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Greetings PC Building Enthusiasts!

This will be my last budget build for a little while but the story is the same as the others: slowly acquired parts through eBay and Reddit while deal hunting and came up with this! I added a generic magnetic blue LED strip in there to help light things up but other than that all of the parts are accounted for.

All of the parts in this build are used with the exception of the HDD, the PSU and the Case. The HDD and PSU are standard fare, reliable and good for the price but the case is what really surprised me! This is my second or third time using a case from Cougar and I've been pleasantly surprised each time I've worked with them. Love the amount of value you can get from a case like this, plenty of airflow in the front and the top has a magnetic dust filter which is pretty rare at this price point. It has a really cool side-panel that's made to look like tempered glass but it's actually slightly tinted acrylic, really cool looking!

The build itself performs really well, like amazingly well for how much it cost to make. Right now the GTX 770 and GTX 680 by extension are great cards for 1080p gaming on a budget, you really can't beat them at the $80-$100 range. The i7-3770k has aged very well and still have plenty of overclocking prowess, I was able to push it to 4.5Ghz easily with this budget CPU cooler from Enermax.

That's pretty much it though, if you have any questions or comments feel free to let me know and I'll try to get back to you!

Thanks! -Brandon

Comments

  • 22 months ago
  • 3 points

Go Blue!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely! I see that you too have a blue build! =)

  • 22 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm blue da ba dee da ba die da ba dee daba die da ba dee da ba dieeeeee.

  • 22 months ago
  • 3 points

Right here, right now, this might actually be one of the best value used systems you can get piece together!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Awww thanks!

Yeah, I'm a really big fan of combos like this lol Really, anything with a GTX 770 attached to it is going to perform well right now.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Hmmm One question, if you were to add a optical drive, where would it go? Near the front panel?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, there is a cutout for one 5 inch device at the top front of the case but you can just fill it with a fan if you don't plan on using it!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok awesome, thanks!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I'm new and I wanted to find myself a reliable pc that I could get that isn't to much money. I was looking and found this pc and was wondering if I should get it. if you can please help me decide or please give me some advise so in the future I could be making these builds for others like me that have just entered this stage of gaming and business. :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a really good build for budget 1080p gaming but it takes a little bit of bargain hunting to find the right deals. If you're patient and willing to wait for the right time to buy then you can save a lot of money buying used parts!

If you have any general questions about PC building or component selection feel free to let me know, I've been building PCs on this website for 4 years now and professionally for the Coast Guard for about 8 years lol

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

i keep seeing GTX 770's around... are they any good? I going to get a 1050ti and my dad found a 1050 overclocked but idk how much it is yet. Should I just get the 770 and put more of the budget into other parts like my processor??

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

They're great cards! A GTX 770 is about the same performance but in most cases slightly better than a GTX 1050ti but for almost half the price. It's a great buy if you're looking to upgrade later when the GPU market stabilizes but it's up to you if you want to buy used for your first build!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

oh! i didnt know that the 770 was better than the 1050ti! i will have to look at benchmarks on youtube to see.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

hello im new to pc building, you think an AMD Ryzen 5 1500X Processor with wraith spire cooler is better than an i5-8400 and is it compatible? and a ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1050, 2GB GDDR5 would be compatible with this build? and would all the parts fit fine in a Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 Mid-Tower case?

sorry for asking all the questions. im completely new to pc building.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I can definitely help you out man, it sounds like you might be a little bit confused about how compatibility between motherboards and CPU's works but we can work it out. I'll PM you and we can talk more!

  • 21 months ago
  • 0 points

i appreciate the fact you want to teach my everything but right now i just want to get my pc to work, that way it would be easier to learn how it works because i know what "it" is. Dont take it personally but its just the way i learn things. So for now i just want to know if these parts are compatible, I had to change them to fit my budget and according to what was available and again sorry for the disturbance.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Shouldn't u need fans? Because the case only comes with one I believe

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing job! It looks very nice and I love the colors. Im thinking of using this case too. Would you say its the “best bang for the buck”?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

teach me de RGB whey! (sorry for out of date meme)

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Quick question about the case, I can't seem to find accurate information about it's fans. What fans come with this case? And how many mounts total?

Looking at using this for a Ryzen 2400g build, and not quite sure how many fans to purchase to add to what the case already has.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello!

The case has only one 120mm fan included, it's a generic black fan but it gets the job done and I put it in the back as an exhaust. The other fans I installed in the front were 120mm blue LED fans and they work great, I think the front of the case supports 3 120mm fans if I remember correctly! The top of the case also has mounting options for 2 120mm fans, it's pretty great!

I would say adding two to the front and keeping the included fan as an exhaust is a pretty good configuration unless you need LOADS more airflow for whatever reason. I even overclocked the i7 and GTX 770 in this build and it works great!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Where do you put hard drive

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

What front fans did you get? Ps this looks amazing I want mine to look exactly like this

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! And the front fans were a set of cheap blue LED fans from Kyerivs I'm pretty sure, these look about right https://www.amazon.com/Kyerivs-Performance-Computer-Bearing-Efficient/dp/B075GLB536/

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the case come with fans

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately, it only comes with one fan in the rear exhaust position. I purchased two cheap blue fans off Amazon for the front intake and they worked great!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

What size fan would I need for this case

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It has space for a bunch of 120mm fans, I put two in the front and one in the back!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

what kind of temps do you get?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the case come with a pre installed fan?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

It does indeed, it's a plain black 120mm fan but it works!

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

AWESOME! I have a i5 3570 with a EVGA 960SSC LGA 1155 you made this look BALLER AS HELL DUDE!

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  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a bunch man! Means a lot coming from a veteran builder such as yourself, gotta love the budget systems!

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  • 22 months ago
  • 3 points

I generally sell them (at cost, no upcharge) to friends or people in my area that are interested in getting into PC gaming on a budget.

So yes, I do sell them but I don't make any money off the builds because I'm a full time IT for the Coast Guard, there's no reason for me to profit off a hobby lol

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