Description

Sweet Spot shopping: Goal of this build (my first ever!) was to buy parts that hit the value sweet spot Also, wanted something good, looking, semi-compact Use: Gaming, mainly BF4, USF4, LOL, Titanfall, Black Flag

CPU: For gaming, a stellar value, as an upgrade to an i5 doesn't give huge gaming gains. Got an in-store Frys deal. Also better performance for gaming than an OC FX-6300 (that needs a CPU cooler $$$)

CPU COOLER: Completely unnecessary, got it on sale to get free shipping for other stuff on amazon, please ignore this

MOTHERBOARD: Can be used for future builds, blue, fairly cheap

MEMORY: 8GB 1600 is the sweetspot for ram, these are a blue Black Friday pickup

STORAGE: Two more sweetspots, a midrange SSD, another Black Friday steal (even came with Farcry 4), and the classic 1TB 7200 drive

VIDEO CARD: Can't get much more value than a 280 at $150. Could have gone up to a 280x/290 in retrospect - EDIT- Did a heavy OC, was pretty easy to accomplish with Afterburner. Maxes out Titanfall, very high settings on BF4

CASE: My only non-value item, the Pandora is beautiful and unique, as per request from my wife who will look at this case all day

PSU. A steal of a deal for a SeaSonic full-modular. Has plenty of ceiling for the future

MONITOR: The value size for monitors, got a highly reviewed IPS panel, plus is has silver accents to match my case

KEYBOARD: Probably could have gone mechanical here but didn't want to annoy the wife with loud typing, however a real value for mouse/LED keyboard

SPEAKERS: Highly rated for the price, above the cheap stuff, below the overpriced stuff.

Also, got a free copy of Windows from school

Runs Titanfall, Hitman BF4, basically maxed out at 1920x1080. Super quiet, just as pretty I as imagined

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Comments

  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow very good budget build, it will be very good for a lot of things and I like how everything is on a budget but also performance heavy.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I have heard the case attracts fingerprints, is that true, as I LOVE that case and m thinking about getting it.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I was pretty careful, it seems like it could, but nothing a Windex and quick wipe wouldn't fix. And after you set up your computer, how much are you actually going to touch it? A BEAUTIFUL case, well worth the slight extra effort to be careful

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

INTERNALS

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you rate this CPU for gaming???

this is my current build not far off yours http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/6mmpMp

What sort of FPS do you see?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are going to run a 1080p monitor, its amazing for gaming. With a healthy overclock (you can see my stats for it) It runs basically all games at max resolution except for BF4 (very high settings rather than extreme). It would probably be fine for 1440p running high settings for games. Valuewise, I didn't think it was worth it spending hundreds more to get so little improvement for games. This is a great sweetspot for 1080p

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I have to admit i do like this

Whats the difference between a z97 or the h97 for this build??

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

The H97 doesn't allow overclocking and is therefore substantially cheaper. My CPU can't be overclocked so a Z97 would be a waste of "value"

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

makes sense, i plan to go xeon so may go h97 save money

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

x4 860k would have been sweeter imo

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Other than the CPU cooler, can you explain which parts are not great value purchases?

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  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

600$ builds usually dont include extra features or accessorys such as monitors, keyboards, speakers and a mouse. If you just get the core components( no ssd or extra fans monitor etc.) then this build is about 600-670$. So its not too bad budget wise

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats fair, my build was focused around finding the value price for each part, including an SSD, not just going for an lower budget build.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Idiotic logic...save more money then and stop complaining about people who can afford more

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