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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.

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  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey we have the same case!

Except I have a GTX 760, i5-4460, and fury RAM. I like the LED strips they really pull it all together.

Butimabrokecollegestudentwhodoesn'thaveenoughmoneytobuyanythingmoreforit.

  • 41 months ago
  • 0 points

Hey! I have the same jsut a different CPU, MOBO RAM and Graphics card! Bruh..

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

RED BUILD, BLUE RAM

I like the build, especially ram, planning it for my build. For the fan thing, a fan controller is how to fix that.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

when I put together my build initially, I wasnt planning on having any specific color scheme, it was just a cheap option at the time. Got my eyes on some Geil Super Luce red led ram sticks for a future upgrade ;)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Since you have a nice aftermarket cooler, start by overclocking your cpu. It should get to its boost frequency just fine, but you'll probably be able to push it to around 4.2 - 4.3 GHz stable, just keep an eye for temperature. I'd say you've done great for a 400$ budget start, and about the upgrades, you may want to wait for Zen and Kabylake, it's a matter of months now.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I messed with overclocks all night. Could only get to 4.2. Anything at 4.3, no matter voltage, would crash during stability tests.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Can someone explain me why the hdd is so expensive?

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

No idea why. It was the cheap at the time i bought it ($45). I think it's typically used for server computers though. Could be wrong.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

I think it's a problem with the price-checking algorithm. It's being sold for $57.99 on Newegg, so it definitely doesn't actually cost that much.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the X4 860k, Wouldve went with the 950 aswell but the 2gb was bothering me so I went with a 4gb 750 ti and I wish I just went with a RX 470 ... I am 13 so forgive my mistake

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

If your psu has more sata connecters there are converters for more fans. To lower noise try fan controller or get noctuna fans. My case had fan controller and i got noctuna plus a corsair liquid cooler. It really helped with noise and temps. If you upgrade after Feb 2018 you can get Amd Zen. I am waiting for Zen too.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Feb 2017*

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I've already upgraded my system with a new CPU and a fan controller to help with the noise :) You can check out the revised build here http://pcpartpicker.com/b/ywM8TW

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for reading and suggesting that fan controller. I had a feeling I might have to resort to just using good ol fashioned hardware to deal with my problems.