Description

This is my first build and I'm glad I did it. I built this mainly for light gaming (CS:GO, Ultra settings, 120fps-200fps avg) and web browsing/HD videos. All the parts include tax and shipping, but does not account for rebates. My lovely girlfriend bought the monitor for me as a birthday gift :)

A few things I slightly regret:

1) Not putting out $20-30 more for a better video card, although the R9 270 works perfect for what I need. It would just be better for the future in case I do play some more graphic-demanding games. I've seen the R9 280 go on sale for $150 a few times, and regret not waiting for it. But, not too big of a deal.

2) Not getting a larger SSD. I knew 128GB was little, but it did not hit me until I saw how fast I was running out of space. However, boot times so much quicker and everything just feels faster with it. I wish I shelled out another $50 and got a 250GB Samsung 850 Evo or a Crucial one. The Sandisk one I got was cheap, but outdated. Again, not that big of a deal.

3) The Corsair Spec-01 case. I personally think it looks cool, especially with the red & black design. A few problems with this case was that there is very little clearance at the top. It was super difficult trying to screw in the motherboard in place because there was almost no room! I even hit the motherboard a few times with my screwdriver because the screw would not sit in place. The lack of top clearance is probably due to the fact that there are no upper grommet holes above the motherboard for cable management.

Things I've learned:

1) Building a PC with a non-modular PSU can get pretty messy. I like all my cables to look neat--next time I'll probably invest in a modular PSU.

2) Look into a good case that allows enough room for cables. The case I purchased had some room, but it would have been a hell-of-a-lot easier/cleaner if there was more room.

3) Get a good monitor if it's in your budget. My girlfriend bought me the Acer monitor as a gift and it is excellent. I would recommend saving enough money towards a good monitor since it is what you'll be staring at 99% of the time.

4) Building a computer is a very time-consuming thing, especially if you're a beginner. Researching parts/waiting for deals can take days or weeks. But once you put it together and it works, it's one of the most rewarding things ever.

Edit: Rebates totaled to around $60, so the actual cost was ~ $573.

Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for the monitor tip

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

very nice looking build my friend! I wish I had gotten a 270 like you did instead of the 270, in fact it's a very good build all round (dual-core with hyperthreading, H97 mobo, cheap and reliable SSD, monitor with IPS etc). What kind of frames are you getting in games? And what upgrades if any are you planning for in future?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Right now I've only been playing Counter Strike Global Offensive and I get around 120-200 FPS 1080p :) Super nice to play with and looks and runs VERY smooth. The SSD definitely made loading times way faster. I'm usually the first person to join the server when the map changes.

The first thing I would probably upgrade in the future would be the GPU, then maybe add another SSD and perhaps a new CPU (Broadwell maybe?) But this build is running solid for me so far!

  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

Atleast you didn't buy a i7 aand 980 to play CS:GO like some people do. +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I just rebuilt my PC with an FX 9590 and a superclocked 970. I got into CS:GO shortly after the rebuild and that's all I've been playing.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

How's that 9590 doing? I was thinking an 8350 for BF4 and such but is the extra $60-70 worth the power? I might also be doing light video editing and CAD.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I've got zero issues with it but it does run hot. I wouldn't even think about picking one up without a liquid cooler for it.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

not too shabby in terms of ideas!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

how that psu and is their any chance to getr a different color cables

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the 80+ standard model, exactly like this just a few bucks cheaper. There is no choice of color on these non-modular PSUs, however, you will find you have adequate connections for a mid level to high end PC if you use power conscious parts.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably not. It's just a basic 80+ bronze non-modular PSU.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for letting me know plus 1 for the build

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 just for the name.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

;)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I've got the same GPU. While it doesn't crush all the games, it takes care of the job in most cases. I haven't found a game yet that's unplayable in 1080p ultra. I'm probably getting close to 30fps in some of the newer, more demanding games. It'll last for a little while; at least until the 300 line makes its way out.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed! Good enough for me :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, I play a lot of CS:GO and my build will probably look very similar to yours.