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Part Selection:

Case: I fell in love with this case and it was essentially what my build was based around, but its a pain with CPU coolers which I learned a couple days before ordering my parts.

CPU: This is a nice Quad Core CPU. I haven't seen bad reviews that really turn me off from it and I liked the price. Plus I want to support AMD because I personally like them as the underdog as compared to Intel and Nvidia.

Cooler: This was the hardest part of the build. The Air 240 shows its true limitations with CPU coolers because it can only fit a max height of 120mm, which just leaves the low profile coolers which I'm personally not a fan of. The Corsair H60 was on my original list but, I was suggested to go with an air cooler instead, but I couldn't find a good one so I took the H60. It also fits with the Black color scheme

Motherboard: Had good reviews and it fits well with the 860K for overclocking (just in case I decide to do some). It fits the black color scheme and it was m-atx.

GPU: Came from my old prebuilt Dell tower. I added it in so I could play games at higher graphics settings without compromising FPS (I play League of Legends mainly), plus I wanted something to make my computer feel more like mine rather than just something Dell slapped together for me. It does what it can and can play any basic game like League and Overwatch. Manages GTA V on lowest settings with decreased resolution. It's serving as a stand in card until i can afford an Rx480 8GB or GTX 1060 6GB.

PSU: Overkill for what I have now, but I plan to expand in the future to a stronger graphics card and I don't have much money, so I chose to get something bigger now so when I need it, I don't have to buy another. The cables are really stiff on this PSU so I couldn't really cable manage well, but its not really needed in this case.

Storages:

OCZ Trion 100 120 GB SSD: Used for my OS (Windows 10) I liked how it looked and it was the cheapest 120 GB SSD that I felt I could trust.

PNY C1311 240GB SSD: Scored this on sale at Best Buy for about $50. Its used solely for game storage.

Hitachi 320GB Laptop HDD: Taken from my old laptop. It was laying around for a while, then it served as a back up in my old pc, and now im using it for less important programs and storing and excess files. Does what it needs to.

RAM: It's RAM. Was cheap and black (like me Kappa)

Others: I need a wireless card and TP link card was nice and decently priced in my opinion( has been removed from build and ive opted for a 100ft ethernet cord. Not pretty, but for the same price its a lot more reliable, even if its ugly). Fan hub just needed to have multiple fans go into it, nothing else. Af120s were so I could get some light in the build. They provide a nice subtle light to the build. Looks nice in the dark

Updates: (6months later) Well its been a while sonce ive built this PC in particular andd i feel like its time to update this list with new opinions. Case: I hate the Air 240 with a passion now. Its a nice case and a nice design but looking back at it, it has caused me more problems than i needed. Had issues with the top cover vibrating because of my Hitachi drive and it was driving me insane. Side panel got scratched out of nowhere. Front USB panels feel like they will break if i plug something into them. Really hard to clean the dust filters with the deisgn of the grill and the plastic. Probably going to swap out the case along with my graphics card when i get the chance.

CPU: Still running like a champ. Ive got some decent overclocks with the H60 on it and I have yet to see it get pegged without me intentionally doing it. Ill be running with this boy for a while now.

Cooler: H60 is doing a solid job. Temps never get to a point that I actually worry about. At 100% the CPU stays in the low 70s to high 60s. No complaints, but when I change case I might swap cooler at a later date.

Motherboard: Nothing bad to say. Still running good, everything is fine.

GPU: Really wish I could get rid of this thing already, but the moment i get close to the 480 or 1060, i lose my money to school clothes or family cruise, or games. The switch has been delayed for months now and probably will be around Christmas when I will have some extra cash.

PSU: Hasnt caught smoke, no audible noise. Cables even got easier to route as time went on so the cable runs are easier. Still no cable management because of the case.

Storages: Everything working fine. Slowly running out of space on my PNY because of the size of these games but i can always delete them and download later.

RAM: still black and still cheap and still RAM.

Others: Tp link card is gone. Selling to a friend im helping build. 100ft ethernet cords are pretty lit. Especially when you run them across the floor of your house. Added 2 sp120 led fans for more light. Looks a lot nicer inside with them. Hopefully when i change cases i can get some lighting strips too. My one problem with the fan hub is the fans run at 100% all the time and when you have 5 fans running at once it gets noisy. I cant hear it through my headphones and my friends cant hear it theough my mic so its no big deal. Compact size is easy to store and added in velcro is really good.

Updated build will come after new case, GPU, and cooler(3-6 months time)

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Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

could have gone for an apu and put that r7 240 in dual graphics, but still getting a 380 or 970 later is still a good idea

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Didn't know thats actually possible with crossfire. Thanks for info ill try and remember it for next time i build

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

can you run gta 5

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

my friend ran gta5 on a G3258 and a gt610 with 1GB of vram at lowest settings @ 1600x900 so i think this can just not at glorious settings due to the r7 240

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Dont know dont have the game. Most likely not though because its a pretty heavy game graphics wise and the R7 240 isnt a strong card

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

6 month late on reply but i recently got GTA 5. Yes it runs GTA 5. Lowest settings and i downscale my resolution, but its playable. Does not manage 60 fps but stays around 30-40 which is fine for me. Doesnt seem to have any nasty drops either which is fine with me. Important to note that i have underclocked my card a bit because I had some overheating issues due to my AC unit breaking over the summer.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Horrible value GPU. You should resell it and get a R9 380 or a GTX 950/960.

There is also no need what so ever into getting a H60 when a hyper 212 EVO can do the job very well with an X4 860K. Same for the case, you should've gotten a Deepcool Tesseract, you would've saved a lot of cash. That PSU is also overkill, you should have gone with 400w or 500w.

In this budget range, you could've done better, but this is a nice build nonetheless.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

212 evo cant fit in the air 240. Realistically, the 240 air can only fit clcs. Its just a bit too tall according to corsair and cooler master measurements. 240 is a temp card while i save up for a new one. Its from my old computer so im just letting be a place holder. Yeah i know the case is overkill but i really liked it and it was the one thing i refused to change. I liked the dual chamber design and overall look of the case. Psu is straight overkill but it was pretty cheap and if it can last me long enough it can go into my next build.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Then a T4 would've done the job if you can't get a 212 evo

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Never looked at it but youre right. H60 was a last minute decision plus it fit with what i wanted to do for the build which was keep most of it black