Description

I use this for tf2, overwatch, paladins, and streaming and recording. I overclocked the athlon to around 4.3 with the stock cooler, and I've had no problems with that. The mobo supports 2400mhz ram, so I overclocked that to the max as well. The RX 460 performs beautifully at base clock. In my madness to pull the best performance out of it, I messed up the ratio between the gpu clock and the vram clock. I will be working on it and I'll update this with the best ratio when I find it, but this works well for me. When not streaming or recording, I get around 100 fps on overwatch 1080p ultra in borderless windowed(long story), around 135 fps in tf2 on highest settings, and around 180 in paladins. I can't say enough about this combo, it really sings when you know how to use it. The RX 460 comes with a special encoder which makes streaming and recording insanely easy, and this athlon shreds through tasks when overclocked. Also, the biggest thing here is, there's no bottleneck. Although it is stretched, both the cpu and gpu are at 100% when under load, indicating that neither one is holding the other back. Most interestingly, even at just 8gb, the ram was only about 62% under the full load, so it's the best part of my kit by far

Part Reviews

CPU

I was able to find this just before the price shot up. If you can find it for $75 or less, pounce on it. Otherwise, go for the 880k. For reasons I cannot explain, the 880k is about $15 less than the 860k in the market rn, and it comes with a higher base and boost clock. As much as I love my 860k, I wouldn't have it if it weren't for the market I bought it in.

Motherboard

The BIOs is easy to use, the manual is simple, all the connections are easy to find, it has 4 Sata ports and 2 ram slots. It was great for my first build, and it also fits the AMD apus and supports dual graphics. Good for the price range, but there's probably better stuff out there if you know what you're looking for

Memory

Even before I overclocked it was outperforming expectations. Maybe I got lucky, or maybe it was just made for this setup. In any case, 8GB is all you need for esports gaming these days, and actually very few games require more than 8. Also, since it's one stick, it's much more easily upgradeable than if I had 2x4 UPDATE: I added a second 8gb stick about 2 months later

Video Card

Can't say enough about the RX series and this card in particular. If you're in the market for a gpu, pick up an RX

Case

Cable management is near impossible. Stock intake is weak and no stock exhaust. Standoffs were difficult, HDD bay is nonexistent. But, for the price, this is a terrific case, and if you know what you're doing you can really make it shine. Wouldn't recommend for first time builders, but I actually don't regret picking this case

Power Supply

Pretty good. Not modular, but that's the price range. 80+ efficiency is a nice bonus. Really no problems here, just plenty of good options out there for a psu. Also lost points because the original power cord didn't fit properly, and doesn't quite stay in right without some finagling

Case Fan

I added this guy in over the stock intake fan and I couldn't be more pleased. It looks cooler, it runs quieter, and it provides better performance. All that with an unbeatable price

Case Fan

So a few things. First of all, this guy has a weird whirring thing on startup, and it's still probably the loudest fan in the build. Second, it comes with screws, but the holes for the screws are not grooved, so you really have to force it in there. Third, and this is more my mobo and other build choices than it, but I had to plug it in using a molex adapter directly to my PSU. Other than this stuff, it's performed well as an exhaust fan, a necessary thing in this case since cable management is so difficult and there's no stock exhaust

Custom

Powerline adapters are similarly priced to decent wireless adapters, yet provide network speeds almost as fast as ethernet. If direct ethernet is not an option, definitely get yourself a powerline adapter. Only problem I had was with pairing them. I can tell you from reading the Amazon reviews that there's about 150 different ways to pair them, and each set only has one way that works, so here's mine: plug both into one outlet pair and hold down the reset buttons on each until something happens. Good luck!

Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Love budget builds like this, and +1 for AMD.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I was a bit worried that maybe I should've gotten a skylake pentium, but the athlon really outperformed expectations

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I am very new to gaming PCs as I am transferring from console and am looking into building a budget build. This is my number one choice, however what memory would be able to perform similarly in this PC that are cheaper than Corsair?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Also considering switching the case as I would like a white case. What would you recommend?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

What games are you planning on running, cuz I might have an alternate recommendation for you in the same price range. Also, for cases, the bitfenix nova: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/HDqbt6/bitfenix-case-bfxnov100wwxkkrp and the bitfenix comrade: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/p4XfrH/bitfenix-case-bfccom100wwwk1rp are both good options at this price range

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

For memory, ADATA has a 1x8gb stick of DDR3-1600 ram for about $38. ADATA is reputable, most known for their SSDs, and the product is highly rated. https://pcpartpicker.com/product/VTwqqs/a-data-memory-ax3u1600w8g9rr

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

If you have any questions about building your pc or tweaking your part list, I'm always here to help

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

The 860k and RX 460 are a perfect combination IMO, they compliment each other and neither seems to hold the other back. +1

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :D

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

woulds this run overwatch with ease or games like it? this looks great! i might get it

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes this build is designed for 1080p eSports gaming. That said, if you have access to a microcenter I would recommend getting an i3 instead

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you think about the video card is it good?? Becuase i am considering it but dont know much about it

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't get the gigabyte version if I did it over again. So here's the deal, the 1050 and the 460 are in this very close flux range atm. I would recommend going here: http://overclocking.guide/amd-radeon-rx-460-unlocking-1024-stream-processors/ Scroll to the bottom and check through the cards that are verified as working. I would recommend one of those, or if you don't feel comfortable with that kinda stuff, get a 1050. I guess it also depends on your budget too

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

really love this build. i have been looking for a cheap but powerful computer for playing overwatch and this is perfect. i've been looking getting into the pc building because it really entertains me. btw im only 14

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  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Stop spamming for advice. Stick to your submitted topic.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

So, couple questions. First, where in the world are you located? More specifically, do you have access to a MicroCenter?