Description

I built this for moderate gaming/Netflix/music/general entertainment. I'm using my 42" TV as the monitor and a wireless keyboard and mouse that I stow under the coffee table when not in use. This is my first build in a long time so it took a little longer than expected. I tried to build with upgrades in mind. The case is more for the future as what I'm running now really doesn't need much space. I'm not a hardcore gamer but I do like to play every now and then and this rig can play games like Batman Arkham City and GTA IV on medium-high settings.

Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 10 points
  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

I don't think it's THAT bad. The only thing I don't like is the Raidmax PSU and the odd choice of HDD (dual-channel memory hardly makes any difference in gaming anyway). Other than that, the CPU and GPU are pretty decent for a budget gaming build

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

The HDD was salvaged from an older rig. I was lost when shopping for the PSU and needed one ASAP and for dirt cheap so I picked it up for $40. It's working fine for now. I may replace it in a few months.

  • 73 months ago
  • 6 points

Extremely expensive enterprise hard drive and low-capacity drive. And also a really expensive optical drive. With optical there's really no in-between. If you're not getting blu-ray, anything more than those $15 or less DVD burners is a waste of money. Your case also sucked funds away.

You could have saved $90 at least by changing out those things with smarter parts, and then all of a sudden you can spend $200 on a GPU instead of $112 or bank the money. Something to consider if it's not too late!

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

The optical drive and the 320gb HDD were scavenged from an older computer. The case was an extra my brother had, I only paid $25 for it otherwise it would not have been my first choice. Also, the Asus 7770 had to be RMAed, I chose the Asus 7790 as a replacement.

I've been using the build for about a month now and absolutely love it. Anything would have been an upgrade compared to my last rig, this one plays Sleeping Dogs, Skyrim, Tomb Raider, Dishonored and most everything else I throw at it on ultra high to high settings.

  • 73 months ago
  • 4 points

I would have gotten the Gigabyte R7-260X 2GB for $140.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job, considering it was your first time!

As others have mentioned, replace that PSU ASAP. It is known for exploding and catching on fire in some cases. O.O

A few of the parts could have been done for slightly cheaper. Personally, I would have gone with a cheaper case and put that towards other components.

Overall, not a bad build, especially for a first time. I've certainly seen worse :)

Next time, you may want to use the "Parts list opinions wanted" forum. People there would have likely mentioned things like the raidmax PSU.

Also, here is a PSU tier guide. Basically, tier 1 is best, going down to tier 5, which is known to damage components and have extremely low efficiency. For your budget, something from Corsair's CX series like the Corsair CX430 or CX430m would be a decent option, if not something more higher-end.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I've built a couple before but they were for other people. The rig I had before this was an HP Pavilion that was bought in 2003 and then donated to me a few years later. I learned quite a bit about computers while trying to maintain the Pavilion. I had a few people donate parts over the years out of pity which I had to improvise to get them to function. It's a huge relief to not have to check the minimum requirements on games to find out if I can run them or not. I'll probably invest a little more the next time I upgrade because this time I couldn't use any of my old components (the HDDs and optical drives were all IDE, no SATA).

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. Got to love older computers with newer technology.

I know how it is with minimum requirements... or at least I use to with the little bit of gaming I did on a cheap 2008 laptop. Oh, the core 2 duo days...

It is exciting to hear other's experiences in the PC world!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Props to you for the 750K + A75MA-E35 combo. I love seeing that.

Did you recycle any parts, or are those prices correct?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

The optical drive and the 320gb HDD were scavenged from an older computer. The case was an extra my brother had, I only paid $25 for it otherwise it would not have been my first choice. Also, the Asus 7770 had to be RMAed, I chose the Asus 7790 as a replacement.

I've been using the build for about a month now and absolutely love it. Anything would have been an upgrade compared to my last rig, this one plays Sleeping Dogs, Skyrim, Tomb Raider, Dishonored and most everything else I throw at it on ultra high to high settings.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it so far. Is the 750K + A75MA-E35 combo uncommon? It all just seemed to fit my needs and all on a microATX board. Had I known I was going to end up with the Antec 900 I would have bought an full size ATX board for the extra options.

I have, however, found it difficult to find a CPU cooler compatible with my CPU/mobo combo. I picked up this one http://www.dynatron-corp.com/en/product_detail_2.aspx?cv=&id=184&in=0 but it's HUGE! I haven't tried installing yet since it will cut to down on my airflow. Do you know of any others?

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Either the Xigmatek Gaia or the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo are pretty much the "go to" on this site, though you shouldn't have any problems with the Dynatron that you picked up. You may need to take everything out of the case first, but it should cool your CPU quite nicely.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Installing the Dynatron makes me a little nervous because of its size and weight. It looks like it would put a lot of stress on the motherboard. Is that a legitimate concern or am I being overly cautious?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

it isn't a bad build but people press down because it isn't a beast gaming pc :P

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. It works for what I wanted to accomplish so I'm happy.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I don't do a whole lot of gaming (maybe 10 hours a week) so I don't need anything extremely powerful. I'm happy with it and that's all that really matters.

  • 73 months ago
  • -1 points

awesome budget build. a few things though. if you live near a micro center you could have gone up on the cpu to a 6300 and get a motherboard free thats decent for light gaming and such, and if you could go up like 80ish dollars you could get a gpu that is almost on par with a gtx 760. just a simple though if you plan on having a few upgrades in mind =]

  • 73 months ago
  • -2 points

I think this is okay, but I hope you didn't just buy these random drives, I would've went with a WD Blue, a fx-6300, and maybe a 7870 for $60 more. (I wouldn't have put too much on the case) But it still is pretty good.

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