Description

I built this machine back in 2012 right before Diablo III was released. It was very budget with no SSD and a barely functional Radeon HD6570. Nearly 4 years later, I've slowly made some upgrades ( the GPU to the GTX-950, 16GBs of RAM and added an SSD).

This build focuses on minimal noise (without the need of water cooling) and aims to maximize performance with what's practical (no 4K here). The Commander Snow case includes an 120mm exhaust fan and adding in the tiny Antec 80mm serves both as an additional blue LED and an intake fan. These are connected to the NZXT Sentry 2 fan controller that helps regulate their speeds and accents the look with it's nice front display.

The EVGA GTX-950 was chosen not only for great performance in 1080p gaming, but it's low power consumption makes it very efficient. Additionally, the fans on this card don't start till the temperatures hits 60 Celsius. Another key player to this quiet build.

For power supply, I opted for the SeaSonic 550W semi-modular unit. It's quiet, efficient, and being modular allows me to just plug in what I need. It comes bundled with all the modular cables you need, including a 4-way SATA cable which was perfect for my 3 storage drives and optical drive.

Sure this build isn't perfect. There's probably a lot of different parts I could have gone with, but as a first build that has been slowly refined over the years it has surely served me well and will continue to satisfy my light gaming needs for years to come!

End Notes: The Win10 Pro key was obtained by University (free) and the extra 2TB storage drive was gifted.

Part Reviews

Case

I only got this case because it was on sale and the white color stood out. I was pretty underwhelmed at first by restricted space and lackluster front I/O.

Besides that, there's SO many good features about this budget case! The drive bays are tooless, giving you the ability to swap drives in and out. I've managed to easily fit an optical drive as well as two harddrives and an SSD (fitted in a 3.5in" cage).

The front design has room for a 120mm case fan and if you choose not to use one (like I have) there's a meshed honeycomb design. The side panel allows for a peek into the case with holes for ventilation or another case fan.

Lastly, the packaging for this case is great! I've been able to re-purpose it for use in transporting my build. This PC case is great for anyone that wants something budget friendly and easy on the eyes.

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Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

Not bad, not bad. Good choice in not cheaping out on the PSU, and there's still plenty of room for upgrades down the road. Any idea what you're going to upgrade next?

P.S. Why is the Windows 10 license not marked as free? Could avoid some confusion.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback!! It's my first time using this site, I didn't know I could make it as free -_-.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

nice setup! as others said, good choices on the parts. a gtx 950 is a good pair with the FX 4K series and with a NVidia gpu, definitely will see some better fps I think (least that's what I've experienced)

thumbs up

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!! Yeah the GTX 950 is definitely one of the best upgrades I've done so far. Beats my old Radeon 6570 by a long shot :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn this computer looks so good and the parts are so quality without being overkill. You knew what you needed to enjoy gaming, and you found parts that accomplished your goals in a very smart and beautiful way. Congrats.

P.S - Please stop it with that fan controller, you're making me depressed that my In Win 901 isn't capable of housing one D:

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!!! I wanted something mid-range, but didn't want to cheap out on everything. Haha the fan controller is definitely one of my favorite parts of this build :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I just upgraded my gaming rig. That case is what I used to use and I love it.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

It's an awesome case :) A good mix between affordability and function in my opinion!

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  • 49 months ago
  • 4 points

Seeing as he reused parts from an existing build, it's not a waste of money. Guess you missed the part where he said it was originally built in 2012.

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

Sometimes reading is a good thing bud. And honestly, an i3 would probably bottleneck that 390 a little bit, so constructive criticism (that's actually good) would have been better, R.I.P your points

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

He got windows pro from his university for free. read.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

The i3 being a dual core would not keep up with this CPU in real world applications. Yes single and dual core things the i3 will be better at, but this FX will win in multi tasking. That a lot of AAA games are requiring a quad core now, so the i3 generally cannot play them; I would rather be able to at least play the games.

Also read the description...