Description

I really like how this build turned out! It can run games with high quality at a high frame rate. I would highly recommend using the components that I included if you want a high-performance PC at a modest price. I’ve included reviews of all the parts that I included in my build.

Part Reviews

CPU

This CPU performs well, and the included CPU Cooler works fairly well. I don’t have any real complaints except for the CPU being a little cooler

Motherboard

This is an exceptional motherboard made for overclocking (although I was stupid and didn’t buy an unlocked CPU) and comes with fast WiFi. It also has RGB, a great addition.

Memory

Fast memory, I would highly recommend this.

Storage

Not much to say, speaks for itself

Video Card

Simply amazing. A powerhouse, and fairly recent. If you want to know what GPU to get on a budget, I would recommend this. It fits in most cases and has a sleek look.

Case

The fan LEDs are simply amazing to look at. The cable management was a slight problem, as there were very few holes and none above the motherboard, so I had to snake them through the hardware

Power Supply

Works well with these components

Monitor

This monitor is absolutely amazing! I recently replaced another one with this, and with its 4K and FreeSync, it works like a charm

Keyboard

Very good mechanical keyboard, feels great for gaming and work. Pressing down the buttons feels great.

Custom

This is a good mouse and is very durable and has good looks, but starts squeaking after a month or so of use

Custom

This is a very durable table and looks really good. It provides lots of areas to do further cable management and seems durable.

Custom

These are very good headphones but can become uncomfortable at times. Sometimes, your ears can get warm after a long period of gaming, and you have to take it off to get rid of the feeling. Other times, your ears can feel cramped because of the small space between the headset and your ear. Overall, I think that it is a good budget headset, but if you have a bigger budget you should get something better.

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I had that same power supply and it lasted a little over 4 years. Keep an eye on it if your computer starts randomly shutting off.

Otherwise this is a good budget build.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice budget build and great selection on parts. +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Not the prettiest, but value has a beauty all it's own!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man! Do you need to flash the BIOS/UEFI to make either the microprocessor or graphics card to work?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I do not believe so, and thanks for your opinion!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice first build! There are a few changes I would make, however, to get the most performance per dollar at this price range.

The first of which, is going with a Ryzen CPU. A Ryzen 5 2600X is not only cheaper than the Core i5, but it also has multithreading and overclocking support which the intel CPU lacks. Of course, this means you would have to get a different motherboard, but Ryzen MOBOs also tend to be cheaper. In my revised parts list, I chose a B450 board. While B450 boards don't overclock as well as X470 boards, I feel like it better matches the budget of this build.

Next, I chose a power supply that has a higher certification. Specifically, I chose the Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze power supply. This power supply is semi modular, has better certification, and is slightly more powerful than the one you selected. It was only slightly more expensive, too. Remember, never cheap out on a power supply. It's the part that supplies power to your whole PC, and the part that can fry every component if it happens to fail. While it's not a very exciting part to dump money into, it is none the less very important to get a reliable one. In my future build, I'll be using an 80+ titanium PSU to ensure the most longevity.

Now that we have some extra money left over, lets get a better graphics card. By switching the build to a Ryzen system, we saved around $200. This allows us to get an RTX 2060. Not only does this card have the potential for ray tracing (if you're into that sort of thing), it has newer GDDR6 memory.

Finally, I decided to switch out the monitor. At this price-point, 4K is pretty overkill. For a more gaming focused build, a 1440p monitor at 144Hz is a much more ideal purchase. Maybe even a 1080p monitor with an even higher refresh rate would be best for this build? If your main focus is gaming, you'll definitely want something higher than 60Hz.

For the full revised list, here's the link: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/jpNwdX

And always remember, the great thing about making a PC is that you can go back and replace any part you desire as long as the new part is compatible. Making upgrades here and there can significantly increase the lifetime of your PC.

Happy building.