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My first pc build (budget $500 build upgraded)

by Claymoresama


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Date Published

April 27, 2016

Date Built

Feb. 13, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

900 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.6 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C


This system started off with a pentium g3258 with stock cooler, no sound card, and no samsung hdd. Orginally built back in February of 2015. During Black Friday of the same year I purchased the i5 4690k on a sale from Newegg and upgraded. The Samsung hard drive was pulled from my brother's god awful samsung laptop. The drive itself is just pure crap when used for storing an OS. It was slowing down to just ridiculous speeds. I just threw it in just to give it a home and I figured "hey it could store some files." The r9 270 has served me well as a budget gpu and I hope to upgrade in the future, probably a Pascal gpu when those come around. The sound card was the most recent addition as of maybe a month ago and that was because the default audio jacks on the mobo and case were awful for headphones. My M30x's were quiet and had no base or quality to them. This card helped with that. Overall it's not bad. This was originally a build between my twin and I and we were on a very tight budget so we couldn't go crazy.

If I could change this build I would've went with a larger psu for further upgrades, a better quality case, and a better mobo for future OCing.

As of right now Im not OCing the 4690k. I do have options for it in the BIOS, but I'm worried that it'd be too much for the mobo to handle. I did OC the pentium on this because the mobo had easy OCing built in for the pentium (hence the anniversary edition mobo). Any thoughts on that? It gives me profiles up to 4.6 ghz for the i5. Overall I'm happy. I think that I'll eventually get a nice case to house this pc and my next purchase will be an ssd in a few months. I will probably go with an 850 evo or crucial BX200 whenever I see a steal of a sale price. Thanks for reading.

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FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

+1 for great Budget Build!

Claymoresama submitter 2 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

Thanks. It ended up costing $580 USD when I initially built it. It was for sure the best for the money at the time.

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

I'm worried that it'd be too much for the mobo to handle.

I wouldn't recommend doing so, in fact its a horrible idea. It has no VRM heatsink and a low power phase count, both are recipe for disaster with overclocknig something like a i5 4690K.

Claymoresama submitter 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

I figured so. I plan to get a good overclocking mobo later dowm the road. Most of the stuff I found online said the same about my curremt mobo.