My first gaming build and I couldn't complain. I used to be a console peasant on the PlayStation 3 and then I wanted to play PC because our family desktop was trash and I liked the idea of better graphics and nice deals on games (Steam). I started out with the Asus G72GX Gaming laptop which is the picture of the laptop at the end of my slideshow.... Once I played games I couldn't hold up 30 fps on even lowest settings I decided I wanted to build my first real gaming computer! I wanted a computer that could play any game with 30 fps and if it can max it out that is a plus. I also wanted to focus on Price- Performance I play games from Battlefield 4, Rust, Skyrim, to Civilization 5 and more. Now I am going to explain my part choice be prepared for a text wall.

All comments accepted.

  • CPU:

At first I thought I was going the AMD route because I was hypnotized about the more cores for less money, but soon came to my senses with the help of many forums and my cousin. I ended up buying the i5-4690k but I didn't quite end up getting an aftermarket cooler. But that doesn't bother me because I don't think I need to overclock just yet.

  • Motherboard:

I was initially going with this but my cousin told me this motherboard would be better so I didn't question him much and I can't complain yet about it.

  • Ram:

Didn't see any reason to get some super fast ram or 16gbs. So I went with the ram is ram saying and bought the cheapest 8gbs I could.

  • Storage:

I was going to get the 1TB of HDD and 120GB of SSD to be able to boot up quickly and maybe a few games. But I got a $50 steam card instead of the solid-state drive. I don't power down my computer much so it doesn't bother me.

  • Graphics Card:

My first part in this build. I bought this back in July/August because I knew I was wanting to build a computer and it was on sale it was stupid to buy so early but works as expected and I don't hear any coil whine so I am a happy buyer.

  • Case:

I wanted something that was big, had good cable management, and looked good aesthetically and boy did this one hit all 3. I got it on sale for $79.99 and it is one of my favorite parts in this build. It was quite and it came with 2 quite case fans plus the cable management was really nice. I have only used one other case and that was this cheap one I can't complain much but I really like the Fractal Design.

  • PSU:

Needed a good reliable power supply with the ability to upgrade. For some reason I think that it doesn't work like it is supposed to 24/7 because upon start up half the time something about power supply surges but I Googled around and was led to turn it of in the BIOS settings and haven't had any problems since. I hope it doesn't end up causing bigger problems. As of right now it is working nicely knock on wood

  • Mouse and Keyboard:

Didn't want to spend much here and got a cheap bundle on amazon with good reviews. The red LED lights on all keys and mouse look nice in the dark, my only complaint is when you start typing fast the keys get loud.

  • Monitor/ (TV) :

Well I have a TV right now as my monitor I know my response time might not be the best. But I honestly don't see a difference with computers with a monitor.

  • Benchmarks:

3Dmark Firestrike: 6,581

3Dmark Skydiver: 17,971

But overall I really enjoyed building a computer. It wasn't as hard as some people posted around on forums, this build actually took about 3-4 hours and it was up and going.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, I love this case. Try and tuck the fan cables a bit better though. Reference----->>

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks I sure will!

  • 60 months ago
  • -2 points

Not sure why you bought a PC instead of a PS4/X1. If your target was 30 fps? I am guessing you are planning a long term upgrade programme? That GPU is holding you back so badly. A 900 series GPU (the best you can afford) would be my advice. Good start though.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

How is the gpu holding him back? Its is one of the best bang for your buck cards. cheap asf and 60 fps in some of the most demanding games, and high fps in games like csgo, LoL etc. I use this card and I dont regret it for the cheap price I paid.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for verifying this card isn't bad at all. I don't see why some people don't think it is a great 1080p graphics card.

  • 60 months ago
  • -2 points

If you enjoy it then fair enough for you. IM simply saying that your benchmark on firestrike 60% of where it would be with a 970. But if the 900 series wasn't available i can see why you went 280. Its not that i don't think its a good card, just not sure its best bang for buck. The point on the console was that if all your target is beat 30fps A next gen would have done that for you. You just don't seem interested in pushing your PC or taking advantage of the extra horsepower or speed. E.g not getting the SSD. Daltonwg;, What card doesn't give high fps On CSGO? And "60fps in SOME of the most demanding games." Farcry 4, not a chance.

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

I did buy this card in July so just before the release of the 970's. and I did regret not waiting but I am 15 and have more things to worry about with school and commitments theN 15 extra fps for the extra $175 (AUD). As I said I did regret it until I heard about the vram issues lol.

alright ill give all the games I can remember's fps. BF4: 60 FPS (Maxed) CSGO: 275 fps avg TitanFall: 90 fps (dont quote me on it been awhie) tbh, i havent played many games recently, waiting for hardline and gtav.

FarCry 4 is one of the newest AAA games out, its also one of the more up there graphics in any game to date. From memory a 980 struggled to max that game out on 60 fps, but you can fact check me on that.

I do happen to agree on the ssd thing, never would I boot an os on a hdd again.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Well I am happy with what I bought and would not dish out another 100-200 bucks for a 970. I believe that my computer is giving me a better gaming performance than any console could.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I enjoy 60 fps but 30 fps does not hurt my feelings. And at the time the 900 series was not even out yet. If I ever upgrade it will probably be to a 970. But just so you know the GPU I have isn't very bad at all. I max out bf4 with no hiccups.