Description

Wife wanted a computer and was looking to buy one from Best Buy. I was able to make this budget build for less than the computer she was looking to buy. BUT after this experience I considering bigger plans for this little family computer.

I am looking at the ASUS Geforce GTX 960 4GB and the Kingston SSD. Those will come sometime the end of next month.

UPDATE: 07/02/2016 - After looking at the games I wanted to play, the monitor I have and the little aesthetic changes I wanted to make... plans changed. Started looking at the something like a 750Ti BUT a sale hit at the local Fry's and I have made out with a $144.99 ASUS GeForce GTX 950 2GB with a $20 mail in rebate. If I follow through with the rebate it will be a $124.99... $136.59 after tax purchase. I say that is a win. Photos 3 - 4 - 5 are of the new GPU/case fan and cable management.

I am looking at getting some red wire extensions and SSD.

Part Reviews

CPU

I was able to overclock this CPU to 4.2GHz

Storage

Salvaged this from a +7 year old HP SlimLine and it has been very responsive.

Case

Not certain why I pulled the trigger on this case. Its not great on cable management and the looks aren't really my taste.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

I am looking at the ASUS Geforce GTX 960 4GB and the Kingston SSD. Those will come sometime the end of next month.

The only advice I can give is to avoid Kingston's V300 models. Their latest V300 models are not the best and can be considered, slow at times. Depending upon by what it is doing and how full the capacity is. Kingston's Hyper X or Savage SSDs are possible options. There is also ADATA's SP550/SP600 or SP900, Crucial's MX100 or BX100, Sandisk's Ultra PLUS, or Samsung's 850 EVO.
  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

I can stand by the hyper X. Bought one a few years back and it's still fast.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

From what I heard, avoid the BX models also, they are sub quality SSDs similar to the V300 models compared to their MX line.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

The BX200s are. The BX100 drives are much better than their second-gen counterparts.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm glad you said your going to buy a GTX 960, I was about to say that an A10-7850K would of been a lot better since the IGPU is far more powerful than the GT 710 but cheaper than CPU and GPU combined.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Stock Cooler Overclock?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Risky, I know. But the temperature is an average 52 Celsius. So I'm leaving it at the 4.2GHz.

As far as CPU cooler, looking at one of the 120mm Corsair water cooled ones. Like an H75 or H60.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Use AMDOverdrive. Its not running that cool actually under load.

https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/142216-psa-amd-cpu-tempatures

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I do use AMDOverdrive. Basic tasks like what I am doing now, typing this message out. 38-40 Celsius.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Doesn't seem awful, I haven' used a stock cooler with Overdrive so I can't for sure if its good or bad. What you do need to is run something like Cinebench, Prime95, etc something that will stress out your CPU and see how long it gets.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Under a 1 hour stress test using PRIME95 AMDOverdrive listed a consistent 7 Celsius. Never heard the CPU fan sound like that before.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

when ur gaming just check ur temps

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

doesn't amd support gpu and apu intergration? so that you can take advantage of both?

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

oh yeah thats only for A series apu

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I was saying maybe go AMD instead until I realized it was only a series APU

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

"ASUS Geforce GTX 960 4GB"

I've said this multiple times now but it bears repeating. Unless you want it for something like shadowplay it might make more sense to spend that money on an RX470-480. With an RX you're likely to get over GTX 970 performance for ~$200, which is a big step up from the 960.

I mean, if you insist on team green, there's always the chance that the polaris series will cause previous gen card prices to tank hard and you can pick up an even better 900 series card than the 960. 970 is already around $260-ish.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I have considered RX but wattage was the reason I was thinking team green. (anyone? Get it...) Anyway, the GTX 960 doesn't pull as much. The Family PC is only rocking a 430W and don't plan on changing that anytime soon. Also, may not even upgrade the GPU... may just keep saving and build my own PC. Really starting to lean towards that... but may not.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Wattage? The RX480 is a 150W Max TPD(one 6 pin), GTX 960 is 120W(one 6 pin). Recommended PSU for the 960 is 400 Watt. You have a 430 watt, that should make up the difference.

Your choice regardless, but I think the RX is going to be a lot more efficient than you expect.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my, did not even know about the RX480. When I first responded I thought you were talking about the R9 380 4G, which right now is the only comparable Radeon I could find to the GTX 960 4GB.

I might just use a Radeon when that one comes out.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Well it's coming out on the 29th, so you'll have to wait a whopping 2 days.

Obviously look at reviews/benchmarks before buying anything, but from leaks it sits somewhere between the 970 and 980.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

I ended up buying an RX 480 8GB, never thanked you for bring them to my attention.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Noice.

As Eltech said: don't buy V300s. I'd recommend you something like Corsair LE, Adata or Sandisk.

Well, talking about the build itself, it's pretty cool. The cable management is decent and I personally like the GPU design. Without causing offense, is that side panel modded?

+1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I have never built a PC but learning a lot and now that I tapped out the budget been looking into other things like cable management and even painting the covers. Did the inside panel just to see how well my paints hold. I keep that panel off until I can run some stress tests on it. Don't want chipping or peeling paint to harm the computer. Also got to make sure it can handle heat.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

i was thinking of getting an 860k, asus 2gb gt 710, asus a68hm plus, a data 256gb sp550 ssd, xion xon 310, evga 430w, and 4gb ddr3 1600 for my first build. all i will do is play some minecraft and maybe some cs:go. btw I'm only 12 so I'm on a really tight budget. what suggestions do you have without making the build more expensive?

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a GT 710 1GB in my build that I have overclocked to a stable +350 Core clock and +250 Mem clock, using afterburner. Idle temp is 25c Max load temp is 52c

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

You should upgrade the CPU to a AMD Ryzen 5 1600

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