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First Build Budget Gaming

by jedimaster32

5
4 Comments

Details

Date Published

June 27, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.072 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

I built this mostly for gaming, along with random internet browsing and youtube. So far I am extremely happy with the performance I am getting. At first I got a Gigabyte motherboard. (the GA-78LMT-USB3) Unfortunately, it had a pretty annoying case of coil whine, so I returned it and opted for an MSI board. This one seems to be doing fine. I am not really planning on overclocking anything (at least not yet).

Performance

Trine 2-- very high graphics at 100 FPS

Planetside 2-- high graphics at 50-60 FPS

The Bureau: XCOM Declassified-- medium graphics at 50-60 FPS

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Pros: It works and it was cheap. Cons: It does make a beep every time it POSTs which can get a bit annoying. Also had a hard time finding/installing drivers.

Storage

Works like it needs to, and my boot time is down to about 30 seconds.

Video Card

Very impressed with the amount of power they put in this card for the price and size.

Case

Good build quality, front panel works, came with zip-ties. No complaints.

Power Supply

Good power supply, haven't had any problems yet. Half-modularity is very nice.

Case Fan

Good airflow and a very nice looking glow effect. Overall great quality fan.

Monitor

Amazing monitor! Got a deal on this one, and I am very pleased with picture quality and depth, response time and refresh rate, and overall quality. Built-in speakers are a very nice and convenient addition.

Keyboard

Good quality membrane keyboard, nice glow. Mouse works, and DPI was good, but after 9 months the scroll wheel broke so I had to replace it. Shame because it was otherwise a pretty good mouse.

Comments Sorted by:

EpicSuccess0005 1 point 43 months ago

Solid build for the money. I like how you fit a hybrid drive in there. Me personally, I would've gone with an MSI or EVGA 750 ti bit it still works great! The only thing I can think of that might be a little worse than the rest of the build is the motherboard. You kind of cheaped out on it.

jedimaster32 submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Definitely agree. At the time I got my motherboard, there wasn't a lot of selection that had the features I wanted, so I picked it up knowing that it was on the lower end. Next time I'll put more effort into getting a better one. (maybe Asus?)

EpicSuccess0005 1 point 42 months ago

I like Gigabyte. ASRock makes a decent bidget end board

CarsonV9 1 point 27 months ago

I like the green my dude