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(Build Complete) ... Thoughts on my budget gaming PC?

Hey there!

Finished ordering the components for my first independent build.
I just got to put it all together now. (So technically build is 50% complete).

I wanted to keep the price under $500 and build a pretty decent rig that could play even some of the latest games in pretty good quality.
(And I am not going to overclock.)

Now I know that I could saved a money here and there a bit (by probably buying a cheaper case, mobo,etc), but hey,
... I admit that I have an eye for aesthetics.

Anyway, here's what's in it.
Please let me know what you think, and even what you would have done differently...
(Note: everything new, except the noted)


1. CPU -------- Intel i5-4430 ----------------------------------- $100 (Staples)
2. Mobo ------- MSI H87-G43 ATX ----------------------------- $85 (Amazon)
3. GPU -------- PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2Gb ------------- $100 (Newegg)
4. RAM -------- Corsair Vengence 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 --------- $80 (Amazon)
5. HDD -------- WD Caviar Blue 1TB 7200rpm ----------------- $50 (Tiger Direct)
6. Case -------- Corsair 600T White Edition --------------------- $60 (Craigslist but Like New)
7. Cooler ------ Corsair H100i ----------------------------------- $40 (Craigslist but Like New)
8. PSU --------- Corsair TX 650w ------------------------------- Free (Using my current one)
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Amazon Gift Cards --------------------------------------------- (-$50)
Tax -------------------------------------------------------------- (+$7)
TOTAL ------------------------------------------------------------ $472


THANKS :)
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  1. well done sir!
  2. Best answer
    Not bad. The H100i is completely unnecessary but should be a decent build.
  3. CTurbo said:
    Not bad. The H100i is completely unnecessary but should be a decent build.


    Yeah, I think so. But the price was decent, and I like the clean bling lol.
  4. Nice work!
  5. Thanks guys!
  6. Let's see some pictures :)
  7. damric said:
    Let's see some pictures :)


    Will do soon.
  8. Alrighty ... got all the components (except the hdd) ... hooked everything ... tested my new build (with my old hdd) ... and everything works great!!!

    I love everything about it :)

    The only thing of concern was that I just ran Far Cry 3 (in 1080p in the lowest quality) to test my new gpu, but strangely at times the game felt a bit laggy.
    I'm sure it's nothing big, but probably is like that because I haven't installed any driver for my gpu (or even the other parts).

    I haven't done so because I'm just using my old hdd in the meantime to just test the pc out.
    Once I get my new hdd and install all the required stuff, I think then I'll find out how my new pc really is.

    Oh and here are some sensor reads:
    In idle, my CPU reads 27 degrees.
    And gpu reads 26 degrees.

    Are these temps pretty good? And what are good load temps for my cpu (i5-4430) and gpu (7850)?
  9. Yeah good temps but they might change when you get all your drivers installed depending on your power settings.
  10. damric said:
    Yeah good temps but they might change when you get all your drivers installed depending on your power settings.


    Could you please elaborate on what you mean by 'they might change'?
    Change as in good or bad?

    Oh and do you have any idea about the gpu thing (lag) that wrote about?
  11. I will speak to you no more until you install your drivers, and run the free version of 3dmark.
  12. Ok ... thanks.
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