Gaming under $600, nothing fancy, first build, plays Skyrim on high settings with a few mods. Built this oh a whim and had not much of an idea of what i was doing. Just bought a couple parts here and there every payday, slowing building it from just reading forums. Once i got all the parts i actually took a day off from work and put her together, carefully reading every bit of literature that came with every single part. I might add that using a non modular PSU was a mistake... She booted flawlessly and installed Windows without an issue, boom, i had done it.
First thing i did was install Steam and start downloading, first was Skyrim, i added every mod i could find that appealed to me. Loaded the game and the first load said it was optimized for high settings... wait, what? yeah...
Glorious, on a 720p display i was playing Skyrim on an APU and it looked better than my PS3 on 1080p. I couldnt believe it. I called up my PC buddy and told him to come check it out, he looks at the display and says "yeah man, looks good", he then cracks open the case and then backs away slowly. I ask him what is wrong and he simply says "where is your GPU?!" poor guy, he had just blown more than $1,000 on his build and his looks just as good as mine. Now to build a better one, i gave this to my wife and daughter, planned on building a better one, until i got an email from AMD...
|CPU||AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core||$119.99||SuperBiiz|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+||$69.99||SuperBiiz|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133||$80.97||OutletPC|
|Storage||Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$51.85||OutletPC|
|Case||Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower||$37.99||Amazon|
|Power Supply||Thermaltake 650W ATX12V||$49.99||Micro Center|
|Optical Drive||LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer||$39.99||Micro Center|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit)||$89.98||OutletPC|
|Date Published||April 29, 2014|