Description

This was my first attempt at building my own PC, and I'd say it went quite well. I ended up buying this case after another, as this one had much better cable management. Overall, the system runs very well. I still have more components I need to buy, such as a 240 or 500 gb ssd, a better CPU cooler, and maybe even some ram with nicer looks and a faster clock speed. As for performance, it holds up very well. I use this for gaming, and this runs all games I've had at ultra high settings, 1080p, and 8xAA at high FPS, usually 60 and above. The only game I've played under 60 is Star Wars Battlefront, but it still runs well at ~50-55 FPS. Below is a breakdown of all the components I use and how they hold up.

CPU: After seeing the high prices of Intel CPUs, I was highly considering buying AMD, but a friend told me about all of the problems he had dealing with AMD and its service workers, and recommended me to go Intel. Considering I bought my motherboard before everything else, I decided to go with the i5 4690K. I can't say I'm disappointed in the least bit, as everything runs fast and quiet, even under a considerable load.

Cooler: Now this was the main upgrade, as I bought it after I initially submitted this build. And I have to say, it is awesome. It performs very well, and stays quiet while looking fantastic. I did a "humble" overclock of a whopping .1GHz, but it provided many improvements to my games. Before, in BF4, I was getting ~55fps on Ultra, 1080p, and 4xAA. Now with the OC, on the same settings, I'm pulling upwards of 90fps. This is excellent as I plan to upgrade my monitor in the future, and it's good to know my components can support whatever I buy.

Motherboard: Seeing as this was the first thing I bought, I sorta went for bada** looks instead of considering performance, but on actually getting all of my components, I realize this has both. MSI's Z97 Gaming 5 is fantastic. It has more than enough ports for connecting whatever you need, and has plenty of amazing features.

RAM: My ram wasn't really my choice, as my dad had some lying around at work and let me use them. 16 gb of DDR3-1600 is perfect for really anything I've been doing. I do however plan on getting new modules in the future just to make it look cooler.

Storage: This was also something my father had at work and let me use, but again, I have 0 problems with it. I have a 128 gb SSD and a 1 tb HDD, and they both work very well. I have Windows 7 Pro installed on the SSD, with some games on it also, and my files on the 1 tb. No complaints here.

GPU: The GPU was a difficult decision, as I was trying to get the most performance for my price point. At around $200, this is one of the best GPUs money can buy. 4gb of GDDR5 is fantastic, and the GTX 960 is a very good performer. As I more intense games, such as BF4 and Battlefront, it does get a bit loud, but it still stays pretty cool, around 65.

Case: I initially went with a Rosewill Redbone U3, but that had no cable management whatsoever, and had little room even in the drive cage area. After selling that, I bought the Core V31 for $60, and it has held up well. The area behind the mobo tray is large enough for my PSU cords, and the case as a whole is very beautiful.

PSU: Nothing special, just went for something with a good wattage, and with a modular interface. The CX600m is fantastic, and is very quiet. The modular cables are a bit difficult to work with, but I make it work.

Monitor: Another thing my dad brought from work, and also no problems here. With 60Hz, and a 1080p screen, it looks fantastic.

Overall, I'm very happy with this build, even though it's not complete. If you guys have any questions or comments, I'd be glad to see them!

Part Reviews

Case

Excellent case. Used it without 5.25" drive bay so I had no problems with fitting on panel. A lot of cable management room, and CM holes are well placed. Definitely recommend for anything you have.

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Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

You probably should've got RAM with heat spreaders. You could've gone for a DDR4 build at that price, and possibly an i7 DDR4, which my next build is. And why Windows 7? I know people don't like 8, which I can respect, but you could've bought 8, for like $90 then upgraded to ten.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

When I first purchased my motherboard I didn't know much about building my own rig. But it does work well and performs good enough for me. And is Windows 10 that good? I've heard mixed reviews about it, but I can still upgrade right?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't done it yet cause on my first build, my current build, i was in the same spot you were, which was not knowing the parts. I don't wanna stress what I have now. It's on my laptop and it works fine. Windows 10 I mean. Plus, Windows 7 gonna die out soon, so it's inevitable

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I like this build a lot, i will probably end up buying these parts and building it. Good job on it

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe it is. I plan on buying a larger, faster one soon, but my dad brought it from work and I have no problems with it right now.

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