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I have always been a console gamer my whole life and thought PC gamers were weird guys who lived in basements with no life. I also thought you had to be really smart to build a PC. Well Obviously I was wrong and the past few months I have become obsessed with the idea of building my own machine. After spending hours and hours watching YouTubers like LevelCap and JackFrags just to name a few who mainly play Battlefield it seemed like everything cool was happening on PC.

So I'm just a casual gamer and my plans for the computer were to use it for 1080p gaming at good FPS and also light video editing from GoPro video.

I started with watching how to build your own PC videos on Youtube and learned a lot that way. I stumbled across Linus and Pauls Hardware, Awesome Sauce Network, Jayztwocents, the list goes on just soaking up as much information as possible. I really started with not knowing very much at all. Finally after many hours of research I decided for my needs and my budget I could spend around $600 USD. After reading reviews watching reviews and going to my local PC shop I was set on my exact parts list and how much I would spend down to the last penny. Then it all went out the window......

I brought dad into the equation. He is an electrical design engineer and I wanted his opinion on my build before I pulled the trigger. After talking to many friends at work he found out we could get Intel parts for %50 off and came back to me with a bundle option $700 for a I7-5930k processor 720 series 120GB SSD and a Gigabyte motherboard. Obviously I couldn't turn that down so I bought that right away throwing out all my hours of research and budget right out the window. What is DDR4 anyway? Something I asked myself very early on.

Since my budget was now thrown out the window I became a bargain shopper looking for good products at cheap prices. I found a 860X Power Supply refurbished for $99 ($62 savings) it was scary buying a referb but it works just fine. The monitor I got for $112 ($19 savings). Windows 8.1 I got for free (student download). So in total I spent about $1350 so a savings of about $950 not too bad.

I have some room for upgrading obviously this machine is nowhere near its "Redline" but what's great is I know in the future I have room to upgrade.

As Far as the build went it was very straight forward just like the videos. No problems other then the H100i screws being too long you can see my fix in the pictures. Also a ATX-E motherboard does fit into the R5 with no issues.

In conclusion I'm very happy with my build. Yes I know you can build a much cheaper machine to do 1080p gaming but who cares the opportunity came and I took it. With my old build that's all I could do but with this one I could go up to 4K with just a few new parts instead of having to do a whole new PC build. If you have any questions on why I went with certain parts or anything else please feel free to ask.

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Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

why did you get a 6 core and a 960? personally i would have spent more on the gpu than cpu. but great build otherwise.

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

Kinda feels underwhelming with all that power and then a 960.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Read the OP's description - he got the CPU, mobo, and the SSD in an excellent deal. I would assume he either got the 960 beforehand (in which case he had already paid for it) or even after the intel bundle (as he specified, after breaking his initial budget he wanted to go back to being budget-conscious, hence the refurbished PSU). Either way, he has an excellent amount of headroom and can step up to 970's, 980's, whatever he deems necessary.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Some people buy a very powerful processor and go with a mid range gpu. Programs like cinema 4d and after effects barely use the gpu at all (unless you are rendering with a hardware enable renderer such as octane). However, him being a gamer I can see your stance on him needing to get another 960 or go with a 980.

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

Should of gotten a 970 for that price man!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

upgrade that gpu to a gtx970 or even a gtx 980 man. nice build!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

SLI 980s and call it a day.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Amen.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Or, sli Titan X's when nvidia releases them.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

And there goes the budget right out the window again ;)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

man I wish I could!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

That is a crazy good deal for the cpu mb and ssd. dang.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty! Love that motherboard.

BTW... In the future i'd suggest buying 2 more sticks of RAM so you can take advantage of X99s quad channel mode.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice work! Maybe a beefier graphics card would have fitted better, but other than that it's a sweet build. I appreciate the time you spent on your description as well! +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great! How's the temps, though? I'm considering this case and I also have the Corsair H100i. Are the fans on the heatsink intake or exhaust?

Excellent build with room to improve. I would recommend upgrading the GPU when the Nvidia Pascal GPUs are out next year. Also some noctua NF-F12s would be great replacement fans as I find the stock corsair ones obnoxious

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

The temps are really good. The fans are exhaust. I would agree though that some different fans would be better the stock ones are okay but you're right they are obnoxious. I do have tons of room for improvement which is awesome so my first upgrade will definitely be a GPU and after that probably Ram. I still have a lot to learn I have yet to over-clock but that should be soon.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

What? How do I get these deals?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Must've been from Microcenter

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome deals, i would get a pair of 970s (buy one now one later) to bring everything up to speed, (I love Zotac cards, always cool and quiet and invariably the cheapest). Keep in mind that power supplies loose capacity over the years so you may want to replace that referb after a while (you should get a few years out of it though) i normally buy EVGA psus, they tend to be the cheapest of the flower power rebrands (corsair and evga both use flower power so the internals are exactly the same, evga just sells it for less). Good build and happy gaming! 1+

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you find that dust gets in at the top of the case?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

This the build compatibility checker say this, "Unable to verify the Fractal Design Define R5 w/Window (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case has sufficient space to fit the Zotac GeForce GTX 960 2GB Video Card." :/

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the FInalMouse? I was gonna look at it but no one has it at them oment.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I you are still looking Which I doubt you are its awesome I recommend it to everyone!

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