Description

What do I think about the parts?

I choose the i5 4690k for the cpu. It offers great performance with a great price. I actually got it for only $199 at microcenteer. The Asus z97-A is a great motherboard for the money and with all the features it has you can't really go wrong. It doesn't come with wifi or Bluetooth so you might want to pick up a dongle for that. I got Bluetooth for only $5. Corsair vengeance 8gb of ram great for gaming and you can't really buy "bad" ram. The WD caviar blue isn't the fastest storage out there but it is quite reliable. The 120gb of Kingston SSD makes up for the lack of speed on the caviar blue in fact this Ssd is one of the fastest ones I've seen. The Sapphire vapor-x 280x 3gb video card is one of amd's high end budget models, it's a little bit underpowered but for the performance it's the one to get. Plus my friend had the one I am using now and was willing to give it to me, and he is going to give me another in a few weeks so I can use both which will help the machine overclock. The corsair spec 02 red full atx is a great case which they sell at microcenteer for about $39.99. Great cable management, great price, reliable, you really can't go wrong with corsair products. The psu is the corsair rm850, fully modular, but the cables are thick and can get kind of annoying if you have limited cable management room. I know you may think why do I need a 850 watt $160 psu for a pc that only uses less than 450 watts? You don't. I just got a really lucky deal at microcenteer where they had the box mislabeled so I only payed $54. Why not more power for less cost?

What do I use it for?

I use the computer for some gaming and experience 0 lag whatsoever. I also type a lot of documents for school and like to have multiple tabs open at once. Still not a bit of lag.

What do I like best about it?

Definitely the speed. I was used to working on an Acer laptop with the pretty much first ever pentium and first time I used this pc I was blown away with how fast this thing runs. My old computer booted in a few minutes this one only takes 5.8 seconds! A huge difference.

What is the worst part about it?

I don't have to many complaints except the case. It is a bit tricky to take the see through panel off. Otherwise nothing.

Where did you get the parts?

Microcenteer is the place to go. The have the best prices around plus they price match most major retailers.

Let me know if you think i could upgrade this build in any way!

Comments

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

First of all I really like your build and Congrats!!

As a first time builder how cool was it when it first turned on?

My thought for an upgrade is to add a aftermarket CPU cooler which will offer the overclocking option which you are set up to do.

Nice build !!

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you very much!

I thought about the cpu cooler and decided to just go with the market one because I was on a tight budget. If I do upgrade it would probably be to water cooling.

And it was the coolest thing when I first turned it on!

Thanks for the feedback!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

To be honest, watercooling is only really necessecary if you're going to do a substantial overclock or if you want it to be silent, even then I have heard the lower end all in one's have pretty loud radiators.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I've heard that too. But the market fan if working just fine for me so far. So I'm not planning to upgrade soon.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

For $30 or less you can get a Cooler Master 212 Evo. Best budget CPU cooler you can get right now and you can overclock that CPU to extremes with it. At least check it out before you go and get an expensive water cooler if your on a tight budget.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

ok

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Mmmm... I remember when I first turned on my computer, the rush of air from the fans, and the lights on the motherboard... :)

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

It really is a great feeling isn't it !!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Just an fyi you have a spec 02, the spec 01 has less room in it therefore less cable managment options compared to the 02.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Opps I'll change it thanks

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

This is my first build that i actually built and it runs like a beast.

beast - That word... at least it is not on the title...

You might want to preset your prices whenever you can, since you have a Part List to help there. Using the description to briefly mention on what you like or dislike; how you got the parts or a purpose of the build is good enough. Instead of using the description to only repeat a list of your parts unless you meant to describe something more with each part... but I guess you haven't gotten around to it yet.

I want to like the build more but I really wish we had some more internal photos to be honest. A fuzzy image of a side window doesn't make it easier to view your internal parts. And sometimes it's not as appealing or desirable.

Anyways, good parts and enjoy your build. +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Also have the wrong SPEC-# from the Part List but no worries, I'm aware it's a SPEC-02.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok I'll update the photos when I get home later today

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the update on photos! Not too bad! Looks better than my first build. I can only imagine how tough it is again, to work with those RM's wires. (Yes I remember working on the lowest wattage of the RM series. My attempt looks like crap haha.) Again, thank you for update.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build man but, 1.2k isn't really budget lol

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I know but I got such great deals at microcenteer that it ended up being only $700 plus I got the gpu for free from my friend

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

hmmm, sweet I managed to get my 660 for 100 new xD nothing beats a free ( or really cheap ) gpu

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

you bet

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you need fans?

  • 55 months ago
  • -1 points

Is this really a budget PC if you get a lot of really good parts. and that GPU is a bit underpowered.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

compared to other pcs out there nowadays this is 100% a budget pc

  • 55 months ago
  • 0 points

If you want to see a really good Budget Gaming PC go here:

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/KingGyroMidas/saved/#view=9kHKHx

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol The 280X Kicks The 960s Butt,Even If It Is Only By A Bit.By The End Of This Summer,The GTX 960s 2GB Will Be A Huge Bottlekneck,Whereas The 280X Will Still Be Playing Most Games Like It Has Before.There Might Be Some Performance Increases At 1080P For The 960,But It Wont Be For Long.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh Yea BTW Awesome Build.Really Like The GPU And CPU Combo,Very Balanced.Also Like The Cable Management +1.

  • 55 months ago
  • -1 points

Did you not see that it's as good and 500$ cheaper?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey.This Guy Did His Build To His Own To His Own Preference,And You Should Respect Him For That. This Is His Build He Created,And Im Pretty Sure Hes Not Gonna Sell His Newly Built Comp. And rebuild It To Your Specifications.Just Keep In Mind He Wasn't Just Going For Price Vs Performance,But Quality And Aesthetics Was Definitely Not Something He Was Going To Forget,Especially Looking At That Cable Management.