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...
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.
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: 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!
Ram: Love these sticks have not seen any problems. Nothing else to talk about...
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 (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!
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!
Its a cd drive.... Pretty meh speed but it was 5 bucks...