Description

Hi everyone!

This is my first PC Build and I'm calling it the "Ultra Magnus" (anyone get that reference?) I'm mainly going to use this for schoolwork for now and I will upgrade in the near future. I started with a really tight budget of $400 which went to around $420-$430 (although the price says otherwise) and I didn't really make it for gaming (which I will upgrade in the future) but more of a sense of accomplishment for myself. I bought most of my parts at my local Micro Center as the prices were cheaper compared to other stores. I tried to make this a Black and White build and I think it looks pretty good.

CPU: Starting off with the processor, I chose the Intel i3-4170 because I wanted this to be an upgradable PC, and I read that AMD processors at a low price point don't have many upgradability routes. I got this for $99.99 at Micro Center.

Motherboard: To be honest here, I really got this motherboard because of its sleek black and white design rather than its abilities (I don't know the right word to use). I got the MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition board for $94.99 with rebates at Micro Center.

RAM: I could've gone for something cheaper like the Crucial Ballistix Sport, but again, I was going for a B&W themed build and I know that Kingston is a reliable brand. I bought it at Newegg for $41.99

Storage: I went with a Western DIgital Caviar Blue 1 TB Hard Drive because since I wasn't going to run games on this PC, I didn't need a really fast boot time. $39.99 at Micro Center with rebates.

Case: Originally, I was gonna go with the Thermaltake Commander MS-I Snow for the white color, but sadly, they weren't in stock so I went with this case. I will spray paint part of this case white soon. I picked it up at Micro Center for $54.99 with rebates.

PSU: Nothing much here, wanted something modular (this is semi-modular) and I saw many good reviews on this. $24.99 with rebates at Newegg.

OS: I downloaded Windows 10 from my old laptop because I didn't feel like updating it

Wireless Network Adapter: My PC is too far away from my router to use Ethernet and I didn't have a lot of extra money to buy a powerline adapter (even though the costs are similar enough). $19 at Amazon.

Case Fans: I wanted some blue in my build so I picked these up at Micro Center for $2.99 each.

Keyboard: I got this keyboard from a friends' dad who also gave me my monitors (not included in parts list)

So here's my build! Please leave comments below on what you guys think and how I should upgrade this PC. Thanks for reading!

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

Good job. I would love to see a few more pictures of the build. Also, "I, Galvatron, will crush you just as Megatron crushed Prime!" -Galvatron, 1986 Transformers movie.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll take some more pictures of my build after I set up my LEDs and spray paint it

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh god that mouse. It would be nice if you can add a low-mid range graphics card to that build just for the significant boost in performance.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I took the picture before I got the Logitech Keyboard + Mouse and I'm thinking of getting a 950? What do you think I should get?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

for 1080p gaming the 960 should be able to run 50+ FPS at high settings. If you are willing to wait until the later half if this year maybe get in on the new GPUs coming out. Also look at some AMd offerings pretty solid GPUs for the price.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

with that monitor, a 950 would run at least 60fps on highest settings. if you plan on updating your monitor get a 960 or 380x

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I would keep an eye out for a 950. Drop it in there when it goes on sale. Bing-Bang-Bosh. Bob's your uncle. It would play games just fine. A 960 if you decide you can afford it. I don't think a 950 would disappoint.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

You could have easily saved over $100. You can easily get Windows 8.1 Pro for free and upgrade to Windows 10 an hour later, saving you roughly $100. Also you could have gotten a cheaper motherboard and use the money you saved for a graphics card such as a r9 380, r9 280, gtx 960 or for cheaper 7770, r9 270, 750ti, etc.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I got Windows 10 for free as I stated above and I also said that I got the motherboard solely based on the look but thank you for your opinion!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I get the reference. And just in time for the Transformers G1 movie's 30th anniversary too!