Earlier this year in August, I decided to build a pc. I had saved up enough to finally do it. Before I had been gaming on my samsung series 7 chronos laptop. It had an i7 and a gt 630m. Gaming on it was pretty good, but as the years progressed games became more demanding and I wanted to max out the settings.
Over the next few months a bought a series of parts. The first thing I bought was the case because I found it cheap on newegg. The choices that led me to pick these particular parts were simple and I was looking into building a future proof system. So for the motherboard I picked up the z97 so I'll be ready for the next gen of intel cpus.
I checked out ebay randomly one day and found a massive amount of the parts I was looking for for half of their prices. I found the r9 280x for 150 DOLLARS. Jumped on it right away. The next deal I found was for my cpu. The average price for the cpu was around 230 to 240 dollars at the time I was looking. I again got lucky and found it for 189 dollars on ebay. 99 for the motherboard and so on until I finally had all the parts.
Originally this build did not contain the hyper 212 evo or the crucial ssd. These were added a couple of days ago. My os is on the ssd and I'm using the hdd for games and other files.
In terms of performance, it is terrific. I'm running all my games on ultra and getting 60 fps and up. I'll be picking up assassin's creed, the evil within, shadow of mordor, and more next gen games soon.
The cpu is currently overclocked to 4.0 ghz. I used the overclock thing in my motherboard to do it that way. (I'm kind of a noob and it did it for me lol) Temps under load haven't reached above 59c. Idle temps are between 29 and 30.
The r9 280x temp stays around 60 to 70 depending on the game. Hasn't overheated once. I have yet to overclock it however. I'll experiment with that feature later.
The monitor is beautiful. I bought it refurbished but it looks brand new.
About the pictures. I know I know. The cable management is awful. Some of the cables my power supply came with were just too short for me to make them look neat. So I just threw them in there. That's about the only criticism I had about the whole build. I'd definitely get a better psu with longer wires next time.
Feel free to ask questions. Thanks for reading.