Description

This is technically my third iteration. I generally buy used parts, but I inspect them well to make sure they'll work beforehand.

I started with an HD 7970, an FX-6300, and 8GB of RAM in 2015 when I decided to sell off all my consoles and jump into the PC world. See my other Build for reference

I had bought the 7970 for $150, used it for a few months, then I flipped it for $190 and grabbed an r9 290.

After I bought the r9 290, I decided I needed a better CPU so I bought a computer from some guy on Craigslist that needed the money, and I took the motherboard and CPU from that (i5 4670)... then swapped my FX into it and sold it for what I had paid for it because I had gotten a super good deal and it still wasn't anywhere near market price.

Sometime in late 2016- early 2017 when the mining craze took off, I sold my R9 290 for $325, and just by luck I found someone in the area that had 2 hybrid 980tis for $250/each because he had bought a prebuilt and it was "outdated" so he was buying 1080ti's. So I bought one with my profits and still had money left over for a nice dinner. Looking back now I should have grabbed both, but hindsight is always clearer.

Fast forward to December 2017, I was browsing Craigslist and there was a guy selling an R7 1700x, 16GB of RAM, an MSI Tomahawk Mobo, and a NH-D15S noctua cooler ALL TOGETHER for $275. Thought it was crap, but I contacted him and he was just in a tight spot. The local pawn shop had offered him half of that and he said if I didn't buy it he was going to have to take the pawn shop deal...

So I bought it, and I was skeptical... but everything works great.

I had to buy a new full ATX case and that's where the Apex comes in. AWESOME case for the money. It has everything the more expensive cases offer at a budget price and sooooo much room to build in.

I had been saving for a new build anyway, so I took my savings and bought a mechanical keyboard (I still have the G105 but the membrane feels weird now), and I found ANOTHER deal on craigslist where a dude that works for the JMU IT dept was selling 1080p 22" panels for $20/each so I bought three of his panels so they'd all match and gave my mom my old panel because she had been using a 24hz tv to play WOW and every time I'd go to her house it would bother me because it moved so sluggish. I also grabbed a cheap Chroma kit and a boom arm so that I could make videos or stream if I ever want to.

In the end, I probably have $650 or so in this build. I only left the prices the way they are on the left because I wanted to be able to directly compare it to my savings.

I didn't keep up with the build super well in the process of actually building it, but here's my finished product.

I'll respond to any questions or comments that you might have.

You guys have an awesome day! Hopefully this mining BS slows down a bit soon so everyone that hasn't built yet can get in on the PCMR.

-Dillan

Part Reviews

CPU

Awesome for multitasking. If you're only gaming, I'd recommend going for something with a little better IPC, though. Usually a 4 core Intel chip is cheaper and will perform better in games that don't scale well across the threads. If I take the voltage up on this and put it in the 4GHz plus range it matches the single core of some of Intels best options, but I don't want to kill my CPU so I'm fine at a solid 3.800

CPU Cooler

Great cooler. Took a bit to get used to the colors but I have actually grown fond of the eye sore.

Super silent and it keeps everything incredibly cool under load even when I pump up my OC's.

I did add a second fan for kicks and giggles though.

Motherboard

Great board AFTER a few BIOS updates. Before that it was super wonky and I was actually kind of scared I had gotten a broken MoBo.

Memory

It does what it's supposed to. I just wish RAM was cheaper.

Storage

LOUD AF. Probably the loudest part in my build.... Does what it's supposed to, but I'd probably shoot for an SSD.

Video Card

Great card. Stays incredibly cool no matter what kind of stress it's under.

Case

Best case I've ever built in. So much room for management, a shroud to hide your PSU, and an acrylic window that emulates the far more expensive cases.

This in my mind is THE BEST budget case.

I got it for $30 on NewEgg with $2 shipping though, so be mindful of that.

Not flimsy at all.

If I did have any gripes it would be that the front doesn't allow as much air flow as I'd like and that there aren't mesh dust shields, but honestly.... that would just be me looking for peeves with as huge of a value this is.

Keyboard

Great for a membrane keyboard. Never had any problems.

Mouse

My favorite mouse of all time, but I'm looking at upgrading to a G900 or G903, because they have more tactile buttons.

Speakers

For the price, these are great. Absolutely recommend.

Comments

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Before someone else says it, no SSD? About the only thing I could see worth upgrading to (although I am curious as to how fast/loud that 10k RPM HD is); other than that, glad to see you managed to make reuse of decent used components and reselling so well.

+1 from me

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't benched the 10k HDD but it gets loud. It's probably the loudest part in the system at this point in time. I'm heavily considering a SSD in the future, though! Thank you!!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Sounds like a hustler to me

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotta do what you gotta do I guess. I figured some people would be opposed to it, but... meh! Have a safe an prosperous year, friendo.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

OMG you overpaid for everything!!!!kidding

Talk about bang for the buck. In the future I would change the motherboard through for something a bit better with overclocking. When I was researching matx b350 motherboards I have seen reports where the metal blocks on the VRMs are there for decorative purposes instead of practicality and VRM temps spike up to 125c+ with overclocking a 8 core ryzen. Bit high for my comfort level since that is the max heat in the same way of seeing a CPU temp of 100c.

If you are not overclocking I am not sure how well it will hold up but it may be fine. But to me that feels like such a waste since you got that noctua cooler. Great build though so +1 from me.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I don't mess with the voltage much and I keep it at around 3.8 most of the time seems fine thus far, but I will look into it! :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

If it helps here is a youtube video showing the VRMs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BYAdyO9nZo

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the 350m different from the 350 full ATX as far as the VRMs go?

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

It's the same VRMs for both the atx and matx versions of that board.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Why did you find it important enough to make us read by clickbaiting in your build title? This isn't YouTube...

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

You right. My bad.

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  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

One thing i would say to change about the setup is take those books off the shelf and put some cool figures and items or even some part boxes to show off but this is just my opinion but still sick setup and PC

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I've been thinking about doing that actually. Just don't have many figures at the moment. :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice deals! I'm going the slow and steady route upgrading a PC for once so it's nice to see what other people scored and came up with on here.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Just keep an eye out and be patient, man. The deals eventually pop up. :) Good luck, and thank you!!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the same mouse +1

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

It's been an awesome mouse for sure.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

You had even more luck on buying parts then me when i bought my RX480 a week before the mining boom! I like your simple setup! Isn't the strong neon lamp on the shell directed to your face annoying when you use your pc?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't keep it on unless I'm recording video and need my face not to be washed out. If I have it on otherwise it irks me a little, haha!

Thank you!!

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Insane prices lmao

  • 21 months ago
  • -3 points

Nobody likes a bragger..

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Didn't mean to come across that way. Was just happy with my build. Sorry!!! :o

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Check the Facebook Marketplace. It's usually riddled with computer noobs so you can find decent deals.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Like You? 200 dollar mouse? Paying for windows? no ssd/m.2??!!?!

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