Description

I began this build with one goal in mind... being able to play 2015's new game releases care free. This is my first personal build and is a huge improvement for myself (was playing on a HP Pavilion laptop that was 5-6 years old with an i3 processor.)

CPU - Going into the build I was actually planning on buying the AMD Fx - 8350 because of it's price. But after doing some research of my own am doing some comparisons on CPUboss.com I decided to go with Intel's 4590. I plan on upgrading to an i7 later in the future. The 4590 is locked, but I didn't want to have to buy an aftermarket cpu cooler so this works for me.

Mobo - $70 Lg1150 motherboard not too bad. No crossfire/SLI, but that's not a concern for me.

RAM - ram is ram is ram... 8gb standard stuff

Storage - Running my OS on an SSD for faster boot and load times (might put a game or two on it as well.) 1 TB hardrive really standard, but I didn't buy a Seagate or WD because the Hitachi was on sale at the time for $38.

GPU - Great price and actually better performance than I was expecting. Watched several benchmark tests on youtube. Most of the comparison's were between the similarly priced GTX 960 and in almost all of the videos i watched the 380 outperformed it in FPS averages. I also used GPUboss.com to get the initial idea of how much performance I could expect for how much I spent and I was very comfortable spending $200 with my intentions. This card is long as crap, but fits nicely in the case with only a little droop.

Case - Everything fit well and I really like the front fan mount option. The case came with one Deepcool 120mm fan that I moved to the side panel as an intake fan.

PSU - Went with the 600w corsair, a little extra wattage for future upgrades. (Not a bad PSU, but wish i went modular for the cable management.)

EDIT Consult power supply tier list from now on... Sent CX600 back and bought a Rosewill Valens 600w 80+ gold instead.

Case Fans - Wanted a blue theme so the blue LED fans were nice. The fans are very, very bright and relatively quiet. ONLY THING IS THAT THE FANS MOUNT HOLES WERE UNDERSIZED SO I HAD TO DRILL THE WHOLES MYSELF SO THE SCREWS WOULD WORK. Almost stripped all of the screws before I decided to make the wholes bigger.

Monitor - 24" 1080p, nice monitor.

Keyboard/mouse - Really like Logitech products so far. Keys are very prominent and easy to use in the dark or bad lighting. I plan on getting a blue LED keyboard in the future, but this is an excellent place holder for $10. Saw the mouse on amazon originally and decided the 2400 dpi would be acceptable for gaming. I would go wireless, but I hate buying batteries.

Feel free to leave comments and your thoughts.

Part Reviews

Video Card

Such an amazing graphics card, runs everything at 60fps high/ultra. All the drivers came on a c/d and were really easy to install. Program that comes with the drivers notifies you when there are new drivers which is super helpful, especially with windows 10 being constantly updated.

Power Supply

I really wish there was a 0 star rating because this thing is poop. If you are planning on putting this into any computer that you have over $500 in, I wouldn't do it. If you're going to build a gaming pc highly recommend getting something with a gold efficiency rating and consult the power supply tier list on Tomshardware.com

Case Fan

Really like the LED and it does a great job of keeping things cool, but there is one huge problem. THE MOUNT HOLES ARE WAYYYY TOO SMALL. Nearly stripped out all 4 screws before I decided to re-drill the wholes myself and make them larger.

Mouse

Very inexpensive and I love the different sensitivity settings. Tested the durability while raging at CS:GO. Unplugged it and threw it across the room. Very durable.

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Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know how that cpu is for overclocking but there are many great aftermarket coolers that aren't expensive that would give you lots of headroom.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

There is no overclocking a 4590 since all non-K Intel processors are locked, he'll probably need to get a Z97 board since you for the most part can't OC the processor on a H97.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I prime95 tested it for 8 hours and the cpu never got above 73C and only runs about 63-64C in real game-play.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

What games have you played on it and what FPS?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything runs at 60+FPS on ultra 1080p. So far I've played World of Tanks, LoL, Battlefront Beta, and CS:GO and no issues at all.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

why is psu so bad?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I had it for maybe 15 days and it started getting hot (I MEAN HOT...). Also not modular which made it a pain getting the side panel of my case on, even once I was done with my cable management. Mine could of been defective, but i've heard a lot about the poor quality of the CS/CX series from corsair.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks I picked up an EVGA SuperNOVA 550 GS 80+ GOLD for a gtx 970

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! EVGA makes awesome PSU's, that model is also fully modular which will work great for your cable management.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

This is SOLID, thinking about buying this set up maybe altering a few items for a little more power but this is absolutely solid sir! +1

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