Description

Welcome to my humble gaming build!

INTRODUCTION

Recently I discovered that I had some spare money laying around, and decided to do something about it. I had played faithfully on a great HP laptop for awhile, and it handled most things I threw at it. But it was time for an upgrade, and these extra funds made it happen. So I set about researching how to build the biggest monster I could with what money I had.

CPU

It turns out Micro Center is my best friend. Originally having the 4460 lined up to serve, I saw this deal at MC for the 4590 and jumped on it. So far, its worked amazingly. My PC has been quick and ready to go, and I am very thankful for the great deal I found.

MOTHERBOARD

This motherboard was really a no-brainer for me. With great reviews and a great price, it has served me well in my endeavors. It even held up with me plugging and unplugging stuff from it until I figured out what I did wrong. I will most definitely purchase this mobo again, as it is perfect for my needs.

RAM

The Crucial Ballistix Sport set had been used in several budget builds online, and when I saw it at a good price I quickly bought an 8GB kit. I am very pleased with its performance so far.

STORAGE

I was originally only going to go with the Seagate Barracuda to save some money, but then I decided that a cheap SSD would be a good choice to make this even more beastly. So I returned to Micro Center and found this great little SanDisk unit. It has been pretty good, except for the fact that Windows didn't want to install correctly on that drive. But that is where my HDD saved the day, accepting Windows and enabling me to get my computer running. I hope to transfer it over soon, so any help on how to do that would be much appreciated.

VIDEO CARD

With this monster's benchmarks and price, I knew I had to go for it. Compared to the higher end units for several hundreds more, this 960 showed great promise. I am very happy I went with it, and I know it will serve me well for many hours in game. I honestly recommend this unit to anyone who wants to save some money but keeping the same performance. And the perks of this EVGA are amazing. There is so much power packed into this card that it is a struggle to hold it back.

CASE

When I saw the Corsair 200R and its price, I knew I had my case. Hell, I even splurged and went for the windowed version just because it looks so nice. It has to great built in fans that you can barely hear, and is sleek and pretty. Its features are great and I really enjoyed building in it. This will probably serve me in many builds, as it is a truly remarkable case. 11/10, buy this case now.

PSU

I knew I couldn't skimp out on this particular part. So without even knowing it, I selected a Tier 1 PSU. I only saw the tables right before I bought the thing. Fully modular, great cooling, even better performance. This unit will fight long into the future.

KEYBOARD/MOUSE

At the beginning, I bought a 15 dollar Rosewill which arrived damaged. But I was at MC again, so I went and check ed out the keyboard aisle. I was not disappointed. After looking at some other 30 dollar bundles, I found this, and knew it was for me. I love the back-lights and the overall look of the keyboard and mouse. They are very sturdy and made to last. I even have to get used to the upgrade in sensitivity for the mouse, it is such a step up. I am very happy with this combo, and will definitely use it until I might upgrade to a K70. But I might not. I love this one too much.

Part Reviews

Wireless Network Adapter

I think this actually sped up a connection, so 5 stars.

Keyboard

GREAT combo. It will last a very long time, I highly recommend it.

Comments

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

You're giving me a feeling of déjà vu... just helped a friend build a nearly identical system after going to MicroCenter. Nice build!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a great place... thanks!

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for GTX 960(although mine is Asus) and h97 pc mate just like me!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Both great parts, I love them.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

You had $874 laying around? Lol +1

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Instead of having to buy a car my Grandma decided she need a new one... so I got the old one. Hey, I was gonna blow the savings anyway.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Such a balanced build, so perfect! +1

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Might as well be tier 1. Tiers don't really make any sense anyway. It is better than some tier 1 units and worse than some tier 2 units. Tiers are a bad way to classify PSUs.

But, it is a VERY good PSU regardless.

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely.

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually over at Toms us Mods and some others are working on something similar. Basically a way to do away with the tier list.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

No its a Tier 1, at least according to this picture: http://i.imgur.com/tgrbCnr.jpg

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm I don't know. EVGA is confusing with their names. Its a great unit though.

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah that is true.