Description

This was a build for light gaming. My budget was around $500. -CPU: Nice cheapo quad-core mid frequency. AMD Overdrive used to overclock.

-Motherboard: Nice motherboard, PS2 cable slot for my keyboard. Had all the internal slots I needed. Also, black and blue. The theme of this build.

-RAM: G.Skill is a good brand. Nice heat spreader. Blue also. standard 1600 Mhz CAS 9. Might be buying another kit in the future for video editing.

-Storage: WD is the most reliable brand I have seen. Don't need more than 500 GB, but the usable storage was 452.2 GB. 50 GB not usable. That sucks.

-Video card: Nice core clock, fan, and mediocre chipset. Overall good. Quiet until the fan reaches 80%, but never does because I live in a moderately cool area. Black/Blue.

-Case: Looks awesome, nice building space, room to upgrade. Curved edges inside for finger protection. MOBO standoffs slightly off. One of the front panel audio wires came unsoldered. I will fix that. Eventually.

-PSU: EVGA is a reliable, well known brand. supplies wattage required and plenty of cabes. CPU Power cable kind of short though.

-WiFi adapter: My house does not have a very accesible ethernet port where I like to game. No ethernet anywhere, really.

-Fans: It moves lots of air around. It lights up. It's cheap. It works well. The mounting hardware included expected you to thread your own screws. A quick 1 dollar trip to the hardware store fixed that problem.

-Monitor: A very nice 1080p monitor from 10 years ago. yeah, thats right. 10. 5:4 aspect ratio though.

-Fan Cable Splitter: MOBO did not have enough fan headers. Works as advertised.

-Windows 8.1 Pro: WOO, student discount! Also, free Windows 10 upgrade. Whenever it comes out. (Soon hopefully)

EDIT: Temps were inaccurate, fixed them now. Also, I changed the OC on the CPU and GPU.

EDIT 5/8/15 Uber overclocking!!! http://valid.x86.fr/

EDIT 5/26/15 PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard combo port has stopped working properly, will be contacting ASUS for help and possibly an RMA if I cannot figure out what is wrong. I will be buying a USB keyboard to use my computer, possibly CM Storm gaming combo.

Part Reviews

CPU

Works as advertised. Cheap compared to Intel Core i5 equivalent.

Motherboard

Very nice MOBO, I/O panel difficulties.

Memory

Standard RAM. Cool Heat spreader.

Storage

Trustable brand, only 450 GB usable though.

Video Card

Would have liked a better card, but this runs EVE Online at 60 FPS framecapped. Very smooth.

Case

Nice case, front sound wire came undone, MOBO standoffs off by a few mm.

Power Supply

Nice brand, supplies what advertised. CPU power cable was a bit short though. Had to run ut up under the GPU and WiFi card

Wireless Network Adapter

Nice WiFi Card, a bit loose in the PCIe x1 slot though. Connection speed enough for what I have.

Case Fan

Moves air around. Lights up. Quiet, compared to my laptop.

Comments

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job on the build. I love the blue theme myself.

If you do end up getting into video editing. You'll want to look at more storage, possibly SSD if it's within budget. I use an SSD to store my materials for premier and for scratch disk files. It really speeds up the processes, especially when it has to index those files into the resources. That can take a long time depending on how many assets you load in. I do time lapse photography/videos, so sometimes I load in 10s of thousands of photos in one go. This would take hours on an HDD.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

IF you are looking at upgrading that gpu, for budgeting 750ti's are great, but if you're looking for a little more beef than that, r9 280's are pretty good as well as GTX 960's which the 960's actually just released a new 4gb buffer version.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

The 4GB 960 doesn't perform any better at gaming, but I'm not a video-editor so I don't know how much of an improvement the 4GB will be for that application.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

oh, good thing I didn't jump on it then. Just stick with my 2gb 960 for now :P

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m69iYstfXTw

Yeah, it seems that the 960 isn't powerful enough to take advantage of the 4GB like a r9 290 or GTX 970.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll just wait for the new 300 series this summer. :P

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, are you planning to get the 380x or 390x?

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

The coloured builds are my favourite, especially when you've got aesthetically pleasing components to show off with a clear windowed side panel.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I' ve been planning a $400 build with the same video card, so could you recommend this or should i find another one?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

What games do you play?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I play smite, some city skylines, aaaand minecraft

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

This GPU runs Minecraft nicely, smite and skylines are not the most graphically intense games, where this budget GPU really shines is in EvE online, with it's insanely large texture files.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, tnx for the reply. I will take note of that

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

For games with large texture files (EvE install is 15 GB, loads of that is textures.) a larger memory graphics card is better.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG my school has the same moniters XD... +1

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

The difference is mine is LCD high color depth, and I don't clean it with crappy chemical wipes. I use mild soap solution and washable microfiber towel.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice m8

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Anyone else excited for Zen?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

That is certainly one sexy *** PC build! Hows it all running? I am looking to build a gaming PC on the same budget and am trying to get a feel for what I should go with. My main game is CSGO, do you happen to play that? If so, what kind of FPS are you getting?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, no I don't play CS:GO, but this might be able to handle it. A 750 ti would be better. This little graphics card is amazing. Everyone that I have shown this card to has said "OMGGGG, WHY SO MUCH VRAM THE CHIP CANT USE ITTT!!!!! RAALAAARR!!" I have pushed it up to 3.2 GB load while video editing. Noice.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh dam. Very NOICE indeed.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Overclocking FTW!!!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the size difference between the Cpu and the monitor... Did you consider the R7-250 instead of a gt740?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

The 4 GB R7-250 was slightly more expensive, with slightly lower clock speeds, and I have heard MSI cards are very good OC'ers. My card even came with a pamphlet explaining that it was "Hawk" and "Gamer" series. Hawk being overclocking optimized, and gamer series being self explanatory. Also, the cpu is tiny compared to all monitors today. Unless you are talking about the size of the case, then it should be referred to as the "tower" or just computer.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I was

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

You have won me over with that case.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Why are you framecapping? Even if u have a 60hz monitor, don't cap frames. Nice build ☺

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

EVE framecaps itself. And thanks! I also limit most games framerates to the refresh rate of my monitor to save resources because i do lots of background tasks.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

oh ok, that makes sense, haha!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. How about some more pics? +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I have had to disassemble the PC once before because of a requirement for a school project, and while doing this project some asshat 1st grader smashed my graphics card. We never found the kid, so the school is going to purchase a replacement. Sorry, no more pictures.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang. That sucks.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, kids today have no idea that consequences happen after actions.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I see that here too.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I just realized you did the in desk build! Awesome! I also am thinking of using the case in your college honour society build for a Hackintosh for my dad. He wants to keep the same aluminium look that other Apple products have. How is it?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

This is old about 9 months old, but how is that PSU? I'm using a build about $50 more expensive and I'm a little bit worried. The wattage seems decent but I want to make sure it won't explode. Thanks

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I have overclocked my CPU to 5.1 GHz on the stock cooler with that motherboard (2 cores disabled, almost set a world record for FX-4300 stock cooling OC) and the PSU is still going strong. It's pretty good for a budget unit, although I would go with the 430 watt model with the 80+ rating for extra efficiency, as they are usually about the same price.

  • 53 months ago
  • 0 points

Looks good for a 1st time builder. but you could of done better.

Case: You could of bought a corsair SPEC-01 which is a very good case compared to that other case.

CPU & Mobo: Both are already 3-4 years old. If you had gone with an i3-4130 and a H97 motherboard your system would be slightly faster for the same amount of money. Plus, you could upgrade to an i5 or i7 without installing a new mobo.

Besides that, looks fine.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I think Intel is overpriced, but has good performance. AMD should step up their game in ters of power consumption and hyper-threading, I chose AMD for this build because it has a very nice price/performance ratio.

  • 53 months ago
  • 0 points

How the hell were you able to overclock at all on just the stock cooler? How are the temps?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps are good actually, around 50 during gaming. i tried 4.4 GHz, but crashed. :( Lots of processors are OCable on the stock cooler, especially Intel, because of low heat output. AMD may not be the best in terms of heat output, but their stock coolers are the best. Not that stock coolers are good though.

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