Description

After buying countless Xboxes and memberships, I was fed up with console gaming and was looking for a new gaming experience. A lot of my friends built their own PC's and I decided to build my own!

I use this for gaming, however, I do use it for the occasional essay writing, web browsing, C++, etc. required for school.

Component-wise, I wasn't looking for the best hardware money could buy (because I have little money), because of this, I chose what I felt were solid components that worked well together for a budget gaming rig. I decided to go with blue/ black hardware and a mix of blue and white LED fans, accompanied by a gunmetal case. Overall, I think it looks fantastic for a first build and an introduction into the world of PC building. I plan on building a new one in the near future to expand on the things I've learned how to do such as experimenting with liquid cooling, clock speeds, etc.

Edit: When I built this, there was a deal for the storage (buy an HDD, get an SSD for free), hence the reason the SSD Is $0.00. Also, the PSU, Case, and CPU were on sale, so please keep these in consideration when looking at this build! If I recall:

  • The GPU was $160
  • The Case was $60
  • The PSU was $30 or so....

That shaves off about $98 or so for the completed build. Add on the MoBo ($149.99) and the RAM ($72.00) and that leaves the total price for the build at 794.70!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 4 points

No offense, but you probably should've consulted someone who had proper knowledge of gaming computers before you build this. First off, the graphics card should always be the most powerful/most expensive in a gaming focused rig. On top of that, you will be quite limited performance wise with that weak GPU. 16GB of RAM isn't required for gaming. 8GB is perfectly fine for budget systems like this, you will not gain any performance.

A better gaming focused PC would look something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $110.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H110M-S2H GSM Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $60.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $34.99 @ Amazon
Storage Kingston HyperX Fury 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $42.99 @ Adorama
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 390 8GB SOC Video Card $259.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $91.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply XFX TS 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply $68.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fan NZXT Air Flow Series 59.1 CFM 120mm Fan $9.89 @ OutletPC
Case Fan NZXT Air Flow Series 59.1 CFM 120mm Fan $9.89 @ OutletPC
Keyboard Cooler Master OCTANE Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $49.95 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $789.55
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-13 19:09 EDT-0400

Instead of playing games at 40FPS at high settings, you will be maxing everything at 60FPS on ultra for the exact same price, and I've included storage (an SSD and a 1TB HDD).

Please take these notes for next time, and I don't mind if people down vote me. I've got 1300 karma behind me.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I 100% DISAGREE! I absolutely hate when a CPU bottlenecks a gpu, and in my experience: the CPU is just as important (if not more) as the GPU. Also the 750ti is an extremely capable graphics card. Run that wth this CPU and it's great. Try running arma 3, minecraft, gta v, or any other hugely popular game with a ****** CPU and a 980ti and you get sub 30 frames. Run any game in the world with an i5 and a 750ti on at least medium = 40 frames lowest

EDIT: you've clearly never used an i3 6100 of you think you can run all games on ultra. That thing will bottleneck the **** out of a 390. Also newer titles (battlefield one) are now recommending 16 gigs of ram. In my opinion it looks like this guy did a lot of research, and future proofed what he could on a tight budget

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I absolutely hate when a CPU bottlenecks a gpu, and in my experience: the CPU is just as important (if not more) as the GPU.

Agreed. However, the CPU is not more important than the GPU. The CPU will determine your lowest and highest frames depending on the bottleneck, but the GPU will determine the average frame rate as it does all the rendering by itself.

Also the 750ti is an extremely capable graphics card. Run that wth this CPU and it's great. Try running arma 3, minecraft, gta v, or any other hugely popular game with a ** CPU and a 980ti and you get sub 30 frames. Run any game in the world with an i5 and a 750ti on at least medium = 40 frames lowest

I have had hands on experience with a 750Ti multiple times, I had one for a year. They are capable of playing lightweight games. GTA V will struggle to get to medium settings, it is a very GPU bound game. You clearly do not understand the concept of a bottleneck. Of course, you do not want a weak chip with a powerful GPU. You want BALANCE.

you've clearly never used an i3 6100 of you think you can run all games on ultra. That thing will bottleneck the **** out of a 390.

That is not true at all. The i3 6100 is an excellent chip with great SGP and more than enough power to keep a 390 running at its full potential. Look at benchmarks and all of them will tell you this.

All of what you have written there are rookie mistakes. I thought this too a couple years ago. I guarantee you $1,000 that the system I put together will beat his in every non - heavy CPU bound game in existence.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

A 750 ti and an i5 can gun gta v multiplayer on high smoothly, I've tried it!

And an i3 6100 is not an amazing chip, if you seriously think it won't bottleneck an r9 390 than you seriously have no idea what you're talking about. also GTA V is CPU intensive what are you on about mate?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Here at NORMAL settings at 1080P a GTX 750Ti struggles to reach 40FPS. (They don't show the exact card, but its performance lies just below the R7 265). On top of that, they were pairing their GPUs with i7 5960Xs! You are lying.

There is no bottlenecking, and yes, the i3 6100 is a fantastic chip. It is hyper-threaded, so technically it has 4 virtual cores. The chip can be seen flogging FX 8350s in almost every game ever.

The 6100 is seen beating some haswell i5s too! Benchmarks don't lie. Give me some proper evidence of your argument and I'll consider it. Right now you are throwing empty words at me.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I've used a 750ti and an a8 5600k (worst processor I've ever owned never get it plz) and it ran gta v and medium at 40 fps. definitely not a lie, I've owned this card your throwing a statistic THAT DOESNT EVEN SHOW THE CARD at me. also the 750ti is not worse than an r7 265. The r7 265 outperforms it in SOME titles that are geared towards amd cards. (outperforms 750ti in bf4, yet gets rekt in bio shock infinite. As are true with almost all amd vs nvidia comparisons). What's your point about the 8350 btw? The FX line is for video editing/rendering past the 4300's as they all perform about the same in games due to games only using 4 cores. Also 4 threads are not equivalent to 4 cores... I don't need to explain that hopefully. I also want to point out that these statistics are obviously ******* faulty: the i3 6100 outperforms the i5 6500 in many titles in these benchmarks. this may look to support your case, BUT if you look up those very same games on YouTube comparing the two processors, I GUARANTE the i5's will outperform (this is ******* common sense plz don't spout ******** that it's because the 6100 actually is better) You cannot provide these as examples as they are obviously unreliable. Furthermore the r9 390 is an extremely powerful card. I'm not saying the 6100 is total ****. I'm saying it isn't good enough to let the 390 use its full potential that something like an i5 would. Also if you look up skueztech or science studio, they will compare haswell i5's and this i3 extensively (it never wins, sometimes it's close with a 4440, but no cigar). Please use a 750ti (you can get them used for 50$ on Craigslist), its extremely powerful for the price. Once you do you will see in right

Btw: I stand by my cpu>gpu statement as a CPU bottleneck is hell

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to add that you started your first comment off wrong. Imidiately commenting on his faulty computer knowledge and how he should have consulted someone who KNEW what they were doing. This to me seems ridiculous. You don't even ask him WHY he did this or what his reasoning was, you automatically assume "oh he's an idiot" which is rather immature. I've been responding in a hostile manner, as that's been the format you've started in and seems to be the realm you seem most comfortable, but when you comment on someone's build about a choice you disagree with, don't say it's bad and give him a guide to remake a whole build (because they can't damn well remake it, that's just a useless kinda jerky thing to do) just ask.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

No offense taken! However, I suppose I should have specified that this computer was built for school as well, and I wanted something that could process info well enough without breaking the bank. With that said, I feel that my RIG is more than capable at handling what I want it to and I tailored this build for myself more than I did for others. Thank you for your input!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points
That's really blue! :P

+1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I tried. :P

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a very similar build to this and was wondering if the i5-4590 and GTX 750 Ti work well together. The most intense games that I play are GTA V and Black Ops 3.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely! They won't get you a perfect framerate on Ultra High graphics with every game, But they definitely work together on Ultra for games like Battlefield 4 and ARMA 3. Hope this answered your question!

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