Description

I wanted to build a computer that will run all the games I want to play at the least amount of money possible, so over time i accumulated these parts for a good price and only spent about 500 on the whole desktop. I had a few accessories and bought the monitor at Best Buy.

Overall I am extremely happy with the setup, the only downside is that most fps games (Planetside 2 for reference) ran around 30fps, and minecraft runs at ~70 with mods. I had to upgrade from a WD Green 500gb to a WD Blue 1tb because I used a lot more room than expected, but other than that upgrade I will want to upgrade the graphics card soon (Could be to a 7790).

Sides notes: I'm running windows 7 pro, at a 3800mhz cpu clock, and have 3 fans for the case/cpu. Some parts were purchased used (mint) to save money (ram, original hdd, dvd drive, cables). Everything else was new/on sale.

Future possible upgrades: Cpu to a fx-4300, fx-83xx, or the newest cpu. Graphics card to a 7790, or ~160 dollar card. DVD drive to a blue ray drive. Power supply to a 500+ modular. Networking card to something good and cheap.

-Dubesta11 , Edit Added GTX 650ti Boost (works great for the price), and got new Logitech accessories. including a not listed headset.

Comments

  • 81 months ago
  • 3 points

Components are a little older, but still run well. I built a system with this CPU last year and its owner is very happy with it.

Overall this isn't a bad budget build. For your first upgrade, you may want to consider video card first as it seems to make the biggest difference in performance.

A few zip ties can make a huge difference in cable management. Check out this build for a good idea on cable management: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/B2D

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I was considering doing a little better cable management, but then again my case was not built to handle cables well. Most of them are stuffed into the back side panel. If I did later upgrade to a 550 80+ modeler or something later, I would most likely get a new case at that point and start building 2 systems.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

note This was my first computer build ever, I had the idea from someone I knew from minecraft.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! Though, with this budget I would have gone for an APU crossfired with a 6770. Would have cost about the same if not less and you would have gotten higher FPS in most games. Maybe not PS2 due to how CPU heavy it is, but the majority of games would have preformed better. Anyways, still a very well put together build. Thankfully you didn't make any noobie mistakes. (I have actually seen people get 16gb of ram and a 1000w psu for a low end gaming rig..... sigh...) But yeah, great build. How's the sound card working for you, btw? I've been considering a Xonar card for my new build.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

The sound card is great! I didn't realize that when I got my corsair 1300's that they needed a amped sound card, so for the 40 i saved on the headset i bought the card. If your using stock sound, at least get the DG. I was considering doing a A10-5800 crossfire, but the 965 was only 80 dollars and the card was about 70, so for that price I could live with it and upgrade later.

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

I disagree. At least with this build, his AM3+ motherboard leaves room for a massive CPU upgrade down the road. I'm also pretty sure you mean 6670, not 6770.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh right, sorry. Yes a 6670. And you're right the AM3+ socket does certainly leave room for upgrades. I'm just saying that for right now, the APU Xfire would have been better IMO. Plus AMD is putting out newer and better APUs for FM2 in the future. But, I haven't had personal experience with either build, so I can't say for sure.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm shooting for all the AMD talk of the next-gen cpu to be am3+, but if its not, i still have the FX line.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

hmm... It's awfully painful to see a 979 price tag with a GTX 650 Ti...

How much did you actually pay for the parts?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow this was a while ago, It was close to 700 all together, but since they don't make the TiB (Boost version, not the original 650ti), they go fro about 160. I purchased mine for 115, and has about the same performance of a 750ti.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

hmm.. You could have faired better for 700$ aswell.. I guess it's okay. =)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

It was a build over time, not purchasing everything at once. My new system is a lot better, this one just gave me the experience I needed.

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

You could have gotten a 7770 for the same price. Also if you were to upgrade your gpu to a 7970* your power supply wouldn't handle it. You need at least 500 if i remember. Best if you get a 700 to be safe and plenty of room to upgrade if you need. Either then tht good budget build, but i wouldve left the sound card unless you absolutely needed it would've put it to a better motherboard, power supply of an ssd.

  • 81 months ago
  • 5 points

no he means a 7790. its new

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

ohh my bads. didnt even realize it. Havent been up to date :( thnxs

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Ehh... if he got a 7970, anyway, I don't think his power supply would be his biggest concern...

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

It specifies that you need a minimum of 550w.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. But it would probably be bottlenecked by the 965.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, the 7790 just came out. It looks to be ~20-40% better than the 7770, which would be 60-75% better than my 7750.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Most of the stuff I got at different times, so its not like going to the store and spending 800 all at once. At the time of purchase the 7750 was 90-20 rebate, and the 7770 was at least 130 after rebates, a little out of my price range. Buying a lower speced card means I can upgrade later also.

And yes, I needed that soundcard. The motherboard is shockingly one of the best parts of my build, with its XFast applications and low price point.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, I would never pay that much for all those parts. The current prices usually do not reflect what people actually pay anyways.