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My First Budget Gaming PC

by ankrotachi10

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Date Published

March 19, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.0GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.2GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

This PC was made for gaming, doing work, and browsing the internet. Yes, before I got my monitors I used a CRT, and I had a temporary graphics card that my friend gave to me (it is shown in some of these pictures), because My dad ordered the wrong one so we had to send it back. I had help from my friend /u/bonkey_kong/ during this build, he is the one doing the thumbs up! A big thanks to him!

The case is gorgeous in my opinion, but it was difficult to close the side panel after all the cables were routed through there. But it stays shut and it is not disfigured.

The processor is brilliant, I have had no problems with it at all, it is a bargain and always stays a decent temperature. The motherboard is good, but I slipped up and didn't buy one with front panel USB 3.0 headers... D'oh. I originally got a 64GB SSD, but that died so I switched to a Hybrid Drive (hence the odd HDD setup) and it is really good! Very fast and does what it's there for. Do I really need to say anything about the 1TB Seagate HDD?

Okay, now for the graphics card. It's okay. It performs in all games I throw at it (apart from Skyrim with 130+ mods including lighting and 2k textures) but it gets very hot, which is a problem. If you want a cool 7870, don't go for XFX. I don't really know much about the optical drive, I've never used it....

Case fan is good, it's quiet and performs.

Now for the monitors. They look great and are great apart from a few issues. My main one has a black dot in the upper left corner of the screen, luckily I only use it for games, gaming videos/anime and steam, so I never really see it anyway, but it's still annoying. Overall there are a few dead pixels after a few months but most of them were probably stuck as I can't find them anymore. One final problem with these monitors is that if they go into standby mode and I get them to come on again by wiggling the mouse, then sometimes (not all the time, it's quite rare now) they will have inverted colours. For example: Windows will become orangey brown, and likewise brown and orange will become blue. The only way to solve this is to unplug them and plug them back in again, without turning them off first. I guess this has a good side to it because it encourages you to turn them off when not in use.

The mouse is great. Does everything I want, but sometimes can have issues with the laser. The keyboard is also great, the only problem I have had, is that rarely, when using the media keys, it will spam it. So if I want it to pause, it will play-pause-play-pause in quick succession It also does this with fastforward and rewind. Bare in mind that this is very rare.

That's just about everything! If you have any questions feel free to ask. I have been thinking of upgrading my GPU to the AMD Radeon R9 290, please share your thoughts with me on that subject in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU, and doesn't get hot!

Video Card

Good graphics card, but it gets very hot.

Monitor

Issue: Sometimes when the screen comes back on from standby mode, colours will be inverted.

Mouse

Some minor laser problems.

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Oldsnivy100 3 Builds 4 points 27 months ago

Dat monitor Do

+9000000000000000000000

ankrotachi10 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Yeah, I had to replace it because it started to die. But it was very good! 1600x1200 resolution at 85Hz!

cilvre 6 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

xfx actually isnt the issue on the 7970, the 7970 series always ran hot, has great performance though! also, before upgrading to a 290, wait til the summer when they release the 3xx series, as those are going to be much better. http://wccftech.com/amd-20nm-r9-390x-feautres-20nm-hbm-9x-faster-than-gddr5/

ankrotachi10 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Psssst... I have the 7870....

cilvre 6 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

ah misread, however i have a 6870 and i usually dont see temps too terrible

ankrotachi10 submitter 1 Build 0 points 27 months ago

Before I applies new thermal paste (after only a few months of having it) It was reaching temperatures of 100*C in Bioshock Infinite. If you do things in Fahrenheit, that's the temperature that water boils.

cilvre 6 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

yeah, thats not normal, it seems like it may have not been qc'ed properly. Mine maxed out in bioshock hits 70c and i've never had to re apply thermal paste.

ankrotachi10 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Qc?

marekazipol 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

Post more pics lol

ankrotachi10 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

:P

Lex001 2 points 27 months ago

Nice build, by the was, do you mind listing off some books your favorite books that you have on your book self if that isn't weird.

+For nice build

ankrotachi10 submitter 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

Sure! I have more on my Kindle though ;)

Some of my fav's include Naruto series (by Masashi Kishimoto), Brisingr (by Christopher Paolini, this book was my fav or the cycle), The Edge Chronicles (by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddle, they are all awesome), The Gone series (by Michael Grant, this was really good!)

If there are any other books on there you haven't read that you would like to know more about, just ask xD

Here is a closer look at the books: http://imgur.com/a/dxSzH

Lex001 2 points 27 months ago

Thanks man, really appreciate this. :)

Piersbowater 2 points 17 months ago

Pic. 39 +1

ShadowDevilSlayer 1 point 14 months ago

Did you have to do a BIOS update to get the FX-6300 to work on an amd 970 board?

ankrotachi10 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

No. It worked straight away on this motherboard.

ten8yp 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I have the same Hannspree monitors you do and mine do the same color inversion thing you mentioned sometimes. It must be a thing with this model. I usually just reboot and its fine but it is kind of annoying sometimes.

ankrotachi10 submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Okay, the way to stop it from happening is to turn them off before they go to sleep mode. And to un-invert the colours, just unplug them from the wall, and plug them back in again.

I only had the issue with an AMD card, however I no longer have the issue with my new GTX 970.

ten8yp 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Hmmm... I'm using a GTX 1060 6gb at the moment but also had the same issue with a 750ti, 660, and 780. I think I'm gonna run a power strip with the monitors plugged in to it that way all I have to do is flip a switch and they will be un-powered. Thanks for the heads up! If you ever want to sell those monitors let me know. I would love to have 4-6 of them.

ankrotachi10 submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

I'm happy with them at the moment. No problems with them now, except a dead pixel or two.

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ankrotachi10 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

What?