Description

So I decided to build a gaming PC, after many months of research and help from pc partpicker's great community I have finally finished my first build, I get 60fps on every single game I play and hope to install more games that will challenge my PC, I will also update this with 3D Mark 11 scores as well.

CPU: Having 4 Cores is great and I was able to get it for a steal from microcenter, very snappy and has enough horsepower for every game I play.

Motherboard: I know it's a Z97 but it was $15 cheaper than it's H97 counterpart. Really it's a mobo that gives me everything I need for a good price and also has 2 SATA cables which is enough for my 1 SSD and 1 HDD.

RAM: It's black, sleek and at 1600MHz is fast enough for everything I do.

SSD: Sandisk I think has the best SSDs for $40 my computer boots in around 10 seconds and it also can be used for programs that benefit from an SSD

HDD: This is one reliable hard drive, I dropped it and it still works just fine, and if it dies it has a 2 year warranty! Also it is not super fast but fast enough so I load into world of warships very quickly.

GPU: I know a lot of people are gonna say I should have went with a 390 but 8GB doesnt make sense on 1080p and I also got this card for a great price, it came with a 3 year warranty and it has ACX 2.0+ the revised ACX 2.0 which is very VERY quiet, I haven't overclocked yet but I know it will do great since it doesnt go over 60c when gaming.

Case: Nice amount of space, good airflow, great quality, good fans, what else could I say?

PSU: Probably the quietist fan in my system, I wanted to go for a G2 but it was out of budget, it also comes with a 10 year warranty YES 10 YEARS!!!! It's doing great so far and I'm very happy with my purchase as of now.

Part Reviews

CPU

4 cores, 3.3GHz, very snappy performance and a beastly gaming CPU! Got it for $159.99 from Microcenter, Great processor here!

Motherboard

Well when they said "keep it simple stupid" MSI came up with this board, nice budget motherboard with 2 SATA cables and enough features for the common man/woman.

Memory

Nice quality, black, sleek, 1600MHz and it's RAM.

Storage

Best SSD for $40 USD, average of 9 second boot time with a free 3 year warranty. Also helps if you have programs that benefit from an SSD

Storage

Awesome HDD I dropped it and it still works fine, and it has a 2 year warranty.

Video Card

Even though it is hurt by the 3.5GB controversy most of my games don't use this much memory, not even close to that number actually, and in its final glorious days I can overclock it to very high speeds thanks to its maxwell architecture. It also is very quiet, even with its fans spinning because of the revised ACX 2.0 cooler, ACX 2.0+. Perfect card for 1080p.

Case

Great case, very nice to work in but it has no optical drive bays so unless you have another computer to install windows from (on a flash drive) then you will need an external optical drive.

Power Supply

Quietest fan in my system and my computer is right next to me on my desk, I don't know if I just got lucky or if everyone else got defective units but it also came with a 10 year warranty which is great.

Operating System

Good OS, miles better than 8.

Monitor

Great colors, great size, great value. It also has built in speakers which is a big plus for me, mine came crooked though but I easily fixed it by putting a folded piece of paper under the stand and now it's even.

Keyboard

Best budget gaming keyboard, 3 color options (red, blue, purple) it has feet to stand the keyboard on and a wrist rest.

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice part selection! +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I'm suprised that I haven't seen anyone comment about my choice of a 970 over a 390

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Eh..people pick what they get/like for their own personal reasons. I would have said something if it was like a 280 vs 380 since they are similar in price and the 380 has better performance.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I chose the 970 because it has great OC ability and most of my games only use like 2.5 GB at the max, also I am more confident with nvidida's drivers even though Crimson looks promising.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the motherboard work fine with the 4590? On the MSI website it doesn't list it as being supported. Thanks

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it works great, Don't know why they wouldn't list it as supported.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Just checked the MSI website it is supported I think you just missed it.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang nice build. Great price for a kick butt machine.+1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the mobo really look that brown in person?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

No it's only noticible when it's put in light or you're using the flash on your camera like I was.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

okay, I see.