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I made this (my first computer) for purpose of a budget DIY gaming computer. It works fairly well, and quite honestly, it's the upgrade I needed from my old HP Pavilion. For the most part it's a trooper. No problems with the computer, though this motherboard was rather picky on her Ethernet Cables.. Had to order a Cat5 E (or higher) to run on long distance, or a new Cat5 on short range. But it works overall.

Q&A:

  1. Why is this called the Semi-Budget Build? Because of the parts I chose, some are the minimal for decent builds, and then the heavy hitter being the addition of the Patriot Viper 3. I won the Viper 3 in a giveaway, which was a sign of doing this build. If anything, you can just swap it for something else on the budget. Same with the case, and definitely on the graphics card (I chose it because I couldnt afford past it).

  2. What was the hardest part of the build? It had to be the fans. It looked way confusing then it should, but I managed with the power supply and such to where the fans are hooked correctly to the Fan Control on top front of the case. Everything else was an easy install.

  3. Why is your build date back then (1/26) and your confirmed build upon posting? Testing phase.. Lots of testing... Then came the period of waiting for the ethernet cable to come in so it can have internet, the wireless adapter I own wasn't strong enough (It is an oldie, Surf and Share Belkin..) and wish I had a more up to date one, but alas, I could not, again, budget build going on. On the testing phase with the internet before the new cord, I had to drag this 42lb behemoth with me across the house to get it working... But it wasn't too bad. :P

  4. You don't have an exact approximation on your CPU temperature, why's that? It's based around what I got going on at all times. I run a lot of stuff that I use regularly (even on the old hp pav). I use SpeedFan to look at the temps, sure it might not be the most accurate but it's better then nothing, and don't want to enter bios to find out. 30C is with just on Desktop with nothing on, 34-36 is with stuff. Annd... Then games, vary, will never have a "static" temperature.

Tas all for now. Again, you can replace the Graphics, RAM and Case for more budget worthiness.

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Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

Have you tried any games like CS: GO, League of legends, and WoW? If so, how many fps do you get and at what resolution? I'm building something similar :P

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

OP doesn't seem like he is responding, so I'll answer with my personal experience. I have a friend with a build like this, and they rarely go sub-60 fps on most games at medium quality running in a 1080p display.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't respond because I just got on to check the inbox. Sorry. I do not play LoL, and don't own WoW or CS:GO. It's not the best card, I admit, but I get 35-40 fps at 1920x1080 High Detail with Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. In the future with this build I'll be upgrading it, but it's not for a while. This too is my first build, and some parts weren't available for my price range until after I already ordered.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I dont have many games to play with fps, but did Borderlands 2 high Detail, 23 fps. Then again, it is a game meant for nVidia/geForce cards, but I'm happy that it's better play then my old computer.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Personally I ould have gone with an APU and ran it in Crossfire but bwhatever floats yer boat.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Same here. Kaveri is a lot better than fx 4350.

And, there is no need to get a 4gb r7 250, it won't beable to even use half of that vram.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

unless he wants to do supersampling.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Blame my newbiness on custom computers, first build. It looks like an odd list of parts, but it works. Future builds if anything will be better, but thats when I can find a job. x-x

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

This has to be one of the oddest builds I've seen in a long time. I don't understand your logic in the picking of your parts

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Blame my slight newbiness on custom computers... It is my first build, so I know theres going to be a few "whats?" to answer for. But despite its odd logic, it works.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

WTF.....why is there a lack of pics?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Why'd you get a 1000w PSU? That's way overkill for a build like this.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it is overkill.. But My hope is for later use, being able to slowly upgrade my graphics to 2x Crossfire of r9's or something, and anything that would worth putting in (and using).

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't particularly like this build, but I am curious - are those your real temps, with that cooler?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I run speedfan, I am not sure of a program to find the true temps, but it's around there. Eh, it's fine. It's my first build, I dont mind if people dislike it. :P

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

OK, thanks for replying.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm so sorry for your SSD. I have the same one and it is probably the crappiest drive you can get. I know the price was the focal point on that purchase, but it under-performs severely in my, and others experience.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I've read the reviews, it under performs compared to other SSD's, but to be quite frank, it's hellava lot better for starting atleast. It's a lot better then what I was using.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

That picture is terrible. Take some new shots please. I can't even see what it looks like.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I'll get new pics soon, I was in a bit of a rush.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

New pictures up, hopefully they are better, but you might not be able to see the fan glows on inside and front. Some cords didnt want to work with me on the space saving.. so it looks a wee ugly in there.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Cooler Master's worst Cooler in history. 130$ for the CASE 1000W PSU

With 800$ you could have got like an Intel i5 and an R9 280X

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Blame my newbiness on custom computers. First build. I got the case when it was 100$, free shipping, twas a month ago for that. I would have gone better, but for current standing, I got to live with what I got. And for honesty-- I refuse to touch anything Intel related.. I'm sorry, but bad blood boils for Intel. The Cooler seems to be working fine on my end. But whatevs, if it dies, I'll get a better one.

  • 60 months ago
  • 0 points

Please Change that PSU as fast as you can.. or else, it will burn your whole PC and your House. Really.. that's a Dangerous PSU, it was made by a shobby company.

Btw.. for that total price.. i could have gone with an i3+r9 270 or 270x

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Even less than that, he could upgrade to an i5 and a R9 285

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

It's my first build, so I expected some criticism. It's kinda a "whats available at the time", I know I could have gone better, but at the time I was ordering, R9's were past my range. I wouldn't touch Intel chips.. I'm sorry, bad blood with them.. I might forgive them in a build that I have a job to pay for, otherwise.. Yeah, I'm just not happy with Intel.

  • 60 months ago
  • -1 points

Nice build :) More pictures?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Will post more soon, not sure how soon, but will be better quality (hopefully)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

More pictures are up, hopefully of better quality. Thee cording is alittle ugly only because of how some of them are, but still has plenty of air space atleast.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Cewl