RAM has been fine. Wish I bought it in late 2018 instead of early 2018; I would have saved like $15-20.
I think I got a good amount of storage for $25 but the drive is obnoxiously loud and sounds like it is dying when it loads stuff.
Very happy with it so far; it seems powerful enough to play all the games I need and seems like it runs pretty quietly.
The good thing is that it is cheap, holds all my parts adequately, and looks fairly simple. But it's horribly cramped inside and cable management space is non existent. This is the only area of the build where I wish I spent a little more.
I think my power supply is actually the EVGA 450B but I couldn't find it on the page. Power supply has been great so far and I haven't had any issues. The cables themselves are medusa-like and the rainbow colors are pretty hideous. But for $17 after rebate, I can't complain or dock stars.
I could have left an optical drive off the build but I thought it'd be nice to have. Haven't used it yet but looks like it's working fine.