Hello everyone! This is my very first build and I think it was totally worth building a PC instead of buying one built. Runs pretty fast for my needs and preforms great.
I do realize that I could have saved a lot more money on things like the GPU and such, but I had a decent budget, and I got some good deals from Memory express. In the end I didn't even go over my budget, so it's ok if I wasted a bit of money. PRICES ARE $CAD
The games that I have played on this PC so far has been Grid Autosport, Battlefield 4, TF2, and CSGO and this PC handles all those games on high settings at a respectable FPS.
My choices for components:
CPU: i3 4160. I like the CPU. It runs butter smooth with the 960, and I went with Intel because I do plan to upgrade to and i5 or i7 later down the line.
Mobo: Again, I like the gigabyte motherboard. I could have gone with a better motherboard but the motherboard I wanted was out of stock in store.
Ram: I got the ram used for $60. Corsair Vengeance Pro Looks good and gets the job done.
Hard Drive: All I needed was 1tb. Went with Seagate because it was a lot cheaper than the WD's.
PSU: Made sure it was at least Bronze+ so I went the EVGA 500w. It's enough for the build, so I cant complain.
GPU: You guys are probably gonna say I wasted money on this, but remember, I had some money to spare. And besides, the guy at Memory Express gave me a pretty good deal on it. The 960 can easily handle games on high-ultra with no problem at all, easily getting 60-100 fps on all the games I listed. It also comes with a nice looking backplate with it as well.
Case: This is probably the best steal I have ever gotten. I was gonna get the NZXT s340 but I saw this Corsair 600T White Edition for $60 on Kijiji, and it was barley used. In my opinion this case looks amazing even if it came out in 2010. It's got everything I need, 4 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, and all the other necessities. It retails for like $219.99 CAD, which is insanely expensive for a case. Obviously I wouldn't buy it brand new, but it's great that I got this case for 60. I saved $30 buying this instead of the s340, and I don't regret it at all.
OS: I originally bought windows 8.1 but upgrade to windows 10 for free right after it came out
I think I did a pretty good job on cable management. The back could be a bit more organised but the overall look of the PC is pretty tidy in my opinion, considering the fact that my PSU isn't even modular.
Please feel free to leave feedback or suggestions. Thanks! :)