I’ve wanted to build myself a pc for years, some weeks ago I finally bought my parts and started building it. I wanted to build a pc for 1080p gaming and some photo/video editing (nothing special). I don’t regret anything from this build and I’d like to share my setup with you!
CPU – i5 4460 Quad Core @ 3,2GHz-3,4GHz
First I didn’t know if I should go with the FX-6300, the FX-8350 or the i5 4460. Finally, I decided to go with the i5, because in benchmarks it performed the best in almost everything, and is more power efficient. I went with the stock cooler, because the intel’s stock coolers don’t make a lot of noise and I can’t overclock this CPU anyways. It works great in all my needs and is very good budget intel processor.
Motherboard – Asrock H97 Pro 4
This is a great motherboard, it’s a quite cheap one and it has a great sound card, which was something I needed in the future, because I’m planning on getting a 7.1 audio setup. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have SLI/Crossfire support. But for me good audio had more priority and I’m not planning on getting a second r9 380, I’d rather just a single beast of a GPU.
RAM/Memory - Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
I decided to cut some costs on the RAM, because as often said: “RAM is RAM” it works fine, nothing special. I went for 8gb Because on my old laptop where I used to play on I was almost always on 6gb of RAM and I was super happy that I had 8gb of RAM on my laptop. It isn’t the most eye-catching RAM but I’m not really about the looks at this price range.
Storage - Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
This is a massively bought HDD, a lot of people recommend it so that’s actually why I went for this one, right now it does its job. I didn’t go for a SSD (yet) because I wanted to keep the costs a bit low and I’d rather get the mass storage of a HDD then the speed of a SSD. I can always get a SSD once the prices are cheaper.
GPU - Sapphire Radeon R9 380 4GB Nitro Well that’s the exiting part! Well, it cost me tons of research until I made my decision but I don’t regret it! I really love this card! It’s a great 1080p game and I can max out all the latest games on a playable framerate (35+), the most go over 60. I don’t have a specific reason why I went for the Sapphire one, because I just went for the cheapest at that point in time. I went for the 4gb instead of the 2gb one, because the most ‘newer’ games will be limited at 2gb, and for me it only was $12 more expensive to go for the 4gb one. Just a cheap way to get some more future-proofing.
Case - Cooler Master N300 ATX Mid Tower Case
I decided to cut some costs here too. The case looks great and has great airflow. I got delivered with 2 fans and the LED of the power button is blue, which really fits my color scheme. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have great cable management options, but since it’s a closed case it doesn’t really bother me that much. The cables are not in the way of one of my fans so it’s fine. I love this case.
Power Supply - XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX
I didn’t cut any costs here, since it’s a very important part of your build which you don’t want to mess around with. I chose for this PSU, because it’s from a good brand and a lot of people advised me to get this one. Maybe the wattage could have been a bit less, but in my country I couldn’t really get a good 500W PSU for the same price as this one, I can even do some upgrades on this one so I’m fine with it. The cables of it look pretty but it’s non-modular so I’m stuck with a bunch of cables I don’t need but again, I don’t have a windowed case so that’s not really a problem for me.
Monitor - Asus VS247HR 60Hz 23.6" Monitor + Xerox XA7-15i 15" TFT LCD Hard Glass Monitor
ASUS: For 120 Dollars, great monitor, I’d recommend it to everyone. It has a really nice size, it’s bigger then the most 1080p monitors. It’s 60 Hz, but that’s enough for me. Also it has a blue LED which matches my color scheme.
XEROX: I had this from a random old PC, I love the feature to have 2 monitors. One for gaming and the other one for chats, steam, etc. Too bad the Asus’ colors look brighter so it doesn’t look very nice if I have a background of the same color running, because on the XEROX everything is a bit more dark and blue-ish.
Optical drive – NONE I chose to not get one, after all I maybe should have. It was pretty annoying installing all the drivers without CD’s. It would only have costed me 15 dollars more and I’d save 7 hours of installing and troubleshooting things. But if you’re very familiar with installing drivers without CD’s then don’t take my advice of course.
Keyboard & Mouse - Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle
I decided to cut some costs on this part. For only 35 dollars you get a GREAT looking combo. I guess 30/35 dollars was spent on the keyboard. It feels nice. The keys feel rubberized which is very nice and it looks absolutely gorgeous. I think that 5/30 dollars is spent on the mouse. It does what it has to do, it’s optical not laser and so the DPI is not super high, but high enough for me. It maybe feels a bit cheap but you’ll get used to the feel and it’s only 35 dollars for the bundle, this also looks really badass. This bundle matches my color scheme and I love it. I’d recommend this to everyone on a budget.
Speakers – Some random old speakers
Just had it from an old PC, it works, it’s it.
I’d recommend this build for everyone around this price range, it works great! Have a nice day! ~ Max