Description

This PC is mainly used for gaming on medium - high settings and also used for school applications. This is part of a previous $750 budget build that was made earlier in 2014 and now it's equipped with a few upgrades.

CPU & CPU Cooler: I loved the price of the 8350 and with the 8 cores @ 4.0 GHz base clock, I jumped right on it. I've managed to overclock it at a stable 4.3 GHz although I've seen other owners manage 4.6 on air cooling. I'm still pretty new to overclocking so I thought, "better safe than sorry." The Cooler Master cooler works great and keeps the CPU at a max of 56 degrees under load. Downside is that the fans are a bit noisy than what I expected.

MOBO: Really liked the looks and overall happy with it.

RAM: I previously had a single 8 GB PNY XLR8 and then replaced them with the Corsair Vengeance 8 GB kit. I haven't noticed much of a performance difference but I've heard that 2 x 4 GB sticks (dual channel) perform better than 1 x 8 GB sticks (single channel). It also matches the blue color scheme.

Storage: Still the same from the previous build. The SSD is for the OS and frequently used software and games, while the HDD is for everything else.

GPU: I overclocked this card at the max of what CCC allows me to and haven't stumbled across any hiccups. I love this card because it can run BF4 on Ultra at a good 30 - 40 fps average without AA. I mainly play CS:GO, Borderlands 2, MGS: Grounds Zeros, and Vindictus all on high settings with a few disabling/lowering AA getting 60+ fps.

Case: I really love this case. NZXT has cool designs with their cases and this one caught my eye the most. It has a sleek design and also a built in fan controller switch (3 modes). The case fans are pretty silent even on higher speeds but sort of lacks in airflow.

Optical Drive: A BR/DVD/CD Writer/Player for <$20... YES PLZ!

Overall: Upgrading a little bit off my first ever build, I'm still very happy! I may go overboard in a couple years with this PC and just keep the case because I just love the look of the case. I would love to hear from you guys on areas where I could work on to make this build better such as: overclocking, RAM timing stuff, etc. Thanks for your time and hope to hear from you all!

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

I just finished a build very similar to this one. But I used a 8320 and an r9 280. My budget is almost identical. My total cost was 980, but I included the OS in my cost. So only $880 in hardware. These are strong builds for under 1000 dollars. i5 killers. Good build.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I previously had a Windows 7 HP disc from an old PC I bought years back that I kept.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build (: i have the same cpu and mobo (: and case! I love it. It does seem a bit crowded with a bulky air cooler in it though.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

TY. I'm planning on doing liquid cooling later on since the 8350 does get a bit hot.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I use h100i with mine. Keeps it quite cool and not too much fan noise. If fan noise bothers you then I would recommend some noctua fans to replace the stock fans on the cooler. But my case fans can get louder than my cooler fans.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Could be your case. I had the same setup on a Gigabyte board, and my 212 evo kept the 8350 well below 50 under load. Watercooling it would probably do the trick though. Nice build. I almost went with the Twin Frozr card too until I found the Asus branded version for $120.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

good deal on that cooler, is that why you got it over the 212 EVO?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

At the time yeah

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

wouldve upgraded to 270x

  • 61 months ago
  • -1 points

That's not a budget build.

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

i disagree its on a budget of $1000 witch makes it a budget build in my mind

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

A $1000 can get you a great PC.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah and 7k can do 100 times better

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

At that point you should really ask yourself why you should spend that much on one PC.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

doesn't matter if your rich

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure it may not seem as a budget build but it is. Before, my budget was $750 and now roughly $900 thanks to working over my Christmas break. I just wanted to add some things to benefit the build. I'd like to break the bank in the future but I just don't have the money ATM.