Recently finished this build. My first ever custom build from top to bottom. My last PC was an HP Pavilion Elite (Name Brand Garbage) which I updated with a faster processor, and better GPU. It left much to be desired, and the motherboard was of the typical variety that comes with big brand products that didn't allow for much in the way of upgrading. I sold that computer six years ago and pretty much got by with a laptop and netbook. My Xbox One and other consoles have been the source of most of my gaming entertainment.
I still yearned to build my own gaming PC. Something with around a $1,000 budget that could play today's games comfortably at 1080p. I wanted to keep things quality, but also as cheap as I could find. I ended up a little bit over budget at the end of buying all of it but I'm happy with what I've ended up with.
The build itself was pretty simple. If I had to go back I think I'd of gone a different route with the Motherboard which I feel like I cheaped out on, but right now it's getting the job done without an issue so that's just me nitpicking. I'd of also of probably gone with a more expensive full tower case that would've allowed me more space for cable management but hindsight is always 20/20.
With this build I did have to make a few modifications. The Sapphire R9 390X Nitro GPU is about 14-14.5" in length as it's the "Tri-X" model with three fans in the shroud. It's the biggest card I've ever seen, and with the Rosewill case there is room for maybe a 12" card or so. I basically had to dremel out a piece of the HDD bays to get enough clearance to install the GPU. It's not the prettiest modification but I wasn't going for pretty and fancy inside of the case, I was aiming more at functionality. It gets the job done at the end of the day.
I tried to hide cables as best I could but admittedly the Rosewill Blackbone case doesn't offer the best cable management and you're already somewhat hindered by it being a Mid-Tower case to begin with so I have done the best I can, and I'm still tinkering with it to get it to where I want it to be. A few things still need to be cleaned up, and zip tied off.
I wanted better air flow, so I swapped out the front stock case fan (Max-Flow brand), for a Corsair Air Quiet fan. I also used the empty optical drive space to mount another 120mm Corsair Air Quiet fan. I mounted that using the leftover foam from the GPU packaging to hold it in place. This allows me to easily remove the fan without having to have anything bolted down in case I decide to add an optical drive, or fan controller in the future but right now I just wanted to use that space to bring in cold air from the front of the case.
All in all I'm very happy with the build, and very proud that I did this all on my own without any help other than advice, and research over the internet.
**Will post more pictures of inside of case when I've gotten more stuff tied off and cleaned up.
Loving this processor so far. Fast right out of the box with the capability to overclock if that's what you want to do. Lot of bang for your buck at the $160-$170 price point. Only detractor to me is that the stock cooler is complete garbage, unless you like your computer sounding about as loud as a box fan set on High. Other than that no issues with this processor. Very user friendly, and handles the latest games I've thrown at it so far without issues.
This thing is a godsend. The stock cooler that came with my FX8350 was LOUD. To the point that it was extremely annoying. After installing the Hyper 212 EVO not only is it much quieter, I'm experiencing much lower temperatures overall. For $30, this is one of the best bang-for-your-buck upgrades you can make.
Not a bad motherboard for the price. Wish it had more fan headers, it only has one, and it's kind of ridiculous that it doesn't come with a heatsink over the mosfets. Other than that it gets the job done for a single GPU build. Haven't had an issue with it so far. Came out of the box with the latest updated BIOS.
For the price, I have zero complaints. Friends suggested I go with 16GB instead of 8GB of RAM with my current build and I'm glad that I did.
I have Windows 10 Pro installed on this drive along with a few of the games I frequently play. I never owned an SSD in the past but I'm glad I spent the little bit of extra money. Windows boots up in mere seconds, and loading times are phenomenal. I was originally going to run with only the Seagate Mechanical Drive on my build, but some friends with build experience said I absolutely had to get an SSD at least for my operating system and I'm glad I listened. Really pleased with this product overall.
Gets the job done as far as storage and I do have a couple of games installed on it. Load times aren't unbearable by any means. Great HDD at the $49.99 price point.
This card is a monster. Both at playing games, and also as far as how big it is. Easily the largest card I've ever seen. This is the Tri-X, factory OC'd version of the Sapphire Radeon R9 390X GPU. I'm extremely pleased with the performance overall, but if you're considering this for your own build then you need to check and make sure that your case will allow you to fit a card that's 14" in length. It has three fans for cooling mounted in the shroud which adds length to the card overall. Most other companies run with two fans on this GPU. I'm glad I went with the Sapphire though, performance is great, it keeps itself cool, and I got it on sale through Amazon Prime for less than what the competitors are asking for their own cards which aren't factory overclocked.
In my situation I had to dremel a section of my HDD bay (no biggie, cheap case) to make this card fit. So keep that in mind.
Excellent PSU for the money. Build quality seems very good overall just taking it out of the packaging. Comes with an ample amount of extra cables in addition to all the hard wired cables. This PSU has done everything I've needed. Easily powers everything in my build without issue. Can't really ask for much more.
Friend had an extra key sitting around for Windows 10 that he hadn't used so that's why I got this for free. Really loving Windows 10 overall so far. Haven't had an issues with it so far running any of my games. Love the layout and functionality much more than I did Windows 8. Windows 8 was an awful operating system, so 10 feels like a breathe of fresh air. Nothing bad to say about this really. (Yet)
Actually bought a dual pack of these fans. Very impressed with the airflow, they are pretty quiet overall but not whisper quiet by any means but they move a lot more air than my stock case fans did. Good product. Buy them in the dual packs to save money.
Love this fan, not only does it look awesome, it moves air very well, and it's quiet. I'd even argue that it's actually more quiet than my Corsairs. I use this fan as the exhaust fan on the back of my case and I'm actually considering adding two more of these fans to my Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Heatsink.
Decent monitor for the price. Bought this as it was suggested on the PC Budget Builder website. I'll likely upgrade to a bigger monitor in the future, and one that has a better refresh rate but I'm impressed with the quality of this monitor overall when you consider the fact that it costs $109 brand new out of the box. No issues with it so far.
Absolutely love this keyboard. Stumbled into it for $40 a couple of years ago. It had a minor nick on the corner of the keyboard which is why it was discounted. Couldn't be happier with it. It's immensely satisfying to type on with the cherry switches. It's awesome for gaming. The only thing I would change about it would be that I wish it was RGB so I could play around with the lighting on it. That's a very minor gripe though, this keyboard is perfect outside of that. I am planning a new build in the nearer future and I think I'll probably still use this keyboard because I love it so much.
Really really loving this mouse so far. I was a big fan of the G9X the last time I had a PC, and I'm happy I decided to stick with Logitech. Logitech's software is intuitive, easy to use, and offers a ton of customization features. I chose the Proteus Spectrum over the Core model because of the RGB LEDs so I could better match the blue with my blue/black theme. This mouse really is an excellent all around mouse. I prefer to palm grip my mouse and it fits very comfortably in my hand, though I don't have huge hands, so I could see where someone with larger hands might be a bit perturbed by the somewhat narrower profile of the mouse. Really love the fit, finish, and the feel of everything. The buttons are well place, clicking feels great, and the mouse wheel is nice and clicky. Switching between DPI settings is a cinch as well, and can be fine tuned through their software to fit your preferences.
All in all just another great product from Logitech, a company I've bought a lot of peripherals from over the years. I almost jumped to a Corsair mouse, but I'm glad I chose to stick with Logitech.
For the price a very good headset. Sits comfortably on my head and doesn't bother me wearing it for hours at a time. Sound quality could be a bit better, but in this price range I'm not expecting Astro sound quality. The simulated 7.1 Surround Sound is a very nice feature that works very well and is much needed in competitive shooters where hearing footsteps can be a huge advantage. Solid product from Logitech. The Logitech gaming software is compatible with their full line of gaming peripherals and neatly puts all of the customization and controls into one place so you can go in and set everything up to fit your preferences. I currently use the software for my G430s, and more recently my G502 Proteus Spectrum mouse and absolutely love how intuitive their software is, and how easy it is to use.
All in all just another great product from Logitech. I had to sound like a fanboy, but I've been using their products quite a bit over the years and have always found them to be high quality.
Not the greatest sound quality but they get the job done and can usually be had for something like $30 so it's hard to complain about them.