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This build was funded by a gap year filled with shelf-stacking night shifts. My old laptop had an original i3 and ran on integrated graphics. Would get around 15fps on tf2 on lowest settings, 786p. Now I'm getting 1080p 60fps on high on planetside 2!

For the CPU I thought I was going to get an AMD fx6300, but after enough hours research I decided that for medium gaming an i3 would be best, as I barely multi task.

Made sure the right BIOS was preloaded on to the mobo so I wouldn't have to do a bios update (something I would never be able to do), and made sure it looked half decent.

Ram was pretty much just the cheapest 8 gigs at the time.

Got an ssd then added the hdd later when i realised that the ssd would run out of space immediately. This is why the spending in this build is slightly odd (picking a high end ssd instead of putting more money into the gpu).

I decided on a 270x fairly quickly, it being the pest price vs performance at that price. Spent a little more on the XFX juts because it looks so sleek.

Case I got because I wanted something small and quiet. It's way bigger than I expected but I had no idea what to expect. I can fairly clearly hear the stock Intel fan when I don't have headphones on so it's not that quiet a case. It does look gorgeous though. Plenty of room to work in.

All I wanted from the PSU was for it to at least be semi modular, to make cable management in this case a feasible task.

Got Microsoft from a friend who's dad owns a computer repair shop and has keys lying about.

Monitor I splashed on as I am a (god awful) photographer and I wanted something with a beautiful accurate picture.

WNA I didn't end up needing as there's an Ethernet port in my room.

Ran out of money so I couldn't buy any nice mechanical keyboard or anything, this pair looked nice enough. No problems so far.

Any constructive criticism feedback (or compliments) welcome!

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Comments

  • 65 months ago
  • 4 points

The case is beautiful. +1 for that.

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

My pictures hardly do it justice.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

That is a really good build for that budget.

I'm really liking the case, interior and exterior!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I researched for far too long while saving.

Yep, virtually no complaints from me. Definitely worth dropping the extra cash!

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh man that offer came up on amazon about 4 days after I bought all my parts. Not cool!

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  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Thats a really nice budget build! That case is awesome too.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice case.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted something that wasn't like all the others, guess I did good.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea, man. It's very much like the BitFenix Phenom ITX... but still very different. It's nice.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

That was the other I was looking at but it was even bigger than this one.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Do I spot a pair of Beyerdynamic DT 770s?

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah you do, fellow headphone enthusiast?

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Yup, they're a great pair of cans. I had a pair for a really long time. I replaced them, but I'm positive that they still work.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

They're my first decent pair, never going back!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, betcha you realized you wanted to further your education after shelf-stacking for a year. =) You're not alone in that realization :D

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly man, realised which option was just a little more fun!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice balance, I like that i3 with mid-range graphics.

+1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, glad no one is telling me I messed up.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah that is a pretty looking case, personally prefer less flashy colors like that brighter red, but it works well. Nice build for the money~ +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

For that reason I was gonna get black, but if you saw how dull my uni accommodation is you'd be glad for a little colour too hah!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice and practical build! +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice!! I'm waiting for my parts to arrive to do an HTPC build in the same case(Gold). Can't wait! :) +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! It's a pretty decent case, I have no complaints :)

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I want that case...

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Hah! What do you have?

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I have a Zalman z11 plus, it's cheap but does it's job.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

That monitor and case is beautiful! +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

So worth spending a little extra on aesthetics!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

So worth spending a little extra on aesthetics!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I've been wanting to see that case in a build to see how well it works for people. It looks great! I love the XFX cards as well for the same reason. Definitely the pimps of the bunch haha. Awesome monitor too, it looks like there is hardly any bezel!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah I spent £10-30 extra on some of the items just for the looks. The monitor is my favourite, so much better than my last 15" screen!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah you did a really good job on the insides too. Are you planning on getting an aftermarket cpu cooler just for the sheer fact that there's noise, or does it not bother you too much?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely! It's ugly and sounds like a drag race. Will eventually replace case fans with something quieter too. Any way to quieten the GPU without getting into water cooling?

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

No sir, not really. If the NZXT G10 GPU block fits, that'd be a "cheap" alternative, atleast compared to custom liquid cooling. You slap it on, get a single fan closed-loop cpu coller and an extra 120mm fan and call it good. Otherwise, just deal with the sound. I'm one for not really caring about the sound bc I got used to pc sounds in the 90's when the computer would be louder than some dryers and jets xD.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll look into it when my next student loan comes in! Yeah the laptop I used felt like that haha. The sound doesn't bother me when I can run Star Citizen on medium settings!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice 770s ;)

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like the small build. I bet its great for a university dorm room. How do you like the Dell Ultrasharp monitor for gaming?? good?? bad??

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The monitor is absolutely beautiful. As for gaming I haven't had a single problem with it, though I wouldn't know what to look for.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

All i was thinking about was any severe issues with screen tearing. But that you haven't noticed anything really bad is that all that matters to me. Thanks!!

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job - am just about to knock up another system myself and looking at one of these cases - nice to have something a bit different for a change.

Great looking job - hope you have lots of fun with it in future.

Phil

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers! Hope it all goes well with the build :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for this. I was wondering if these two parts would work well together (the CPU and the GPU). You calmed my fears lol. I was worried that Planetside 2 wouldn't run!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome! I'm very happy with it, and I'm sure you will be too.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Now that is a clean build.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

more pics!!!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

You spend 1000$ but only have an intel i3?...

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

This was 6 months ago and in the UK, prices are much higher here.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

"Made sure the right BIOS was preloaded on to the mobo so I wouldn't have to do a bios update (something I would never be able to do)" what do you mean by updating bios. BTW I want to use this mobo with i5 4460 what do I have to do?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I only just saw this! Tbh though I know very little about building PC's so I wouldn't feel confident in giving advice. Best of luck if you haven't completed your build already.