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Had an old computer my brother-in-law built for me a long time ago for gaming. After I actually started looking at the parts and realized that it was a gaming device back when Ram was measured in MB I decided that it needed a total overhaul. The only part I managed to retain was the case, which is a little tight but works just about perfectly. I was on a really tight budget but between sales and rebates managed to only compromise on the GPU, which I originally wanted to get a GTX 970, but after some research I decided that the R9 390 would perform at least as well, if not better and actually came out slightly cheaper.
The official parts list came out to just under $1,000 as seen here in pcpp but I did have to purchase an adapter to make my liquid cooler fit, and a couple others that will be used for case fans in the future, along with the tape and spray paint used on the case, but all inclusive the price did not go above $1,100, which is very reasonable for the performance I expect to get out of this system.
I plan to overclock the CPU and GPU and have used the free upgrade process to get windows 10 out of my dirt cheap windows 7 purchase. For anyone thinking to do the same it went fairly smoothly, I used the software creation tool (I believe that's what it's called) to download the .iso of win10, when I tried to activate it I used my windows 7 code, and it said that code was already in use, so I got in touch with windows support, who took over the computer and got me a brand new activation code for windows 10, which was about a 20 minute process. I will also note that driver installation was not as simple as on win7, the installation media included did not have the drivers for 10, so I had to go on my laptop and download the latest drivers instead of just using the installation media, the drivers also, do not seem as well adapted but I imagine very soon they will be up to date.
So far it runs Assassin's creed Syndicate (which I got with the SSD for free) and league of legends beautifully on the highest settings.
This was my first build, but I like to think it has turned out pretty darn good. Benchmarks coming soon.
Installs very easily, not sure that my CPU's thermometer is working properly, because MSI command center says CPU is a couple degrees Celsius under room temperature, which I frankly don't buy. It does seem to be cooling very effectively though and the computer runs great with it.
Very solid board for a budget gaming rig. I have experienced no problems with it and after sale/rebate I got it for only $83. Will probably upgrade in a few years to a more modern chipset and nicer board but for the money and the budget I was on, this is perfect. Click bios is really nice and OC genie is pretty nice.
16 GB for $70? can't really beat that, functions, not the highest clock speed, but unless you're running integrated graphics, it's a nearly unnoticeable difference between clock speeds on ram.
If you haven't upgraded to an SSD yet from HDDs, do it. Windows boots faster than my monitor does.
So far so good, haven't pushed its limits yet, will update when I do.
Little overkill for my build but works like a charm and gives a lot of overhead for upgrades, potentially 2-4 way cross fire in the future.
Picked this up figuring it would get me a free upgrade to windows 10 and it did. Made for a much cheaper purchase of windows 10.