Description

This PC is the result of an effort to build a fast, capable computer while attempting to save money in any way that wouldn't dramatically affect performance. I chose not to compromise on the GPU and CPU, while opting for more budget-oriented motherboard, RAM, and a cheap case.

Of note, I got the Seasonic PSU on sale from Newegg for $50, and I used the $50 saved in a spur-of-the-moment decision to add an SSD for the build. It was a great decision, as the system boots up incredibly fast!

The build has been a success. I'm able to play all of my PC games on max settings, and the system runs quiet and cool.

If I could do it all over again, I would probably opt for a larger case. Although the case looks great and has good ventilation, the video card was so large that I ran into some serious cable management issues. The video card was so close to the SDD that I had to relocate it, and I ended up screwing the SSD into the optical drive bay at an odd angle because I couldn't find anywhere better to put it.

Another small setback occurred when I couldn't get the computer to display on the 55" LG LED TV that I use as a monitor, so I had to go and buy a monitor with a VGA input to install windows. I returned the monitor to the store as soon as I was done using it... shame on me.

The sounds and graphics are fantastic, and everything runs through an HDMI cable routed to the back of my Yamaha RX-V375 stereo receiver.

Overall PASSMARK Performance Test 8.0 score 3862.3

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Comments

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build. How do you like the GTX 960? I'm planing on picking one up.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry it's taken so long to get back to you! The GTX 960 is very fast, and I've been able to run all of my favorite games on max settings. Mostly War Thunder and Company of Heroes.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry it's taken so long to get back to you! The GTX 960 is very fast, and I've been able to run all of my favorite games on max settings. Mostly War Thunder and Company of Heroes.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

nice puter for a good price +1...how do you like that tv? I had my eye on that model in a smaller size.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

is it me or... did that gpu look like it was bending a little bit?!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes your right

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Can you tell us how it perform? It's first time for me to build PC :) Really appreciate the answer! :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build for people that aren't super rich. Good recommendations.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to update the bios to run the cpu?

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