Description

I made this computer as an experiment of sorts. I wanted to build a machine that I can use for school and moderate games in my spare time. I became interested in custom building in 2013, and I’m in college studying CIS, so building a computer made perfect sense! I want to continue updating this as parts get old or break. My goal is to eventually have a really nice, valuable computer.

CPU- This is a good chip. Don't listen to people saying it's not. It has a good price-to-performance balance, and really performs well with a decent GPU, being that it’s hyper-threaded. It's only the really expensive GPU's (i.e. gtx 780)that bottleneck it. I’ll probably use it until I can afford an i5 and then have another build for the i3.

Motherboard- I got it on a good deal a few months ago. Plenty of features come with it. No WiFi or SLI support though. Plans to get an SLI compatible MOBO soon.

RAM- I feel like I overpaid for this but I wanted it to match the red/black theme. Nothing much to say, it works.

HDD- boot time is really fast but it is rather noisy under load. Might consider getting an SSD soon (if I decide it’s worth it).

Graphics- This was really all I could afford at the time. I was pleasantly surprised at its performance though. It runs most games I play at high settings. (NBA, Mass Effect Trilogy, Sleeping Dogs, BO2)

Case- I cut back prices on other parts so I could get this case. It’s awesome! Plenty of room for upgrades, and great airflow. I might put some red fans at the top soon. One problem with the case…one of the SATA cables it came with had bent pins. But no worries, I had an extra.

OS- Upgraded to 8.1. Bought through my school, really cheap.

Power Supply- It does what I need it to, will upgrade if need be.

PS- I wanted to show you my pretty school. The picture is from this morning on my walk to work.

**Update Future upgrades- Since I only have a 1080p monitor, I haven't really entertained the thought of a really expensive GPU. So instead, I’ve been thinking about getting gtx760 and possibly SLI-ing them. Not sure which brand yet. I was looking at Gigabyte or MSI. Of course, I’ll need a better psu.

I realize I probably could have gotten a better value for the money I spent, but, it was worth it to me!

Let me know what you think!

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Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 11 points

a $150 case with a $130 CPU and a $105 GPU may not usually be on my mind when considering a budget PC, but if you're happy with it, then good for you! at least now you'll have a great case to work with when you upgrade.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

The case was too cool to pass up, in my opinion

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I would usually put performance first over aesthetics because I spend most of my time staring at my monitor not case.. :P

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

well okay then

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the case, I have it too, but I agree, you could maybe have balanced it better.

  • 73 months ago
  • 6 points

I did not know people still used i3, BUT FIRST PICTURE IS SCENERY +1!!!!!!!!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

it's cheap and it works great(the i3) and yes my school is great too! :)

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 Just for the case. Honestly my favorite one on the market right now.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

You should put your computer outside and tell us how cold your temps get lol.

  • 73 months ago
  • 7 points

I could probably use it as a sled

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely want to see this thing with a beefier gpu. Shoot for that 760 (or R9 270/270x) as soon as possible, you won't regret it. I have a gigabyte 760 and it's absolutely perfect for 1080p gaming. Maxes out almost everything and runs cool and quiet even when overclocked (mine hits a max of about 67C when under full load and I barely hear it.) If you're lucky and live by a microcenter you can typically find a 760 open box for around $200-210.

OH, but if you're trying to fit this card in with a 430w psu, you might have to skip the gigabyte. I think the only 760 you could run would be the Asus direct cuII 760 as it only needs one 8 pin (and it doesnt draw much power at all under stress)

Don't regret spending more on the case, it's the one thing on this rig that has the potential to last years if not decades. And this one should give you plenty of room to experiment with (And hide your **** collection in the back!) I spent more money than I first intended to on my case and I'm damn glad I did.

Also, SSD's are always a nice addition, but with a brand new hard drive running 8.1 you'll probably be just fine without it for now. A few months down the road you can try to score a 120gb for 60 bucks hopefully.

Hope that helps!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

dude, thanks for the tips. I do plan to get a psu+gpu upgrade in a few months after I save a little more. Let's say I get a 750 watt, what brand would be best?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't say enough for the gigabyte card. It's one of the highest clocked 760's out of the box and is one of the coolest running on top of that. It's also dead silent in normal use and would fit your case pretty well.

But really, there are a lot of good options. The Evga, Asus and MSI options are all pretty neck and neck, it just comes down to what you can find for the cheapest (The asus and MSI would fit a red/black color scheme great as well, which is something to consider with such a nice case with a window.)

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm assuming big cards will sag down a lot. Any thoughts?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

not a lot, and it doesn't matter in terms of performance if they do, it's mainly just an aesthetic problem, so you can buy a backplate for most cards and get that fixed if you want to.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw one builder use a spray-painted toilet paper roll for support. Ha!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't worry about it. As long as you seat it properly the chances you will notice it are slim. But if you want to avoid it, I know the Asus card is smaller than most motherboards are wide.

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  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

I like this a lot. It should be a great system for the price. The case is amazing and will offer you plenty of flexibility for upgrades, not to mention will probably outlast the rest of the system. Also, you didn't overpay on the RAM, that's about as cheap as you can find it for these days.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

good to know! thanks!

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the name +1

I presume its after the nintendo GameCube?

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

With that sort of weather I think you could passive cool your PC!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

but then I wouldn't get pretty fans and lights :(

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

first picture?

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

read the last line in the description

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

ah ya i live in indiana so we have an "Arctic Blast" as well

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Alas! I am not the only one in the world that eats gummy worms while at my pc!

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

SOUR gummy worms!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thought you mod a nintendo gamecube and somehow shoved all those hardware in the case lol! It's a sweet case and its pretty cheap (build) IMHO. If you get some extra cash I would love to see you buy some more "themed" parts and just use it with the panel removed or with a glass panel add some light and you get a pimped-out rig.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

I tried putting some red fans in it last night but the light wasn't very visible because of the case design at the top. I'll have to figure something out.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

would love to see a snapshot of how it looks maybe we can help you out

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

HOW IN THE HELL DID YOU GET WINDOWS 8.1 FOR $16?!?!?!?!?

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

School :)

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

sweet deal man, legit? for $16 on a OS I'll be like "shut up and take my money... I'll get 3" lol.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

I should get 3 haha

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

More on a case than a GPU? Seems legit.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

read my description, I explained it.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn there is still now there??? What country are u in? by the way nice build

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  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, my mobo doesn't support SLI but it does support crossfire