Description

Hello! I would first like to explain why I made this computer. While this was my first build, and some parts may have not been the perfect choice, I was very pleased with my new machine. I've had this computer for about 3 weeks and I've really enjoyed using. I mainly play Team Fortress 2 on this computer, and plan on maybe playing CS:GO in the future. This machine was made to run lighter games like these, and it really delivered. I am able to play Team Fortress 2 at around 120 fps. A HUGE improvement from playing on my old laptop. The reason I have the optical drive, wireless adapter, and case fans at a price of $0, not because I got them for that much, but because I didn't need them to have a functioning computer. They were more just choice. Anyway, I would like to briefly explain each part:

CPU:
The AMD Athlon X4 860k 3.7GHz Quad-Core processor was a great, cheap choice for my light gaming build. I stuck with the stock cooler because I don't mind noise, I will have headphones on most of the time, I don't plan on overclocking this chip, and because I was on a budget.

Motherboard:
This Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ motherboard was another cheap option that gave me all that I needed for the rest of my parts. The manual was pretty simple to follow, and I haven't had too much trouble with it.

Memory: I was able to buy the G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 while it was on a discount from Newegg, which was why I got it. While RAM speed doesn't matter too much, it was at a similar price to lower speeds and looks sweet. 8 GB is a good amount for gaming, too.

Storage: I didn't get an SSD because 1, I was on a budget, and 2, I didn't care too much about boot times and speed. The HItachi Deskstar is pretty cheap for 1 terabyte and I also picked up a 2 year warrant for 2 bucks.

Video Card: I have a feeling that many people wouldn't agree with my choice of the Gigabyte Radeon R7 250 2GB, but it has suited me well. It is 30 dollars cheaper than the R7 260x, and you can overclock this GPU (however, I never have, but I haven't needed to yet).

Case: Some people think that the Deepcool TESSERACT BF ATX Mid Tower case is ugly, but I personally think that it looks quite cool. I was able to mount the 2 led fans in the front and the back, and I moved the 1 that came with it to the top. Cheap yet durable.

Power Supply: The Corsair 430W ATX12V power supply had easily enough wattage to support my parts, even with overclocking (but I don't plan on it, unless I upgrade to a new CPU cooler).

Optical Drive: I just picked up a cheap, simple optical drive to install my operating system (even though I couldn't have done flash drive, I didn't optical drive anyway).

Wireless Adapter: I cannot get Ethernet into my room where I am storing my computer, so I had to use a wireless adapter. I originally had the TP-Link TL-WN822N, but after around 2 weeks it basically stopped working. So, recently I picked up a wireless adapter from Amazon for about 20 bucks, and so far it has proven to work just fine.

Case Fans: While my case only had 1 case fan, I picked up these 2 sickleflow blue led fans to match my case. I guess you could say they make it cooler (haha sarcastically).

Thank you for taking to the time to look at my build and I hope you liked it!

EDIT I've recently got CS:GO and I average well over 80 fps on max settings.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great budget processor! Haven't looked into overclocking yet, but regardless was a good purchase.

Only complaint is that the stock fan can get a bit loud, but I usually have headphones on and can't really hear it.

Motherboard

Manual and BIOS were easy to navigate, especially from a first time builder.

knocked off one star because the ethernet port wasn't working. I didn't bother returning it because in it's new, permanent location I use wifi.

Memory

Pretty cheap RAM that has 8 gigs, fast speeds, what else do you need? Excellent choice.

Plus it looks sweet!

Storage

This hard drive can be a bit loud, and it seems sketchy.

I would recommend getting the Western Digital Caviar Blue instead for around 10 more bucks.

Video Card

Pretty decent budget card. Doesn't need additional power and quiet.

Case

Decent looking case, not too difficult for creating my first build inside.

Only problems are hard drive installation was awkward and there isn't the best cable management around back.

Power Supply

Great for low end systems! Go with this if you have a lower power graphics card, like the r7 250. Other than that, get a different series/brand.

Optical Drive

it works

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice budget build!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I would watch out on that hard drive, wouldn't trust a hitachi dekstar, low end hard drive, but if it works, it works I guess.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

i wouldn't mind

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

common misconception 101 - 90s drive reliability has no correlation with 2010+ drive reliability.

They may have been "deathstar" in the 90s. Out of the 1.2 million PC builds i've made, more WD drives were DOA than the deathstars surprisingly

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build although I would have loved to see you pick up the A10 7850K to match with your GPU in dual graphics mode. Plus the Kaveri CPUs love fast RAM. Good job staying within your budget and a pretty good job with the wire management for a non modular PSU. Maybe later on you can purchase a 212 Evo and overclock a bit. The 860K performs very well in the 4.2-4.5 GHz range.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! I was surprised someone else went with the same build!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, it worked pretty well for starter PC games. I had a lower resolution monitor, so it ran newer games surprisingly well on lower settings.

I have recently upgraded to an r7 370 (and a new power supply) this Christmas, but I feel that the r7 250 and Athlon 860k are great budget parts.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the cpu and gpu? I was thinking of getting them

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

the only reason i picked that was because someone told me to - looking back at it now i would have gone with a western digital cavier blue. but hey, it works fine as of right now.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

pretty cool build. some suggestions: if you do want another drive, go with the 1tb seagate barracuda for all your files and games, and get a 128gb samsung 850 evo for your OS, so you have tons of space and crazy fast boot times. another suggestion, you should get the rx 480 soon.