Description

I'm going to use this machine for gaming, some video editing and multitasking work.

CPU: I decided on the 8320 over the 8350 cause I can overclock it around the same. I currently have the 8320 OC'd to 4.0 with the stock cooler with very stable temps. I plan to either purchase a 120mm water cooler or more likely a Cryorig H7 but it wasn't in my budget at the time.

Motherboard: The motherboard has been great and has a very easy to use BIOS. No complaints so far.

RAM: I wanted Ripjaws X red ram here but when I was purchasing the parts the sniper ram was about $8 cheaper so why not it still goes with black and red.

Storage: Cheap SSD that works great and feels fast to me and I pulled the 500 GB out of an old junk dell I had around.

Graphics Card: You can't really beat this card at $79. I got it on clearance from bestbuy.com but it's now sold out. Some people have had issues with this card because they released a bad driver for it but there is a new one now and it works well.

Case: This little Corsair does the trick and looks pretty good. As you can see in the pictures the reset LED is absent. They sent me a case missing that led on the front panel so I'm having them send me a replacement part. Other than that I like the case but cable management is tough without a modular power supply.

Power supply: Not modular and not the highest quality but it is bronze rated and should do the job just fine.

OS: Had a windows key I could use and upgraded to Windows 10.

Fans: I bought two extra red led fans from corsair and put those in the front and put the front one that came with the case in the back since they didn't match.

All in all I think I did alright and while this gpu was a great deal for the price I do intend to replace in in a few months with a higher end one. It's darker than anticipated with the side panel on so I'm thinking I'll buy a couple LED strips for the inside as well. I haven't had a chance to run any benchmarks or anything yet but if you want to see any tests in particular let me know and I can run them. Feel free to ask me any questions and let me know what you think.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

For the price range and what you are trying to do it is a nice build. Like others said I would maybe try to get a a 4 GB card rather than a 2 GB video card. That being said it is a budget build. So people need to remember that too.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I do plan to upgrade to an r9 390 once I've saved up some more money. Then my cpu is more likely the bottleneck haha.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

That would be a nice upgrade when you save up some money.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking to try something like this within my budget. What games have you tried with this build and how well did FPS do with them?

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

So far I've played mortal kombat x, NBA 2k16 and project cars. The lowest fps by far was project cars in 1080p with all ultra settings averaging 38 fps but that wasn't in the rain. That's perfectly playable and I enjoyed it even though that's not an amazing framerate. The R7 260x seems harder to find now so I would suggest a 750TI as a similar card for about $100.

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

That gpu is definitely the bottleneck in this system.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

True.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I do agree that it's clearly my weakest point however I've been pleasantly surprised by how well it's handling the games I've played with it so far. I haven't played anything super demanding but it's doing great in mortal kombat x. Of course you can get much better cards but I just wanted to be able to play games smoothly while being able to get some editing and work done.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

What video card would you have suggested at $120? I considered a 750TI but for $80 the 260x was a slightly better value imo. I wanted more cores for some of the non gaming uses I have planned for it. I do understand spending the most possible on your graphics card since obviously if you're just gaming that's the big one.

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