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This is my first build. And in hindsight, I would make a few new changes. The initial fear I suffered from when building a PC was spending too much money on inadequate hardware (money could be spent more effectively on better quality). There are some areas where I can see a better purchase (motherboard). But for the most part, my budget oriented PC is just that, oriented for a budget, commonly labeled "Price to Performance".

CPU: This is one area where I cannot complain. I would like an i5 or FX-8350, however, I simply cannot complain with the price to performance with this CPU. Many call it a budget CPU, though it performs as well as I would need it to. Since I had never owned a high end PC (which I would consider my own to be), I was not sure the 6300 would be good at all, since all I ever read is how the i5 is the choice for gaming. I have not had any problems, it does what I ask, and remains cool with its CPU cooler working at a very low speed often. I don't see it really bottlenecking my 760 in any way. I feel as though it would take a much weaker processor to do such. MORAL OF THE STORY: Don't let the word "budget" scare you away. This is a very strong piece of hardware, yes there are better processors, but I can assure you there are much worse. I don't know of many people who would be disappointed with this processor (only the hardcorest of enthusiast)

CPU Cooler: Upgraded this after 2 weeks of hearing that terrible FX 6300 stock cooler. It did keep the cpu cool, but it was so loud, found myself opening my from door of my case to get it to shut up sometimes. The hyper 212 is not on pcpartpicker at this time for some reason, but I will review it anyways. It actually brought the temps of my whole PC down. Once again a very great decision for those with the "Price to Performance" mindset.

Motherboard: Definitely a weak area of my build, on part of a build that should not be weak at that. There is nothing wrong with the board, it has been known to have potential problems. Many recommend not overclocking on this board, I do not intend to do so anyways (though that is where the 6300 really gets to stretch its legs :D). The motherboard does do what it should. However, I did attempt to enable the "Windows 8 feature" in the bios and ended up having to unplug the drive from the mobo just to get to the bios. I do not recommend using MSI fast boot either (same thing occured). Also after about a month of random crashes, I discovered how to properly set my SSD out of its legacy IDE mode to the AHCI alternative, stability has increased, and so has speed (placebo effect?). I do recommend dealing with this before the Windows installation. (Setting is found within the "Integrated Peripherals" tab in the bios I believe). Also needed something with SLI support, this supports both crossfire and SLI.

Memory: Nothing to complain about here. So far the memory is healthy and stable. Purchased it because if was 8 gbs and cheap. As well as a decent brand name.

Storage: Really wanted an SSD, never experienced the speed that they offer and was more than excited when my budget allowed for it. This is mainly the drive for my OS and a few programs (except Steam, I didn't see any difference in it being on my storage drive or SSD) Overall, decent drive, supports Trim, fast speeds, ahci mode capable. Definitely recommended. The Barracuda is always a safe bet in my opinion (that or a WD blue) for storage. It holds data....... What else can I say?

Video Card: The "Heart" of a gaming machine. I have read, and can attest for, that a video card is more important than CPU for gaming in a majority of situations these days. This graphics card was definitely a great investment for 200 dollars (killer deal). I was in the range for a r9 270x, but seeing how this MSI Twin Frozr GTX 760 came in around the same price, I would have been a fool not to pick it up (unless I really cared about Mantle... Which I really was excited for). I guess I can suffer with Shadowplay (oh! the misery... :D). So far, no problems, handles everything I throw at it (except for AC4: Black Flag... I feel as though it should do somewhat better) Splinter Cell: Blacklist -maxed, Crysis 3- medium to high (with MSAA), Titanfall -Maxed (new beta drivers for it came out today), South Park Stick of Truth - Maxed..... Haha. Battlefield - high settings to Ultra, and Outlast - Maxed (This game scares the **** out of me), SLI in the future should have my PC blasting through games on max for year to come, but I will wait until I am stuck using a medium setting often.

Case: Very limited reviews on here for this case, hopefully I can help some people out. This is my first case, so I cannot compare with many others, however, I have not seen any problems with it. It is quiet, and the stock fans aren't too horrendous. I like the minimal layout (I really like fractal design r4's look), but the case is functional and quiet, just what I wanted. It is maybe a little limited on the cooling aspect, there are not top mounts for any fans, only 2 on the front, 1 on bottom, 1 on the back.

Power Supply: The real heart of a PC, I have read not to cheap out on this, so I stuck with the Antec name, (Corsair, Seasonic where also mentioned often). It works, its quiet, its semi-modular (which means it has the 8 pin and motherboard connectors mounted, which you will assuredly use anyways). I got a deal on it, so that is why I picked this specific model, though I may have to upgrade it for SLI in the future. (Though my watts drawn wouldn't surpass 600 with the another MSI GTX 760 more like 520 at load).

Optical Drive: Cheap, used for games, and OS. Ehh.

OS: Windows 8.1, the ".1" part of that was important, I enjoy booting to destop. I never see that horrid inefficient metro interface. I can get a snappy experience and boot with the ssd and newer OS.

Monitor: Very good monitor, 2ms response time. Though I probably wouldn't notice input lag anyways, can't hurt to have the response optimal. The color reproduction is good, comparable to an IPS display (though, it is not one), looks great and is sharp, I use the preset modes for different application, though I rarely use the "Game Mode". Got a good deal on the monitor as well. Can't complain for the price (or at all for that matter).

Keyboard and Speaker: Cheaped out on these to put more into the build, extra 50 dollars on a part is a big difference. I will upgrade these later when I have more money. I invested as little as bearable though so the overall price on the peripherals won't be too much. Any suggestions on a good mouse?

Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 5 points

I love that poster above your pc

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha. Thanks, can't go wrong with the Ninja Turtles.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I am trying to build a PC but am a bit discouraged looking at the PS4's price compared to having the PC. I'm 15 so I don't have a source of income yet I have $1000 so I am planning to build the PC. I don't want to go through the trouble of getting it to find out it isn't good. So I want to ask, what frames do you get with games? Anything that involves Crysis 3 or BF4?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

BF4 is 60 Frames, on high settings, not completely maxed out though, but close. Crysis can get 60 frames with medium to high settings and AA on. The ps4 is hard to compete with because of its price. You will get a good experience on it. For $1000 are you getting a monitor and stuff like me? Or just the PC? A $1000 dollar PC will outperform the PS4, assuming you put the money in the right place. If you configure a PC like mine (with peripherals), you will play next get fine for a few years, and you could always upgrade it when things get too hard. You will get good frames in most modern titles with good graphics if you stick with a gpu that is GTX 760 and up (GTX 760, GTX 770, GTX 780, r9 270x (slightly weaker), r9 280x, r9 290x) and a cpu from a 6300 and up. Also if you really want bang for your buck, look up GTX 760 SLI (two of the same graphics cards), while it is very power hungry, it performs better than the 1000 dollar graphics cards for half the price.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thing is, I am discouraged because of my age, it's the fact that I don't have a good amount of money source A.K.A a job because of the 16+ to work. And I am starting to think maybe I should get a bit older when I am in a better state so I can build a PC. While I do have 1000 I am sorry but I really have 700 but my parents are SUPPOSEDLY giving me 300, so who knows what happens there. And as you said, yeah the price, if my parents didn't supply me with the 300 bucks it doesn't matter either way because I could still buy it and have enough money for (if it was all 60 dollar games) 5 games to start off or even Xbox one. It's something I've never done and I believe this decision could judge what I could use for gaming in the future. With this Xbox One can be something I can take all the way to maybe even leaving college, or maybe a PC I can upgrade down the road maybe 2 years after entry of college. And yes it's just the PC, no monitors, keyboards, or mice.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Well. If you don't have steady income. The plus for the PC is that you don't have to pay for online multiplayer. Games are generally cheaper too. I didn't have a TV to play a ps4 on (no HDMI input) so I would have had to buy one if I got a ps4. So i opted for the PC.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

With a budget like that for just the PC though. You will have a better gaming machine than the consoles. And a beast of a machine to browse and do school work on. That's what mine is for. Price to performance is great with 2 gtx 760's by the way. You might be able to swing that. Other than that a 780 or r9 280x are the only things I would recommend to be next gen ready. If you can afford above those then by all means,go for it.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/alecsullivan/saved/44DK

This will help build on some things, this thing could overclock fairly well, and you get the OEM windows for cheaper on ebay (Find a reputable seller, that's what I did). The 280x is pretty good I saw a gigabyte one for sale pretty close to this price, haven't done my research on the sapphire series 280x.

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 Poster

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get that 760 for that price?

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

It's refurbished. It came with a 90 day warranty on amazon. Doing pretty well so far.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows the CPU and motherboard? Have you tried overclocking it? I have the same CPU/Mobo and will be building soon.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't tried over clocking. I have read too many suggestions telling me not to. The motherboard does get pretty hot. I wouldn't up the voltage if you do decide to OC. Just adjust to the highest frequency on the stock voltage.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Was the bios already updated for vishera cpu's? I read some that needs update.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything worked out of the box if that's what your asking.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Spread some awesomesauce on dat pizza.

+1 for my corny comment.

Merp.