Description

So I've been thinking of building a PC for a while now. This is my budget option to fill that void in my life. I do have a ps4 because certain games I just prefer playing on the couch with a controller. My PC is mostly for RTS games like total war or PC exclusive games. I was gaming on an older laptop that could run Rome 2 but just barely, the game was laggy and the people looked like potatoes.

The CPU and stock cooler are good enough for my needs as I'm not interested in overclocking. Motherboard is basic and easy to install. BIOS is a little ugly compares to other examples I've seen. RAM and PSU are basic so no comments on those. They do what they're supposed to.

I do plan on adding a GPU in the future it just wasn't in the budget for the initial build.

The case I chose purely on price point and I wish I had of gone with something else. It's an alright case but I should have put in more money to get a better one. Cable management was done to my best ability but there isn't a lot to work with in this case. No rubber buffers so all cable holes are exposed metal.

All in all I think I did an alright job for a first time.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Grats on your first build hope you enjoy.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

all choices are great there's just one thing that's bugging me. why didn't you go for an s340? it's only 20 dollars more for a better looking pc and better cable management.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

oh ok i see why never mind.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. It never crossed my mind to me to go all out on a CPU then later get a solid GPU, nice.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the psu choice was a bit risky because with only 430w of non-quality power there's not that much you could handle. Luckily for you, next gen graphics cards (incoming around june-july) are going to be very energy efficient, at least the AMD ones (the smaller is rated at less than 50w with performance at least equal to a gtx 950, and the other should be around 110w with performance around the r9 390 to fury, it's not clear yet).

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a cool case. No pun intended. It's the same basic layout inside as say a Fractal Define S. Maybe look for an aftermarket side panel. Good build.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

DON'T PUT THE PC OVER THAT TOWEL! TOWELS GENERATE A LOT OF STATIC!

Nice BLUE build!! Very solid tho.

Trust on your PSU, dude! (If you get something power efficient like a GTX 750 Ti or R7 360)

+1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

At least you got pascal and polaris to accompany that still competitive low wattage PSU coming around the corner

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Good looking build. Good call in the z97 mobo, that gives you a lot of upgrade overhead in the future. $550 for an i5 build including the OS is not too shabby. I would replace that RAM since it is only 1333MHz (or try to overclock it), the normal DDR3 speed is 1600MHz and with you having a z97 board you can overclock your RAM even higher.

When you do get a GPU make sure to watch the wattage of PSU you need to power it. A lot of the higher end cards want a 500w PSU and you have a 430w, this can cause brownouts which will damage the system.

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