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First budget build.

by CraftyRam



Date Published

Jan. 2, 2017

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I built this pc almost three years ago during my junior year of high school. At the time I had very little tech knowledge, and had I known back then what I do to day, this pc would be a lot different. The price now is a lot cheaper now from when I first built it, because I bought every part individually with no total budget. The stickerbomb on the side panel was done this past year.

Part Reviews


Great beginner cpu for basic gaming and very minimal video/photo editing. I notice significant issues when I try to stream or record game play for YouTube, my fps dips and the stream or game play seams to stutter. This cpu is starting to show it's age and it just falls behind compared to new hardware and triple A titles.

CPU Cooler

Amazing cooler for the money! Quit, sleek, and pleasantly pleasing on the eyes. I could not be happier with its performance!


It gets the job done.


It's ram, nothing special except the fact that it is white. But, DDR3 @ 1866 MHz is quite slow nowadays, and you should look for something faster if you are building a budget pc.


Fast and reliable with no issues!


A Hard drive that has become a staple among pc builders!

Video Card

What used to be a very nice card has simply fallen behind. The card is loud without being @ 100% fan speed and does not perform well on new games. Some triple A titles like BF1 and Titanfall 2 that I have played are basically unplayable with frame rates @ or under 30.


DO NOT GET THIS CASE, AND IF SOME ONE GIVES IT TO YOU THEN THROW IT AWAY!!! I have had many problems with this case. The first being the front fan filter, the fans screw directly into the filter and you must take them off to properly clean the filter. Second, the cable management is horrid. I have problems with the side panels not wanting to close properly and the right side bulges due to the low clearance for cable management. And finally the most annoying thing about this case are the cutout to route a 4 pin cpu cable (in my case top left of the mobo) and the cutout for the cpu cooler backplate, again for my mobo in particular half of the mounting screws were blocked.

Power Supply

It's a white power supply that has yet to fail me!

Comments Sorted by:

phucdv3011 1 point 16 months ago

It are really great parts. But I think the 700W powers supply is not necessary for this PC. You just need about 500-600W don't use to much, it could be dangerous. I hope my opinion can help you

CraftyRam submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Yeah the Power supply is overkill, but at the time I was wanting to do an all white build and that was the only one I could find at the time on sale. Same thing with the white ram.

dannyw1612 8 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Since you have a decent cooler and mobo that supports overclocking I reckon somewhere between 4.0-4.2 ghz should be possible could squeeze a bit more performance out the machine.

CraftyRam submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

To be honest I never tried over clocking, I'll give it a shot! Maybe it's the missing piece of the fps drop puzzle lol.

dannyw1612 8 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

It definitely won't hurt hurt the fps. But since you are new to it tho I'd watch some videos on YouTube about overclocking the AM3+ platform first but will become second nature eventually. Just watch your core cpu voltage is my advice to you.

CraftyRam submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Will do, thanks m8.

dannyw1612 8 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Nice job on the build looks very different from the norm.

Doomdog 1 point 16 months ago

That ram....sooo sexy

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

ik right, I wish I used hyperx stuff in my build.

CraftyRam submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

I know right!!!!

Gooberdad 8 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Its sticker camo hides it in its environment.

I'm surprised you didn't continue the stickers inside of the pc.

Thumbs up.

CraftyRam submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

The new pc I'm working on will be stickered outside and in, so stay tuned!

Gooberdad 8 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Cool deal

Cam84 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Wonder the cost of the stickers if you bought em all at once!

CraftyRam submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Lol stickers were less than $10 for a 200 pack, so not much! XD

kalscko 1 point 16 months ago

our builds are pretty similar, but I built it back in 2013.

CraftyRam submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Yeah mine was built a couple of years back. Idk why I'm just now making a build for it.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

2005-ish... When stickers were popular :')

CraftyRam submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Hey they're still popular depending on who you are!

Jynxii 1 point 16 months ago

Does this run games like GTA V, Skyrim, Overwatch, and other games of this nature?

CraftyRam submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

I play Overwatch daily on low @~80fps, I have not played GTA V or Skyrim. A short list of games I do play are: Smite, Paragon, Battlerite, LoL, Rocket League, HoTS, and then a bunch of indie titles. All of these are playable @ medium to low settings, but I'd like to start playing triple a titles and stream.

kingsdad 1 point 15 months ago

HI, i have the same CPU and Motherboard and need to upgrade Memory. This ram isn't on Asrocks compatible memory list, not much is! So it worked outta the bag with no fiddling in the bios, and it ran at 1866? I can't find much info if I wanted to get 2x8 sticks of this or 1600 Kingston HyperX Fury. Darn Bitfenix cases, the one I got for my build has a short in it.. components boot up fine outside the case... nothing if assembled inside the case. So it sits as a tower stand, oh well. Could you reply to my 2 questions concerning the ram though? Regards,Guy.

CraftyRam submitter 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

I hate that happened about the case, but as for the RAM, yes, it worked out of the box without any updates or bios tampering. Now to be honest I have not really fiddled with the BIOS in the past 2-3 since I have built this pc, not even an update, and the computer is still running fine. it is running at the full 1866.

kingsdad 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks for replying, I don't understand why the Motherboard companies don't list more acceptable ram! Oh well.

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