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So, basically a couple of friend talked me into buying a gaming PC instead of the Xbox One I previously owned. I used to think it was at least double the money of a console to make a good gaming PC. But then I saw some second hand gaming PC's going for ~$500 (€450) that reached the recommended specs of GTA V and I got excited. I thought I could build a PC myself from the money I got from selling my Xbox ($425/€390) and some of my birthday money that could easily run modern games at high 1080p settings. This is the result.

AMD FX-6300 Black Edition ($120 €110) This AMD processor was chosen to be in my build because it fitted in my budget, and was good enough for pretty much every game that came out in 2015. Since most games nowadays are GPU based I decided to cut a little on the processor.

Asus M5A97 R2.0 ($65 €60) I decided to buy a second hand motherboard since that would save me about $25. It was only 3 months old and still had warranty for about 1.5 years. The only thing wrong with this board is that it hasn't got USB 3.0 headers so the USB 3.0 ports on my case are useless, for now at least.

Kingston HyperX Fury Black 2 x 4GB ($55 €50) Good product, wanted to have 8GB of ram and chose this one because it had a decent clock speed and because it is good looking.

Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 2TB ($50 €45) Somebody sold me this HDD for very little in my opinion. 2TB cards with about the same specs start new from $80 in my country. Very pleased with it, has enough space for me :P

Sapphire R9 280X 3GB Dual X ($150 €135) Of course this card wasn't new for that price, but since it's a budget build I was happy to save the $100+. Even has half a year of warranty left. Works absolutely amazing. Since I don't have a 1440p monitor there's not really a reason to buy a better card yet.

Aerocool Aero 800 ($60 €52) I only own this one for a week now, started of with a case that I got for free from a friend. Really good looking case I think. It has 4 usb ports on the front, of which 2 are usb 3.0. Bought this case only to find out afterwards that my motherboard didn't support front usb 3.0. But it might be useful in a later stage.

Sharkoon WPM 600 ($75 €67) No unwanted cables! Yay! Was about the cheapest 550/600 watt semi-modular PSU. Works perfect.

Overall I am very happy with my PC. I play games like GTA V, Black Ops 3 and H1Z1 with it. All with at least 60fps on high settings. I'm also glad I switched to PC gaming as now I have one machine to do it all.

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  • 53 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice Job, I'm still planing my build, my friend got me into PC gaming. Can you please tell me hows my build? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wsgwRB

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

This looks pretty good, but don't forget the storage. Also, I am not completely sure that your will fit the cooler.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

You forgot the PSU and hard rive. Also I suggest you choose another case like the corsair spec because that GPU is pretty large and will block your drive bays.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Check your compatibility notes and make sure you are not forgetting a PSU :)

You can save some money getting a R9 380 with 2GB instead of 4GB You save about 30$-40$ which you can use to get your psu if your budget doesn't allow

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

It's great except I would rather take the 280x since it would save you quite a bit and its equal to/better than the 380. And you do indeed need storage and power, so you could use the money saved on the gpu for that then.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a beautiful case.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Good choice of parts nice build +1 from me

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I'm thinking of doing a build like this and I can't decide between the white or the blue case +1

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I especially like the blue fan that's pre-installed on the white version (the blue version also has blue fans) because blue and white match very good. I think blue looks very good as well btw

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thx :)

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

How easy was the case to build in? I'm planning my first build which is Black/White themed and very interested in that case. Check it out if you want http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/8NhJjX. Nice build though +1

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Thought it didnt have the headers! You really helped me out!

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