Description

I've been on a laptop (Y410p) for almost three years now, and I wanted to upgrade this summer, especially after playing the Overwatch beta. This is my first desktop PC and I couldn't be happier! Playing games at max settings is insane, feels good to be a part of the master race ;)

I purchased everything from Amazon since I had Prime Student membership, which meant I got everything within three days with no shipping fees. I think it was worth paying a bit more for parts for the convenience.

i5 6500 [$204]: Good gaming quad core since I'm not overclocking.

Gigabyte Gaming 3 H170 [$105]: Looks decent, good price. It glows a faint red next to the IO, and apparently it has good audio.

Corsair LPX 2x8GB [$57]: Probably won't need to upgrade RAM any time soon. Mobo doesn't support 2400, but 2133 was actually more expensive. Also matched mobo color scheme.

MyDigitalSSD BP5e 240GB 480GB [$115]: PCPartPicker doesn't have the specific one I got. Read some good reviews on this brand. TLC SSD, cheaper than an 850 EVO.

MSI R9 380 4GB [$180]: Got it on sale at Frys in store, seems like a decent card for 1080p + Freesync.

Corsair 100R [$50]: Reputable brand, solid budget case, not too flashy.

EVGA 500B [$40]: Heard mixed reviews on the quality on this PSU, but I went with this since I'm not overclocking. It seems to be fine and it works properly and quietly, but I would probably go with a higher quality one If I were to build another PC in the future.

Windows 10 64bit [$86]: It's Windows. Enough said.

Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I [$34]: Wifi + Bluetooth. Needed this since my router is in another room. Uses Intel Dual Band AC 8260. Works great.

AOC G2460PF [$210]: Great value for a gaming monitor. Coming from a laptop, this panel looks amazing. Viewing angles are fine, though it's really bright out of box. Looks decent after calibration and Flux installed. Not as good as IPS, but 144hz + Freesync baby!

CM Storm Quickfire XT [$90]: I like the understated aesthetics, and brown switches are my personal preference. It's a good compromise between reds and blues. Although it's loud, typing feels so good!

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep. This should be way better than your laptop. I have a Radeon 380 as well and it's been good to me.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, not only is everything running faster, but the temperatures are lower too. The laptop would go past 90 Celsius in games and start throttling, especially in the summer.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

How is the psu?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The build quality seems OK, it isn't modular so dealing with the extra SATA and accessory cable takes more effort. It comes with 2 6+2 pins for video cards, so no Crossfire/SLI. It's really quiet while running, hopefully I won't run into any issues in the future :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Favorite car?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Attainable before 30 yo: 370Z

Attainable before retirement: GT-R

Dream car: McLaren 650S

It's hard to pick a favorite, I appreciate pretty much all cars :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

You are literally me

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Any overwatch benchmarks for me to look at?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, on stock clocks:

High = 140 FPS

Ultra = 100

Epic = 60

I play on high to take advantage of the 144hz monitor.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice. I just got almost the same setup for overwatch:

Intel i5-6500//// Gigabyte Gaming 3 H170//// Corsair LPX 2x8GB //// Zotac Amp! GTX 1060 6GB//// Samsung EVO 850 128 GB SSD//// Dell S2716DG 144 Hz 1440p monitor

Do you notice any momentary stutters when playing Overwatch?

Sometimes it happens when there are a bunch of people on screen, others it can be one on one, but it will momentarily stutter where fps drops down to 5-10 fps for a split second and then goes back to normal?

I have been running 1440p with absolute min/low graphics settings, but even when I drop to 1080p or 720p I still have the stuttering issue randomly

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I feel you! less than 20 hours now...