Okay, so I just transferred to Australia recently for my studies. I was an avid Dota player and I wanted to build a capable machine without breaking the bank. From the start, I had a checklist for my PC:
- Must not be overpriced/overbudget. (I went with the 600-800 AUD mark. Best bang-for-buck according to forums)
- Can play Dota at the highest settings and then some
- Future-proof (Easily Upgradable)
- Easy to clean (Case must have reliable dust filters)
- Power efficient (I often left the computer on for item trading)
Since I didn't know anything about building computers, I researched everything from scratch. Special Shoutout to: LinusTechTips, Science Studio, Tech Deals, Pc Part picker and Ozbargain!
It took me a while to gather all the parts. (I bought the GTX 960 strix and the Fractal Design Case second hand to save money). Also, I had windows 10 education free from my university. (Huray Microsoft!)
I'm not gonna lie, building it was NOT easy as many will say. I had a hard time figuring out where the power cables would go since my power supply was an OEM and did not come with labels. Connecting the fans were also a challenge since I did not see any youtube vids of actually connecting the fan cables.
When I completed the build, I atttached the HDMI cable the the back of the video card. This was a mistake. There was no display shown in my monitor. I was ready to give up and just bring the thing to a professional until I tried removing the graphics card and using a VGA cable to the motherboard I/O instead. I held my breath and... Viola!
I booted! I was so relieved.
Praise the divines! and Lord Gaben!
I was nervous with the BIOS because I didn't want to screw things up with the settings. (The boot management and stuff and updating the bios was difficult without an optical drive)
After all the initial hiccups, I downloaded all the softwares and programs I'll need.
- -Samsung s22D300 monitor- $129 AUD (good starting monitor)
- -Gamdias keyboard and Mouse Combo - $54 AUD (Amazing so far. Really like the huge palm rest included with the keyboard)
- -Logitech cloth mousepad (This thing is HUGE and easy to get cold in a marble table. lol)
Real life Benchmarks (I downloaded Nvidia's Shadowplay to record these):
- DOTA (ULTRA settings and shadows) - 120+ fps (ez +25 MMR)
- Skyrim (Ultra settings with HD mods) - Capped at 60 fps (I think it's due to my monitor being only 60hz)
- Torchlight 1 and 2 (Ultra settings) 260 fps
- Limbo (LULZ) 60 fps (again, the monitor?)
- DiRT 3 (High detail, shadow - 140 FPS)
- Shadow Complex Remastered (Ultra - 180 fps)
- The Crew (High setting, occulation - 120 fps)
For future reference:
- Minecraft- To be tested
- Crisis 3- To be tested
Can handle games like Skyrim and Dota just fine. Amazing cpu for its price!
I choose this motherboard for my build since it has awesome feature and has USB type C (Future-proof right there). It also has lots of USB ports for back I/O and front ports. The only down side was the difficulty I experienced with updating the drivers and BIOS since the tutorials for this board is very RAREand add the fact that I did not have an optical drive for my build.
Looks cool and the price is just right. Wished there was a white or black color in the same price range tho.
Bought this at a deal for only 76 AUD. It's a really great SSD for the price! The body is made of plastic but I didn't care because it wasn't meant to be held.
MORE STORAGE!!! LUL
Got this second hand (Strix edition). Amazing. What can I say: Quiet and didn't notice any performance lost ( because probably I don't play the latest AAA titles like technomancer)
Great for Dota, skyrim with HD mods, Limbo (lol), etc.
BIG AND HEAVY CASE. I think i grew muscles carrying it around.
Got the OEM version of this which was not modular or labeled. Does the job but difficult for noob builders like me.