PC Name: Bluejay Inspired by blue aesthetics, my favorite color, and baseball cap.
Second PC build ever, decided I wanted to try building a mATX that had better value than my previous ATX build with similar components I saw a review of the Corsair MicroSpec2 it kicks ***, the difference I bought a sweet 1MS 24" monitor which was part of the reason my budget was roughly 1400 tax, shipping included.
CPU: Intel i5 4690 - This gets the job done pretty standard nothing too fancy found a good deal for 235$.
CPU Cooling: Hyper EVO 212 - Again pretty standard best performing budget cpu fan and looks cool, surprisingly fits into my case which I really wanted to get. Had to research if it would fit but the corsair case curves out slightly which is great and looks good.
Graphics Card: EVGA GTX 960 4GB - One of the best 960 cars around the price difference between 2GB and 4GB isnt even a question. Great for the games I chose to build this for everything runs on ULTRA (my games). A list will be included and a picture.
SSD: I chose not to get one to save money to buy a sweet monitor, I dont need rocket ship restart speeds and I usually on do one or two tasks at a time.
HDD- Seagate 1TB - Standard wanted a little better speed write since no SSD
RAM: Kingston Hyper Fury Black 8x2GB 16GB - 1600MHZ Cl10 - I didnt need anything faster for the motherboard. I wanted 16GB because I like to multitask occasionaly and alt-tab alot its an expensive menial difference but 0.05seconds adds up lol and the price was great. Great value.
Motherboard: MSI H81-E33 - Only mistake I believe I made in this build, this board came DOA the DIM2 socket for RAM isnt working. When I insert 1 stick into DIMM 1 it runs, and alternate between both to test if its the RAM it operates. Tested 4x2gb and these in dual channel and it doesnt work. Im trying to get a refund/exchange for something 20-30$ more. Its a very tight card but gets the job done. Operates amazing for 8gb of RAM but I want 16 to work.
CASE: CORSAIR MICROSPEC2 mATX - This is the inspiration behind the build. If you take a look on youtube for the review on this case its amazing for the pricepoint. It has amazing cable management, great airflow, and came with 1 led fan at the front. I added one myself behind the CPU fan to create flow from the front to back of my PC. It looks great has one side that you can see through and its not cheap material. Very sturdy and real glass I think.
Case Fans: Corsair 2x AF120 Silent edition - 29.99$ for two sweet deal for reliable great quality fans, blue led looks amazing, black finish looks good, and its really quiet. Cant install my 2nd one so I would have 3 total (1 came with case), because the Mobo [Yes I regret this mobo read above] only has two fan 3-4 pins. I have to buy a molar cable to 3 pin to install my last fan.
PSU: EVGA 600B - I wanted something that could handle everything I throw at it in the future and possibly move into different builds. Good price point for the extra wattage and to keep it away from it max capacity.
$MONITOR$ - BenQ 24" 1MS - THIS IS AWESOME - If there is one thing I can let you takeaway from this build is that your monitor can make bigger difference to your graphics than your actual graphics card. Again this was a great price for 1MS monitor I remember only dreaming that I could afford a 1MS monitor just last summer, because my ATX tower cost me 1300$ This computer runs better than that one, looks cooler, and is quieter, than the previous.
Why it kicks ***? - I ran this monitor because it arrived first with my 2011 Intel i3 1st gen - Motherboard graphics laptop which looks god awful when i play on low settings 1370~/768~ . I plugged it into via vga cable (my laptop doesnt have hdmi), and BOOOOOOM my league of legends looked like I was running it on my previous computer 1920x1080p the colors are amazing right out of the box. All of a sudden I was questioning if I even needed to build a new PC (All jokes aside yes,yes I needed a new PC again schools over). It was amazing on low quality, sure it performed the same but it looked like I just got a new graphics card.
Really happy with the build would only recommend a different mobo + 20-40$ for less of a headache.
PROS: Kick *** Monitor - BenQ 24" 1MS Godly mATX Case - Corsair MicroSpec2 960GTX - i5 4690 - FuryX16gb RAM
CONS: Motherboard - Dont recommend the H81-E33, Im biased from the DOA Dimm2 Socket. No SSD
AFTER THE BUILD ^ ABOVE
BEFORE THE BUILD \/ Below Hi, this is my second build ever. I've never built a mATX but I looked where I was willing to save $$$ so that I could get a sweet new monitor with 1MS response. My first build I bought a 180$ ATX motherboard which was overkill, and a 100+$ case which ended up sucking. My previous build also had a 4690k because I thought id be trying to overclock but I never ended up doing it so I went with a 4690 this time and H81, non-overclockable options. My idea here was that the Corsair Spec2 has had amazing reviews and by moving to an mATX board I could buy both for approximately 150$.I also decided that I did not want a SSD because its only real purpose is having rocket-ship boot speed so another 100$ in savings, and realistically my computer is on almost 24/7 or sleeping. I like to multi task and alt tab alot which is why I went for 16gb ram instead of 8gb. I wanted to keep my components super cool so I got the best budget cpu cooler, and a few more corsair blue LED fans. I am awaiting the components to arrive and will post pictures when the build is completed. My only concern is the CPU cooler not fitting in the case by a few mm's but I have read that some people have been able to do it and saw on some youtube videos that it can be done.
I mainly play League of Legends(Ultra), but will be starting Overwatch (Ultra Settings) and awaiting BF1 (Med/High) when the build is complete. BEFORE THE BUILD ^ ABOVE