Description

This is my first build and I'm very happy with how everything turned out. It's a pretty basic build and has plenty of room for upgrades. As you can see, I don't have a GPU installed, I do plan on getting one someday. The on-board Radeon HD 7660D is actually pretty nice with the 21.5" monitor. For now, I like how the case looks almost empty and like it's almost missing components to make it run.

CPU: I read a lot of good reviews and saw some other first-timer builds with it, plenty powerful.

Mobo: Got it with the APU on a combo deal, pretty basic but does the job.

RAM: Almost overkill for my needs but the price was good.

Hard Drive: Perfect for the budget and plenty of space.

Case: Clean and simple, room for upgrades. There is no place for cable management behind the mobo in this one. I pretty much had to stuff the unused cabling into any open but hidden places near the drives. A modular PSU would've been great to give it a cleaner, tucked appearance.

Case Fan: I replaced the stock exhaust with an Apevia 120mm, it's pretty quiet for how cheap it was.

PSU: More than enough for this setup. I would have went modular but this was a super deal with mail-in rebate.

Disc Drive: Great for the price, pretty loud when running but I've only installed 3 things on disc so it doesn't matter.

Monitor: Great size and picture for how cheap it was, built-in speakers reflect the price but I have headphones.

Keyboard: Cheap, good feel, serves its purpose. It's quiet which is good but I think I'd like a mechanical better.

Mouse: Light, responsive, I don't like the position of the thumb buttons but I have big hands.

Joystick: Thrustmaster T-Flight Stick X with twist rudder

Headset: Sound great for the price, people say the mic sounds good, not good for extended wear.

The main game I play is Aces High II and it's not graphically intense, I put it on mostly all the highest settings and get 45-61 frames while in flight.

This is a very nice complete desktop that destroys stock, off the shelf PCs For under $500.

I already had Windows 7 Home Premium so by default, this is the OS that was installed.

Edit: the last pic shows an old GTX 275 installed, it was not used but the case is advertised to hold up to a 12.5" card.

Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Runs everything pretty smoothly and windows rated everything pretty good.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems like a good budget gaming build!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It does pretty good, a nice GPU would unlock its full potential.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

It certainly would! What settings can you play at?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

The game I only really play is Aces High II, it's not a super demanding so mostly the highest settings. I get 45-61 frames, it usually stays at 59.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Your cable management skills are godlike. GPU powered by...Tetris???

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Lmao thanks! If I had a modular PSU you wouldn't even see any cabling. I got that skill from working on cars and doing wire tucks (google it). I also have Super Mario/Duckhunt, gold Link and Zelda "GPUs" lol

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build!! I Have a very similar one, and I'm waiting on the new CPU cooler/Fans to cool it out, definitely a +1. People aren't as willing to take the budget build to see just how far these lil setups actually kick A$$.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job! I don't know why you don't have more upvotes, I see nothing wrong with this build. I have to say though, your cable management is superb!