Description

Went with what I could pay for.... all in all about $980 after rebates.

I had a; 250gb SSD (Crucial) for OS and essentials, 500gb HDD (Western Digital), and optical drive from a previous computer that I cannibalized so I wouldn't have to get windows or re-download any games/features. Also already owned the peripherals (mouse, keyboard, headset).

P.S. - Disregard the missing power cover on the wall, my dog knocked it off about 15 minutes before that picture was taken.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great bang for buck especially if you can find a deal on it.

CPU Cooler

After a few days of running the rig hard and fast I can say that this cooler is 100% worth anything Corsair feels like charging for it. I don't think I clipped above 51*C even once. If you aren't buying this then I feel bad for your ability to make decisions on your own and hope that someone gives you a helmet and some crayons for Christmas.

Motherboard

The only real reason this doesn't get a higher rating is that the RGB is lackluster and kind of a pain to get working at first. All in all though a reasonable price and strong performance from a brand that you can trust.

Memory

These things are great. I mean you might want to say, "Hey man ram is ram", and I get that but no temp issues easy to OC and they are BRIGHT. When I say bright I mean blind your neighbors cat bright, might have to tint my case window kind of bright, and the color options are very nice and easy to use.

Video Card

This was the part of my build that I spent the most time worrying about. I am super pleased with the card on all fronts. It looks clean, especially with red black builds. It runs Witcher 3 and Destiny 2 on max with absolutely zero problems. The only issue with it is that the MSI software is kinda retarded and getting the RGB to work proper is not so easy to figure out.

Case

Pros: easy to move around in, looks great, dust filters are on point, soooo many fan options, tons of space for upgrades and/or toys, great for cable management even for beginners. Cons: manual is garbage, the hookups for the case fans/usb/restart are slightly wonky and don't really want to stay on tight to boards and power which you will just have to guess at where everything goes because the aforementioned manual is garbage.

Power Supply

Sturdy power supply with a ton of cables and ties that all come in a nice little bag to keep near your other rig tools. Best if you can find it for under $90.

Keyboard

Once you get used to typing on it all other keyboards feel inferior. The media buttons are a huge plus when listening to music and multitasking. You can set multiple profiles up for up to 4 different activities and the USB pass-through makes cable management on your desk super easy.

Mouse

For $35 this mouse has no competition so many DPI options RGB works great and is very customizable.

Headphones

As a man with a big noodle I was forced to scour the globe for a decent pair of headphones that would wrap around this testament to my mother's birthing prowess without feeling cheap or cut off the circulation and cause me to drool into my keyboard until my wife finds me several hours later. I can say that after almost 2 years of solid use I have found the only headphones I ever want to game in. The mic comes off for when you don't want to rage at preteens that seem to suffer from downs syndrome, but when it's on the fury of your racial slurs will come in crystal clear to anyone willing to listen.

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Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 3 points

I love the look of the parts you chose! Impressive cable management too! +1

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

No SSD??

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice budget PC (it's always good to start with at least 16GB RAM and a 1060 or higher), but you don't appear to have a storage drive listed. What are you using? With the price range you're going for here, I'd recommend a 120-250GB solid state drive for the OS & programs and a 2TB hard drive for everything else; should be around $100-150USD.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I have edited the build description to include why the parts list did not show that. I will look into the parts list and see if I can add the ones that I already had.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome. I've had nothing but good experiences with WD internal drives, and the Caviar Blue is a solid HDD. How do you like the Crucial SSD?

If you're looking to expand your storage for cheap, I highly recommend a Seagate Barracuda, specifically the 3TB model as it's only $80-90USD and has the most capacity for a 7200rpm drive (not including higher-end series like Barracuda Pro and WD Black drives). I have one in my system and the bang-for-the-buck is incredible.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah not sure yet on what I'm gonna do when I finally fill up the drives because I tend to purge things not in use so space hasn't quite been an issue for me. I appreciate the suggestion on the Seagate though I think I will do something like that and an M.2 SSD sometime in the coming months.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Good choice, especially if you don't store a lot of data on your PC. I plan on getting an M.2 SSD sometime in the future as well (I'm looking at a Samsung 960 EVO to replace my 850 EVO as the C drive).

  • 27 months ago
  • 0 points

Lmfao you can afford an $1100 pc but not a power outlet cover. Priorities, amirite

  • 27 months ago
  • 0 points

Should have went with r5 1600. Oh well