Description

This build was originally designed for moderate to high demand gaming (and still is). The reason I say this is because the parts list you are currently viewing is the result of over six months of evolution; buying, trading, and selling parts as they come and go, eventually leaving me to settle upon this finalized list. Heck, I even finished this build last month and was too lazy to post it. Now, to ease your curiosity of the two $100 285s:

I had recently read about and downloaded an app called 'letgo', a buy/sell/trade used goods platform (I'm not trying to advertise - this is just a story), and had spent a couple hours browsing through its electronics feed. I came across a man named Robert, who was selling these two XFX R9 285 Black Edition GPUs. After exchanging messages back and forth for a few days and getting to know him personally, learning that the cards had only been used to complete Tomb Raider and then were removed, I decided to purchase them despite originally wanting a GTX 970. I'm glad to say that I pounced on his offer, because normal retail per (XFX Black Edition) R9 285 is around $230. I spent about $30 less on both (Basically new) cards together than if I had purchased one of them at normal retail. Robert, you are the man. With these cards combined via CrossfireX on the MSI Z97 Gaming 5 Motherboard, I am able to render Just Cause 3 on ultra-quality graphics at 1920x1080, and have yet to drop framerate below 55fps. Check out Robert's build

UPDATE: Removed CrossfireX 205's, added an MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G

Now that we've settled this; let's get on to the fun stuff.

Part Reviews

CPU

Fantastic processor. I see people now using these guys in rigs with 1080s, but now, I'm aware of why; for my use, the extra $100 for a standard i7 doesn't really produce all that much of a difference when it comes to the overall question, is it worth it? If you're edgy (And don't plan on OCing) on which CPU you should buy, go with this one. I promise that you won't tell the difference, and you'll be able to invest $100 more on something else. Also; this bad boy OC's to 4GHz like a pro.

CPU Cooler

212 Evo. Bam. That's it. This should honestly be the only one of it's type and size on the market. Does the job anything else can do (Sometime better) for $30. Processor is running about 45C under full load on Ultra GTA V settings. It's pretty great.

Motherboard

Most badass budget gaming motherboard I would say exists today. Fantastic location of all ports and power sockets, spectacular BIOS, unbelievable quality - MSI has it all. You need this motherboard.

Memory

They say that RAM is RAM, but this in particular was the cheapest priced and most durable - not to mention its incredible speed and sleek heat spreader. Kingston really blew the quality budget competition out of the water here.

Storage

Although I do have a spare HDD, I currently only use this guy. With boot speeds around 10 seconds, I'm no longer able to relieve my bladder's needs while waiting on my PC to boot like I was during my pre-built HP times... Not really a negative, just.. dang.

Video Card

Just updated to this guy and it's incredibly fast. All games maxed out now, 100%.

Case

Sleekest, most convenient, durable, and cheapest priced necessary case for a budget gaming PC. What can I say? Corsair knows their way around large hard things. :)

Power Supply

Don't give me flak for choosing the NEX edition of the 750 watt EVGA PSU. This one is sexy, and works just as well as any other.

Case Fan

It's Corsair. It's a fan. Need I say more? This is kind of their thing, isn't it?

Fan Controller

Not pictured, but I do own it; I only currently use the media reader in this guy. However, I have tested the fan controlling unit before, which is honestly pretty bad. Good thing I don't really need it.

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 4 points

Only 55fps on Just cause 3 at 1080p? Does that game not support XFire? You should be crushing that game. Nice build though

  • 42 months ago
  • 4 points

"yet to drop framerate below 55fps."

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Ahh okey then

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for clarifying for me!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Like Sanderman quoted, "Yet to drop framerate below 55fps"; that's under full load in the most demanding geographical location on the map. I'm usually always above 60-65.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Great!!! I love these rx xx5 GPUs!!!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! My jaw dropped when I found them for $200. I was speechless that it wasn't a fraud!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Thats one hell of a deal on those tonga gpus

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Tell me about it! It was really hard to believe that Robert only wanted $200. He told me that he wasn't looking to make any money off of them, but to just sell them to a good home.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you like the case? I hear the spec series don't feel very sturdy.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I absolutely LOVE this case. I don't know of any negative feedback about this case; mine feels extremely sturdy.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Corsair in general doesn't make the most sturdy cases. Like I have the 300r and it is on the flimsy side. But hey your putting a pc inside a case, its not like its going anywhere.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe they don't; all I know is that this one is at least strong enough for me, and you're absolutely right - it's definitely not going anywhere!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Does that cpu cooler fit nicely in that case?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It fits amazing with about a centimeter to spare

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice. Great story description snd pictures.

Thumbs up.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Whoops, let me fix that

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