Description

I have always wanted to build a gaming pc, but have never actually considered doing it as I was always told it is cheaper to buy ready-made units, and those always seemed to start at too high a price for me.

I got a higher paying job in the IT field and have many coworkers that talk about gaming and their PC's quite a bit. It was suggested I check out this site, where I found the build guides. The Budget Gaming build inspired me to start my own build.

At first, my intent was to build this pc slowly overtime taking advantage of some really good sales along the way. One day in May I got impatient and used Jet+Ebates to order the GPU and ram. Prices reflect rebates and cashback, Total spent is on original build is more in the 500 range.

With this build I have been able to play every game I've tried with at least High settings except for PUBG. For reference, I play overwatch on ultra at 60fps. I get a pretty stable 45-60 frames in pubg while running around(at low settings on everything but view distance).

It handles basic browsing and productivity tasks fine, the only time it has really bogged down is when browsing my steam library which is located on the spinning drive.

I'm pretty happy with how the build turned out aesthetically except for the failed attempt at sleeving the GPU power. In the future I plan to buy a replacement cable and sleeve it blue and grey to match the other wiring I did in the case. I started to sleeve it and it became such a pita as it was designed for running multiple cards. I've since sleeved the entire cable with mesh at it was driving me crazy being partially done. I've since used some mesh sleeving to cover this up and it was a nice improvement.

As far as upgrades I'm looking at getting an I5-7600k and increasing the RAM to 16gb for some music/video production I want to do down the road.

Part Reviews

CPU

Got this processor when they were still cheap. It handles the amount of multitasking I do now just fine. I can play most games on high to ultra at 1080p with a pretty consistent 60fps.

The only issue I've had so far is occasional problems when launching PUBG(poor optimization, I run the game at low settings as a preference so no issues once actually in the game), and running more demanding emulators(WII U).

Motherboard

This board has served me well so far. I was looking at similar boards from Asus, but this one won out on price despite its odd brown hue.

Other selling points were the ability to overclock, extra fan headers, m.2 and optane support and the fact that it isn't red.

BIOS can be slightly confusing at first but it is intuitive enough. I was able to set up my memory, create fan profiles, etc., without much trouble.

Overall I would recommend this one for the right price. I haven't had any issues with it at all.

Memory

Got this kit for a very good price using Jet. Wish I had bought 4 sticks right away as now I can't find a kit for less than $95. Runs at advertised speed with no issues.

Storage

Salvaged from a computer we aren't using. Fast, plenty big enough for windows and any games I might want to install.

Storage

Took this drive out of our previous computer, a prebuilt. Works great for a storage drive and performs well enough despite me using it for game storage.

Video Card

Bought this just before the mining craze started. Wish I had bought two. Card seems to be well made, and has handled everything I've thrown at it on high settings or higher at 60fps.

Stays pretty cool in my S340. Idles between 26-30 and I don't think I've seen it above 75° while playing.

Case

Got this case for a budget case price using rebates. Cable management is awesome.

I'm very happy with the case, finish and build quality are great. No trouble building in it despite it being my first time. I could have done a better job on the back side but that's more me just being nit-picky than anything.

UPDATE 12/19/17 - Dropping a star for the clear panel looking pretty scratched up already. I'm not rough with the case at all but there's already some fogging and micro-scratching going on. I will eventually replace with a glass panel if possible.

Power Supply

Grabbed this PSU on sale. I feel it was a pretty good deal being modular, with black cables and well rated.

Lower wattage isn't an issue for me as I don't plan on running multiple gpus or anything.

Operating System

Free key I had from the software library I was given access to while in school. Disassociated from my old PC, and activated as Windows 10 on the new one. Easy Peasey from start to finish.

Case Fan

Bought these fans to add some case lighting. I should have gone for the white. Purple is my favorite color, but these aren't bright enough to be the sole lighting source.

Will probably replace these with some standard fans or some nzxt aero or riing fans eventually.

Case Accessory

I've had my eye on the HUE+ since I started researching gaming PC builds. Finally went on sale so I grabbed one with some gift cards I had for Amazon.

Install took much longer than I expected, partially due to having trouble routing things through the case the way I wanted. Eventually I want to add a strip each behind my monitors or on the back side of my desk to just provide a bit of ambient light while I'm working/playing.

Monitor

Received as an early Christmas gift which I essentially picked out. No qualms about the price here. Build quality seems good, I see what people are talking about with the edge bleeding light but it's not exactly what you'd expect and I hardly ever notice.

Image quality and color is good, the freesync feature has significantly improved my gaming experience. This panel is only capable of 75hz, but I don't NEED to run any of my games at higher than 60fps.

This has effectively eliminated my screen tearing problem in overwatch. The response is much better in all the less graphically but just as chaotic games I've played so far as well.

Also seems to smooth out my experience in pubg and emulating Wii U as well.

Keyboard

Just received this 12/25/17 for Christmas. I've used it for a few hours so far and I love it.

Build quality seems really good for the price. Love the aluminum plate, it makes the board look very nice, removes all flex, and adds a nice heft that keeps it from moving around during use.

Backlight isn't too bright initially, and can be adjusted down and/or off if preferred.

Overall I feel this is a good board so far, will update later on after I've used it more.

Mouse

Received 12/25/17 for Christmas. So far I love this mouse. I previously used a corsair Scimitar. The scimitar was nice but I got it second hand, at which point the side buttons didn't work except for 6, 9, and 12, and none of the customizable lighting was working.

Feel:

The mammoth comes with all of its included weights pre-installed. This is the way I've been using the mouse so far. I feel like it is not much heavier than my Scimitar was with all weight installed, and I prefer it with the weights rather than without. Will probably tweak with removing and installing different amounts of weight at a later time.

Finish on the mouse is nice and grippy, and the thumb and right finger rests are a nice touch. The three buttons on the left side aren't in just the right spot for me but I don't have to shift my grip much to hit them.

Look:

I've tried to avoid red components as much as I could but asked for this mouse anyhow due to the reviews I had read on it. The lighting is mostly customizable except for the scroll wheel, DPI lights, and the "ring" around the base of the mouse(at least for me). I have have gotten around this limitation by adjusting the available DPI profiles to just the level I use and making that the "blue" profile. This brings me to software.

Software:

Mouse works right away without installing any extra software. After installing the software you can remap the buttons, customize the DPI levels to whatever you want, customize the lighting, and other items.

The software is laid out well, simple, and intuitive enough. I might be missing something with the lighting screen however, as the labels on the breathing speeds start with "closed". I believe this is no breathing, which is what I was after. It appears to work but if you make any changes to the color after the fact it goes back to breathing, despite still having "closed" selected. Select another speed, reselect closed and apply and it stops breathing again. Another item I'm not sure I'm missing is how to change the color of the scroll wheel. It's red no matter what I do. Pictures show it matching the back of the mouse. EDIT: Scroll wheel light is also an indicator like the DPI keys, this can be changed by selecting the current User mode with the mode select on the bottom of the mouse. I bet I can set the "blue" mode up to my liking and just switch to that to get the lights to all match up.

Not a deal-breaker though.

Overall I'm very satisfied with this mouse. Will edit review as needed after using the mouse more.

Comments

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, good that you got that processor cheap since its like $100 now.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. Felt nice when I saw that a few weeks after I had bought one they jumped up to $75 and kept climbing.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a nice budget gamer.

Thumbs up.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. :-)

  • 21 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm perplexed that so many folks have overlooked your build. It looks good and should perform well. It's worthy of many more upvotes.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Get a quad core processor

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking at getting an I5-7600K eventually.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

^ same im hoping to have enough money after christmas for some upgrades on my PC but this is dope build man. Also is the Hue+ worth the buy cuz I know it looks dope but i feel like if i bought it i wouldn't really use it to its full potential.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm with you there. I've been eyeing the hue+ ever since I started looking at building a PC.

Just recently I had an amazon gift card from my birthday so I bought it. I got it on sale for 45ish, I haven't had a lot of time to use it so far but I like it. It doesn't look as good as I expected but that's partially because my case has a plexi/plastic window.

I bought it knowing I would play with it for a few days and then set it to one or two colors and leave it. I'm happy with it and it looks good with solid blue or white in my case.

The only problem I've had is that it has caused the software for my Corsair mouse to not work. I'm having to change my play style in overwatch as I can't use any of the side buttons on my mouse anymore. This is the only conflict that the CAM software for the HUE+ causes as far as I've read or seen. I'm not super worried about this as I am replacing that mouse anyhow and don't plan on getting any other corsair products as of right now.