Description

This is my first PC build. The goal of this build was to be a mid range gaming PC. Tried to keep the build under $1000 including OS and monitor.

The good:

Everything went together swell the first time. No issues. OS on the SSD boots up lightening fast. GTX 960 runs all the games I want on high settings (Civ 5, BF4, HHour). Runs pretty quiet as well.

Freaking love the monitor and got it at a great price with a $20 mail in rebate (the price reflects the $20 off).

Also that gaming mouse for $14 is pretty nice. I have never purchased a gaming mouse before so I figured I would start off cheap.

The bad:

Could have saved $40 with a non-overclocking motherboard. Could have used that to maybe bump up to a GTX 970 . Oh well.

I was young and naive when I started ordering parts.

Also should have gone with a blu-ray drive. Although I have this fear that if I did buy one I would never use it.

Cable management is sub par. Need to run the CPU power around the back and out the hole in the top left of the case.

Thanks for reading! Comments appreciated.

Edit: GPU arrived after the initial build so it isn't shown in the first picture.

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Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

That extra $40 would definitely not have gotten you a gtx 970. Otherwise awesome build

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah maybe just the 4GB version of the gtx 960.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

What he said, but I feel you hit your goal none the less!

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I couldn't decide between the 400R and the 500R. Just ended up going with the cheaper one.

Yeah I haven't opened up the case since I built it but its due for good cable clean up.