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Upper-Mid Tier Gaming PC

by Hooman3



Date Published

July 21, 2016

Date Built

July 20, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

37.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.114 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

69.0° C


As my first build, this came along great. My conditions for making a PC were that: it had to be below ~$900 it would perform at mid to high settings on AAA games * it would have to last me a while So to befitting those conditions I went, and after about a day or two of choosing and researching and such, I came up with this list. And so far, it's living up to those demands. I am running Fallout 4 at 60fps and CS:GO at high(est?) settings with 250 fps. Oh, and the PC itself looks amazing. I focused on having my LED's blue. And this PC is blue. I had no hardware problems. But considering the fact this was my first ever build, and first time touching these parts, I did not finish this build in a measly 30 minutes. The HDD took the most time, ironically, because I did not know there were mounts to put inside the cage. But other than that, I bought an OEM key, booted windows with my recovery USB stick, entered the code, and voila, I had windows installed in an hour. So, can I say there were any problems? No. I can not.

Part Reviews


Allows me to play CS:GO at 250 fps on highest settings. Can't really find any cons. Overclocking is not really needed.

CPU Cooler

Easy to install. Had no problems. Keeps CPU at a max of around 40 Celsius.


Supported everything I needed, but being mATX, there was not much room for installing cords and such without removing other things.


What can I say, it's RAM. It just works.


Your normal HDD. Isn't too slow and doesn't exceed 50 Celsius.

Video Card

Allows me to play Fallout 4 on Ultra settings on 60 fps. Can't argue with that. Doesn't exceed 70 Celsius.


Everything I could ask for in a case, and fit everything like charm. Only thing is that you most put in the I/O panel before the mobo.

Power Supply

Easy to use PSU. Nothing much more I can say.

Case Fan

Extremely quiet and very easy to install. Only thing is that LED's are very bright.

Comments Sorted by:

bogy1 3 Builds 3 points 32 months ago

I like what you have done for the price here. I am helping my nephew put together a gaming PC on a budget and plan to show him your build.

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ThoughtA staff 0 points 32 months ago

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YoureDusty 2 points 32 months ago

If you were to put a better graphics card in here what would you put instead of the 970?

Hooman3 submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Definetly the 480 or 1060.

Britmoses 1 point 32 months ago

This is a great build and the perfect price I have been looking for. Thanks for the build guide, ill definitely be using it.

Shrimpo 1 point 32 months ago

I recommend opting for the 6500 instead of the 6400, especially if you are gaming. For only $30 more you get a much higher standard and turbo clock speed, but the 6400 will do fine if you have a tight budget.

bthai1007 1 point 32 months ago

Looks nice, some cable management would give it a nice premium look and feel

sealingbird 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Could have saved some on the psu, you can get a decent 500W nowadays for 40 bucks, unless you really needed it to be semi-modular.

andreaseno 1 point 24 months ago

only thing i would say is put less money into ram and more into the case or maybe an ssd