Seriously though, help me pick a name for this build!
So, I've been planning to build my own pc since the start of 2015, but just didn't have the funds to do so until now. I figured during that time, I'd research building my own pc, and thus that search led me to this awesome site. I went back and forth on the parts, debating between this and that, until I finally settled on this build. I'm primarily going to be using this pc for multitasking, college work, photo editing, and some light gaming (older games, indies, emulators, etc) on the side. I'd say this has been a successful build, and I had a lot of fun building it. It was also much easier than I expected, the build itself only took me around 3 hours.
The performance is what I expected, and suits my needs perfectly. For most of my life I've used mediocre dell desktops and crappy laptops, so this is worlds above what I'm used to, and performs amazingly for the price. I'm definitely satisfied with this build.
I didn't include an SSD, since this was a budget build. I originally set a budget of $500 for myself, but I managed to go over it by a bit (not that I'm bent out of shape about it lol).
Any critiques or comments are certainly welcome :)
This is a great CPU for multi-tasking, gaming, and pretty much any other type of normal use. It's great, especially if your on a budget
A VERY nice mobo for the price. It has really everything that you could need. It also has plenty of upgrade-ability options for the future, should you plan on upgrading to a better processor, more ram, or additional HDD or SSDs.
It's ram. it was compatible with my motherboard in dual channel configuration, it's looks cool and even matches the rest of my components. Oh, and the best part, it was cheap!
Seems like a solid HDD so far. It's fairly cheap, and also pretty quick for a mechanical drive.
This is an awesome little graphics card for light gaming! It also gets all of it's power from the motherboard, so you don't need to plug in any additional power cables, just install the card and your done.
The included VGA to DVI adapter is also useful if you plan on reusing an older monitor (like me).
As far as gaming, I haven't put it through it's paces yet. Although, I have played Fallout New Vegas on ultra high settings, and it doesn't miss a beat.
This is a really nice case considering how cheap it was. It comes with plenty of features, good airflow, and looks sleek. The case itself is also pretty sturdy, and comes with everything you need for mounting your components.
The only reason I didn't give this case five stars is because the back of the case has VERY little room for managing your cables. Even if you do a good job, your still going to have to compress the cables as much as possible and wrestle with the back panel to get it on. Other than that though, this is a pretty solid case.
Seems to be an excellent semi-modular psu. It comes highly recommended by many people, and I can see why.
The only con I can think of is that the cpu and 24 pin power cables are pretty stiff, so you have to wrestle with them a bit when routing them through your case.
It's an optical drive, it works, and it's cheap. It can be a bit noisy when reading, but it does it's job.