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Gaming & Graphics PC for ~$1000

by fotoden



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After 8 years on my old PC it was finally time to build a new machine. I wanted to get back in to PC gaming and also speed up my work in Photoshop and Premiere. The other motivating factor in some of the decisions were to keep the build quiet and lower power (and thus cooler) since I have a home office that doesn't have any AC in the summer time.

Built this at the end of July and the real total came out to $1038 before $30 in rebates.

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JoeyThePCNoob 2 Builds 4 points 48 months ago

nice build, the 660 is very overpriced for how well it performs, a single 7950 costs less and destroys it in benchmarks. I hope you built this before the 700 series came out.

RyneSmith 7 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

Could've saved money on the RAM and SSD and put the savings to a 700 series GPU.

However this is still a great build and looks great, nice to see the SSD mounted where it should be!

Edit: that price is actually good on that Corsair SSD so I withdraw that statement

DjArtifact 3 points 48 months ago

Gaming & Graphics PC he might have needed the 16gb of ram for his graphics work.

RyneSmith 7 Builds 3 points 48 months ago

I never said anything about downgrading from 16gb haha I simply said there are 1x8 gb modules that run less than that

DjArtifact 2 points 48 months ago

Oh I thought you were meaning he could have got 8gb, maybe it was on sale or something like that around the time he ordered it.

RyneSmith 7 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

haha no sorry for that confusion!

And ya I don't know how much RAM was when he bought it so the prices might have all been around that but I know there are some 1 x 8 modules right now that run under $60 if I'm remembering correctly

Long story short though this is still a great build and I don't want to take away from it

fotoden submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

In the end it probably didn't make much difference but the RAM I got was slightly better performance than others and they were $70 each.

caracal 1 point 48 months ago

Why would the ssd belong where it's pictured?

caracal 1 point 48 months ago

And a stupid question here. Why should I include a ssd in my new build?

RyneSmith 7 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

haha not a stupid question so no worries. Many cases now come with SSD mounts on the back side so they can be hidden away.

Also the reason people get SSDs is because they are much faster than normal hard drives. They allow computers to boot up and load programs faster. However it is not a necessity so don't worry you don't HAVE to get one they are just very nice to have!

caracal 1 point 48 months ago

So how would you go about setting up a SSD along with standard hard drives. You got me thinking that I may want to do this after all.

RyneSmith 7 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

It's really not hard! You plug it up and your computer should recognize it

Once you boot up your computer and go to install the OS I would install it on the SSD. I'm sure there are videos on how to do it but honestly you don't need one just make sure you select the SSD drive when you go to install the OS

l13199l 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

might wanna change the extreme score for 3dmark, looks like a copy of the entry score

fotoden submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Fixed, thanks for the catch

Apach3 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

i'm assuming those HDDs in the picture are recycled from an older build; if that's so, then props to you for making an exceptional system for only $1000 not including the OS.

+1 for fantastic clean cable management.

fotoden submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Yeah, I had a 500 GB and 1 TB drive from my old system that I brought over. Thanks!

Radio_Memories 6 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

I have a similar build. Was wondering if your 212 Plus cooler would block any of the RAM slots on the motherboard? I'm using the Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) RAM, exact same motherboard.

fotoden submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Nope, there is still lots of clearance for all the RAM slots. I think you'd only need to worry if you were trying to get some of the RAM with the crazy big heatsinks on them.

CheyTac 4 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Why the SSD on this budget?

fotoden submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Just added more of a description in my build around my motivations on the build.

a_slow_descent -4 points 48 months ago

I will never understand why people spend $200 on case and psu

Broadsky 3 points 48 months ago

Lots of people re-use the Case & the PSU again in future builds, and the Power supply is one of the most important if not the most important part of the build.

a_slow_descent 0 points 48 months ago

But corsair cx series go on sale for $30 every month. I really dont get the case either. I just bought the cheapest case I could. No point to me.

Broadsky 1 point 48 months ago

But they're less reliable than the top tier PSU's

RyneSmith 7 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

A PSU is the backbone of your entire system. For high end build people tend to have high end expensive parts and if the PSU (for some reason) can't hand the demand from everything it can short out/blow up and take parts with it. Also the corsair CX series, although functional and can do its job, is a lower end PSU and isn't as reliable as some other PSUs... hence why it is much cheaper.

You wouldn't put a a **** engine in a ferrari would you? Basically the same concept with a PSU

Visit the Newegg PSU Tier list for further information to help you understand.

chief7285 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

for a budget PSU it is definitely not bad at all though. Yes the AX or HX series is a lot more reliable but when your rig is only running a single card and a moderate overclock, it is definitely a better option than most of the other PSU's in it's price range.

The new CX line is made by CWT and Seasonic and sold under Corsair.

I have a CX600W and it hasn't given me a problem yet and most likely never will because I trust Corsair even with their budget line-up. (knocks on wood)

Conclusion = for the price they are pretty good but can't compare to their bigger brothers.

a_slow_descent 1 point 48 months ago

I get what you are saying but this isn't a $3k build. That would be okay to use the Ferrari analogy. This is an $800 without psu and case. That I'd like getting a Ferrari body and battery and having the rest be a Toyota carrolla. I certainly understand getting top tier products once you go over about $2k. I have never had a psu issue ever and I have built 10-15 computers in ny life. People overvalue the psu on here. I much rather stick with cooler master or a cx series and get a $20 case and use the extra money for things that will actually improve performance. $120 on a case when you have a mid tier build doesn't make any sense to me at all

RyneSmith 7 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

A case to me is a personal preference and some people care about aesthetics (it might not make sense but it's just how it is honestly)

And as far as the PSU goes I'd rather spend a bit more on that in the end and not risk anything. I know you say you've never had a problem with it but I've seen countless stories of people losing entire systems because of lower tiered PSUs (even some upper tier) and that's not something I'm willing to risk regardless of how much I've spent on a build.

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