Description

I started this build in January 2017 with a budget of $550 CAD. I mainly looked for used components, as they provide a much better price to performance ratio. I built this with the intention of playing mostly e-sports games, and some AAA games at 1080p. I also wanted to build a PC with upgrade options for the future.

Benchmarks: Fire-Strike- 7600, Cinebench 15- 800.

Starting off, I found a tower for $400 CAD. The tower had all the components I needed, except a GPU and capable PSU. The tower also had an optical drive and Windows 10 Pro, which was nice. The PSU was a Thermaltake TR2 430W, which is now replaced with an EVGA 600B. I picked up a 600B because it was within the budget, 80+ Bronze, and provided room for higher wattage GPUs if I ever want to upgrade.

I picked up a R9 380 GPU for $120. I had the option of picking up a GTX 750 Ti for $60, but felt that would be a total mismatch with the i7. Additionally, I bought the PSU and Noctua fan from memory express. I went $40 over my budget, but I still think it was worth it and have no regrets! Somewhere in the future, I will probably install a 120-240 GB SSD. However, I feel that my boot times are good enough for now. I also see myself replacing this case, as I feel that it does not provide enough air flow options. I only have 1x120mm for intake, and 1x92mm for exhaust. The side panel mount is blocked by my graphics card. But overall, the my current heat-sink setup is working fine (but could be better).

Part Reviews

CPU

Great performance, but I find that this often runs a little hot.

Motherboard

Nothing fancy, but performs its job. Only issue I have had is that I dont like the bios, and no matter what I do- I can't control my 3 pin fan. It always runs at %100, which is quite loud.

Memory

Does its job, looks nice. Not much else to say.... it's ram.

Video Card

Great GPU, I would recommend this to anyone looking for 1080p gaming.

Pros:

  • great performance for 1080p
  • twin frozr, fans do not spin when the gpu is idle
  • fans are very quiet
  • stunning black-red design
  • really nice back-plate

Power Supply

Quiet and performs as advertised. Modular would be nice, but I dont expect much at this price.

Case Fan

Quiet and Good Airflow. Only complaint is that it has a limited amount of accessories. I would expect accessories like cables and rubber mounts from Noctua.

Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you had any issues with the 380 2g with games, im tempted to recommend it to a friend but idk if less than 4gb vram is okay these days

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

the lack of VRAM was an issue for me when running skyrim with lots of texture packs at 1440p, at 1080p it was fine and without the texture packs it probably would have run ok at 1440p

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

No problems so far. I have good and stead frame rates. I would recommend it if he can find the card at a good price. Its a great card for 1080p. It really depends on what games he is planning to play, and what resolution/settings.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you find the tower?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I used Kijiji, which is basically Canadian Craigslist.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

The 3-pin fan is the Fractal, right? It should have come with a low-speed adapter (the extra short length of cable). Although I see it's listed with no cost, so you probably got it with the tower and the adapter didn't come along. It looks like your MB is PWM-control only for the fans, which means all fans get full 12V all the time. A 3-pin fan doesn't have the capability to use the speed control, which is on the 4th pin. Unless you want to invest in a controller, your best bet is probably a new fan, or wiring in a resistor yourself if you're feeling crafty. I've had OK luck so far with Arctic.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice :) I think im just gonna leave it as is. I didnt get a low power adapter and dont want to spend another $15+ because I can live with the noise imo.