Description

This build was a really good way to start getting into PC's properly and had no problems putting everything together.

It's mainly used for games, namely Dark Souls II, Dota 2, WoW, TF2, DayZ and Counter Strike. I've also put all my movies music and photos onto the HDD as a multimedia storage system. I'm waiting on some Gigabyte speakers so I can use it as a home entertainment PC as well.

I built this back in April so some of my choices for parts may seem a little outdated. In particular you might see I only went with a dual-core i3 instead of a quad-core i5. This is because I wanted to keep it cheap and nothing I really do required 4 cores, however I will probably try to upgrade to an i5 within a year or two.

Also the Fractal case is way more expensive than what I should have bought. I just couldn't resist the design of the R4, not to mention its amazing cooling, amount of space for drives and GPU's as well as great cable management, and seeing as I'm going to be using and upgrading this PC for a while, I need to like the look of it.

Hope you all enjoy.

EDIT: Over the last few months I've upgraded a few parts of this build. Specifically the CPU has been upgraded to an i7 and the GPU has gone from an R9 270X to an RX 480.

Part Reviews

CPU

Top tier CPU for the Haswell and 1150 chipset. Only thing it doesn't have is the ability to overclock but for people who are looking for a high-performance CPU that's still competitive with Skylake, look no further.

CPU Cooler

Great air cooler and incredible value for money. Only gave a 4/5 because it is fairly large and can cover the RAM slots for certain motherboards.

Motherboard

Very good basic motherboard. Plenty of USB 3 slots and easy headers to slide in.

Memory

It's 8GB of very reliable DDR3 RAM. Still packs a punch even when matched against faster DDR4

Storage

Great SSD, only 4/5 because its not the 850 EVO series.

Storage

Best HDD going on the market right now. No more needs to be said.

Video Card

Ideal for 1080p gaming on very high settings. Gigabyte cooling very good and reasonably quiet for the overclock it can achieve. The 8GB version would be better at 1440p but the RX 480 is primarily a 1080 beast.

Case

A huge case with plenty of room for expansion. Great cooling abilities and lots of cable management options.

Power Supply

Good PSU with enough wattage for most mid-tier builds. Non-modular is the only reason its not a 5 star review.

Comments

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

blacked out looks really good

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice and neat ,I like it.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

That keyboard size... How do you live without a keypad!?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, I've used a Mac for the past 4 years so have just gotten used to it. Also the cheapest mechanical keyboard I could find second hand

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

270x is such an amazing price to performance gpu but if you spent a tad bit more and get a 4gb version of the 270x but still solid build.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah I really wish I had gone for the Sapphire 270X 4GB now for like £10-20 more but i dont really need it too badly for the games I'm playing. If i were to X-fire the GPU's in future, do you know if the 2GB and 4GB would work together as long as they are both 270X's?

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

i believe the vram has to be identical but honestly it is better to sell your gpu and get a single better gpu than xfire ^

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok great thanks a lot!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Great budget build! How do you like that deathstalker tournament addition? I have been considering one of those for quite a while but beed more feedback, Anything better in the same price range?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I got mine for about £40 and I have no complaints. Its the cheapest mechanical board I could find and I love the small size, makes it easy to take over to my friends house or to a LAN. The rubber on the bottom isnt very sticky but its fairly heavy so it stays in place well

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I have been using one for a little over a year now, they are great for gaming but are a little lacking for general PC use. You do wind up missing the 10key when not gaming.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build for eSports titles! Don't see those that much here!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Isnt this cpu has hyperthread? That makes this cpu digitally a 4 cores

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah it does have hyperthreading but its still not quite the same as 4 actual cores but its a happy medium