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My Xbox360 was dying and instead of buying a PS4 or XboxOne I decided I would build a PC on my budget to play games with. It plays the games I want to play (State of Decay, Outlast, Torchlight II, CS:GO, etc) well in my opinion but to be honest with you I'm not truly sure how to benchmark everything and tell you whether this PC is performing well on paper. My own experience with this machine rates it slightly above satisfactory.

Cpu the Athlon X860K seemed to compare well with the i5 but for nearly a third of the price I couldn't say no. I'm pleased with the performance of the machine. I play Outlast with everything on HIGH settings in 1080p and my FPS never drop below 60. I also ran Uninge Heaven but I couldn't tell you how to read the results. I have not tried overclocking, if I purchased an aftermarket CPU fan/cooler I would certainly consider it.

The motherboard is an MSI A88XM Gaming board. The 'gaming' features of the board I believe consist of the special NIC and the built in overclocking features that the board provides.

16GB RAM, does ram really make a difference?

I've got a Kingston 120GB SSD that is too small. I should've gone bigger but I figured with the two 1.5TB WD HHDs that I'd have plenty of storage. I was naive and didn't realize how much space games to take up on the SSD.

HHD setup as stated above, two WD 1.5TB drives that arent on the parts list because I salvaged them from a NAS box that I never quite got to work the way I wanted it to.

So far I've been pleased with the GPU. The Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 seems to pack enough punch to run most games at high levels while delivering crisp 1080p resolution.

Now, this PSU may be overkill but I don't care. When you have massive GPUs like I've got you want to have enough power just in case, right? The Corsair 750W PSU does the trick and installs nice and tidy with its modular design.

Monitor - 22" LG Full HD Monitor

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  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty good budget build

  • 56 months ago
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Thank you, sir!

  • 56 months ago
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Well, ram matters but only sometimes, most notably when you run out.

  • 56 months ago
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Might want to switch your RAM to run in dual channel, check your motherboard's manual for placement on that, usually If you have 2 RAM sticks you want to put it in slot 1 and 3

  • 56 months ago
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Thank you for the tip! I always thought you go Slot 1, Slot 2, etc. I'll definitely switch one of them to slot 3 when I get home tonight

  • 56 months ago
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Any time, it might be different for your motherboard, but I believe dual channel is 1 and 3 in most

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build mate, that made me wonder about my actual build (that i plan on buying next month)

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/CR6pvK

If you forget the monitor (i might get a cheaper one) it is slightly the same price

Which one would you guys recommend between mine and his (i like the fact that he has a better GPU, but i think my i5 kills his cpu on most games becauses it doesnt use 8 cores)

Thank you for your comments and once again, nice budget build i am happy to read that you like it !!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

It looks like you've got a kick *** build coming up. You had a little more to spend than I did but I think your system will be great. Post pics once you've finished!

  • 56 months ago
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It is not a kick*** build but a good mig-range gaming budget build !!

Sure, i will post pics once i will be finished !!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, everything here looks awesome; and for quite a nice price!

I'd love to know what read/write speeds you're getting on your V300 SSD. I wonder if they've at all tried to fix the poor performance issues out of that yet. Mine is extremely slow, in SSD standards. I looked it up and apparently I'm not the only one.

I wrote about it in my build description. Check it out if you're interested.

  • 56 months ago
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I read A LOT about that SSD after purchasing it and was somewhat worried about it. When I got it I immediately checked the firmware version and it was 6 something not the version that everyone was having issues with. I noticed that Kingston replied to a lot of the negative reviews with suggestions and I ran a benchmark using ATTO and the speeds were mid 400 write and mid 500 read.

Do you know which version of firmware you've got?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't tell you right this moment; I'm at work :P

But I can tell you that the last time I ran benchmarks on it, both my read and writes were in the low 300s, sometimes dipping into the high 200s. I hate complaining about it because it is way faster than mechanical drives, but it way underperforms what they advertise for it. But this fight has been fought by countless people before me, so I've just accepted and plan on getting a larger Samsung Evo down the road.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

lovin it

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi Nice build! always nice to see another 860K. However, please note that this CPU is considered a budget processor. It's not on the same level as an i5. I'm pretty much all scenarios, part from price, the i5 will blow it out the water. Performance wise, OC-ed it will probably match an i3 at stock :(

  • 56 months ago
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Gotcha, definitely was a budget decision to go with the 860K. So far I've been extremely pleased with the performance of the system. I CAN'T WAIT FOR REBEL GALAXY to come out, that was my inspiration to build this machine.

  • 56 months ago
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just OC it under a Hyper 212 or similar, you'd be set for nearly all games. It's a budget processor that really shines for what it is :)

  • 56 months ago
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Coulda used the money saved from ram to get the 280x

  • 56 months ago
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I don't exactly know what I'm doing but I had fun doing it, and everything works so at the end of the day I'm happy.

  • 56 months ago
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Thats all that matters really.

  • 56 months ago
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In terms of storage issues.

Just store the games you play the most frequent on the SSD

and other games which you maybe play once a week or month on the Hard drive.

+1 great build

  • 56 months ago
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Yeah that 120 will go quickly. Looks great, but I would suggest another SSD down the road... that steam library gets pretty big pretty quick!

Nice work on the build too!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Store single player games, where load times ruin immersion, on the ssd and then store multiplayer games on the HDD because load times are irrelevant when you have to wait for other players anyway.

  • 56 months ago
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You're sooo right! I already have filled 66% of the drive and I've heard with SSDs that you don't want to fill them over 75%? Have you heard that? Next comission check I'm upgrading by adding a new SSD

  • 56 months ago
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Thank you for the tip. I'll do that tonight!

  • 56 months ago
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Love the ram choice, bit overkill for an athlon though :p +1

  • 56 months ago
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Lol, I don't really know what I'm doing as may be evident. When would one need 16GB of ram vs 8GB or less?

  • 56 months ago
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I might change the ram CPU storage and case but it's really nice build.

  • 56 months ago
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Nice build, and almost the same as mine for the core components! I started off with a 7870K APU to get me started then added a R9 390 later on, reducing the APU to just a CPU which is the same as your 860K :-)

  • 53 months ago
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Does that mobo need a bios update? Im considering grabbing that one with that cpu

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  • 56 months ago
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Did you see in the description where the owner of HIS PC said, he was satisfied with it? In my opinion if you get what you were aiming for, and you are happy wth it, that's all that matters. Maybe I don't find it a big deal, but just chill out a little.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

It's not totally unbalanced. if you wanted to OC the 860k the A88X board is pretty much needed, storage is ok the V300 has had some mediocre reviews but if he's happy with it, all he needs is a $40 1TB WD Blue and he's set. Case don't matter, if he likes it, why not. PSU...pft. MicroCenter sells 500W PSUs for $10 less than a 750W...obvious choice... RAM is the only thing that's a bit overkill, but hey more the better!! ;)

  • 56 months ago
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Thank you for the supportive comments! I appreciate it!

  • 56 months ago
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No problem man, Good build! +1

  • 56 months ago
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Thank you for the supportive comments! I appreciate it!

  • 56 months ago
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Thank you for the kind pleasantries. Very supportive comments!

  • 56 months ago
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Please refrain from commenting if you cannot be polite and civil on our site.

  • 56 months ago
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Thank you, manirelli!

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  • 56 months ago
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Thank you, sir!

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  • 56 months ago
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Hello there Geekazoid :P

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  • 56 months ago
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You know me, from LTT :P

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  • 56 months ago
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Sure, I think I have your email in one of the group PMs.

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  • 56 months ago
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Thank you for your comment

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  • 56 months ago
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What are you playing these days, Jipster69?

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  • 56 months ago
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I just got married in June and I'm expecting a little one September 7th so I don't have much time to get my gaming on. Right now I'm playing Outlast in 2 minute increments because it scares the crap out of me. I've been playing a lot Torchlight II also, love that game.

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