For a long time now I've wanted to delve into PC Gaming. I'm someone (one of the many, I'm sure) who is guilty of going overboard on Steam and Humble Bundle sales and not having the opportunity to play all of the games I acquired. So when push came to shove and I desperately wanted to try out all these games gathering virtual dust, I found my ole laptop simply couldn't cut it. So I scoured the web, being inspired by YouTubers such as Austin Evans and LinusTechTips and compiled a build I thought would work. Now I am a college student and money was a large concern (I must have set aside at least half a semester to ensure that I was financially capable of building the machine I wanted) and I set out with an initial budget of $500 (*NOTE: This was for the hardware of the PC only, as a university student I'm provided with resources for the OS and other software and I will cover the peripherals I used later) After acquiring and assembling everything, I'd say I made a pretty great investment. I don't expect the top tier performance out of this build (I'm not playing Crysis on this or anything like that) but so far I have been impressed with how it has handled games such as Skyrim (Ultra Settings, 1080p) and MOBAs such as Smite (peaked at over 90 fps and didn't dip below 75) I'll take it through a couple more demanding titles just to benchmark it later. I told my brother that I'd be building a PC this summer and so for my birthday he gave me a gaming keyboard and mouse which I've been very impressed with so far. It is a comfort knowing that I could upgrade and overclock this PC later when I feel more comfortable doing so.
So far I've been pretty content with this CPU. In my build I haven't needed to overclock (with the addition of my graphics card and lack of an aftermarket cooler making this decision pretty easy for me) but it is a comfort knowing that I can later when I feel more comfortable doing so.
This graphics card has impressed me very much, as a first time builder I can say that it has provided me with a great value and taken a lot of stress off my shoulders. Plus it looks pretty sleek in my case, and that's always a good thing!
I kinda have mixed feelings about this case. On one hand, I love the look of it. It matches my setup perfectly, with the red LED fan and case lights matching my keyboard and mouse to the tee, I'm more than proud displaying it on my desk. However, before I bought this I'd seen plenty of reviews warning first time builders against it, informing them of the wiring nightmare that it can be. Being of that demographic, I can definitely stand behind that, wiring was most definitely the most difficult part of this build. On top of that, the hardware that is provided with the case only includes a single extra brass standoff when in reality you need two extra if you don't wanna endure a massive headache to mount a micro ATX MB. The fan can be kinda loud sometimes but its worth it. Overall it is a great looking case, something I'm glad to keep on my dorm room desk and show off but it is a hassle to make it work.