Description

Okay, so I just transferred to Australia recently for my studies. I was an avid Dota player and I wanted to build a capable machine without breaking the bank. From the start, I had a checklist for my PC:

  • Must not be overpriced/overbudget. (I went with the 600-800 AUD mark. Best bang-for-buck according to forums)
  • Can play Dota at the highest settings and then some
  • Future-proof (Easily Upgradable)
  • Easy to clean (Case must have reliable dust filters)
  • Power efficient (I often left the computer on for item trading)

Since I didn't know anything about building computers, I researched everything from scratch. Special Shoutout to: LinusTechTips, Science Studio, Tech Deals, Pc Part picker and Ozbargain!

It took me a while to gather all the parts. (I bought the GTX 960 strix and the Fractal Design Case second hand to save money). Also, I had windows 10 education free from my university. (Huray Microsoft!)

I'm not gonna lie, building it was NOT easy as many will say. I had a hard time figuring out where the power cables would go since my power supply was an OEM and did not come with labels. Connecting the fans were also a challenge since I did not see any youtube vids of actually connecting the fan cables.

When I completed the build, I atttached the HDMI cable the the back of the video card. This was a mistake. There was no display shown in my monitor. I was ready to give up and just bring the thing to a professional until I tried removing the graphics card and using a VGA cable to the motherboard I/O instead. I held my breath and... Viola!

I booted! I was so relieved. Praise the divines! and Lord Gaben!

I was nervous with the BIOS because I didn't want to screw things up with the settings. (The boot management and stuff and updating the bios was difficult without an optical drive)

After all the initial hiccups, I downloaded all the softwares and programs I'll need.

Additional cost/hardware:

  • -Samsung s22D300 monitor- $129 AUD (good starting monitor)
  • -Gamdias keyboard and Mouse Combo - $54 AUD (Amazing so far. Really like the huge palm rest included with the keyboard)
  • -Logitech cloth mousepad (This thing is HUGE and easy to get cold in a marble table. lol)

Real life Benchmarks (I downloaded Nvidia's Shadowplay to record these):

  • DOTA (ULTRA settings and shadows) - 120+ fps (ez +25 MMR)
  • Skyrim (Ultra settings with HD mods) - Capped at 60 fps
  • Torchlight 1 and 2 (Ultra settings) 260 fps
  • DiRT 3 (High detail, shadow - 140 FPS)
  • Shadow Complex Remastered (Ultra - 180 fps)
  • The Crew (High setting, occulation - 120 fps)

For future reference:

  • Minecraft- To be tested
  • Crisis 3- To be tested

Part Reviews

CPU

Can handle games like Skyrim and Dota just fine. Amazing cpu for its price!

Motherboard

I choose this motherboard for my build since it has awesome feature and has USB type C (Future-proof right there). It also has lots of USB ports for back I/O and front ports. The only down side was the difficulty I experienced with updating the drivers and BIOS since the tutorials for this board is very RAREand add the fact that I did not have an optical drive for my build.

Memory

Looks cool and the price is just right. Wished there was a white or black color in the same price range tho.

Storage

Bought this at a deal for only 76 AUD. It's a really great SSD for the price! The body is made of plastic but I didn't care because it wasn't meant to be held.

Video Card

Got this second hand (Strix edition). Amazing. What can I say: Quiet and didn't notice any performance lost ( because probably I don't play the latest AAA titles like technomancer)

Great for Dota, skyrim with HD mods, Limbo (lol), etc.

Case

BIG AND HEAVY CASE. I think i grew muscles carrying it around.

Power Supply

Got the OEM version of this which was not modular or labeled. Does the job but difficult for noob builders like me.

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Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey! Nice build! Even though I don't admire i3 processors, you chose one that is at the same/higher speed than the i5 processors, which was an extremely smart choice I probably wouldn't have thought of.

Noice noice!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I was supposed to get an i5-6400 hundred but it would cost me a 100 AUD more. I've watched a lot of reviews comparing it to other processors and it performed well for its pricce.

Thank, bro :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. how is your experience with this build? Can you play all games 1080p on it?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! You can read the description for my experience. I've been able to play these games at high/ultra settings:

  • Dota 2
  • Torchlight 1 and 2
  • Prince of persia
  • Evolve Stage 2
  • fully modded Skyrim without EMB
  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

AMD fanboys inbound.. RX 480 OMGOGOGMOGMOGMOMG GOYOU SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT THE RX 480 YOU NOOOOBB NOVIDEO SUCKS THEY REALLY LOST IT THIS TIME.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

NVIDIA is better :/

There is no competition. Period.

(But I will admit that AMD is probably better for performance vs. cost)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

T R I G E R R E D

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Huh?