Description

I finally got to build my PC, I'm 14, and could not get a job (most places hire at 15 or 16 despite 14 being legal), so I had to save for a few years. Luckily I was able to. Shortly after I built it, I was able to get my hands on some unexpected extra money, so if you see two keyboards and such, the better one replaced the old one.

So why did I want a PC? I had a laptop and an Xbox 360. Both pathetic weaklings incapable of proper gaming. $50 for online? What is this? And my laptop would overheat during League teamfights. So I set out for a PC. I saved money from where I could get it and finally managed to save up enough. I asked for early birthday money, and I saved any and all money from all holidays. I never bought anything I didn't absolutely need. So when I got the money I was exhilarated, I ordered parts after making a list, I asked for advice on parts, I searched any and all sales, I took loans from my parents. And finally, my parts came in.

Waiting for the last few was painful, but I assembled what I could. Unfortunately, it wouldn't power on. At all. I was terrified, could my PSU be faulty? Did I fry my motherboard with ESD? Did my CPU have a damaged pin? This was my first build, so I assumed the worst, eventually my dad noticed my 24 pin was loose (oops) and put it in correctly. It worked. Then when I started it up I got an error message telling me I had no HDD. I furiously rewired it and despite double checking that everything was right the first time, somehow this fixed it.

So I did standard setup, boosted my RAM up to the promised speed with no issues, and installed my stuff. I use this PC for gaming and schoolwork. So far I have yet to be dissapointed in any part of my PC. For peripherals I initially used a Cooler Master devastator and my old mouse. After finding a sale on the G810 (basically $80 USD) I bought it and replaced my Devastator. The mouse is soon to be replaced and I'll update the build when it is. I also upgraded my monitor and sold the old one for a low price to my brother to help with his build.

UPDATE: Found a G203 for 40% off and am now using it as my new mouse

Part Reviews

CPU

4 cores at that price is incredible, and it forced Intel to match it too. Good overclocking from what I've read and an incredible stock cooler

Motherboard

Nice, but red accents don't add much, even to a red build, they just kind of irritate me. Durable construction however and RGB is nice, even if the software is lacking.

Memory

Before RAM prices ballooned this was cheap, fast RAM with wide compatibility, it's overpriced now but if you find it at proper pricing I'd recommend.

Storage

What do you expect? It's an HDD for a good price.

Video Card

Incredible card. Runs without a 6 pin, and does so quietly. Two fans is good for temps, I'd spend the extra money over the SC. EVGA makes great cards.

Case

Stunning case, nice add ins, RGB, incredible, and I mean incredible cable managing, even better than the S340. Great price and incredible looks. At this price point there is no other case.

Power Supply

It's a PSU. Modular and I've yet to fear it exploding.

Monitor

Nice monitor, uses HDMI and has a good screen for a TN panel. Great at the price. Very nice speakers too, but the base doesn't feel stable.

Monitor

Incredible monitor, nice display, comes with good color out the box, stable feet, slim design and IPS. Freesync is nice as well. I'd recommend it.

Keyboard

I love the switches, they are perfect for gaming and the illumination looks better than Razer and Corsair's offerings. Good software, no bugs, but it could use some more features.

This switch actuates with the force of a cherry mx red, but it actuates .5 mm before it, which is better for gaming, Also has a little tactile bump, which is just enough to be noticed, but not enough to become irritating or distracting. I'd recommend if you find it on sale.

Keyboard

Nice keyboard, but the fact you use scroll lock to toggle the lights is dumb. Mouse is decent, but I'd choose not to use it. Overall it's a great cheap combo, and the mecha membranes are way better than standard membranes.

Mouse

Cheap, basic lighting, and high DPI, especially for when it was released, Sadly discontinued, but it's comfortable and has decent software. Also has some macro keys. A bit heavy though

Mouse

This mouse is amazing. I have small hands so it fits my hands perfectly. It's got good button tensioning and a satisfying click too. The sensor is on par with PMW3366 except when it comes to DPI. This mouse will not spin out. RGB looks great and syncs with my keyboard perfectly

Also the firmware was recently updated. This mouse can now function at 8000 DPI

Custom

Got this for $5 with a rebate. Stable signal.

Custom

You get what you pay for, and this is comfortable, has decent quality and a good mic. Worth more to be honest.

Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

Pretty nice build there, absolutely approve it. You even did your homework on ram speed (and maybe jedec profiles?), so nice work there. Also +1 for the 2TB hdd, I think it's time to upgrade over the standard 1TB, for the price they reached.

I suppose your first upgrade, when money will be available, would be an SSD (and I understand not buying one right now that prices are high).

Also pretty cool getting a freesync 1080p monitor, your're covered for any AMD gpu upgrade, good work!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Hopefully a black friday sale for SSDs comes along soon

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Um... No SSD, but a 2TB HDD? Great build, +1

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

At the time I had no more money, I wasn't expecting any more so I decided to have 2 TB to make sure I had enough. I might buy an SSD now.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Do. Depending on the SSD that you get, you will get so much faster loading times.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you know if used SSDs are slower or weaker or something? I found a guy selling his Samsung 850 Evo for 40% off or so used.

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Do SSDs degrade over time? If not I can save some money by buying used

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Any SSDs? 256 gig MX300s aren't that expense, 2.5 or M.2

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any issues with the Video Drivers, I have this same build and cant for the life of me find the issues with the video card drivers. Display Driver Stopped Responding Error.

Any help would be appreciated.

I've tried google and all the solutions out there with DDU, TDR Delay etc. Even tried a new Nvidia Card and Power Supply. Is there something I'm missing?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly for the price this pc it is powerful. But you could of gotten a rx 570 for 240-250 dollars and get vr ready preformance, you could of taken advantage of freesync from the LG monitor and get a little buy more performance. But anyways, great build.

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  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry I didn't make it clear enough, I sold one of the monitors. I actually plan to upgrade to Volta, the 1050 ti should tide me over at 1080p for at least 2 years. Thanks for your feedback

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Volta would be Nvidia 2000 series from my understanding

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Volta would be GTX 2050 ti and stuff like that. I don't think you'd find much online because all we know so far is according to a statement "Vega for gaming" is coming. If I recall correctly they said it would be mid 2018. It's codenamed ampere or something. I don't know which GPU you found though, I couldn't find anything like that. Maybe I just have the numbers wrong.

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Here is a strange thing though. There is already both a 3gb and a 6gb version of the 1060, so isn't the 6gb 1060 technically a 1060 ti in performance rather than name? It seems to be a strange thing in Nvidia, maybe the people that name the cards went on a coffee break or something.

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

but theres the gtx 1060 3 gig which I guess pushes the 6 gig up to fill in any possible price gap tho :/

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  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

I don't think anyone buys that monitor for Freesync. I got it because it was IPS. If AMD is good next year I may buy, but if their launch is delayed again, I'd just go Nvidia. I knew it was Freesync when I bought, but don't worry, I was fully aware my 1050 ti couldn't do Freesync, but at the time all the AMD cards were inflated from mining, so I didn't even get the chance to buy

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