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Edit: forgot to mention it, but in those picture I forgot to put the SATA cable in. It's quite low-profile so it doesn't make that much of a difference, but just wanted to throw it out here.

First build here. Going for a budget build. The name is as such because I wasn't expecting my cable management to be outstanding, which it wasn't. It's better than I thought. As you can see in the picture I just jumbled all my cables together in a rats nest and stuck them on the top-right corner of the case. Not using a DVD-drive so I thought might as well use the space. Haven't overclocked yet but I plan on going for it soon.

Parts:

CPU: Great budget CPU. I'm not sure why AMD processors are never used in possible budget builds. 4 cores? Count me in! The only downside here is the fact that it uses the FM2+ socket, which I heard AMD doesn't plan on releasing any new CPU's for in the next year. The only other processors I could buy for that slot are APU's, which I don't need because I already have a GPU. This could prove a possible bottleneck in the future if I need to upgrade my GPU for newer games.

Mobo: Good little mobo. Nice little BIOS. No issues yet. Went for micro-atx because I wanted it to fit under my desk and generally be portable. I live in a busy household, a massive tower would not have fit in. Edit: A few issues in BIOS: every once and awhile the BIOS will crash shortly after I launch it, and will sometimes just crash randomly while I'm fiddling in it. Generally, the BIOS is very unstable, especially if I try overclocking literally anything (even the RAM). I think that a BIOS update should just fix this.

RAM: You may be wondering; why did I buy 1x8gb instead of 2x4gb? The reason is because the mobo only has two RAM slots, so I thought I'd invest now to have a free one for an upgrade in case I ever need 16gb for editing or something. I think that's worth abandoning dual-channel.

Storage: Went on the list, hit "price lowest to highest" for 1tb, this was the cheapest. Not much to say, I'm too inexperienced to critique a hard drive. I would have gone for SSD but it went over my budget.

GPU: I ordered this before the 960 was out, fyi. Very good card, very good price. I was expecting the card to look like a kid's toy, but it is surprisingly good quality for the cheapest 285. Quite heavy, looks durable... It can be a bit loud, but I don't mind that much. I'm hoping the CPU doesn't bottleneck much, I tried to match the CPU and GPU performance-wise.

Case: Cheapest nice-looking case. Good for what I'm using it for, I wouldn't recommend it for anything more than a budget build. Cable management is non-existent unless you cram all the cables in a corner like I did.

PSU: Quiet, cheap, 80+ Bronze, 550W, Thermaltake. No issues yet, however this was a 4th tier PSU, so it might struggle once I get overclocking. 550W might be cutting it a bit close but it's been fine so far. Can't say the same for in a year or so.

Possible upgrades: First upgrade will obviously be an after-market CPU cooler. I was thinking a 212 Hyper Evo, which I can buy with rebate money. RAM is always an option too, of course, that's why I only got one stick. I don't need it yet but if I start using memory-heavy software I will. If the PSU proves troublesome, or starts to lag behind the rest of the system, I'll have to get a 600-800W one, hopefully 80+ gold. The case it quite good for the price but quite bad in general. I new one would never hurt. I'll only get to upgrading the CPU once a better FM2+ processor that isn't an APU rears it's head. I'll be unable to get any better with the GPU because literally anything better than a R9 285 will get bottlenecked to hell by my CPU.

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Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 7 points

The 860k should have no problems playing newer games for a few years. Great budget build! +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 5 points

+1 very nice budget build

  • 63 months ago
  • 4 points

Nice build +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 4 points

Nice.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Apparently the 285 does better than the 960. In either case, I'd tell you to go for what's cheaper, and the AMD usually is.

Also, I'd suggest that you find yourself an aftermarket cooler, as the AMD CPU's tend to run a bit hot. Great build though.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the Cougar brand?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

i just bought the Asus A78M-E board 2 days ago (got it today for another build yay) and i got it for only 40$ how did you end up paying 50% more?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

A: Canadian prices are higher. If you live in Canada, than I just missed a great sale. It took about 6 days to ship, so I just barely missed it :(

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Canadian prices are the real struggle. I paid 1300 $ for my buid itself and someone in the us would of paid like a 1000$ to 1100$

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I was looking at good budget build on the internet. "Crush your console with this 500$ budget gaming PC!" Ends up as 700$ here ;-;

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  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

$3869.54 CAD for my monster, $2806.00 USD :'(

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

does not seem to bad to me. 200$ on a 2000$ build looks like a pretty small difference to me

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

In australia, your $400 builds are out $650 builds

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

really balanced budget gaming build m8 +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Show them how its done brother, +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

get a nice cooler, and overclock :D

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Plan on it :D

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

AMD actually does plan on releasing a refresh of the Kaveri linup for FM2+, so a small upgrade in clock speed and maybe some minor architectural differences.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh cool!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

AMD CPUs aren't used in budget builds at the moment anymore because the Pentium anniversary G3258,OCs like hell for only $60 and can do it on B85 mobos which are generally cheaper

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I personally like this one a lot more than a Pentium. The 4 cores is a deal-maker for me. Plus, overclocking too much scares me :[

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

idk how g3258 is vs the athlon x4 960k,but it outperforms a 4300k at a lowly 3.2 Ghz clock and is cheaper at $60,honestly a modest OC of 4.0Ghz u can get with a low cooler and it beats anything short of an 8350. intel really put work into that cpu,it's an anniversary edition cpu.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Canadian prices are different. That Pentium you showed me is 78$ CAD, while I bought my Athlon for 84$. I spend an extra 6$ for two more cores, and I think that's worth it.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

idk,I'll check the specs,g3258 outperforms quad core fx 4300,gotta check the athlon,turns out the athlon has slightly better performance at stock speeds,considering the pentium OC's a lot better it would win OC'd, even if it's just at the same clock speed, g3258 OC's up to 4.6 easily,3.7 is no prob for it

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

If my motherboard have a pcie x1 just below the pcie x16 and i will be putting a Palit GTX 960 OC Edition on it, will i be able to fit a wifi card on the pcie x1 below it? Thanks a lot.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

You will not be able to put in a wifi card if the GPU takes up two slots, as it covers the slot, however you can just buy a USB wifi adapter.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

It should work. :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm planning on doing a very similar build and I was wondering if you had to update te BIOS in order to use the 860K? This is the ONLY thing I am concerned about with my build. Very nice btw and happy gaming mate.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

That mobo specifically comes with the update to use the 860k, but other mobos with the same chipset will need an update.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

hi i have a new build with msi a78m-e35 and athlon x4 860k but no gpu yet.my ram is g.skill (2x4gb) 2133mhz. The problem is when i turn on,no display came out and it beeps 1 long and 2 short beeps..can anyone help me?thanks

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

What fans come with the case? Are they any good? I'm Making a $500 build and I would rather buy a cpu cooler and compound than case fans.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

All after market CPU coolers that are decent will come with thermal compound.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build