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(I WILL BE POSTING AN UPDATE TO THIS BUILD WITHIN A FEW WEEKS OR MAYBE A MONTH I DUNNO)

(Sorry for the potato picture quality) So, this is my first PC. The build went pretty smooth, and everything has been working pretty nice. This PC runs all my games with maxed out settings at 1080p, and it boots up in 20 seconds due to the ssd. The only thing I don't like about the hardware I chose was the GPU. The RX 460 is a great card, just not this version. This XFX card runs at 70C to 75C when gaming, and the fan speed is almost at 3000 rpm, which makes it sound like a jet engine. I underclocked the card to 854mhz and now it runs at 55C-60C while gaming with a quiet fan speed of 1400 rpm. However, I did lose about 10-15 fps in my games, which is no big deal since I'm already getting well over 60 fps. (THIS IS BEING WRITTEN FROM THE FUTURE BUT I UPDATED MY REVIEW ON THIS CARD WHICH YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT) The Athlon X4 845 is a great CPU. It idles at a cool 30C, when gaming it hovers between 40C-50C, and when benchmarking it stays at 60C. Impressive for an AMD CPU, especially since I'm using the stock cooler. Overall I think this build went pretty well. I just wish I would've gotten a dual-fan RX 460, but this one is fine for what I do.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU for the price. Stays cool on the stock cooler even under load, and doesn't consume much power.

Motherboard

It's a decent board. It works and hasn't failed me yet, but doesn't have support for USB 3.0 front panels, and only has one system fan header. For $50 you can't complain.

Memory

Great RAM. Reliable, and has a pretty decent clock speed.

Storage

Good SSD for $60. The read/write speeds aren't amazing, but it's still pretty snappy and much faster than a standard hard drive.

Video Card

I'm changing my review to four stars because I think I just got a bad fan with my card. I contacted XFX and they sent me a new cooling unit that was much quieter and dropped my temperatures, too. XFX has a great warranty service and they were very quick about things.

Case

It's small, has good cable management, and looks pretty sleek. There's only one problem with this case: airflow. I tried putting a 120mm fan in the front of the case to help with the airflow but due to the design of the front panel there's just not enough air being blown into the case. On top of that, you can't even put a 92mm fan in the back. You're stuck with an 80mm fan. That being said, this case would probably be good for an HTPC build with parts that dont heat up as much. For gaming components, however, this won't cut it. Rosewill's other cases such as the FBM series as well as the Ranger-M seem better than this and they even come with a 120mm fan as well as an 80mm fan and have room for a 92mm fan in the back. You could either just get one of the aforementioned cases or go for a move expensive case like a Thermaltake Versa H15, H25, or a Cooler Master N200. My point is that this case isn't that bad, but you can get much better.

Power Supply

Reliable. Hasn't failed. The only thing I don't like about this PSU is the cable it came with. It doesn't stay seated in the back of the power supply very well; so you'll have to wiggle it around until it finally makes a solid connection. Other than that, it works great.

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 6 points

The AMD Athlon X4 845 is really underappreciated. It's one of AMD's fastest for per thread performance. Nice choices on the parts - they work together really well.

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

Love these budget oriented PC builds, looks great and the price to performance is unbeatable! Keep up the good work!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for the question but, isn't 2gb vram not enough for gaming in 2016? :/

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

It's enough for me. I don't play very demanding games (Minecraft, Unturned, Rainbow Six Siege, etc.) and I don't need that much from a video card. I have the ability to play on ultra settings but I normally play on low because I enjoy having a smoother framerate.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh, nice!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Gtx 950 2gb can play witcher 3 on high 40+fps and looks pretty good

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

does amd cpu compatible with GTX gpu, I heard in the future if your gonna upgrade it, it will not compatible is it right????

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think so they should be fine together

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, but playing on low... idk, it might be me. I have an FX-8320E and GTX 750ti for medium gaming and server/programming/heavy (really heavy) multitasking.

Anyways, I can play all my games 1080p 60FPS... see no problem playing at a lower framerate than say, all low settings (120FPS).

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I'm new to this and am working on my first build. Which would you recommend?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Which graphics card would we recommend?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

For the power the 460 has 2GB is enough. More would be a waste.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

do you have any fans set as intake in the front? If not then that sets up a pretty bad airflow situation for the gpu

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

^ This, it's quite possible that this is what's causing your GPU to thermal throttle.

If that still isn't enough, try undervolting your GPU. Apparently RX 460's come with high voltage factory settings. Just copy this and you should hopefully get better thermals(Only AFTER you install a new fan though): https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/5071pz/magical_rx_460_undervolting/

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I just tried undervolting the GPU and it seems like it helped. The temperatures was sticking at about 70C instead of 75C, and the fan speed was between 2100-2400 rpm instead of 2500-2800 rpm. I think I'm just going to order a new fan and hope for the best.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually bought a front 120mm fan but I since removed it due to the fact that it was as loud as a train. It was a pretty cheap fan though. I'm thinking about buying a corsair or cooler master fan now.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

yes definitely do this, that will help a lot. What would be even better is if after a while you could get a better case with more and unrestricted airflow options if undervolting the gpu and new case fan doesn't work

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I just tried reinstalling the 120mm fan I had previously and it didn't change the temps one bit. It also made my PC sound like an air conditioner. I think ill undervolt and underclock the card for now until I get a new case. I might use this case I have currently for an HTPC.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Hello, im building a pc similar to this. Could you tell me how it performs vs gta v, cs:go call of duty mw3 or any other games please. And if something isn't 'good' or something could you tell me please. Btw, i can't change the cpu because i already brought it.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't tell you how it performs in those games, but for me this pc runs rainbow six siege 1080p medium settings 60-80 fps, minecraft max settings 1080p 16 chunk render distance 60 fps, unturned ultra settings 1080p 60 fps, and TF2 max settings 1080p 140-160 fps.

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

It's probably because you have an i5. Minecraft is very CPU-bound. What operating system do you have? If you have linux then that also could play an important role because minecraft runs better on linux.

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I have tested both linux and windows on some of my computers and minecraft seems to yield a higher framerate in linux. I installed linux on a crappy 2012 laptop that could hardly run google chrome when it was on windows and when i installed linux it was actually able to play minecraft. I think this is due to linux being less demanding than windows (uses up less system resources) and that java usually runs faster on linux.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, I love how budget this is, but why would you need 16gb of Ram, with such a budget oriented build you could have knocked another twenty bucks off by just going with 8gb.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I didn't necessarily need 16gb ram, but I bought it anyway so I would have extra headroom. I wanted this PC to last me at least 3-4 years. Games and programs nowadays are starting to use more ram so I thought 16gb would be the better long term decision. Also getting 2 8gb sticks in a kit was cheaper than buying them separately.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Great budget build, I'm happy to see someone balancing the component nicely and not trying to pair a pentium with a 980ti or something. Also good job on underclocking your gpu to help it cool.

I'm sure you'll be able to upgrade this pc for your future needs when the funds will be available.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The graphics card temp is OK, mine goes to 74 too and it's a dual fan GTX 750ti... don't worry, cards have gotten a lot cooler.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The temperatures are fine with me as long as the card isn't crashing or frying, but since it's a single fan card the it gets pretty loud.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

great build! +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice budget gaming build. The case is pretty small and limiting, but otherwise great job!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

i bulit a pc just like this

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you had any problems with gaming performance on this PC? I have the same CPU and mobo and I have been having issues where my FPS drops in Rocket League from a steady 60 and above and drops to around 30 fps. My graphics card is a GTX 750 ti my problem isn't the card.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

It would be more comfortable to have your PC on your desk. But anyway great build.

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