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PC build i did for my brother and his gaming. Boy was he surprised! Let's go over the parts and my thoughts on them.

Before we begin i should mention i had a $1200 budget and i did not pay for the parts, my grandpa did, i just built it. He's awesome.

Also can we get some +1's for dem boxes doe?

CPU: AMD FX-8350: This CPU really surprised me. I see lots of mixed reviews surrounding this CPU, but i gotta say i love this thing. It's quick, runs cool, and could be overclocked later if i so choose (that said, i think it runs fast enough on it's own)

It's definitely more than enough for him and should last him a while.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P: This board is quite nice. The layout of the board is very ideal for a system like this, it looks good, plus it could handle an OC later on but again, might not be an issue.

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB. If i'm building a system (should mention this is the first build i've done, but i'm certainly not new to computers by any stretch) It's going to be overkill. I say that because t's going to cost you more to go with something cheap and upgrade later, than it is if you get the better product now.

It's really quick, really good looking, and i'm impressed with it. No complaints from me.

Hard Drive: Toshiba 3TB. i debated whether or not to go with an SSD or a standalone drive, i decided to just go with the hard drive because my brother really wouldn't know how to utilize it. Again, can be added later.

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB FTW ACX 2.0. I love this thing, this card runs incredible. Runs the games my brother plays very smoothly, runs extremely cool, and could possibly handle a slight overclock....maybe ;)

Case: Enermax Ostrog/ECA3253-BW. I've had this case laying around since February 2014, and decided at the last minute to go with it so could invest in other areas.

Cable Management: Average. I chose a fully modular PSU and still had a bit of fiddling to deal with.

It's built nicely, and i'd recommend it for a nice build for a friend or family member, but probably wouldn't use it as a primary case, i think you could do better there.

PSU: The EVGA Supernova NEX650G. This thing is the best for the moneys, HANDS DOWN. First and foremost, It's fully modular, 80+ Gold, runs extremely cool, and has a 10-year warranty for $80!

You have no excuses. Get this power supply.

DVD Drive: Initial damage from shipping, but was sorted out. It's quiet, and reads and writes DVD's and CD's. Meh.

OS: Windows 8.1. I had this bought but ended up upgrading to Windows 10 almost immediately after so shhhhhhh.......

WiFI Card: The Gigabyte one that i don't care to list the model number for: This thing is fast. I mean unbelievably fast. If you're building a system and need WiFi go with a WiFI Card that supports AC or don't go with it at all.

Again no excuses. Do not cheap out on your PC build.

Monitor: Sceptre E248W-1920. I LOVE this thing to death. Nice and large, it's crisp, clear, and even works as a TV (which i tested, don't ask me why)

Keyboard & Mouse: Microsoft Desktop 400. Everyday standard mebrane keyboard, also feels a bit nicer than some i've tested. Also one thing to note, for whatever reason the Backspace button sounds and feels mechanical. How odd.

Also Fans, almost forgot.

The exhaust fan in the back is a Vantec Stealth, this thing is quiet and blows a lot of air, and exhausting out the top is some cheap Chinese Coolcox-branded fan, which is absolutely terrible! :D

Then i got some Amazon HDMI Cable. That's it really.

What do you guys think?

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  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I can see that you're following the "Do good, be kind" rule by building your brother a PC. That is very sweet of you. I hope he enjoys it!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Hope he likes it too. I actually have a picture of us hugging, unfortunately its so blurry It looks like I'm in a chokehold XD

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha! I have a similar picture of me and my brother but I AM actually assaulting him. Brotherly love is strange in our family. Thanks for sharing your build!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Go grandpa for funding the parts! Go you for making the PC for your brother! How very sweet of you and very kind of your grandpa to make this lovely present. You have my one!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

What a great thing it is to have this website bring a smile to my face. Awesome build, even better gesture! You and your gramps did a great thing, +1!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I came before Jipster! Maybe clean up the wiring and be more price efficient? Den wires...

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately the case hinders that a bit. At some point I might try something but its not a huge issue, airflow isn't restricted or anything.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

good one jip! I dunno if I believe she really said that tho? : )

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

yep that is real cool man. swell gramps you guys got there too! +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks guys :) I'll definitely let him know.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

How has the monitor held up?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Its held up really nicely, no complaints from my brother. Why do you ask?

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I just ordered one and wanted to be sure there wasn't any durability issues and such. Thanks.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I'll let my grandpa know :)

Also, yeah. The motherboards awesome.