Description

I'd been wanting to build a pc for gaming and Microsoft Office for a while and finally scraped to gather the money for this.

I chose the i5 because it was the best that I could afford and it won't hold me back in any games. Unfortunately it also caused me a lot of stress since I got it with in store pickup from microcenter and they forgot to give this to me. It took a couple of days to resolve and has really made me consider not shopping there again.

I chose the fan because it was the best air cooler that fit my budget.

The cooler was chosen because they were the cheapest parts the microcenter had at the time that'd allow overclocking.

The memory was bought off newegg and was simply the cheapest 8 gigs I could get when it was purchased.

The storage I got is good enough for my needs. I'll probably buy an ssd in a few months.

I know I should have probably gotten a better gpu but I already was a bit over budget with this so after checking benchmarks I felt this was good enough for my needs. I can always upgrade in a year or two to something better if this stops satisfying me.

The case looked really good for under $50 and I really like it so far.

The power supply was just the cheapest one that had good reviews. I kinda wish I had more money to get a nicer modular one since my cable management already sucks but it's good enough for now.

Sorry for the ****** pictures. They were the best I can do with what I had.

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Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks amazing and that GPU is fine should run most games high-ultra 40-50 fps :D

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. And yes the benchmarks I checked showed me that the GPU is quite good for only $160, I would have loved something like a 970 but that was way out of my price range.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

DON'T GIVE UP ON MICROCENTER! FIRST PROBLEM WITH THEM I HAVE EVER HEARD!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't worry about Microcenter that much. 1 person's incompetence shouldn't not want to make you shop there anymore.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah your right. The price for the CPU and motherboard were good. It's just that they took way too long to fix my problem so I'm still pissed since I was stressing out of possibly being screwed out of $200. The employees kept telling me they'd get back to me and I had to drive there several times until they actually did anything. I'll probably go there again despite all of this but I'll never do in store pick up.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Guess I've been fortunate with my in store pickups. I, myself, don't really shop there for the service, it's more for the prices. Glad you did manage to get it taken care of though.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

What games and hows performance?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately I've only had the time to get it running and haven't had the chance to play anything yet. I'll update my post with how things run when I I'm not busy. This was supposed to be complete over the weekend when I had time but the memory was a bit late.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Gr8 build m8. A lot of room for upgrade with cpu and the gpu that you chose +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I'll definitely be buying a 970 or something equivalent when I've saved up more money. Most likely after I get my tax refund. Somewhat regret the psu since I'm not 100% sure if I can use that its good enough for a 970 or I'll have to get a new one but for now its good enough.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

How well does the 212 EVO fit in the case? (I know its been more than 2 years, just need to know xD)

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

4690K With an R9 270X? Did you consult anyone before purchasing this?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

As I said in the description I know I should have got something better and I plan on getting a better GPU in a year or so after I save up some money, and hopefully some of the good GPUs like the 970 are more affordable. For now it'll be good enough.

  • 61 months ago
  • -2 points

This is 100% unbalanced. This is a gaming rig. The GPU is the most important thing. An i5-4590 with an R9 290 would have given you ultra settings on any game.

Seriously does anyone every ask for guidance before throwing out hundreds of dollars?

  • 61 months ago
  • -1 points

You really wasted your money with that core i5. You can not beat AMD when you are building a rig with an $800 dollar or less budget. I personally would have gone with a 6300 at this price point. This would have let you get a better gpu, like a 285 and some more good things like a semi modular psu and possibly and SSD. Otherwise, solid build!

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I had the same concern. I might keep it on my dresser but I might not have room. If anyone knows anything good I can buy to place under the tower, like some mat or something, I'd appreciate the help.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

you can also flip the power supply around and let it pull air from the case instead of the floor. another note, you can rotate your cpu cooler to pull air from front to back instead of from bottom to top, so you are pulling straight airflow instead of from the flat side of the video card.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Try putting it on top of a piece of cardboard on the ground

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I figured out a fix for it already but thanks. In case your curious I used a small piece of drywall I had.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Only a few feet. There's one spot I can put it that's about 3 feet wide and another that's about 2 feet wide. The length of the space shouldn't be a problem.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like that can work. Thanks. Until I get something set up I'm assuming I can just leave the tower on its side for now so the PSU fan isn't being choked, right?