Description

One of my friends wanted to finally upgrade to a PC that could actually run his games at max settings at 1080p. He was also computerless for about a month because the old one died. He had never built a computer before, so I said I'd gladly create him a parts list and show him how to build it. He mainly plays games that are a few years old, so I didn't need to worry about getting a graphics card that had to handle the newest stuff. His budget was around $550, so it took me a while to finalize some parts and research enough to find out what cheap parts weren't going to make the computer explode.

I decided to go with the 960 and i3 because I have had great experiences with Intel processors and Nvidia cards. The 4gb version was not that much more, so I went with that. As we were building it, I was not a big fan of the tesseract case. The case does not have great cable managing features and the metal is really flimsy, but it looks cool and its only $40.

So far, the PC has run very smoothly and is really quiet. He hasn't found any games that can't be run at max settings in his library thus far, so it was a success!

Part Reviews

Case

Good case for the money, but if you can spend a bit more, I would definitely go for one with better cable managing and sturdier panels.

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Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Not a bad build, but why not i3 6100? +1 regardless, nice budgeting. P.s. the red ram with the black and blue theme is killing me lol

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Just checked, it says the i3-6100 isn't compatible with the motherboard, and I was really set on this mobo for its price and features.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea i3 6100 is h110, b150, z170 chipset, I was just curious to see if there was a specific reason you chose haswell, that's all.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet to see a Haswell build, especially since I myself am gonna be building a Haswell build, and good stuff for the budget. But... Red ram with a mostly black/blue system? Peculiar.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya the red ram is weird, but for some reason the prices worked out like this, and my friend said he didn't care about colors at all lol. Trust me, I would have loved to spend about ~$40 more and spice up all the colors a bit.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Great inexpensive build!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I like these builds without color schemes but perfectly built +1

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you didn't know

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

there to help :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks again I'm just really getting into the hardware part of computers took the classes in school for my bachelors but now I just want to build my own computers instead of buying from Dell and hp and so on

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