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This is the first time building a PC all by myself. Also fist time that i've been paid by someone for it. Anyway, my friend basically wanted a new gaming pc because his current one is slim PC that overheats very easily and broken.

Lots of parts were from local Korean brand and Chinese cheaper parts to cut the budget. There's nothing too fancy like overclocking, leds or anything. It's just about Budget, Stable, and Performance.

He doesn't fancy anything too heavy, and i knew that also meant he's never going beyond 1080p. So GTX960 was a good choice for the graphics card as i have used it before - which left me a fantastic experience for 1080p.

For CPU i just had to go for I5, since I3 could be a bit too weak and I7 is too expensive for the tight budget. And for the cooling, at first i was thinking of Cooler Master Seidon 120V Plus, but realizing that it's not going to be overclocked a bit, so i just went with air cooling to save the budget.

For Memory, I went with generic 1600 Mhz DDR3 Memory, but decided to max out the slots of 16 GB. Just about more than enough for gaming and other things.

But for performance i decided to put in an SSD as boot drive, because i know how significant an SSD improves system performance. It also has 1 TB of HDD storage so that should be enough for him.

And the case was also from local cheap brand, and it's a cube case with slimline ODD cage. So i bought a Slim ODD from LG too. It was quite tight fit and for the case being cheap installing process was absolutely horrible, but i guess this is the cost for buying something that's overly cheap.

It took about 3 hours to build, since the case was small and i had a bit of problem when installing the motherboard. ( one of the standoffs were defective )

Didn't did too much benchmarks, but i ran MGSV : Ground Zeroes for the test. It went well with solid 60 FPS with most of the settings cranked up to High / Very High at 1080p.

In conclusion, if we had more budget to spend then i would've loved to buy a bit more expensive quality parts, but the budget was pretty tight and local retailers were charging quite high for those parts. So that's pretty much it.

Part Reviews

Storage

Very Fast and nice, and cheap too. Recommended for boot drive!

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Fairly form factor case, nice color arrangement, you did a good job. These other guys are just haters that post. ON EVERY SINGLE POST EVER. :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good, the yellow fans and cables look nice with the case.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

What game is he playing there?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Metal Gear Solid V : The Ground Zeroes

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I may be the only one, but those little yellow fans are sweeet.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I thought matching the color would be great.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking to build something very similar. Debating between the 970 and the 960 for gaming at 1080p. How does the 960 perform? And also how did you manage so many fans on this motherboard? I thought there are only 2 headers?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

GTX960 is pretty good card and it will do good with most of games with 1080p, just don't expect it to max out settings then you're fine. If you're looking to max out settings, sure you may go for GTX970 because of more CUDA cores and VRAM, But i'd rather recommend GTX980, because of the unsolved VRAM issue in GTX970. Sure, people still say GTX970 is still worth it with issue, but i just still don't feel like buying a product that has issue, and the stinky fact that retailers still advertise that **** as 4 GB VRAM card while it's really 3.5 GB VRAM card.

And for fans, some fans used 4-pin molex - which doesn't require fan headers, but hooked dirctly to PSU. And for ones with 3 Pin, i ordered 4-pin molex to 3 pin fan converting cable to hook it to PSU as well. So only CPU fan ( which is the only PWM fan in the system ) is hooked to motherboard. everything else is directly wired to PSU.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Makes sense. I was a hug e PC gamer once upon a time ago when the 6800 gt reigned supreme and SLI was the future, but I got away from it. Now that I'm looking to go back to it, I'm STUNNED by all of the available options there are. It's truly overwhelming. I've spent weeks on this website building, destroying and rebuilding concept PCs and I'm still at a loss. Thanks for the quick response! It's very helpful.

  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

Don't ever use unknown chinese/korean parts again, one of them WILL break, and you're friend is going to be pissed, please don't cut corners because you want more stuff in a PC, it just isn't worth it, buy trustworthy branded products, and have him save up if he wants something newer, his PC is less viable to break that way.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I have to disagree with your statement a little bit. I'm Korean, I live in Korea, So in the contrary - those "known parts" are actually less known here or not even on sale or expensive as hell. So cheaper Korean Local Parts are more reasonable way to go and sometimes does quite decent job. Zalman would be a good example. It's Korean based brand, and their stuff is quite cheap and nice around here.

But just For another example, the case i used is cube-type. It's local cheap brand and it costs only about $10~15. And as i said, it's not that recommended. But it's still usable and does most of the job. For "known parts" the most similar case you have something like Corsair Air 240. But that thing is over $110 here due to the import fees and everything. And you don't want to spend $100s on case when you have budget of only $800.

And as i've said in the post, i would have used better parts if i was not tight on budget.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah okay. I got it now, that makes a lot more sense.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

You just assume that chinese/korean parts are going to break? You do realize that every part produced (pretty much everywhere) is produced in the philippines and china. :P The parts look solid, and if it works, it works

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Most PC parts are Japanese or Taiwanese, Chinese parts for PCs are generally bad, Korea less so but still arent great.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I see this from the standpoint of knockoffs and cheaply made products, products made by major companies and outsourced to china is different, they have tons of resources to make good product. No name companies don't. That's just the experience I've had.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah imagine their friend, who can't even build their own PC, going through customer support with Inno3D when the 960 plops. lol

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, well, i bought Genuine Package of 4460 so i had stock intel cooler but i've known those things are horrible because i dealt with several of those. So i had to buy a bigger cooler which does the job better.

It's funny that how available brand differs accordingly to country. In here we have more brands that you've never heard of that produces graphics cards. Such as this inno3D here.

There's also Manli, EmTek (* Korean Brand ). I am not sure about Manli but as far as i know EmTek makes some nice stuff at affordable price.

At the same time, There's no retailer selling stuff from brands like EVGA here at all. I only can buy them via place like Amazon or Ebay ( and that means, all that shipping and import fees, i have to pay them)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Also if you're referring to the Cooler of GTX960, yes. They indeed made it huge that it actually overhangs the PCB. Not sure why.

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