Description

Long story short I had a awesome computer (4770k/1080 ti/VR/ultra wide monitor/etc) that I had to sell quick due to needing money to fix my car. After a month and a half of no computer I started going crazy so I needed something to game on even if I had to go budget. Fortunately I had some gift cards for Newegg and Amazon so those paid for the CPU cooler, MB, Memory & PSU. My keyboard, mouse, headset and OS was from my previous build and the monitor was a spare I had so the build out of pocket only cost me $336.93 which isn't bad at all considering it games quite well at 1600x900. The 750 ti FTW was originally mine that I sold to my uncle awhile ago and he didn't need it anymore so I bought it back from him for the same price I sold it to him (thanks uncle Cliff!). The CPU is a placeholder for the i5-9600K when I have the extra money, then I'll upgrade the monitor to a ultra wide and then get a better GPU and more memory eventually.

Thanks for checking out my build!

I'll try to upload better quality photos when I get a chance.

11/9/18: Upgraded my EVGA GTX 750 ti 2gb FTW to the Asus Dual RX 580 4gb.

11/13/18: Upgraded the 20" Hannspree 1600x900/60hz to a 34" LG 2560x1080/75hz/IPS/Freesync. Also updated pictures.

11/24/18: Replaced the Corsair CXM 550W with the EVGA G3 650W as it was on sale for $50! The EVGA is a much better quality unit and with the large size will allow for a better upgrade path and overclocking.

11/28/18: Swapped out the CPU/MB/RAM to the Ryzen 2600/Asus Strix B450 & 16gb 3200mhz. The G5400/MB/8gb DDR4 is going to a friends build for minor gaming/study. Price/performance the 2600 was a better choice for me, with the RX 580 I can play all my games on high/ultra at 75hz.

2/18/19: Swapped out the Thermaltake Riing White LED fans for 3-140mm/1-120mm CM Masterfan Pro RGB fans.

3/1/19: Dumped the stock AMD Wraith Stealth for the CM 212 RGB Black Edition.

Part Reviews

CPU

Excellent price to performance CPU, even with the stock CPU cooler it stays around 50C while gaming and the auto overclock boost to about 3.9ghz.

Motherboard

Excellent board, good features. If you get this board make sure the memory, in dual channel, is set in A2,B2.

Storage

Fast, cheap & software is easy to use.

Video Card

Excellent GPU for the money, easily handles most games on high/ultra without issues.

Case

Nice case overall, bought from a local Microcenter and the front panel audio connector was destroyed (looked mushed with wires undone) so I'm taking a star off for Q/A. Will be contacting NZXT for a replacement cable. Also the metal on the case is pretty thin, easy to over-thread your screws and mess up the metal.

Power Supply

Originally wasn't going to replace my CXM 550W but saw that this went on sale for cheap so I couldn't pass it up.

Monitor

Simply amazing! The screen is a beast and is absolutely beautiful! Freesync works like a dream. I have yet to mess with the HDR settings.

Keyboard

Got on sale a few years ago on a Black Friday sale, I think it was originally $80 down to $20. The board works well but Logitech software slows down the boot time drastically.

Mouse

Free when I bought the EVGA Hadron, works well and the on-the-fly dps control is nice to have.

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

looking spiffy

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yea I wanted to keep this build as clean as possible.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Really a shame that you had to sell that old PC, at the very least you got a pretty good system. Anybody who is even slightly educated on Coffee Lake knows that the Pentium Gold series is actually pretty snappy for the price. Another thing I like is the specific model of 750ti you purchased, the FTW ACX.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, the FTW is a excellent card, at some point I'm going to download EVGA PrecisionX and max out the power limit and let Nvidia GPU Boost do it's thing!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

looks great! I love seeing builds like this where cheaper parts are used to show that you can game on a cheap rig! I honestly don't like the 1k+ builds.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry you had to lose your first build, but the car, well, you know :/

Congrats on the upgrades though! You've come far from that first garbage monitor and GPU :)

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build !

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

On the 3-140mm/1-120mm CM Masterfan Pro RGB fans, did you have to use the controller, or were you able to just use a splitter and plug them into the motherboards RGB header? The build looks great! I have the H500i and the B450-F motherboard and am confused if I need to use the controller or if they can plug straight to the motherboard and use the aura Sync Software.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late answer, haven't logged in for awhile. So the 3-pack comes with the RGB fan hub that can control up to 4 fans so at the time there was no need for a splitter but then I got the RGB cooler so instead of using a splitter I was going to buy the larger CM RGB fan hub which I believe covers for 10 fans. If you use a splitter then you won't be able to change out the colors of the fans individually.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, yea I originally I was going to go with the Fractal Design Focus G White for around $50 but then I ran into shipping issues and didn't want to wait a few weeks to get it so I went to a local Microcenter and grabbed the H500. Then I wanted a bit more aesthetic so I grabbed those Thermaltake Riing fans which I'm loving. Enough to make it look nice without being obnoxiously bright and distracting.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

For the price they can't be beat and still can handle some AAA gaming on a lower resolution.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea it was a close call to get the 8100 over the G5400 but considering I'll be getting the 9600k by the end of the year I said the heck with it and saved like $40 with the G5400. Plus when I bought these parts was when pricing was getting high. The 8100 went from $100 to like $130 and even the 8400 that I looked at went from $179 to $200 but that's also kind of waste with a unlocked board. Essentially I wanted something a bit better then my previous 4770K @4.4ghz (1.25V) and the 9600K meets it as the boost clock is quite high and when I do overclock from what I hear 5ghz is pretty easy to achieve but well see what happens with my $20 Cryorig! And when I do make this swap I'll be making a budget build for my grandmother (FB/Web/Flash games) with the G5400.

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