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I wanted to get a new desktop, and instead of buying one and spending a fortune, I decided to save a few bucks and build one. It's surprisingly fast and runs just about everything. There is little to no cable management due to the budget case and a non-modular power supply but it is not that big of a deal for me. I haven't run into any problems so far, and I'm pretty impressed with this build!

--After playing Fallout 4 on this for literally over 60 hours, I can say I am really impressed, after bumping every setting up to ultra or as high as it could go, the game still ran smoothly:

  • 60 fps indoors

  • 35-60 fps outdoors, 40-45 fps with people around. 55-60 with nobody around. The more people there were the lower it went however it never really went below 35.

  • 25-45 fps in combat, depending on how many people and weapons used. Sat at 35-40, rarely went below 30 or above 45.

  • There were never any significant frame drops where it randomly went to 10 fps for no reason, and the frame rate did not fluctuate that much.

--I also have been playing Mass Effect 3 (with the few settings it had bumped up) on here and it did even better. It did have the same frame rate cap of 60 but in combat and out of combat I was still always getting 60 fps and probably would have gotten higher without the cap. The only time I didn't get 60 fps was when it was loading!

-- I was able to max out Skyrim on here as well and although I never checked the actual fps I can say that it ran very smoothly and I had to guess I'd say it was around 60!

--Note that prices were probably slightly different at the time that I bought this PC! I remember it being about $400 when I bought all these parts and now they are getting closer and closer to $500!

Comments

  • 55 months ago
  • 5 points

lol "generic amazon mouse"

  • 55 months ago
  • 5 points

idk its literally a mouse that has amazon stamped on it

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, that's pretty generic. :)

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

Needs guts pics. Crack er open and spread the love.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

will do!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good! This is what it is all about, being passionate about building and gaming regardless of the money that you throw at the system.

I dig it.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool build, but I have a couple of critiques. 1, you can get the 1tb version of that hdd for about $5 more 2, your processor is an apu which has a separate graphics chip, so instead of buying a separate graphics card you could have gotten a $50-60 motherboard and a better apu, like one of the cheaper a10 models.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

The build doesn't look bad but I personally think that you could've gotten something better for the $350 price point.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/TheGhostMan/saved/gDwnTW

Kinda like this one above.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

That PSU is gonna explode. Replace it soon.

Other than that great rig.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! but whats wrong with the psu! did i do something wrong i don't want it to explode D:

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Logisys PSUs tend not to be the most reliable.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

ah i see, i will look into getting a new one soon

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Woops missed that one, glad someone caught it.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

It's just not a good brand, so it's likely to fail sooner than normal. This is probably the cheapest you want to go and will leave you room for upgrades. https://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-100w10500kr

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

it would have been better to invest that $70 into an r7 240 + newer APU, you would have been able to crossfire the two and get some extra juice.

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

so basically i would have been able to use the integrated graphics and the separate gpu at the same time? i guess i should have done more research before going out and buying.... thanks for the feedback though and ill remember this if im ever building a pc similar to this again.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

welcome man, and yes you would be able to use the integrated graphics + seperate gpu power.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

ok i see, thanks again!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job with what you had.

Nice to see something thats not an i7-4790k or i5-4690K + GTX 970

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol! I have the same case and now have an fx-6300/gtx 970 in it! Kudos to the build by the way.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

nice!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! can't wait for more inside pics!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

alright

  • 55 months ago
  • -2 points

You won't be able to play much... what are you planning on playing?

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

My friend has a GT 730 and an old AMD CPU and can play a lot of games at good settings actually.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

games like far cry 4, fallout, etc. I don't need to run them at high settings just medium so it is playable. I've already tested some other games like simcity 5 and rollercoaster tycoon, and i can run them both maxed out with no lag.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

As long as your monitor's resolution is 720p or less, you should be fine playing pretty much anything with a few tweaks.

  • 55 months ago
  • 0 points

I've just always been in the way of, if you're going to PC game, why play at the same resolutions, framerates, and graphics settings of a console? It just takes away pretty much the whole reason you buy/build a gaming pc in the first place.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

You can do so much more with a PC than a console.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, this is priced the same as current gen consoles. And then the games are much cheaper (especially when you wait for steam sales) so you still get a good deal. And navigating anything on a console is clunkey and limited, you wouldn't want to do anything other than play games or watch movies.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

ok... i'm planning on getting a gtx 750 as a replacement gpu, but will it make much difference, because i don't have the best cpu/mobo. will it get it up to 30fps (average)?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it will make a huge difference but there are better choices. This is the same price with mail in rebate but way more powerful.

If you don't like mail in rebates this is your best bet.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

what is the difference, spec wise between the one i found and the one you found because im still having trouble figuring out which specs separate a good gpu from a bad one...

those two seem a bit more expensive than the gtx 750 - i found one for really cheap w/ a rebate here - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n7501gd5oc even though it is cheaper, it will still get me 30fps on medium right?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp43753kr

The GTX 750ti, a newer version of that card based at about the same price, better specs, and better performance, I can speak from experience with this card, its incredible, one of the best budget cards on the market, we're looking at 60+ fps on high in games like battlefield 4

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2040251/difference-gtx-750-gtx-750.html i just saw this article comparing the two and although the ti is slightly better, it is still a lot more expensive, i found a gtx750 for 64.99 - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n7501gd5oc but the gtx 750ti is a minimum of 99 dollars.... http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n750ti2gd5oc

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

here is how nvidia's gaming cards are named (currently) the first number is the series and has no direct corralation to performance (though newer cards in the same place in the series are better), the second number is where it is in the series (higher is better) and the third is an arbitrary zero. So the 750 is in the 700 series, is better than a 740 but worse than a 760 or 670. And is probrably about the same as a 660 (but that isn't guaranteed) some cards have a ti version, which will be made similer to the non ti but with improvements.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

thx that helped a lot. i was really confused as to how you know which are which and which ones are better, but now i get it! :D

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

ah i see. i guess i should have done more research, but what specs should i be looking for when i get a graphics card, i looked it up and everyone said gddr5 was the thing to look for, and this graphics card has that, so what specs separate this from a higher end card?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

There are so many factors beyond the memory, and not every card with gddr5 has even the same memory performance. I highly recommend looking at benchmarks of the cards you are considering before you buy them. There is plenty of data available places like Tom's hardware and GPU boss. What's really important is what games do you want to play, and how high do you want to turn up the quality dial.

If you want to play games in 1080p on the ultra preset and AA all the way up...well you need to be willing to spend more on a card than you spent on your rig. I think the GTX 960 is among the best "budget" cards out there for HD gaming, however it prices starting at $200, and it's hard to say if the A4 would be too limiting to take full advantage of it in any games that are slightly CPU demanding.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

i only need to play the games at around 30fps on medium settings, i plan to play games like fallout, far cry, mass effect, etc. im planning on replacing my gpu with a gtx 750, is that going to let me achieve 30fps on medium, with the cpu and mobo i have?

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