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Consumer Grade Gaming Computer (Full Setup)

by labdaltonator

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3 Comments

Details

Date Published

June 21, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.544 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

Description

THIS IS AN ENTIRE SETUP (Computer Cost: 708.56 before Rebates)

This machine was built with gaming in mind. The monitor ensures you will not be capped at 60 frames, and the graphics card steps up to the plate with all the games I have thrown at it. This build was not meant to shatter records of frames per second, but to keep them at a high number while maintaining high graphics. The price range I had initially was up to $1000, and after some extensive research, I went with these specific parts while keeping the computer itself under $700. The only problems I have run into so far with my build is the inability to add more storage drives if needed as the motherboard only allows for two SATA III drives at one time. One other problem is the case advertised room for two 120mm side fans, but the screw holes did not match the placement for the fans.

**Not Included in Pricing and Build: Twin Pack of Corsair Case Fans (120 mm) https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181054

Part Reviews

CPU

There are very limited issues with this, the only thing I may regret is not getting an overclockable CPU right away, but I don not look forward to overclocking on this build in the first place.

Motherboard

Amazing for what I need it for. This includes two SATA III connectors, one slot for the GPU and installation was a breeze. The $10 rebate not calculated was also a plus

Memory

Another item I wish I didn't cut corners on, although it offers great performance. Very snappy and quickly responsiveness with this. I personally recommend 16 GB of RAM if you can afford to.

Storage

Great size for the boot drive and even some games such as Skyrim and Fallout have very short cut scene times so I can keep playing my games!

Storage

Mainly used for storing pictures and some larger game files that don't require fast responses. But 2 TB for $60 was great to find

Video Card

This was a part I could not actually find on PCPartPicker, but on jet.com they offered a twin-fan version of the MSI GTX 1060 3GB OC, so that is the version I use. Keeps the GPU cool and I never worry about bad graphics or low frames.

Case

Only complaint is the false screw holes on the side panel not matching my two 120mm fans. Red LEDs look good mixed with the back-lit motherboard and side case fans

Power Supply

It's not modular makes it harder for cable management the initial build phase, but the wires slowly conform to your orientation and with the help of zip ties I keep them in check. Provides ample power for the whole system with extra wiggle room if needed.

Monitor

Ensures your graphics card output isn't bottlenecked by the refresh rate. Hold at 144 frames at almost all times, what more could I ask for? I also recommend a DVI-D cable rather than HDMI because most HDMI cables automatically downscale (or upscale) so the DVI-D cable is a safer bet since this monitor doesn't have a DisplayPort input.

Keyboard

Best keyboard I've owned to date. Personally like it better than the Razer BlackWidow, but that is a personal preference. I love the red back-lit keys fitting the theme of the build.

Mouse

Not quite as good as my Razer Naga in the sense that there are less boundable keys on the side, but I have adapted and this is now my favorite mouse I own. Fitting the whole "red" scheme made it icing on the cake.

Comments Sorted by:

trentman 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

You could always drill out the needed holes for the side fan. Just a suggestion anyways nice build.

labdaltonator submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks! And I did consider this, and might still do it. Shouldn't be too hard

b195ex 1 point 15 months ago

how much clearance do you have (length-wise) for a bigger gpu?