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Hello there,

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

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Great choice of parts! +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I have no idea on how much this cost to you but it's a great budget build with excellent selection of parts in here.

  • (Somewhere €708? More or less?)

Despite the slight messy wires, I know it is tricky with this full Modular so I cannot discredit you here. Since I recently worked on a XFX TS myself and it's no picnic but it's a great quality PSU either way. Great work and enjoy this awesome build of yours. +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a lot!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

this is a great budget build! those full modular psu's can be a pain in the neck, as i have one myself, but your build is fairly neat. just be prepared for the hate train about the H series board and stock cooler :D im curious, are those gpu temps supposed to be in farenheit because 50c is idling at about 120 degrees farenheit! :] +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

just be prepared for the hate train about the H series board and stock cooler :D

If there is one. I see nothing wrong with the H97 MOBO paired with an i5-4460 or any other non-k version of the i5. And stockfans do work, unless someone is finicky with sound vibrations. Maybe I'm partially deaf in one ear but with my good ear, stockfans don't sound awful. It's a great combo for the non-overclocking intention with the CPU and with decent features.

  • My point is: the processor and MOBO are a great combo. An aftermarket cooler is not needed for a non-overclock processor. Unless one had some kind of issue with their previous stockfan for whatever reason or maybe color scheme.

Of course, you are aware of this since you liked OP's build too. :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Exactly.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I also was suprised at the idle temp of my GPU, but on forums I read that the most people with this card had these temps. Also my fans don't spin at 50 degrees, I could change it up to a lower temp so I've a lower idle temp. But I don't see the problem of having 50 degrees Celsius as idle.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

For only 35 dollars you get a GREAT looking combo.

Not surprised, I have read my fair share of great reviews on the mouse and keyboard during my time of researching!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah indeed, all of them were positive. I couldn't go wrong :P

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build dude! Don't know how you kept that price down considering I have almost the same specs though. How is your computer running for comparison to mine? Anyway nice build!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I didn't buy all the parts in once but i waited until some got cheaper and bought them. I have to admit that I had some lucky deals and you can always try to negotiate with the seller ;)

About your build, great one. The main components are the same so I think it will perform the same. If you didn't buy it yet, then I'd say go ahead! Also I am not aware of the fact that you know that you can get windows for 10 bucks from g2play instead of 85 :)

Edit: I forgot to say that your psu may be an overkill, not sure if you are planning upgrades or something.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback! I'm am going to buy it!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers! Have fun!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

hey still kinda new to this XD how fast can it run games like LOL and CS:GO? (in high setting and constant )

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I max everything out and all the special effect. I have like 200-300 fps in LOL and 400 in CS:GO

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL ****

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry I have around 190 on csgo

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

lol still better than wut i have XD i have like 30 fps low settings :(

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you playing a laptop right now? And are you planning on building a PC?

If so, take in consider if you only these games this PC may be a slight overkill, you could go with some cheaper parts. I'd like to help you with this if so.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! I'm looking into the exact same cpu and gpu - how do you like them so far? Have you tried any open world games like Dragon Age: Inquisition or FarCry 4?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey yes I played far cry 4 on 1080p and everything maxed out. Ran pretty smoothly! I like this gpu and cpu a lot on budget end builds. If you are willing to spend some more you could get a 390 and a unlocked cpu (and then a different motherboard ofcourse). Good luck on your build.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! Thanks for the reply. I'm even more excited to complete my build and test it out now!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!I like how it is black, with a subtle amount of blue in it. I am looking into the same cpu/gpu combo myself. I have an old AMD system I build years ago and it is time to upgrade. Like you I see that intel performs better on pretty much most of the benchmarks I see.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool! I recently added some blue LED-strips behind my monitor it looks really cool! I also got my gpu overclocked quite a bit: - Core Clock: 985 --> 1070 - Memorty clock: 1450 --> 1500 only with rising the power limit to 117%

If you want to see some specific benchmarks, hit me up.