When I first wanted to build a pc it was because I had seen a couple "$500 PC Build" articles... I...I don't know how this happened.
Yes I know red and black is overdone but it's a good way to keep a budget pc pretty
In reality I was still somewhat budget strict. I gave myself an $800 budget after getting my first decent job and the computer ended up costing about $820... Then I shamelessly threw in about $30 on RGB stuff. After I had ordered parts I realized there was no point in creating a powerful build like this without upgrading my peripherals. It turned out to be a slippery slope...
Everything I ordered was on amazon. The peripherals had relatively mixed reviews so it was a gamble on cheaper Chinese replications and a refurbished headset but everything works like a charm!
I got the 20" from from a pawn shop for $35 after I told the guy I wasn't interested because it didn't have an HDMI. They actually retail for $105 so that's a win in my book.
In total I spent $820 on the necessities and about $420 on the uneccesities.
All in all, this thing is a beast. I'll post the benchmarks but it far out performs my last computer, a laptop from 2011 lol. I use 3d modeling software for my major which was one of the main excuses I told myself while building this. It flies through the rendering. Not to mention the 9 sec boot. I avg 120fps on Overwatch and Doom and I have the sweet functional monitor arm to swing over my work/piano space. Conclusion: It's awesome.
P.S. My last picture was my benchmark after I Oc'd the GPU. Only 4% performance increase, unfortunately.
Got this guy on sale for $175. I'm happy but my second upgrade is definitely going to be an i7-7600k probably in a year or so. I wanted to start with a k-series but that sale was great and kept me under $900.
I wanted a cheap, future-proof MOBO and this is exactly it. Overclockable, crossfire ready, up to 64 gb of RAM.
Over-priced because of the LEDs. RAM is RAM but I could've gotten faster RAM for this price if I was more patient and less flashy.
I got this from the parametric filter and bought it before I learned that SATA M.2 SSDs are just as fast as 2.5"SSDs so I wasted money on the form factor. In the future I'll get a PCI-E M.2 SSD and maybe raid them. Live and learn.
Priority upgrade is to get another one of these and crossfire. This card is incredible for its price/performance ratio and the crossfire is somewhere between the 1070 and 1080. With Vulkan and DX12 promising dual GPU support there's no reason not to crossfire 480's for a budget-friendly upgrade.
Amazing case for the price. I could've used more room for cable management but I only spent 30 min on mine with a non-modular PSU and it still looks pretty decent. It came with 5 fans pre-installed, two were LED fans, for $50!!!