Description

I intended this build to be used for gaming. Not going to be over clocking. Since no over clocking will be done I chose to save a few dollars with my choice of pieces on my build.

I went with the i5 4690 cpu. Overall great cpu and it's the highest clocked Intel i5 available at the time and it wasn't unlocked like the "k" edition saving me a few dollars. Performs very well with my games.

I chose the Rosewill RCX-Z300 as my cpu cooler. I wanted a cm hyper 212 evo but as far as I know it doesn't fit in my case so I chose this instead of using stock cooler (nobody uses stock for gaming). I just wanted something that performs better than stock with less noise and better cooling effiency to prolong the life of my cpu.

Motherboard is an Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA 1150. Great bang for the buck board here. Went with the H97 chipset since my cpu is locked and no over clocking will be done. Quality product here with plenty of options to upgrade. Just too bad it doesn't support SLI for Nvidia graphics cards but it does support Crossfire for multiple Amd video cards.

For memory I went with Kingston HyperX Fury Blue 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600Mhz. Using two separate four gigabyte sticks to run dual channel setup. 8GB is all I need right now for gaming. Solid budget memory that performs at 1600Mhz all day. I wanted the red version of these but I had the blue laying around so I decided to use these to save some $$$. Probably will replace with red version but will upgrade to 16GB (2x8GB).

Now for my hard drive I chose the 1TB Western Digital Black series HDD. I needed a drive with high capacity for a good price, but also performed good for my gaming needs so I chose the black series instead of the budget blue series from Western Digital. Great drive with good load times. From cold startup I get to boot into windows and be ready in 2 minutes. Plan to upgrade with SSD.

The case is a Corsair Spec-01 mid tower. Great case for $50. Offers good air cooling support housing up to five case fans. I'm loving the two front intake fans blowing air right into my video card keeping it nice and cool. Wire management can be tough in this case as it is a little smaller than some mid towers out there. Just as long as u run the 8pin cpu wire first before placing motherboard in the case then u won't have a problem keeping a nice clean wire managed build. Also this case allows for long video cards which is a plus. Maybe not so great for multiple cards though as I can see airflow problems occurring.

UPDATE 8/28/15 Power supply was a Corsair CX 750M 80+ bronze. I replaced the CX750m with a Cooler Master V650 80+Gold. Much better build quality. Just dislike the sleeving they used for the wires. I think Corsair was prettier.

Basic Asus DVD drive. Don't use much CDs or DVDs but it's nice to have. I think these things are going extinct.

UPDATE 8/28/15 Upgraded to Windows 10 Home and no problems here.

Corsair red led fans keeps things cool and helps compliment the inside hardware by lighting it up to be seen by everyone :)

Thank you for checking out my build. Feel free to comment and ask questions. Also this was my first build ever. I aimed at wire management the best I could. Let me know what you think. Thanks again and I hope u enjoyed my build.

UPDATE 2/11/16 So far no issues with anything since build. Added an SSD a couple months ago. Its a San Disk SSD Plus 240GB that I picked up for $70 at best buy and WOW the boot times between SSD and HDD is a big difference. Very happy about that.

UPDATE 9/21/16 Just upgraded my gpu about a week ago. Went from EVGA GTX960 FTW to EVGA GTX1070 SC. Big difference in gaming performance. All games maxed out graphics settings at 1080p solid 60fps. Seen this gtx 1070 boost to 1911mhz clock speed. Not planning to overclock it anytime soon as it performs very well already. After upgrading to this gpu now planning to do a new build on the skylake z170 platform.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Decent cooler for the price. Performs better than stock while making less noise. I think this should be considered the stock cooler IMO.

Video Card

Great video card. Definitely recommend this over the GTX1060 even if you are only playing at 1080p. It's cool and quiet with no coil whine. I'm very pleased with it.

Comments

  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

In b4 tiny_voices bashes the psu choice.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't bash PSUs. I simply explain how some PSUs are not good choices. The PSU is the single most important part of the computer and is the LATS place to EVER cheap out. I'm a Mod over a Tom's Hardware and EVERY DAY we diagnose issues with PCs (sometimes damaged/destroyed systems) caused by Corsair CX/CS/VX/VS PSUs. They simply are not good at all. Corsair has done alot of marketing to sell these to unsuspecting new builders and it works well. People are then stuck with these quite subpar units. People think that because someone else has used one for a year that they are OK units. Simply untrue.

It should also be stated that these PSUs have gotten worse over time. The V1 CX units actually DID use all Japanese capacitors, but the current line of Cx PSUs are plain crap with a Corsair sticker on it.

So OF COURSE I will tell people they should change their PSU. I would rather see them return it while they still can, and get a proper unit, instead of having the Cx fail in 6mo-1yr and then come ask what to do with a half-fried PC.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

what about the RM650?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a crummy CWT based unit with terrible capacitors. Definitely not recommended when there are MUCH better units for the same money.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

What psu would you recommend for my build keeping it under sixty dollars?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't doubt this is a superior unit. I stand by my build and proud of it. This CX750M does its job well.

  • 51 months ago
  • 0 points

No it does not. Have you read the review I posed? Out of spec voltages, poor ripple suppression, etc. It is not a good PSU. I help peple replace these units every single day. They simply are not good. Just because something says Corsair on it doesn;t mean it is any good. It is a crappy CWT manufactured unit with terrible capacitors.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

P.S. I would love to do this for a living :|

Would we all?? LOL

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! +1

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

What's a good gaming PC Build that can play games like COD WAW, Skyrim, Arma 3 and, Minecraft pretty well at the lowest cost possible budget.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm making about $820 bucks in the next 2 weeks of working and plus I've already got about $30 bucks in my PayPal right now, and I'm going to bring that up a bit too by selling on eBay.

  • 51 months ago
  • 0 points

You most certainly CAN go wrong with Corsair products. ALL of their lower end PSUs are not good and should be avoided. Made the common mistake of Corsair = quality.

Replace that CX750 with a proper unit before it harms your PC. It simply is not a quality PSU at all.

Here is a review showing how bad it is: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2015/01/21/corsair_cx750_750w_power_supply_review/9#.VdCenq2M5kp

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

I believe it's a fair product. I was using a Ultra LSP 550w before this and I believe this is a step forward. Sometimes it may just be a bad batch when it comes to purchase. I had a Seasonic 550w fail on me after only 8 months and my Ultra LSP is still alive today. Sad to see people bash Corsair when I see low end brands performing better than high end brands.

  • 51 months ago
  • 0 points

Sorry, but you are completely incorrect. Your failure was an isolate event. The Cx units are simply not good. That is a fact. The numbers of failed CX units are higher than the numbers of every failed Seasonic PSU there is.

You cannot argue with the quality of the components used to build the PSU, and the test results performed by multiple people. I see failed Cx units every day. sure there are worse units, but there are MANY better units. the CX unuts are never recommended.

It is perfectly ok to bash Corsair when they make a 750w PSU that can't even pass ATX specs for ripple and voltage regulation and they market it as "quality". Ridiculous.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

For the price of $50 it was tough to beat because not as many decent choices in that range. All technology is prone to failure even the best. I understand your concern about the low quality of this psu which honestly makes me think too. At the end of the day I'm just taking a risk like I do anytime I buy technology. I usually bought PCs already built and components in them failed . I would buy another Seasonic PSU because I know there is good ones and bad ones when it comes to all tech. I will update if changes occur with current psu.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't even bother taking the risk. It is not expensive to just get a proper unit in that build that you won't have to worry about failing.

For $50-ish you can buy a MUCH MUCH better 550w PSU which is way more than enough for this build.

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