Here's my spare parts gaming build that I assembled right after my previous Haswell build for my girlfriend's 1 year anniversary gift.

I recently swapped cases from a Cougar Spike mini tower case to the the DIYPC DIY-F-W case to improve the aesthetics of the internal parts.

I also upgraded to the Gigabyte R9 390 SOC edition during a recent Micro Center promotion. I'm currently waiting for a $25 MIR for this component as well.

Part Reviews


Great budget Haswell CPU for 1080p gaming and general media consumption. Hyper-threaded performance does not slow down for power-user tasks such as streaming Netflix and web-browsing simultaneously.

CPU does not over-heat with the existing stock cooler which is great benefit for value-oriented performance.

Thermal Compound

Great thermal paste for better heat dissipation compared to the stock cooler paste.


This mobo has seen three different rebuilds and it has performed well since day one.

There is no on-board USB 3.0 header which would require an adapter for support with newer case hardware.


Great stable memory with no issues whatsoever. Got a great deal as the shipment carrier lost the package in transit during the holiday season and ended up with two sets for the price of one.


This SSD performs admirably with cold boot times under 10 seconds with WIndows 10. The turbo-write cache feature boosts somewhat larger sequential write operations. 120 GB capacity is adequate for the OS and a few video games.

Video Card

Fantastic performance despite lack of voltage overclocking potential. Card does not overheat in my well-ventilated case. I can run League of Legends at maximum settings at 1080p resolution.


Aesthetically pleasing mini tower case with side-window to show off internal components. The case is a bit tight to work in, but there are many cooling options to improve air-flow and reduce heat. The hard drive bay is a bit cramped once the PSU cables are organized.

Power Supply

Quiet operation and stable power with no issues. Modular cables make installation easier by preventing clutter inside the computer case.

Wireless Network Adapter

This pci-e slot is located directly below the two slots reserved for the GPU based on the mobo configuration. This wifi card sometimes drops signal when I am playing league.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice budget concious build, lots of room to upgrade later on. Def thumbs up. Are gpu temps generic or tested?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, mbro8. These temps are tested after two hours of playing league at 1080p max settings, usually around 60% GPU usage.

I have GPU-Z monitored on my spare monitor during gaming. I have two 120 mm intake fans mounted in the front and one for exhaust.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow that's nice, my zotac gtx 970 gpu temps get close to 80 when playing battlefield hardline on ultra!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

That case reminds me to the NZXT 810

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree, they look very similar. Luckily, I got this case at nearly 1/7th the cost!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point