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My $553 USD (Now $808) Gaming PC Build "The Troubled Build" [UPGRADED]

by CaptainCrape



Date Published

Sept. 30, 2015

Date Built

Sept. 29, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

56.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.35 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

77.0° C


UPDATE: I bought a new $199.99 Sapphire R9 290 4GB GDDR5 and a $19.99 Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Keyboard for my PC. So the price has been changed and I have added the parts to the part list. I have also raised the price to $643.

UPDATE 2: I have purchased a pair of Superlux HD668B's and a Adata Premier SP550 240GB SSD. I have updated the part list.

UPDATE 3: It is now November 21, 2016. And I have just upgraded my Graphics Card to a GTX 1060.

This computer was built in September of 2015 and runs really well. It was all purchased originally for $553. (Some extras were purchased and added to the price.) Also keep in mind that I used an extra 1080p monitor that I had and the keyboard and mouse was purchased for so cheap that it was not worth putting it in the parts list. This build had a problem near the very end, it didn't allow windows to boot. I tried everything until I eventually replaced the hard drive and it now works flawlessly. Hence the name.

Part Reviews


It is a very good CPU for what I got it for. Only $175. Yes, the i5 6400 is out, which makes it effectively useless in a new build, but,l it is still a very good CPU.


Very high quality motherboard for only $59 (what I bought it for). I also got a bundle discount with the i5 4590, so that's a plus!


I got it for only $35, and it gets the job done, not the most reliable company though.


Cheap, reliable and has plenty of storage. My only gripe is that it is kind of slow for an SSD (though it is still much faster than an HDD).


Had to return one defective drive after it died after only 24Hrs of use. But, I got a new one and it has worked flawlessly since.

Video Card

Unbelievably fast card for the price ($235).


Build quality and design are meh, but it houses my parts well so i'm happy.

Power Supply

No problems so far and it has been a great PSU for $37 (the price I got it for).

Optical Drive

It works well, nuff' said.


Had to return one, and I got a new one and it has worked out great so far. It also has excellent sound quality.

Comments Sorted by:

cilvre 6 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

you can edit the prices on your build to fix them to what you paid. when you go to edit this completed build, go to edit the parts list and look for the gear next to the prices, you can then mark what you paid.

Crofter 5 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Sensible specs for gaming. Though out of interest did you look at the r9 300 cards? That appears a lot to pay for a 270x.

vVTyfighterVv 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

I'm guessing that is the inaccurate pricing. He probably got that 270x for dirt cheap.

Crofter 5 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Hope that's the case

CaptainCrape submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

I got the R9 270X in like new condition for only $130. I wouldn't even think of buying it for close to $170. At that price I could've got a 4GB GDDR5 R9 380 (Which I am going to eventually upgrade too) for only a bit more.

tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

This is an example of where this PSU might actually be appropriate. It is not a very good unit but powering a locked i5 and a 270x is about the limit of what I would recommend doing with it. IF you upgrade GPUs I owuld definitely replace it.

CaptainCrape submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

I'm going to get a 80+ Gold PSU when I eventually upgrade to a R9 380 4GB.

tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Remember tha tjust because something is rated 80+ Gold, does NOT mean it is actually a good quality PSU.

CaptainCrape submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

I am getting an EVGA one. 'nuff said.

tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Which one? Not all EVGA PSUs are good.

CaptainCrape submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Its a Super Nova NEX. Here is the link: https://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-120g10650xr

Dabeavis 3 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Hopefully not a Supernova NEX G since parts-wise they are hardly any better than Corsair CX's, Supernova GS & G2 on the other hand are top notch as Seasonic-based units usually are. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html

Agedkilling 1 point 41 months ago

should of gotten a 960 or 660 but im bias to nvidia and evga since i own a 960

CaptainCrape submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

AMD is much better for the price. I got the R9 270X for only $130.

Agedkilling 1 point 41 months ago

Where did you find that r9 270x for 130? I have been looking for a minor upgrade in my system and the 270x will be great.

CaptainCrape submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

On amazon. It was used but in like new condition. However I would instead recommend a card that is close in price. Here are the best GPU's for the money. Best GPU for $140-$150: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500306&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-PCPartPicker,%20LLC-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID= Best GPU for $180: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131673&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-PCPartPicker,%20LLC-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID= Best GPU for $260: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125792&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-PCPartPicker,%20LLC-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID= These prices may not last. I would mostly recommend either the $180 or $260 one because they are only $30 or $100 more than the 760 and they have way more power.

CaptainCrape submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

I have updated the part list to fit the price. Some extras were purchased that I did not add into the build, and it equaled out to $553.