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My very First PC build. (aka My Rust Machine)

by Maximus88



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This is my VERY first PC build. Not pictured in the first picture is my GPU. It came in a day or two after my MOBO and CPU and RAM. I downloaded Rust onto my laptop and really got into it. It was very choppy and laggy however with my Vaio from 2010. I got a co-worker who is an avid PC gamer to throw me together a PC for around the $500 range. This was harder than expected, since once I started doing research I found where I can SLI the graphics and upgrade my PC in the future It turned out I spent way more than I had intended. Only reason being is I had to purchase an OS, and also a wireless adapter, both of which I hadn't put into budget. The Monitor and keyboards were peripherals I already had, I had been using them with my laptop, as a sort of make-shift desktop.

I will be upgrading the PSU in the future, I have heard some sub-par reviews about the PSU that comes with these cases. I figured it was a decent price for a Mit-Tower with 500W PS ANNNDD 4 fans built in, with some LEDs.

Performance wise, I pretty much bought this PC for Rust. It runs Rust PERFECTLY, on the highest graphics settings. I couldn't be more happier. I haven't tested it on any other games such as BF4, mostly because I have an Xbox One that I play on for that. (I know I know... It's just I have a TON of friends I keep in touch and I like playing with them)

So, any ideas for upgrades in the future?? Besides the PSU of course.

Any thoughts or concerns GREATLY appreciated and welcomed.


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skemble 24 Builds 4 points 44 months ago

Raidmax would put a blue fan in a green case...

ABJ117 1 point 44 months ago

In their defense, it's teal. :P

skemble 24 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Still really silly of them :P

talby 10 Builds 3 points 44 months ago

+1 pretty good budget rig.

Be mindful w/ upgrades on that PSU, despite saying 500w I would keep it below 300w on the calculated power, you should be safe (they have a bad habit of overrating the low end PSUs quite a bit). At least have it plugged into a 1000J surge protector, the cheaper PSUs also have a tendency to fail more often during brownouts and power surges (and possibly cause damage to other components).

Check out my son's PC for a good example of cable management in a non-management case, it's not impossible just takes a bit of extra work to keep it towards the bottom near the mobo tray.


Maximus88 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Thanks! Your input is very helpful!

Once I get the PSU I want cable management will be a LOT easier!! It won't look like a plate of spaghetti!


Grazzert 2 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

when did you build this? seems very pricey for an i3/650Ti

also, raidmax power supplies are not very reliable

Maximus88 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

As noted I read the reviews and am planning on getting a better PSU. I also paid $20 less on the GPU.

Rollin489 2 points 44 months ago

If these are your prices you paid then im afraid to tell you that it could have been much better.....$170 for a 650 ti is not a very good price / performance ratio. My opinion would have been to get an amd 6300, a cheaper case like the 200r, a corsair cx500 psu, i would have dropped the ssd, gotten your os online for $20 cheaper. All that could have gotten you a much better gpu like a r9 270 or a newly discounted 660.

Maximus88 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I actually paid $20 less for it. it just didn't have the correct listed price. Also, it exceeded my expectations so far running Rust. It can only go up from here. I also went over what I wanted on the MOBO, I wanted one I could eventually SLI with. So l left myself room to get better graphics later.

ABJ117 2 points 44 months ago

MMM spaghetti!

polarbehr 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

yep because this overpriced pos case(i have one in my garage) has ZERO cable managemet, also slim on the airflow.

Maximus88 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I like spaghetti though.. :D

Also, when I get my new PSU all those colored cables will disappear lol

W1nnie101 2 points 26 months ago

Sweet budget rig, I personally would have gone with something from the LGA2011 socket range, as the 1155 is extremely limited for upgrade choices (and expensive)

Some heads up, PSUs in cases are ******, always. And try and work on your cable management, especially with a window and LED's in the case, it makes it look alot cleaner and professional :)

If you have any tech concerns, queries, help with malware/viruses or upgrade choices, you are welcome to contact me via pm :)

Cheers, Mitch

Atechless 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

These are not the prices OP paid, just the current market prices. That said OP should edit for clarity

Maximus88 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Updated, I was at work and barely had time to cross-check the prices. :D

Thoryan94 1 point 44 months ago

You should really think about getting a higher quality power supply from Antec or Seasonic. You can get an 80+ Gold 550W Antec power supply from Newegg for $80 and that'll be far better than whatever OEM power supply you currently have. You might not think that power supplies are a big deal since some of them are so cheap. I just found a power supply for $10 on Newegg, but those are the ones you want to avoid at all cost because that power supply may work as advertised for a little bit, but it may be the reason your computer bursts into flames for no reason. So get a little peace of mind and buy a slightly more expensive one from a reputable brand like Seasonic, Antec, or Corsair that is actually tested and guaranteed not to bursts into flames like it's cheaper counterparts. Also I heard of some cases where people were electrocuted because they cheaped out on PSUs that weren't properly grounded, so you can continue to run your setup as it is now, but getting a more expensive power supply will not only just keep you safer, but most of the time they will use less power thus costing you less over time.

Maximus88 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I noted that I would be upgrading my PSU here shortly, because of the reviews I saw with the built in PSU with my case.

Would the Corsair CX500M suffice for a decent PSU with my build?

talby 10 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

yes the CX500 is pretty decent, and far better than the one you currently have. It would be a good match for the build, if you are upgrading to a quad or better gpu 550w or 600w would be ideal.

Pretty good deals on the NZXT HALE82-N 550W and 650W and the Rosewill Green 630W from newegg post-rebate.


AminWinsGaming -1 points 44 months ago

For sure with that psu his build will probably blow up

Noozy -1 points 44 months ago

i3 ... expensive for nothing go amd when ur on a budget , I prefer nivida and intel but if you plan building a 600$ machine like ur , go amd