Description

I built this budget gaming rig on February 1, 2014. It took me about 4-5 hours to build with my dad (he doesn't know much about computers). This was my first ever build, so please excuse some of my inexperience and my cable management. I use this build for gaming and schoolwork, it can play all my games, Skyrim, Minecraft, Garry's Mod, Portal 2, etc. with 60+ fps. It does exactly what I wanted it to and I'm happy with it. This build was meant to be future-proof that's why I went with 1150 mobo.

Pros: Did not really have any problems for a first time build. I love the keyboard/mouse and monitor, they work great. The GPU does exactly what I want it to. And the CPU gets the job done. Very cool and pretty quiet.

Cons: I did not select a motherboard with wifi, the CPU Cooler was too big, so I had to remove the side mounted fan to get the side to fit on; so I put the fan on the heatsink also. I slightly wish I had chosen a modular psu as my cable management wasn't the best. And there is not overclocking on the CPU.


CPU: It gets the job done, gives me enough processing power for now until I can upgrade it. I got it in a bundle with the motherboard at Microcenter for a total (including tax) of $240.

CPU Cooler: I have to fans installed on it and it keeps my CPU nice and cool. Got it for $40 at NCIX, this price may not sound good, but it got me free shipping on Windows 7, so that helped. But it was a bit big for my case. I WILL be upgrading to a CPU I CAN overclock in the future, it was just a foresight.

Motherboard: As previously mentioned, came in a bundle from Microcenter. It is really awesome and comes with a ton of cool features! I would definitely recommend this motherboard, except I would recommend you get the Pro version of this, as it does not come with WiFi. But it's okay because I'm connected over LAN.

RAM: Great RAM, gets the job done. I got it for a pretty good price of $72.

HDD: For the price and considering its a Hard Drive, it's pretty good. Yet I would like to get a SSD.

GPU: I really like this Graphics Card, it gets me the 60 FPS that I want and need. It has HDMI which works with my monitor, and it doesn't overheat. What more could I ask? But sadly, I didn't get the best price possible for it. :(

Case: I love the case, it looks awesome and feels awesome. The blue lights are awesome and match my keyboard and mouse to make my whole gaming rig look awesome. I don't really have any complaints about it.

PSU: It's a nice little power supply, gives me enough power to get my gaming done and my schoolwork. I slightly wish i at least went semi-modular though, as my cable management was horrible.

OS: It's Windows 7. Nuff' said.

Monitor: Great monitor for the price, I love the size and 1080p. All in all, great monitor, I would highly recommend. Except don't do the MiR, it's a horrible experience >:(

Keyboard/Mouse: Great feel and look. The only downside I can think of isn't really a downside, the mouse has two buttons that go back and forward in the browser history that I always accidentally hit. But I love the blue led backlight.

I plan to do some upgrades in the future which include, either getting an i5-4670K or an i7-4770K. I plan on getting an 120gb Samsung Evo SSD and possibly a 2tb HDD. I also plan to get a better GPU, possibly SLI with two 760's. And also upgradin to a higher wattage power supply. Otherwise, I'm set.

My windows experience index is 5.9 but that is only because of my HDD, otherwise it's a 7.3.

Constructive criticism welcome and I will upload a couple more pictures later to show my performance.

I can't wait to do my next build!

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

wow this is a really cheap build nice way to save money and have a decent computer

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm really happy with the result.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Dat cable management...

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

takes photo of front, takes photo of back... Why are the cables on the front and not the back!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, thought this build would have an Asus GeForce GTX 780 Poseidon.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! It's very close to mine as far as parts go. If you are looking for increased hard drive reads and better load times, consider a Sandisk Readycache, as they can be found for $50.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

There is so much space for cable management (not to mention the sweet grommets), why did you put most of your cable in a bunch right in the way? That CPU should go up and around the back, even if you need an extension or something...easy fix, and you should do it.

Those couple things will be a major improvement...and putting the EVO fan on the other side for push in the right direction would help to.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a pretty solid starter build!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

The temps are highly unlikely but besides that the build seems okay, don't fully agree with the choices you made (cpu,gpu,mobo) but then again you explained that already and i am able to see your point.

Cable management is pretty terrible, you didn't even try to put the cables behind the motherboard so -1 after all.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

An amd cpu would have been a lot better choice for that money.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

What type of connections are on the case fans I'm going to be going with the same one and cant find this information anywhere?

  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

GAAA! Change the name! :P Too many builds are named "The Blue Beast". Nice computer, however, there are some things that could have been done better. AMD would have been a smarter choice for the CPU and GPU. You EXTREMELY overpaid for that CPU. Also, an R9 270 would have been a much better choice for a graphics card.

EDIT: Also, why get a cooler when you can't OC?

  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

The listed CPU price is the total for the cpu and motherboard together. If you read my description, you would've seen that I got them in a bundle. And I'm happy with the GPU, I've heard some people say the R9 270 would be better and I've heard some say that it wouldn't. So I'm fine with what I have. And i was iffy on the name, I'll try to come up with something else.

EDIT: I am going to upgrade to a CPU that I can OC. And how is the new name?

  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

I did read your description, so I guess you didn't overpay on the i3. But honestly, you don't need a motherboard like that. The bundle only saved you $40, bringing the Mobo price down to $90~. Had you gone with an FX-6300, you would get much better performance plus the ability to overclock.

EDIT: Better name.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I understand that, but I was also trying to future-proof my computer, so I went with 4th gen Intel so I could continue to upgrade. That's why I went LGA 1150. I heard a RUMOR that the AM3+ might be dieng.

EDIT: Thanks.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Future proof is a bigger rumor than AM3 dying. Nothing in a PC will actually be future proof especially intel motherboards since Intel changes their socket every time they add a new processor.

  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

There's a reason why that's called a rumor. A little more research may have helped. For the same price as your bundle, I got an FX-8320 and a nice ASUS motherboard. They both perform great and will continue to perform great for a while.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, that is true, but I also REALLY like this motherboard, it has great features and should last me a while, and I'll never have to upgrade it. It met all my needs and then some. And even though that is possibly just a rumor, I still like the path I took because I hope to get some serious performance out of an i7 in the future which will be equal or greater than your FX-8320.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

Decent Beginners build but there are beginners mistakes that have already been pointed out so I will differ from that. Please for your sake, fix your cable management!!! It has to be clean for as minimal dust collection possible! Other than that, I like it for a first build +1