Description

Never built a computer; How hard could it be? Very hard, if you get bad parts mailed to you. But overall, a fun experience and looking forward to installing upgrades if I see fit. I was going for $700 budget, added an SSD to come in at around $800, not to shabby. I wanted a machine for moderate modern gaming demands and possible upgrades. It's got a nice blue glow when it's on, nothing overpowering or anything.

Most of this build is based on a suggested build from user, RyneSmith. I spent a little less on a smaller HDD and Geforce GT 740, and a just little more on blue RAM and added an SSD.

CPU- Dollars for donuts, a good price for good speed/gaming.(from what I read)

MOBO- Suggested as it's new and compatible with future upgrades, if any. First one mailed to me was bad, but I heard they were good, so just had another shipped.

RAM- just found some blue, 2x4, CAS9s

Storage- Opted for 250GB because my gaming library is about 20 GB right now, and with the 128SSD, these are all I need.

GPU- 2gb Geforce GT 740 SC seemed to satisfy all my gaming requirements...for now anyways.

PSU- After a bad Corsair 430 from Amazon, a cheap brand 550w from local parts store.

Nothing specific about the other stuff, just picked what fit, for the most part. The 'battle station' stereo in pic is an old Aiwa dorm room stereo with powered sub, so games music vibrate the whole house.

Edit- Yes, I know the GPU could be better but I'm just a casual gamer now, which might change after I get done with grad school, but for now it's more than enough. I also added a fan controller because, even though I got these specifically for their low Db level, they're a bit noisy in a quiet room. And this was a ground-up build. New keyboard, mouse, monitor, cables-everything, so price was considered on every purchase.

Edit2- Upgraded GPU, PSU, and CPU. Got an i3 and new PSU so I could run the 960; which fits nice and snug. Games are freakin spectacular now and the processor is solid fast. 10/10 would upgrade again.

Added two more sticks of ram and 500g HDD a month or so later, now in it's final form.

Part Reviews

CPU

Fast and simple, what more do you need

Video Card

As an intro PC builder/gamer, this card satisfies all my gaming needs. On ultra/max settings- WoW, Kerbal Space Program, War Thunder, Skyrim, Portal(s), and any pre-2014 game I have sitting around. Should be a keeper for a long time to come.

Power Supply

Nothing to compare it to, but it powers everything I have plugged into it flawlessly :)

Case Fan

A bit noisy without a fan controller to turn them down.

Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 7 points

Why the GT 740? There are much better options out there, namely the R7 250X. From what I've seen, AMD almost always has better low-end and mid-tier cards for around the same price as the Nvidia counterparts.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Yah, you can even find a 260 for that much...

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I have no idea what I'm doing, but the numbers seemed to look good, so I went with it. And playing a few my games, all on ultra/1080; I am super happy with the results. Maybe in time as I get graphics savvy I'll consider another.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

If you meant another GT 740 you cant SLI them lol

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I've just noticed your power supply, you should be very wary of it. I tried googling "JW550q" and found nothing, and I can't see what brand it is. Judging from this it's most likely a pretty poor unit.

Do you have any info on it? Brand, model, efficiency rating, full list of power output on the side? Peak power or continuous power specified etc.

I don't want your PC to catch on fire.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

There's some info online, if you really drill around. I really didn't want to wait for another from Amazon, which is why I went really overkill on the supply to demand ratio. When I upgrade the GPU in a year or so, I'll upgrade the PSU.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I worried that it wont even last that long.

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

You really need to work on your cable management :3 There are tons of tutorials in Youtube.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

That PSU doesn't give me many options. I forgot to include another picture of the final setup, but I did tuck them away as much as possible. There's nothing I can do with that darn 8-pin, though.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, whats done is done.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think the cables for his power supply are even long enough to be routed behind the mobo tray, because the psu was meant for something other than a custom build; I think the psu he bought was meant for something without a side panel window to be thrown under the desk at work kinda thing-I know, because ive nervously had a 450W psu like that, and your options are very limited in the way of cable management due to the nauseatingly short cable length.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build! esp for the price!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd recommend an R7 260X instead of that GT 740. If you're willing to pay $15-30 more, you get drastically increased performance, or, a GTX 650–the performance is nearly identical, and it costs more than $15 less.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

i Would have gotten the gtx 650 instead of the card you chose.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Would've skipped the SSD to get a better GPU.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

"Beast" PcPartPicker won't like this...

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

That Toshiba drive will probably be dead in about a year or so. Never ever buy drives from them.

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