My name is Kyle and I recently decided to begin building what would be my first PC after months of researching and deal hunting. I bought the components for this pc over about a month’s span and was able to get some surprisingly good deals from sites like Newegg. My advice for anyone looking to build their first pc is to spend time looking (and waiting if your patient) for good deals. I created a new email and made accounts on Superbiz, Newegg, Amazon and Ncixus, which gave me weekly emails for deals and ended up saving me a lot of money. Watch out for those rebates because I had problems with all 3 of my rebate items! As for the computer itself, I'll mostly be using it to game, but also wanted to be able to easily run SolidWorks CAD and Matlab at home for my college classes. As far as gaming, I play mostly League and Minecraft at the moment, but I’m definitely looking at some much bigger games to run (Battlefield, Batman AK, Farcry & Skyrim). If I wanted to purely game on this pc I would have gone with an I5-4690 and a couple 960s or 970s with a stronger psu.
At first I was somewhat skeptical wither AMD could compete with Intel on a performance basis, but the 8350 is just what I needed. It offers 8 cores and 4 GHz for extremely fast multitasking and can tackle everything I will likely throw at it with ease. The best part is the price, $165 is insanely cheap for a processer like this; the same price for an Intel CPU won’t get you nearly as much performance. If I had the money I would have gone with a similar spec Intel chip as there is no denying that Intel outperforms AMD at the same spec levels, but for a price…
The H100i is an amazing water cooler; make sure you get it on sale though. For $90 it does a hell of a job keeping my CPU cool, as amd does run hotter than most Intel chips.
I love the look of this motherboard! Easy setup and lots of nerdy features included...exactly the kind of mid level motherboard I wanted.
Got this for an amazing price. My pc boots up extremely fast thanks to this little guy.
1TB for ~$50? Pretty standard.
I was looking for a mid level gpu that could run flawlessly in 1090p and I found it. Went with the 4gb not 2gb for an extra $40. This thing is a monster for its price though. I’ll upload some performance specs running a couple common games for a reference.
It’s huge. Loads of space, great cable organization, battery shroud is nice and the whole case has a very appealing look (especially with led’s). I love everything about this rig but its size, but eh it’s a full ATX so eh no big deal.
It’s kept my pc powered and hasn’t blown up. Is there much more I can ask for?
They do the job and add a nice glow to the top of my case!
for some very high rated monitors, definitely did not disappoint for the price tag of only $125 a piece. Would DEFINATELY recommend for a low price dual monitor setup.
This keyboard is amazing. Definitely has the mechanical keyboard feel and takes time to get used to, but otherwise the performance is amazing. The best part is the customization too, Logitech does an amazing job with 9 programmable keys and controllable led setup. The indented key structure is interesting but really does help your finger placement after you get used to the keyboard itself.