Description

I'm a new PC builder, this is my first build, and upon completing it I was really proud of myself, everything started on the first boot. I did a test boot outside the case as recommended by Newegg, all worked well. Above all though, IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!!

For the past 15 years I had been mostly using laptops and recently took a renewed interest in gaming, primarily GTA 5 as I love open game play plus driving, flying etc, Also love FSX, Xplane and the likes.

I had a budget of around 800 euros, and I knew I didn't want to go high end. I bought my Asus ROG gaming laptop in 2010 for 1600 euros and sold it recently for... 400... High end components drop in price too fast, not worth it in my opinion. Also I am not interested in resolutions above 1080p which looks plenty crisp to me.

Part Reviews

CPU

The best mid range CPU for the money I think. I scored it on sale in France for 248 euros. Overclocled to 4.6GHz without a hitch, very stable. I was going to get an i5 6500 at first but later decided the 40 euro premium for this was worth it.

CPU Cooler

Before stumbling across this one I had chosen the ever so popular 212 Hyper Evo cooler which is cheaper as I paid 47 euros for my H7 (now it's 67 euros!). I was concerned about noise and size, this one seemed better in both areas and since I was building in a Micro ATX form factor, this fit the bill to perfection.

Motherboard

I love everything about this motherboard, it's personal taste probably but I'm all about those golden finishes, they are beautiful, the board has tons of expansion and ports, and at only 129 euros, I thought I scored a deal. The BIOS is very intuitive. You can't go wrong with ASUS!

Memory

I wasn't originally planning on going this high end for DDR4 but got these on sale for 83 euros which I though was an amazing deal as normally they are 110+ I'm new to the DDR4 world so not very techy with these but I'm assuming they will do just fine for everything I throw at them.

Storage

Love these SSD's period, at 240 euros what else can I say? I don't even have a mechanical drive in my build (yet)

Video Card

This is a great card, got it for 186 euros. I originally planned on getting the GTX 960 but reviews showed the R9 380 was better and on top of that it was 40 euros cheaper. I give 4 stars because I know this GPU is based on old technology. Still though, plenty for my needs.

Case

For a first time builder, this is an awesome case, everything strips down, plenty of room to build, to tuck away cables and what not, a few points however: - As others have pointed out the PSU bracket is a pain in the derriere, I only stuck with it because I'm a perfectionist but I honestly don't think it's a needed thing to install for PSU's under 750W - I removed the cage with the 3 3.5 inch disk trays to give me more room for cable management, you can fit 4 2.5 inch HDD's or SSD's on the right hand side panel and it's more discrete for cabling I think. - I kept my build horizontal with window panel at the top, this case is amazing, and my build is SUPER quiet, honestly it's quieter than any of the laptops I've ever owned. Got it for 62 euros.

Power Supply

This was probably the most difficult part of my build, I knew nothing about PSU's, I was about to pick a random one with decent reviews when I stumbled across Johnyguru's site, man what a lifesaver, not only did I choose what is probably the best PSU in its category, I paid less than 70 euros for it too!

Case Fan

Very quiet fan, I have the white LED edition mounted as an exhaust. It's very nice looking and quiet.

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build! Me likey

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm stuck between making a build similar to this one and an ATX mid tower build that I poured a lot of research into. I think you may have persuaded me to go with Micro ATX :) Looks great!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Well you just talked me into going with the Cryorig CPU cooler instead of the EVO 212 as I'm basically doing the same build. I wanted a smaller 212 basically and it looks like the cryorig gets it done just as well for barely any more money.

I'm building basically the same PC you are (almost) so this is very interesting to me!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you like the Cryorig H7?! Is it worth it? For me, the Cryorig costs $10 more than the Hyper 212 Evo, so I'm debating if I should get the Cryorig H7 over the Hyper 212 Evo CPU cooler, which I've been using in multiple builds.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It's kind of weird to see a SSD is even more expensive than the GPU in the system. I wonder why :).

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

Well you shouldn't compromise on storage, have 3 SSD's that were more than than the GPU in my box ;)

Solid build by the way +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

You both make good points. I forgot to mention I already owned these SSD's prior to building which is why I didn't include their costs in this build. I almost choose the R9 390 as a GPU but it's 150 euros premium here compared to the 380 so for me it wasn't worth it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok that makes more sense to me. Have fun with your new PC :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

or get a r9 290 ;)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Hmmm is it better than the 380? I just found one for 205 euros which is 19 euros more than my R9 380...

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

lol FAR better. the 380 is a mid-range card. The 380 is a refresh of the R9 285. the 290 is in a totally different league. the 290 is a high-end card.

For only 19 euros, DEFINITELY take the 290 over the 380. the 290 was you can say, what the 970 was last year. It was an amazing Price-Performance card. The replacement of the R9 290 is like the R9 390, which is a rival to the 970.

205 EUROS?!?!?! That's like what? $220 US? You should most definitely take it! 290s are like $270 here in the US and that's already amazingly priced. They are only so cheap cause they are previous gen. but with 4GB of "true" RAM (lol cough 970 cough) and 512 bit memory bus, they will power 1080p for a very long time! :)

so pretty much you are getting a card that is pretty much a GTX 970/390 for the price of a 960 :)

here's a userbenchmark comparison between the 380 and 290:

http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/AMD-R9-380-vs-AMD-R9-290/3482vs2171

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

great build +1 ! I get that you're french , from where did u get that r9 290 please ? online shopping site (which site ) or store pick up (which store) if u dn't mind ? merci d'avance ~

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice pics. Love them DDR's. HAWT.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :D

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build should game good :D

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol though, why did you get a 1th SSD and a 500gb SSD? should of got a SSD around 200gb for a good price, then get a 1tb Hard drive. 1tb SSD's will cost you Alooooot.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I already had them before starting this build :P

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

you picked all very good parts and have a very well thought out system. absolutely amazing and well done for a first build! very neat too!! no complaints here :))) +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice indeed +1 for that case. Poor Laptop. Lol

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

lol thanks!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 very nice build!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfect build for $900

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

:)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't even have a mechanical drive in my build (yet)

don't think you are going to miss them.. :)

nice build +1!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I was about to pick a random one with decent reviews when I stumbled across Johnyguru's site, man what a lifesaver, not only did I choose what is probably the best PSU in its category, I paid less than 70 euros for it too!

+1 for picking a power supply based on a review from a professional. I salute you.

Great build.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

hehe thanks!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

You should have down graded the ram. That's a bit much fora 800$ budget, you should have gotten 8 gigs of team elite ram for a better Gpu and if that's not enough money 4 one I use jet.com cuz I just make a ton of accounts and use the 15 now promo code ;)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

How loud is the gpu?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wondering if the Sapphire logo lights up?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad to see more and more people using the H7 from Cryorig, especially in this case. Good to know it fits in this case without any clearance issues. I'll be re-using it when I pick this case up in my next build

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  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

So far so good, at first I experienced dropped connections but since I upgraded to Windows 10 I haven't noticed anything dropping. It was dirt cheap here (12 euros), I chose this rather than a USB dongle for aesthetics.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I would definitely recommend it, it works really well, my router is 2 floors above from me in my landlord's apartment and the sigmal is very good.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

Thanks Battlefield, I also should say a MASSIVE thank you to PCPartpicker and their videos etc, helped MASSIVELY.

I have a fan I haven't put in the build because the mobo only has 2 chassis fan inputs, I found this out afterwards, it's the Scythe Slip Stream 120, I wanted to use it for the GPU but my build is already so silent I think I might return it... Or keep it for the future (only paid 9 euros for it)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

What were the temps. on the R9 380 based on your build having only one 200 mm intake and also at what fan speed percentage on the GPU fans.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Really? How would I hook it up exactly? I don't remember seeing a 4 pin fan connector on my PSU? Thanks in advance, I would be happy to [lug this one in as I might switch my GPU for a R9 290...

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I will try that