I was in the early summer just after my 8th grade school year, and I had just received my schedule for my Freshman year of High School. As expected, I made it into most of the computer-oriented classes I had chosen to take. Things such as Modelling and Photoshop. So I decided to build a PC to accommodate some of the high-stress things that my old, malware-infested HP Pavilion laptop couldn't handle. This was in early June, and in retrospect, I set my goals a little high. In addition to my schoolwork, I wanted something to game on. And I've always been a top-notch kind of person. So I decided to do grunt work around the surrounding neighborhoods to earn money towards this PC. I set my budget at $1,500, and the helpful people on Tom's Hardware helped me get a list started. The original project was ridiculously high end. 64GB of RAM, a 750w Power Supply, a liquid-cooled 6700k, and as the icing on the cake, not one, but TWO GTX 1080's in SLI. The rest of the summer was basically a grind of work, as well as factoring in days to go do something with friends, typical teenager stuff. Come mid-august I had only made about $780, and school was starting soon. I had managed to learn a great deal about computers in that time, so I rewrote my list to what it is now. I was initially going to by an RX480 for my GPU, but Newegg and everywhere else had sold out on the budget cards. But my friend said from experience that the 470 was basically a GTX 970 for a fraction of the cost, so I went with that. Upon the arrival of all my parts, putting it together was a breeze and only took me about 3 hours to do so, which isn't much considering my lack of experience. When it was all done, I learned that my Motherboard drivers weren't compatible with Windows 10, but the thing was still working okay. The thing has been working great. I can max out almost everything and get 50-60FPS easy. The AMD CPU runs a bit hot since I've been using the stock cooler (For warranty reasons) but nothing too bad. The GPU shreds through everything I throw at it. The FX8320 leaves only a slight bit to be desired. CPU intensive games I play such as Roblox and Minecraft did require a slight graphical tuning, but nothing too bad. Everything looks absolutely gorgeous running on this machine. I have plans for this thing in the future. Most of these upgrades are going to be happening around Spring 2017. -Another RAM stick (16GB) -New, more compatible Motherboard (MSI 970 GAMING) -Overclock CPU (4.3Ghz Hopefully) -New Video Card (GTX 1070)
So, that's the humble story of my entry into PC gaming.
Little slow in some highly-CPU intense games, but gets the job done!
Drivers weren't compatible with Windows 10, and has almost no Overclocking potential, but it works.
Great card. Gives GTX970 performance for a fraction of the cost. Shreds through anything at 1080p at High or Ultra.