Description

All of these parts were either brought at Microcenter or gifted to me. Total cost of build is actually 780 dollars.

Right before the Xbox One and Ps4 came out, I started getting more involved in PC gaming. I have been gaming on computers since I was a little boy. But now it got serious... I had planned this for about a year and a half, and it was torture. I had no money in my pockets and I did not have a job. So I decided to sell my old gadgets to make money. I had around 280 dollars to waste. I HAD to buy everything off of Microcenter and this made it go over my budget a little bit.

I remember buying the case and power supply first. Then the mobo, processor, and optical drive next. I had NO money or gadgets to sell after this. I had no idea what to do. I needed a GPU and Windows. Around 300 dollars. After a month with just staring at the PC and doing nothing with it (FX motherboards dont have integrated graphics and I could not use the PC), Everyone's savior came! Better than Santa! Or any other mystical creature! Good old grandma! She asked how my computer was doing, and I told her I couldn't use it because I needed some parts. She came to the rescue and got me an r9 270 and Windows! I could not be happier in my life. That is why I named the title "Grandma to the rescue". Thank you grandma!

Overall this build has served me very well and I cant wait to make it stronger in the future once it starts getting low frame rates. This was an amazing experience and thanks to Reddit.com/r/pcmasterrace and you guys, I could have not done it. THANK YOU!

Case: It was the cheapest and most non crappy case that I could get at the time. It can fit the most gargantuan of graphics cards and PSUs. And coolers as big as the one that I am rocking right now. The only problem that I had with it is that it came with these crappy preinstalled brass standoffs that would come out everytime you unscrew the motherboard, sticking to the screw. It was a very painful experience and I had to use brute force to take them off. It comes with some pretty decent fans. That is all I have to say about it...

Part Reviews

CPU

Lets start things off with the CPU: I chose this CPU because I needed 4 cores and I knew I was not going to upgrade in a long time. This is the reason I did not go with an i3 or a G3258. It handles every game perfectly and I have not seen any bottlenecks! I almost forgot to mention that I oced it to 3.4 ghz. Seems to be stable, but I dont want to overclock it more because of the power supply.

CPU Cooler

Cooler: Its a Hyper 212 EVO. Probably one of the best coolers to ever come out, I won this cooler off of Reddit.com/r/Pcmasterrace and it has been nothing but good to me the past month that I have been having it. It can be audible on gaming load but not as bad as the stock cooler that came with my CPU. I give it an 8/10.

Motherboard

Motherboard: Asrock actually did a pretty good job making this motherboard, It comes with pretty cool software and a special app center. It handled my processor overclock surprisingly well!

Memory

Ram: Love these sticks have not seen any problems. Nothing else to talk about...

Storage

Hdd(seagate 1tb): Seems to get really sluggish over time... I have moved windows to a separate hdd (320gb hdd). And the seagate seems to still be slow. I dont know if it is because it is a hard drive or that it is defective. It still does what I want it to do (store Games and Media).

Video Card

Video Card (grandmas gift): She runs everything I throw at it around 55-60 fps on medium/high settings. This is exactly what drove me over to PC's more, the high framerates. Were have I been all of my life without 60 fps and running everything at 10-25 fps on my old laptop and ps3. Overclocked it just slightly and have not seen any performance increases... Maybe I should OC a little more. Once again thank you grandma!

Power Supply

PSU: I expected less from this little unit, but it seems that it has gone above my expectations. It is nearly quiet and can actually hold graphics cards as powerfull as a 970! It handles my Overclocks very well. Good job EVGA!

Optical Drive

Its a cd drive.... Pretty meh speed but it was 5 bucks...

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Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Overall build looks nice, but video card looks like it is leaning. :3

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I already checked other builds and the video card looks exactly the same as well lol. :) Also thanks on commenting.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

That's really nice! I also have the same CPU in my build and its running nicely

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright I have redone the cable managing and will upload pics tomorrow!

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