Description

I had some spare parts lying around from previous builds, I have a horrible habit of buying parts just to see how they perform and then moving onto something else in a few weeks, great for slapping together a build, horrible for my wallet. The parts listed at $0 were used or leftovers from previous builds so I though it unfair to include in the price. I left the water cooler, case and Blu-Ray drive prices off because they are not required, so as not to inflate the final price. I left everything at stock just to get a feel of what these budget parts could do and I was surprised, especially by the RX460! In the end during gaming I pull about 200 watts from the wall which coming from the 8320E and R9 290 all I can say is WOW. Please excuse the pictures, it was late last night and I have yet to do any real cable management, heck I may not. This is my console replacement.

Part Reviews

CPU

I have been a fan of the 860k since the day it came out, a potent overclockable 4 core chip with decent performance and a great price. I do see the price has increased since it came out but as I bought a few when they dropped I included it at the price I bought it for.

CPU Cooler

I had the water cooler left over from my 8320E build and have since revamped that build entirely, leaving the water cooler just sitting on the shelf, so why not? Never had a problem with it, the pump is near silent and if it weren't for the LED I wouldn't know if it were even on.

Motherboard

First time using ASRock and I am kicking myself for not trying them before, stellar motherboard and I will most likely go with them from now on. More control over your components than what I was used to.

Memory

I had 16GB of ram in my 8320E build but rarely used more than 8GB so I just stole two sticks from that build and popped it in here, happy that the colors are all matching. It’s ram, it works.

Storage

Spare HDD, found a good deal on the WD Blue's about a year ago and bought a few. It's not as fast as an SSD but I don’t have to focus on space management, WD never lets me down.

Video Card

The RX460, the only reason I went with this GPU is because it was the cheapest newest AMD card on the market, it wasn't until after it had already shipped that I looked into the benchmarks. Not many good reviews for this card out there and that baffles me, so far every game I have ran on it has been at high and AT LEAST 30fps if not higher. this is a budget LAN/console replacement, the fact that I can play games, 1080p on high settings and above 30fps blows my mind on a $100ish GPU... I am actually a little angry it runs so good, cannot say enough good things about this card.

Case

I do really love this case, like I mentioned above this is a LAN box/console replacement, just being able to pick it up and toss it in the Pathfinder it great with the built in handles, construction is solid and it is a dream to build in with the separate levels. I removed the secondary hard drive cage and made a clear opening for cable storage and air flow from the noctua fans.

Power Supply

EVGA has always been great for me, solid performance at a killer price.

Optical Drive

Bought this Blu-Ray optical drive a good while ago, love this thing for burning CD's, DVD's and occasionally Blu-Ray's.

Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

The lighting from the fans look really good, nice build!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! I haven't seen this kind of case in a while

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

I recently built almost the same exact build. I think the only differences on mine were having 1x8 ram instead of 2x4, the A78 board instead of A88, and diff case and hdd(which don't matter too much). I was wondering what your OC was for the graphics card, I'm having trouble finding a good ratio for core clock to memory clock

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

All stock at the moment buddy

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Gg

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the water bottle and coffee cup in the mobo pics. I, too, like to live dangerously :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

After kicking the cats out of the room my accidents decreased by quite a bit ;)

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

I love it! Athlon and 460 love!

+1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

How is that RX460 performing?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Wonderfully, i play Forza Horizon 3, Cities: Skylines, Stellaris, Killing Floor 2 and Ashes of the Singularity on it. I love the card and at the price i got it i have zero complaints. Very capable console replacement.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats awesome , I must have got a bad one , im taking it back to microcenter tomorrow and upgrading to MSI GTX 1050 2 GB . I hope its a better card . thanks for the reply and good gaming !

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

I am sorry to hear that man :( are you sure 2GB is going to be enough?

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

it is a beast! lacking a little ram in forza, but not enough to hurt anything ,The 1050 is a lot better . i love it so far!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Is your GPU is covering you the PCIe slot? I would like to run I PCIe wireless card in my build. I can not find any PCI 2.0 wireless cards that support 5 Ghz networks. I imagine the top slot is the PCI 3.0 slot.

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm in love with this MB

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

iirc yes it does

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

It does have crossfire branding on the motherboard