My first completed PC build, built for gaming, but also used for web browsing and paying my bills.
Any parts that you see with a $0 price tag is due to me already having those parts laying around. Also, the DVD drive in the picture is just being used to fill in that space since the case was missing the blank that goes there. It's and old IDE drive that I had bought used back in 2007ish.
This computer started out as a case that was given to me by a family member who had no use for it. I took the case and held onto it for a few months, letting it collect dust in my apartment. I tried to sell it off a couple of times, thinking that I'd never have the money nor the time to build a PC in it.
My mind was changed when I went to the Goodwill that my wife works at, which also has a computer section in it, and found an ASUS P5E-VM DO LGA775 board with a Q9550 attached to it. I picked it up, along with a PSU, 4GB of DDR2 RAM (they only had 1GB sticks), and a Palit GTX 460 card. The main goal was to play Splinter Cell Blacklist. I had no serious intent with this build at first.
I promptly replaced the used PSU with a brand new 650W Corsair PSU (which I am still using) that I picked up at my local Best Buy. I also picked up a 1050 Ti from the same Best Buy the next day, after having time to play with the build and realizing what it was already capable of doing, and wanting to see what else I could make it do. This allowed me to play GTA V, Fallout 4, and DOOM.
GTA V and Fallout 4 played decently, albeit with lower settings. But DOOM played at almost 60FPS at ultra 1080p settings, only stuttering due to the 4GB of DDR2. This, along with the massive stuttering in parts of Fallout 4, prompted me to upgrade to 8GB of DDR2 from a local PC recycling store. This fixed the stuttering, allowing DOOM to play super smoothly, hence the name of the build.
I held onto this iteration of the build for a couple of months while I researched parts for a potential rebuild of my budget machine. I was going to wait until mid 2018, after paying off a little bit of debt, to do the rebuild. But I wound up stumbling across a video from JayzTwoCents in which he featured the Athlon X4 950 AM4 CPU.
Upon finding out the price of the CPU, as well as its upgrade potential, I went to work compiling a parts list and adding up prices. When I looked at the overall price for the rebuild, I found that I would only have to spend $120, which was close enough to my budget that I pulled the trigger. The other reason for ordering everything then and there was because the B350 motherboard was on sale for $60 for only a few days, after which it would go back up to $80.
When I finally did the rebuild and began testing it, I did find that my performance was indeed better. With that in mind, I was quite disappointed as the Athlon was still bottlenecking my 1050 Ti pretty bad. But I decided to put up with it for a little while, thinking that I could just upgrade to Ryzen next year.
At this time, I also had a Mac Mini that was just laying around that I had bought earlier in the year that I was still paying on (thank the maker for 0% interest for 12 months). Since it wasn't being used for much anymore (my budget build took over as my main PC), and felt that I wasted my money on it, I turned to ebay to sell it in its original box to try and get back just enough to pay off the last $200 I owed on it. Luckily for me, it sold for just over $300, allowing me to pay off the remaining balance I owed on it, leaving me with $100 left.
I wasn't sure what I was going to do with that $100 at first, but I was at work one night and realized that the Ryzen 3 1200 was just over $100 and, with an overclock, would be the perfect fit for my current build, feeling that anything beyond it was a waste of money considering that I have no plans to upgrade my 1050 Ti anytime soon.
Less than two weeks after the Athlon rebuild, and I had myself a Ryzen 1200 that I was able to overclock to 3.8GHz on the stock cooler. I was also able to overclock my 8GB of DDR4 to 2933MHz.
As of October 28, 2017, I am running at 3.9GHz
Right now, this build is enough to play just about any game I want to play at above console level performance with higher graphical settings that what the consoles usually have. Not sure how it'll stack up against the Xbox One X in terms of power, but I'm not worried about that too much since I am not interested in 4K right now (too expensive to justify it at this time).
As of December 10, 2017, I am running a Ryzen 5 1600 overclocked to 3.8GHz
As of January 4, 2018, the Ryzen 5 1600 is being watercooled via a Corsair AIO.
As of January 17, 2018, the 1050 Ti has been replaced by a 1070 Ti, and an extra 8GB stick of RAM included.