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A friend of mine got some extra cash and asked me to help him build a gaming PC with a firm budget of $800.

While I don't remember the prices of every component exactly, the total price came out to around $808 and some change. We used the old 1 TB hard drive and the CD/DVD-ROM Drive from his old computer to save some money (which we used to get a nice SSD).

After putting everything together, it ran beautifully. Easily maxes out all games we tried and you can hardly hear it under load. The case was tighter than it looked. The cable management could've been better, but given our time constraints and the small size of the case, it was a bit tricky.

Overall though, it was a great build.

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  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

Solid build, maybe an aftermarket cooler if you plan to overclock? Otherwise you could've saved a few bucks and got a 4690 and H97 motherboard. Still, +1 :)

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, we plan to overclock in the future, but due to our budget we couldn't squeeze an aftermarket cooler in. I really wanted to throw the SSD in there more than the cooler, since overclocking right now wouldn't help much.

Thanks for the thumbs up though!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I did the same as this, as I intend on overclocking in the future. Also, the 4690K was only £2 more than the 4690.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems great. Is 60gb enough for the OS?

Overall, great build! I wish you luck for the future of it!

+1

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

It is enough for the programs and OS we need. We might upgrade in the future, but it's plenty for now.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

That case looks really nice, actually. Great build. +1

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

only a 5400 rpm hdd that's bad

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm assuming you don't live near a micro center. Me and my friend just built his and went to a micro center (effing 2.5 hours away) and bought all of the parts there. We got the same CPU for $200 and a gigabyte mITX mobo for $100 (combo took $40 off the original $140 price tag). Still, this is a good build and I bet it runs really well. How's the power supply? I noticed you gave it 3 stars and was curious.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I wish we did. I have been to a Micro Center before and I always buy what I can haha.

The power supply itself isn't bad, it's just that it has a weird coil whine every once in a while. Not terrible, just annoying. I gave it 3 stars because Seasonic power supplies are great quality, so I expected a flawless unit. :P

  • 69 months ago
  • 0 points

That cpu is crazy overkill for that 280. And overclocked Pentium g3258 and something like a 280x or a gtx 770 would have gotten you more performance for around the same price.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes but if the person wants to upgrade to an even better card, he doesn't have to worry about the CPU bottlenecking the GPU.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I almost 100% sure that a 4.6 ghz pentium g3258 (which you can achieve at stock cooling) wouldn't even bottleneck a 780ti (as long as you don't have a ton of **** in the background open) and besides, its only a $70 cpu.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

It does bottleneck a bit if you look at game benchmarks.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a dual core processor, which for video editing and applications like Adobe software suite, wouldn't be very useful.

I think the i5 is an all around great processor, and we plan to overclock in the future.