This was my first build! I use it mainly for gaming. (Strategy games specifically) Went with AMD for more performance per dollar. This went very smooth and I am averaging 70-90fps on newer titles at 1080p on Very high/ultra settings! Rome 2 Total War is getting 80-90fps on Ultra and Dawn of Man is sitting consistently at 75fps with everything maxed. Fast, smooth, good 1st build with only minor hiccups.

Note: This build was about $800 all in with monitor so definitely a budget build. Prices might change by the time you see this.

Part Reviews


Great CPU for the price.


Looks good. Has 2 M.2 slots and the WiFi works well which is what I needed.

Needs more plugin spots for case fans. I’ll have to get a splitter to use 4 fans.


It’s fast, does its job. 3000mhz once you override the default speed in bios.


Great SSD. Super quick load times. Boots windows in 10sec or less.

Video Card

Good performance for the price and looks great with the red backplate. Great 1080p card.


Big enough, only complaint is the red plastic on front feels a bit cheap but it’s a $40 case so big whoop.


Best monitor I could find for the price. Adjust the settings to get 144hz and the color settings for full enjoyment. I wish adjusting the brightness was easier.


It’s an $8 keyboard and it works. I don’t need fancy rgb keyboards.

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  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Does it work fine with no extra fans?

  • 2 months ago
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It has 3 fans total. The case came with 1.

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! Great minds think alike.

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  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

The sale of those keys violate Microsoft ToS, and the keys may be unexpectedly disabled. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok my bad I guess. I paid for a licensed key and it worked. I don’t see anything wrong with that. You have to cover your legal bases though so whatever.