Description

Hi! and thanks for checking out my build.

First time building a PC and to be honest its the first time that I have owned one. I was a console gamer 10 years ago but haven't really gamed since. So I decided to get back into it after being inspired by a friend who put together his own system and showed me just how much more you get from PC gaming.

The goal was always to game solidly at 1080p which I think I've achieved though the games I have at the moment aren't exactly going to test the system too much (DayZ and CS:GO).

Please feel free to comment and let me know if where you think I could add to the system.

Parts rationale:

CPU - I understand that Intel cpu's offer more in terms of per core performance but for someone just starting out in PC building who wants to game and play around with a little content creation this AMD chip seemed the best for my budget. Really happy with it so far and have it overclocked to 4.6ghz at 1.4 volts with idle temps around 30 degrees and between 50 and 60 under prolonged load.

CPU Cooler - I was always going to overclock the cpu so a closed loop AIO seemed the way to go. Keeps temps in check and runs nice and quiet.

Motherboard - Through reading it seemed that the FX 990 chipset was best laid out for overclocking and I liked the aesthetics of the board with its black PCB. BIOS is great and so far I haven't had any issues.

Memory - Could have gone with 8gbs but with content creation in mind I wanted to ensure performance was not going to be hindered as far as RAM was concerned.

Storage - I was always going to go the SSD route so picked the Samsung 850 for its good reviews and solid performance. My next purchase will be another 850 Evo but the 500gb version along with a 1TB HDD.

GPU - The 380s from AMD seems to be the go to as far as mid range 1080p gaming is concerned so chose the MSI variant to continue the theme inside my system. So far I have been impressed with its capabilities at 1080p.

PSU - Had planned to go for EVGA's 750 G2 but found this on sale for around the same price. No issues so far, along with the rest of the system it really has been a plug and play experience.

Case - Like cars we all have our preferences and for me this was the one. Wanted something that had the room I needed yet was understated and I think this fits the bill perfectly.

Keyboard - Wanted a mechanical keyboard and after much research decided that MX Browns were the keys for me. Pleasure to type on and really responsive - win win! :)

Mouse - Wanted something plain and simple and that followed with my theme. Chose the Zowie as its driverless, has a great sensor and suits my grip style.

So that's it, as I said above feel free to comment and thanks again for taking the time to browse my build!

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Just glad you didn't go with a corsaircx for psu xD

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, heard they have some issues :) Idea behind a lot of the components was to be able to keep them in when Zen arrives and just replace cpu, mobo and ram (assuming Zen will natively support DDR4).

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

great job on a first time build! excellent part choices all around as well.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks cilvre :) Love the 750D btw ;)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

ty :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Fantastic build, I'm guessing those cables are from IceModz?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks very much and yup.......they're Icemodz :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, I found their website a bit confusing, especially if you want your own design, how did you get this design?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I used the design tool they have then took a screenshot of that and put the link in the description box when you are checking out. Was really fast service, only took 5 days and Mundi is really quick to respond to emails.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

You should use FRAPS and see your framerate. Can you tell me how well it performs certain games at maximum settings? Also, try to stray from Windows 10 until a newer stable version comes out. For me, Windows 10 has lots of bugs including network problems that don't affect any of my other devices.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

thats really more of a per driver issue, i havent had any issues on windows 10 with my msi 970 gaming board

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

In that case I take that back. With that in mind the only reason why I'm not getting it is because it's more expensive compared to Windows 8.1. The reason why I don't think about Windows 7 is because It's getting discontinued in 2020. With Windows 8 it's up until 2024.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

im not sure i follow your logic there. Its the same cost as windows 8.1 or 7, since you can still get the free upgrade to 10. just buy whichever license is cheapest and upgrade the key to windows 10

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. And the cheapest Windows OS to buy is Windows 8.1 OEM. I admit I forgot about the update.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Just had a quick go on CS and it's always around 200, don't have a lot to compare it to though.