Description

After many years, I decided to build a computer that would handle my gaming and normal office needs, I play Star Trek Online and StarCraft 2 with this build (so far!) and I average 60 FPS on max settings for STO; 32FPS for StarCraft 2 (high settings). I researched for about 2 months to see what would be "future ready" for about the next 2 years. I have been playing my games on a dell laptop (1.7Ghz Dual core Celeron/4Gb ram/Intel integrated HD graphics card) for about 2 years, so the desktop blows the laptop away!

installation of the parts was easy, had no hiccups with software/hardware compatibility. I will be upgrading the ram, CPU cooler and video card in the near future.

The only issue I ran into was the original HDD was dead on arrival, the SATA controller was dead, shipped with no OEM box. instructions or any other documentation. It also looked like it was a refurbished unit. I purchased the HDD from MicroCenter.com and was labeled as a NEW unit. I had no issues with returning the unit to the seller and they handled the RMA promptly and returned my money. I strongly recommend that all HDD's should be bought from a local store. Dead SATA controllers are quite common, so its a lot faster returning it to a brick & mortar for replacement than dealing with it online. not to mention, a lot less of a headache.

The replacement HDD was bought at my local BestBuy for $60 (tax included)

I kind of realized after the video card had shipped that it was quite low on the NVidia website (just above the OEM 605 card) and does lag with a lot of action going on in-game. It does well, but I fear it will be obsolete soon and moved to the legacy list.

I am looking at a few video cards and I'm torn between NVidia and ATI. I am leaning towards ATI, but I would defiantly welcome some suggestions.

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  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

If it's budget, I'd definitely got for AMD! You can use my completed build as a suggestion since my price is almost the same as yours. Here's some benchmarks for the R9 270, a GPU worth every penny: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-r9-270-review-benchmarks,3669.html Dude it's AMD now, not ATI

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

looks like a nice card! I never realized ATI became part of AMD. Thanks! lol

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

You're not going to get a lot of power out of your system if you're spending the bulk of your budget on your CPU. I usually spend the bulk on the GPU, but that's me. Just a pointer/tip/hint/I don't even know

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

A good graphics card that is in the $120 range would be the Sapphire Radeon R7 260X. It's really awesome for 1080p gaming and has 2gb of GDDR5 memory and clocked at just about 1GHz

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I ended up getting a Zotac GeForce GT740 2Gb DDR5 ram. its a major improvement

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

A few pointers: Excellent CPU. Same one I'm using. Uses less power than the 6200 or 6350. Ok motherboard for a budget build. I personally recommend the MSI 970 G-46. Some people don't like MSI, but I haven't had a single problem with msi as it provides easy ways to access the bios and update drivers. Biggest issue I see is the Memory. For one 8gb at only 1600? You could have gotten 2x4gb of G.Skill at 2133mhz for only $80. Not sure if the motherboard can handle that speed, but I feel that people spend to much on memory. Not dissing you, just saying you spent too much. Sorry man. Good choice on the HDD GPU needs upgrading, but you already mentioned that in your description, so no issues there. You may want to upgrade the power supply in the case. Even though raidmax is an ok brand, I really don't trust PSU's that come in a case, as the manufacturer will normally skimp on quality. Other than that, I think this build was good, especially for a first build. It's all part of the learning process, so for that I give a +. This link is to my first build that I am currently upgrading. Gives a good example of a budget build around your same price. Feel free to use it as a comparison chart. http://pcpartpicker.com/b/QRcfrH

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for the tips, I will be upgrading to a corsair 1000W PSU next month (xmas gift :P) and I was actually looking at the MSI 970 as a replacement, I've been reading reviews on it and its kind of mixed... (flickering/DOA/Dead in a month)but my past computer experience screams that they installed it wrong or had a crap PSU that was under amped on the rails. The ram speed was realized after the motherboard was here and it can handle up to 2133Mhz. defiantly a face palm moment on my part. since the last computer I built was about 2001 (AMD K7 850mhz/764Mb Ram/10gb hdd/Dinosaur), I have kind of fallen behind on all the compatibility aspect of memory pairing... can I buy the gskill ram you suggested and still have the 1600 ddr stick installed? or would that just throw a big wrench into the gears? (guessing it would)

P.s. I realized I had the wrong cpu listed on here. it is actually a AMD FX6350 black edition. (I had to re-write the list, as it did not save.)

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

As long as you buy RAM that has the same latency you should be fine. If you buy G.Skill memory that has over 1600mhz, the system will run everything at the lowest memory speed installed. So yes, you can just add memory. But for the best performance and least issues with the system, try to make sure ALL the specs are the same, especially the latency. And a 1000W PSU? Shweet! That will definitely power your system for awhile. And definitely an upgrade from your 2001 build. Again, nice build. . ;)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

At the time, this was all I could afford. the mobo only supports up to 1600, but its ok for me and what I use the computer for. the PSU and the video card were upgraded, 1000W PSU and a Zotac GT740 2Gb Video card. it runs a lot better!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job, however I think you could have done a lot better for a budget build.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed, I agree with you. especially after running a few programs! I upgraded the video card to a Zotac GeForce GT 740 2Gb and its way better across the board. I have the original NVidia card as a back up incase it dies. the motherboard will be upgraded next year after our baby is born.