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Hello everyone! This is my very first build and I think it was totally worth building a PC instead of buying one built. Runs pretty fast for my needs and preforms great.

I do realize that I could have saved a lot more money on things like the GPU and such, but I had a decent budget, and I got some good deals from Memory express. In the end I didn't even go over my budget, so it's ok if I wasted a bit of money. PRICES ARE $CAD

The games that I have played on this PC so far has been Grid Autosport, Battlefield 4, TF2, and CSGO and this PC handles all those games on high settings at a respectable FPS.

My choices for components:

CPU: i3 4160. I like the CPU. It runs butter smooth with the 960, and I went with Intel because I do plan to upgrade to and i5 or i7 later down the line.

Mobo: Again, I like the gigabyte motherboard. I could have gone with a better motherboard but the motherboard I wanted was out of stock in store.

Ram: I got the ram used for $60. Corsair Vengeance Pro Looks good and gets the job done.

Hard Drive: All I needed was 1tb. Went with Seagate because it was a lot cheaper than the WD's.

PSU: Made sure it was at least Bronze+ so I went the EVGA 500w. It's enough for the build, so I cant complain.

GPU: You guys are probably gonna say I wasted money on this, but remember, I had some money to spare. And besides, the guy at Memory Express gave me a pretty good deal on it. The 960 can easily handle games on high-ultra with no problem at all, easily getting 60-100 fps on all the games I listed. It also comes with a nice looking backplate with it as well.

Case: This is probably the best steal I have ever gotten. I was gonna get the NZXT s340 but I saw this Corsair 600T White Edition for $60 on Kijiji, and it was barley used. In my opinion this case looks amazing even if it came out in 2010. It's got everything I need, 4 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, and all the other necessities. It retails for like $219.99 CAD, which is insanely expensive for a case. Obviously I wouldn't buy it brand new, but it's great that I got this case for 60. I saved $30 buying this instead of the s340, and I don't regret it at all.

OS: I originally bought windows 8.1 but upgrade to windows 10 for free right after it came out

I think I did a pretty good job on cable management. The back could be a bit more organised but the overall look of the PC is pretty tidy in my opinion, considering the fact that my PSU isn't even modular.

Please feel free to leave feedback or suggestions. Thanks! :)

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

I think you did pretty good with your parts. As long as you're happy with it, you didn't waste your money. Looks clean too, definitely good cable management especially for your first time. Don't worry too much about the backside, my cables are a nightmare behind the motherboard as well lol. The one recommendation I would make is to get an ssd whenever you can. It makes a huge difference and in my opinion it's the best bang for your buck upgrade you can do.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I really appreciate that! And for the ssd, I am planning to get one soon.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice and clean build! I love the case you used... If you plan to get ssd try the samsung 850 pro series.. they are real deal! Cheers!

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Lookin clean, bruh.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I appreciate it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Its nice to see someone pulling performance out of an i3 rather than a 4690 or a 4790. Not a bad build if you plan to upgrade. If the cpu is treating you well go for a lgood sized ssd upgrade first

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Are the used parts holding up? I want to get used stuff to save money but I'm hesitant on it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice cable management though

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I really wanted the build to look clean. And yea the used parts have had no problems at all. I ran memtest on the ram, no problems have come up. If your going to buy used parts just make sure that they were taken good care of and have no problems.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Selling my like-new GTX 970. Nobody in my area seems to need it on Craigslist tho... Bout to try Ebay. Asking for $260. Practically new. http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/sop/5135591638.html

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

You got my +1.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

That case for that price doe! O_o I really envy that find lol

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet rig!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the i3 doing in games? (Nice build)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. The i3 does great with the games that I have played so far. Temps are pretty good too. It hasn't went over 60 celcius yet.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

With the stock cooler or with an aftermarket cooler?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Stock cooler

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build bro!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Vizihfy, nice first gaming build. I really envy that vase and i wished i could get that for that price. A few suggestions though, have you considered an aftermarket cooler? Even though its an i3 processor, ir wouldnt hurt to put a better performance cooler.Another one is the gtx 960, which states that you got it for 300 bucks. Suppose that was the price you purchased it( i know you said you got a deal but us that the price?) A gtx 970 is only slightly more expensive and i believe would boost your performance.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Still surprirised that I got it for that price. The 960 that I got was 300 bucks but I live in Canada so if I got a 970 it would be around 150-200 more than a 960

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

You got so lucky on the case, it is superb for future upgrades I'm glad to see someone use an i3 on a stock cooler, i suggest cooler master evo 212, it will allow you to have lower temperatue and quiet gaming

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Stock cooler? Completely fine for the i3 but what kind of temps do you get on idle/gaming/prime95 (w/e information you have)? I am planning on putting an i3-4370+GTX 950 in a slim case with little clearance and would appreciate the information.

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