Description

For about three years now, I've wanted to build my own computer. Something powerful that I could play games and run some editing software on, that I could call my own. Unfortunately, money is always an issue. This Christmas, my parents were kind enough to allow me $450 towards this build. I bought the GPU, OS and CPU cooler on my own.

CPU

AMD makes some killer processors for the price. My ideal processor would have been an i5-4690k, but the budget wouldn't allow for it. So, I got the FX-8320. It's phenomenal for the price I got it for, overclocks extremely smoothly, and it's 8 "cores" are nice for Twitch streaming. I originally had it overclocked to 4.5Ghz, stable, but brought it down to 4.2Ghz to help with temperatures.

CPU Cooler

I managed to get my hands on a factory refurbished Corsair H60 around Christmas time on Newegg. Price was very close to a Hyper 212, so I got this instead. It's the loudest part of the system, most likely due to the included fan, but the highest temp I've had is 61C during Prime95. Very happy with the cost, and even more so for how nice it looks.

Motherboard

To be honest, I picked this board because it was cheap, matched the color scheme and had USB 3.0. But I'm very happy with it. Nice heatsinks and plenty of fan headers. The only issue was that there was only one 4 pin fan header, so some cabling had to be done. BIOS was easy to use. Not a single other complaint.

RAM

Very nice price, and adequate speed. Gets the job done, and I can't ask for much else.

HDD

The well tried and timed WD Blue. Couldn't get a Black, so I picked this up. Plenty of storage for a huge Steam library, and ISOs for emulators. Surprisingly fast for a mechanical drive, I think a full boot of Windows 8.1 takes under a minute.

GPU

I managed to pick this thing up off Ebay for $180. It's a spectacular 1080p performer. It's the most silent thing in the system, and has a lifetime warranty. I tried overclocking it for a little while using MSI Afterburner and Heaven Benchmark, but when I finally got it stable I noticed tons of stuttering when playing Payday 2, so it's running at stock speeds now. However, this was certainly the biggest steal in the entire build.

Case

This case looks amazing. It's easy to build in. It even covers up the PSU and most of the cables. I love this case with a passion, but it really does have it's flaws. The black matte finish chips and scrapes off incredibly easily. The side acrylic panel scratches like no other, and fitting a full size ATX board in it is a pain. However, it has a very small form factor for a full ATX board case, looks SUPER sharp, cable managing is a breeze, and it comes with two fans pre-installed. Again, for the price, you can't get a whole lot better.

PSU

Cables looks nasty, it's not modular and it's Rosewill brand. But it is efficient and very quiet, cheap, and I haven't had an issue with it.

OS

Windows 8.1 is rather popular now, so I decided to get it.

Thank you for reading through this essay of a description. Don't hold back in the comments, ask any questions you like, and any feedback is appreciated!

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Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, solid build and very neatly done. +1 is all I can give.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I really didn't even have to try for cable management, the case is fantastic.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

That is a sexy case. The r4 is the same, the cable management was too easy. Nice build

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

i have the same mobo, nice build

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It's a nice mobo, just could use some more 4 pin fan headers.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah that has really held me from oc'ing too far

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

dont worry about having windows 8 for long, because microsoft announced that they are giving windows 10 free for users who have 8 and 7 a year after windows 10 releases.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

A year after? Awww...

  • 63 months ago
  • 7 points

Correction: Windows 10 is a free upgrade for 7/8/8.1 users starting the day it launches. After a year passes, it will no longer be free.

A little reading goes a long way.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

really? ive heard otherwise, but sweet!

  • 63 months ago
  • 4 points

Quoting their (Microsoft's) website:

Free Upgrade Offer

Great news! We will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified new or existing Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year!* And even better: once a qualified Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it up to date for the supported lifetime of the device, keeping it more secure, and introducing new features and functionality over time – for no additional charge. Sign up with your email today, and we will send you more information about Windows 10 and the upgrade offer in the coming months.

*It is our intent that most of these devices will qualify, but some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device. Devices must be connected to the internet and have Windows Update enabled. ISP fees may apply. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update required. Some editions are excluded: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1. Active Software Assurance customers in volume licensing have the benefit to upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise outside of this offer. We will be sharing more information and additional offer terms in coming months.

It's true!! :D

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm hoping before a year passes after its been launched i'll have my new pc

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Extremely solid build. Especially for the price, looks so clean. I would get a bigger monitor tho.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I actually have a bit of money saved up to pick up a nice 22 or 23 inch monitor off eBay, but it might be going towards the new 3ds xl because I play a lot of Smash.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

How does this work?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

How does what work?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry I should have said how does it work, I was talking about the build in whole. So, how is the build treating you?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, hahah. It's been working great. I can play Far Cry 4 on Ultra with no issues, high 50s, lots of Payday 2 and Battlefield 3 as well. It is a bit noisy, bit I don't mind a whole lot. My only concern is future upgrades, as there has been no indication of a new series of processors from AMD coming up, especially not anything from the FX line. But I'm very happy, thanks.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I think u need a better monitor...

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I know. I have a bit of money saved up I was going to get a 22 or 23 inch one with, but it might be going towards the new 3ds xl.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

ugh, i think that new majoras mask will sap some of my money too. luckily its almost a year away.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

nicely done ! where did you get your desk? it looks clean and simple.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually built it, only cost me around $45 or so. Plenty of space for my small room, and the right side of it actually has drawers in it.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean when you say the GPU has a 2-year warranty? Based on the xfx warranty page it looks like you have two years.

http://www.xfxforce.com/en-us/support/xfx-warranty

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe I am mistaken, but it was my belief that XFX has a lifetime warranty on their R9 series. Even if it is only 2 years, though, I'll probably upgrade by then.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build and great case. why didnt you put the fan in push rather then pull. just curious

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I think I read somewhere that pulling with the H60 leads to better temps, but I may try moving the fan at some point just to see.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build man

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

did you photoshop that pre built pc in the case or nah...

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

No, that's actually how the box they ship you for the case looks like. It looks pretty awesome but I don't have the space to keep it.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Seriously, imagine building like a really low cost budget and seeing that thing in the case. You be sad as hell xD

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the Samson go mic working for you? (Just wondering :P)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

It's really nice, my friends say it sounds crystal clear, and I really like the fact that it uses a USB connection instead of one of your microphone jacks. You literally plug the thing in and it's all prepared to go.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for white case.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the case bro, I actually picked this one up for the new build that I'll be doing in the next couple days. I love the cable management as well. I wasn't sure whether to go with the Black S340 of the White one, but after seeing this build I'm definitely confident that White is the way to go.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool, glad I could help you make the decision! Like I said in the description though, be very careful with the matte black finish on the top and inside of the case, and the side panel window. They both scratch super easily. And good luck on your build, I'll look out for it.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you like that cooler?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I really like the simple look, and the flexibility of the tubing is pretty nice. My only issue is that the included fan is pretty loud. Yet, I would only really buy this for $45 max.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Doesn't the XFX Radeon 280x need 750 wattage for the minimum requirement?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

The total TDP for the build was 489W, and the PSU I have is a 630W Bronze. 80% of 630 is 504, so I'm really pushing it, to be honest, but it will and has run fine.