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Meet BOBB, my blacked out budget build

by JeremyCollins13

Description

I've always disliked rgb so when it came time to build my first gaming computer I decided to go with a black theme with grey/silver accents (motherboard, graphics card, and ram) with as few lights as possible. It's only purpose is gaming. In that regard it has surprised me. The 8350k is overclocked to 5ghz and it outperforms my expectations which are admittedly low since I only recently quit being a console peasant. I may stick an I5 8600k and a gtx 1080 in this build one day but for now it's just for 1080p 60hz and VR anyway so this will suffice for now unless games start demanding more cores. I only have GTA 5 and BeamNG.drive on it so far but I look forward to more racing simulation titles since that's what I am most interested in. The Ninja 4 cpu cooler is about the biggest that can physically fit this build. It's a real good fit but I can't recommend this cooler for this board unless you really want the biggest you can get. It clears the ram by just millimeters and it really is overkill. Then again, with anything you build you can overbuild or you can rebuild.

Yes, I blacked out the thermaltake logo on the case and the top of the scythe ninja 4 cooler, they bothered me in their original shiny finish. The thermaltake fan seen in the pictures is now removed in favor of the masterfan pro. So all my fans have a 3 speed selection switch on them to help manually control fan speed.

Part Reviews

CPU

The little quad core that could. It's a good processor

I paid 156 for it brand new from eBay and have since seen them for as little as 132 dollars (USD)

CPU Cooler

Wish it came in black but it's a great cooler even if the mounting brackets are finicky and irritating (check pics for how I modified them to allow access to the cpu)

I paid 36 dollars for this from Amazon

Thermal Compound

Best cooler goop in the business

Paid 6.70ish for this from Amazon

Motherboard

Good board but mine came with bent CPU pins. Amazon sent me a new one but by then I fixed the original one. I have a month to send one back so we'll see which I send back. Kinda don't wanna tear my build back down over a board unless I have to.

Memory

Had I known the price/performance of ddr4 ram as it pertains to gaming I likely would have chosen ddr3 for this build but this Ram does just fine so I can't knock it. Plus it fits the theme.

I paid 125 for one set of this ram from discountPC and 141 for the other set from newegg... Watch the price as it fluctuates often.

Storage

Good little boot drive. Got it just to see how much better nvme is than a traditional hard drive. Might upgrade to a 960gb version later on but it's not like this build is short on storage. This ended up costing me 78 dollars. Wish I had waited for the current prices, they change often.

Storage

These are available on eBay for 70 dollars, can't say much else about them yet

Video Card

May be overkill for 1080p but I also wanted to enjoy VR and in that regard it's not overkill so it's a good fit for now. I paid 270 for this on eBay. It was a refurbished unit from when they screwed up and forgot the thermal pads. Full warranty still, so why not save the money.

Case

Good case but it had a bad rivet and I wish it came with the front fan standoffs it apparently needs (fans hit at full speed unless spaced back from the front of the case I used clear tubing that fit snug on the fan screws. Now they're appropriately spaced and the screws are captive on the case so they don't disappear if I need to take a fan off for any reason) I got this case for 36 dollars

Power Supply

Wish I had realized how power hungry overclocked processors are, with that in mind I would have chosen a 750+ watt psu just to be on the safe side. Still works just fine for now but it may struggle if I upgrade the gpu or cpu. Time will tell

Case Fan

Far louder than advertised on pcpartpicker, the box has the correct noise level. 20-36db according to Coolermaster themselves.

Comments Sorted by:

Akilluh 2 points 6 months ago

Nice build - I just built an almost identical rig. I am currently OC to 4.8 Ghz at 1.2v, but I haven't tried 5.0 GHz yet. Can I ask what voltage you needed to maintain stability at 5.0?

JeremyCollins13 submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

I honestly don't know, I literally just set it in bios and have been running it. I can check for you later

Cashtache 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Love the case for the price

JeremyCollins13 submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks, I agree. I like a clean no frills look and I didn't want any seams in the front of the case so this was an obvious choice for me.

wurpy 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Awesome.

JeremyCollins13 submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks, I appreciate that. Not too bad for my first build and a modest budget.

troyejohnston 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

What temps are you getting on the CPU? By the way, that's a noice build, especially with that 5 Ghz overclock.

JeremyCollins13 submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks, I appreciate the compliment. Honestly I don't know. I literally just set the 5.0 oc in bios and ran it. I will have to check later on. Right now I may be sending the gpu in for warranty replacement but I'm going to try hitting it with a fresh dose of Kryonaut to see how that changes things. Right now it's hitting 84 degrees Celsius and thermal throttling as a result. Wish me luck

troyejohnston 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Haha cool. That stinks about the GPU though, I have wished you luck. ;)

RadioSilence014 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

bad news... i dont think you have enough ram yet

JeremyCollins13 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Right? Guess ill step up to 64gb now...

RadioSilence014 1 Build 1 point 21 hours ago

i bet it cant even run minecraft on that lulz

Xtrazman778 -1 points 6 months ago

Uhhhh budget sure...

Desktoppers 4 points 6 months ago

Maybe budget for him. Budget for linustechtips is a 1080ti.

PixelatedHam 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

*RTX 2080 Ti

lel

JeremyCollins13 submitter 1 Build 3 points 6 months ago

Budget. No SLI'd 1080s. No custom water cooling. Only one small SSD. I3 instead of an I7. 600w bronze power supply instead of a 1000w gold rated power supply. Really the only points about this that you could argue aren't budget friendly are the storage, overclocking CPU/board, and maybe the cooler. Those all offer better performance though.

Not all budget builds have to be done with the motherboard box instead of a case (although skipping the case, fans and storage would bring the price down to roughly a grand) budget doesn't have to mean cheap or low quality. Budget to me just means the amount of money I can afford to spend on a given item. I pieced this together over a few months to help lessen the financial impact.

You don't have to like my build but you may want to look up the definition of budget

PixelatedHam 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Budget does not mean "low price" or "cheap", it literally just means you have a budget that you will work in. So that means everyone's budget is gonna be different.