Link to original completed build: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/tsqkcf Refer to original completed build for accurate prices I paid for the old parts.
So this started as a $400 budget gaming PC this summer. Built around mid June. I was excited to start PC gaming, but looking back I made some foolish mistakes with purchase choices. My CPU and GPU were pretty lack luster. Yeah, they did a pretty decent job with what I was doing, but once I played the Battlefield 1 Beta, I knew I needed to upgrade.
The first thing I decided to upgrade was my GPU. The 950 was decent, but the 2 GB of VRAM was pretty meh. I saw the RX480 on sale for a great deal on JET.com. I was able to add a 15% discount to it for being a new member so I paid around $202 for it. Getting an RX480 for retail? What a steal right?... I could have used a $20 mail in rebate, but I was too lazy to go through with it.
I was expecting great performance from it when I hopped on the full release version of BF1, but again I was dissapointed. I'm only getting 30-50 FPS on high settings, and I'm pretty sure it's just due to my CPU creating a severe bottleneck. I've been monitoring GPU And CPU usage during gaming, and CPU stays constant at 100% load while the GPU fluctuates, generally around high load. I've overclocked my CPU to 3.9 GHz, and the GPU to 1375 Mhz.
Upgrades Part 2 will definitely be a CPU overhaul, which will sadly result in getting a new motherboard, CPU cooler, and RAM sticks. Looking at getting either the i5 6400 or the i5 6500. Still not sure what I'll end up doing there.
Along the way I've also added small things here and there like adding the 2 Riing case fans and the RBG light strips. P.S. my two new Riing fans are running constantly, and I'm not sure how to control when they run, or how fast they run. It makes the computer as a whole pretty noisy with 3 case fans constantly running along with the CPU fan that constantly runs. Any help? I tried using SpeedFan, but I couldnt get it to work. My motherboard only has 2 fan slots, one for PC fan, and another for "chassis fan". I bought a Silverstone PWM fan hub, and i dont know if it even allows me to control fan speeds.