Description

This was a $522.65 (subtracting OS, monitor, peripherals, headsets, wireless cards, cables, and extra storage) build, and my first one at that. Add everything else in, including shipping, and I paid $800.85 total.

My first powerful computer was a 2005 Dell XPS Gen 4, and it could handle my favorite game (Lost Planet: Extreme Condition) on what I think was high settings DX9. After a few years its sound card and then video card bit the dust. Nine years later, and I have a desktop that is a third of the cost and twice as fast.

The total cost including shipping was $800.85, making it my largest purchase to date besides college tuition O.o. The goal of this purchase was to make an inexpensive computer than could run a lot of programs and games in stunning 1080p at 60 frames per second. This machine can do this on low settings for demanding titles. Overall this is a good budget build that is surprisingly speedy given the price.

I didn't go with a Pentium G3258 because I had no experience with overclocking or anything, and I live far away from hardware stores where I could buy rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs and what not. I could've easily got an R9 270 if 1) I hadn't heard bad things about the drivers 2) It came with some Shadowplay-like program.

About the build, it really bothered me that my mobo was flexATX and didn't rest on all of the standoffs in the case. Another pain was the non-modular power supply. Even worse was plugging in those small front panel connectors, I kept having to dislodge my CPU cooler and GPU to fit those things in. And when I first booted, it turned off a second after, so I consulted TomsHardware troubleshoot guide and realized that I forgot to plug in the CPU power connector! It booted just fine after that, and currently I'm using it to play TF2 in 1080p and do school stuff.

I'm sorry the cable management isn't so good, I basically stuffed unused cables in an empty 3.5" bay. Maybe I need to ziptie those cables at the bottom of the case. I haven't ziptied anything yet because I have an SSD coming in the mail, and I'm waiting till I have that situated. If anyone can give me detailed advice on how to route my cables I'd be thankful.

Thanks for reading!

Part Reviews

CPU

Does what it's supposed to, very well. If you're buying this for gaming, just remember that a balance between CPU and GPU is required and this CPU will not benefit a high-end GPU at all.

Motherboard

After nearly 5 years, this board is still going. Only bad gripes I have: 1) It's flexATX, isn't supported all on case standoffs for mATX, 2) Comes with only 2 PCIe slots.

Storage

After 4 years, the drive displays rejuvenating performance.

Storage

After nearly 5 years, still a reliable, capable, and quiet drive.

Video Card

Maybe not worth the extra money for the Superclocked version, since you can overclock a normal one yourself easily. If you want to overclock a 750 Ti, pick one that comes with a power connector. 750 Ti's powered solely by the PCIe slot don't overclock well. This card still works after nearly 5 years.

Case

For the price, an astoundingly useful case. The front USB ports are great when I want to connect my controllers and mice to the front side of the case in my living room. My only gripe: 1) The metal panels on the case are thin, and are prone to warping. This makes it difficult to open and shut the case after a while.

Power Supply

After nearly 5 years, still a reliable power supply. My only gripe is that it's 80+ and so doesn't have a metallic sticker (like Bronze, Gold, Platinum, Titanium, etc.).

Monitor

A clean, reliable but small panel. After nearly 5 years I still do not see any defect in the display. Looking back on it, I wish I had bought something larger. I would consider Acer for my next panel.

Keyboard

After nearly 5 years I've already stopped using the mouse but the keyboard is very excellent and I still use it. It's hard to clean though.

Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

i3/750 ti is a great combo. You may want to clean up those cables some more, though. Airflow looks pretty bad in there. If there is any room behind the motherboard tray, tie the cables down back there.