Description

This is a value gaming build that I will be reselling. I'm very happy with the price/performance.

CPU: Great value CPU!

CPU Cooler: Very quiet when idle. Cools wayyyy better than stock. Cheap.

Motherboard: Was a pretty cheap motherboard that had everything I needed.

Memory: 16GB for $70 is hard to beat, and G.Skill is generally a good brand.

Storage: Wasn't really concerned too much about the storage space, and I decided to put most of the budget into the CPU, RAM and Video Card.

UPDATE: I was having trouble selling this PC so I took some advice that was left in the comments, I upgraded the hard drive to 1TB. Hopefully now people will want to buy it.

Video Card: Got this thing used on eBay for a really good price. It barely fit in the case and I had to do some pretty weird cable management to get the PCI-E power connectors in with enough clearance. This thing is pretty sweet in terms of value for the money.

Case: I've used this case before. It looks really good and is very cheap. Awesome value. Cable management SUCKS in this case, but what I do is make a bundle of PSU wires and put it in the top corner, then I just take out the wires I need of the length I need and cable management is much better that way.

Power Supply: Had great reviews and was relatively cheap. I made sure to get a PSU with some kind of 80+ certification and this PSU had it.

Case Fan: These pictures are from before this was installed. Will update soon.

Fire Strike Results: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/6880669

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Part Reviews

CPU

Excellent value. $100ish is a steal for this kind of performance.

Motherboard

Good cheap motherboard for FX users. Worked with the FX-6300 just fine. Has plenty of features. Only complaint is the beeping sound from the motherboard's speaker every time you start it.

Memory

Great RAM, looks nice, low price.

Video Card

Awesome value video card. Keeps the GPU nice and cool. Solid performance. Has a dual bios switch which might be handy.

Case

This is gonna be pretty similar to my review last time I bough one of these Pros: Great case for budget builds. Decently Sturdy. Looks super nice especially at this price point. Cons: Cable management in this case is horrible, only buy it if you have lots of zip ties or if you are content with a rats nest. Last time I bought this case I completely misunderstood how the hard drive mounts are supposed to work. They are actually a lot less sketchy than I originally said. They are decent is all I can say.

Update: I have made an Imgur album that shows how the 3.5" and 2.5" drives should be mounted in this case. Its not at all intuitive. http://imgur.com/a/jaiEo

Power Supply

Solid power supply for budgets. I highly recommend it. No complaints at all.

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Comments

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

+1, I like it but the ram just seems a bit too over the top considering the rest of the specs - I'd just take one of the sticks out and save it to put 8gb in another basic build if you plan on reselling more :-)

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

There's a good idea. I might actually do that. Thanks :) I might also just use the 16GB as a strong selling point. Many people seem to think RAM is more important than it is so 16GB could help me sell it.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

the video card in this case looks like it gets barely any fresh air at all. personally i wouldnt use a cramped case for a budget build, not when you can use an nzxt case ( http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-s210001 ) for similar price and improved air flow and case layout.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

You dont always have to have nzxt Lol.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

It was better for the price when i looked and a trusted brand. If you look at the parts list i gave him it has cooler master i believe

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

True I understand.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks like a good idea, but I have to ship this thing whenever it sells so I go with Micro ATX Cases. The front case fan actually blows outside air onto the intake for the blower-style cooler, so it does get some air, although not an ideal amount. The video card still maintains some pretty good temperatures so I'm happy with it.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

from what i can see, its placed higher up than the cooler, so i dont think it gets much. but the difference in weight between the micro atx cases and the full atx cases can be negligible depending on the brands you get. if you are worried about shipping costs, you should be working with mini itx builds primarily. Just advice as i've been building and shipping them for a while. including the shipping costs in your price is something youll want to start doing.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Mini ITX cases and motherboards are expensive, but I see your point. And I've never thought about including shipping in the price, I don't know why. I will definitely start doing that. Thanks :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

if you shop around parts wise, you can nab good deals on some stuff and make a mini itx system with similar costs, i just threw this together to show you. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HBLzJx

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh wow that's a good total for an ITX like that. :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Tell me when you sell it. I was thinking of doing something similar and would like to know if you manage to sell it or not. Thanks!

Also, I'd recommend against the PSU. Don't trust Amazon/whatever reviews, and 80+ doesn't have anything to do with the actual quality.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I will make sure to let you know if I sell it, Ill probably list it for around $550 :) Johnny Guru gave that PSU a pretty good review, and said it was a really solid one for $40, I think its fine. I know that the certifications have nothing to do with quality, I just like to get at least 80+ for peace of mind. Thanks for the feedback though :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

If you plan on getting a GPU it's a different story though, but if you don't have a GPU anything over 300W is overkill. But either way you're fine with either PSU.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I know this was forever ago, but I didn't end up selling it. I had it up for like 6 months with no luck, and I ended up lowering the price to $400 in the end, and still nobody bought it. I ended up giving it to my girlfriend who was stuck with a craptop.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

That GPU is huge! Is it cooled well? Not bad build though +1

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeh its cooled pretty nicely, was a bit surprised when I took it out of the package it arrived in and it barely fits. GPU manages good temperatures though, no throttling and I was even able to overclock it a little bit. :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

That's great! :) Good luck in your further projects!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm. This PC's performance is great! I have one question, do you think this computer can handle recording Minecraft at normal settings? I also want to be playing some Battlefront and Just Cause 3, thanks.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I would assume that it could record Minecraft fine, but I haven't tested recording anything, nor have I tested Minecraft on this PC. Minecraft has run great on a lot of lower-end systems I have built, and so it should run fine on this system. As for recording, that should also run smoothly, but keep in mind that when you put all your games, the OS, your software, documents, pictures, etc... on a 320GB drive, there probably won't be much space left to record to. If I were planning to use this to record I would either upgrade the hard drive or get a large external drive to record to.

I'm currently saving to buy both Battlefront and Just Cause 3, so I don't know what kind of performance to expect on this machine yet. I assume it will run battlefront fine. The specifications of this machine falls in between the minimum and recommended system requirements for that game. This machine also looks like it's somewhere in between the minimum and recommended requirements for Just Cause 3. I wish I could tell you the performance on those, but I don't have either of those 2 games.

I can tell you that it runs all of my most demanding games smoothly (besides Guild Wars 2, but that game is known to be terribly optimized on AMD CPUs so its no suprise). The most demanding games I've tested are Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Medium Settings), Skyrim (Elder Scrolls V), and Rust. All of these ran at an FPS I would consider playable (haven't looked at the numbers much, just didn't seem choppy and was smooth). For new, AAA titles, I expect that one would have to turn down a few settings, but it should run them fine.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, thank you. Yes, I would upgrade the hard drive to 1TB. I probably will go for this build.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

One more thing. I couldn't find the GPU in this build. :/ If i were to add an MSI R7 370 would that still preform the same?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I have no idea. If it gives you any point of reference, the HD 7950 was later re-branded as the R9 280, and the R7 370 is a R9 270 re-brand (I think). This might not be indicative of the performance, but its the best I know. I've never personally used an R7 370, so I can't say. If you are having problems finding an HD 7950, you can find them used for pretty cheap. The one in this build is used.

I actually wouldn't recommend the HD 7950 for this case, its barely fits and I had to do some tricky cable management to get power to the card.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

So the HD 7950 is the one you used right? I can't seem to find that card anywhere but I think im going to go with the R7. I hope it works.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

yeh the 7950 is the one. I just looked up the performance of the R7 370, looks like a solid choice from what benchmarks I've seen.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

howd you mod the hard drive bays because i would like to do the same if i do use this case because its small good looking (from the outside i know about cable management) and i so badly want to do a cheap build for recording minecraft

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I didnt mod the hard drive bays. They arent even really bays as much as they are mounts.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh I thought they were supposed to go on their side maybe I was wrong thanks though

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Quick question, my case can have up to 390mm long cards, is that a lot?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated the parts list and images.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for putting up those pictures of the HDD mounts and explaining what you did with cable management! That was quite nice of you, first time builders like me really appreciate it, i'm still waiting for my parts to arrive (funny, i got a r9 280 too) and I will build my computer while taking a good look at your pictures. +1!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm glad it was helpful!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

But I also have a couple questions regarding the GPU, why did you choose a blower style cooler? Is that better for really cramped cases? I got a XFX double dissipation model. Also, what did you do to avoid the GPU from sagging?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

The blower-style is better for small cases. You already don't have a lot of room for air flow, so if you can avoid dumping extra hot air into the case by going with a blower card you should. I actually tested this theory with a non-blower MSI 7950. When I compared the two in 45 minute stress-tests, both the CPU and the GPU ended up running hotter with the non-blower card. The story would be very different in a larger case, but here we have a small one.

As for the GPU sagging, the case I chose has fasteners in the PCI slots, so I could screw down the I/O plate to the case and reduce the sagging. Its also important to note that certain motherboards have cheaply made PCI slots, which cause more sagging.

Also the GPU for this build is a lot lighter than it looks so there's that.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it makes sense. I got a non blower 280 so I'm hoping by adding another fan it will keep everything cool as I plan to overclock the GPU, how small does the fan need to be to fit perfectly on the fan slot on the back? And its good to know I can use those fasteners, I got the same case as well so any piece of advice is greatly appreciated

  • 52 months ago
  • -1 points

Selling someone a PC with 320GB of HDD storage should be a felony :(

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair play downvote, but seriously if your buying a system like this built by someone else, likely you'll not be that knowledgeable in regard to adding additional components... 320 will not go far, especially with the size of modern games..

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I would also like to clarify that I wasn't the one who down-voted you. I don't down-vote people for their opinions.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, least someone does..

Wish I had 5% of my storage capacity in ram tho 375GB :)

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going to specify the storage capacity in the listing, so the buyer will be well aware of its limits.

I do see your point though, it's not much.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I just upgraded this thing to 1TB because I was having trouble selling it. Hopefully you were right. I overestimated how far 320GB can go.