On a Thursday in June, I ordered 457,11€ worth of PC parts online. As soon as they were delivered on the following Friday, I grabbed my camera and filmed as I opened the boxes and assembled my first self-built gaming PC! Enjoy!
After a few weeks of waiting, AMD finally launched its latest RX 480 GPU. I went ahead and ordered the model with 8 GB of VRAM (for future-proofing reasons):
Here’s a complete list of the parts used in the build:
- CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 (4x 3,2 GHz)
- Motherboard: MSI H110M GAMING
- GPU: HIS Radeon RX 480 (8GB VRAM)
- RAM: 16 GB Crucial DDR4 Memory Kit
- Hard drive: 1 TB WD Blue HD (SATA 6 GB/s; 64 MB cache)
- Power supply: Corsair VS550 (Non-Modular 80+)
- Case: Corsair Carbide Series 88R (black with window)
Here’s a screenshot of my shopping cart on mindfactory.de. The total cost without the GPU was 457,11€ (incl. shipping).
Gaming PC with
out a Graphics Card?!
As you might have noticed, I initially didn’t order any GPU for my gaming PC – why, you ask? The answer is simple: AMD introduced their new RX series graphics cards last month as I was putting together my build, and released the cards on June 29th. The new cards are quite affordable and still powerful enough for 1080p and 1440p gaming – in other words: just what I’m looking for.
This was my plan: I waited until the new cards were available to order. If one of the models fell within my budget range of around 220€, I’d hit buy the second it became available to order. If the new cards hadn’t lived up to my performance/price expectations, other ones like the R9 280X or 380 would’ve been a backup option (might have looked at Nvidia as well).
Gaming without a discrete GPU is terrible
I had to play most of my games on low settings and 720p for the time being. You have to consider that I’ve been “gaming” on a 2014 Mac Mini without a discrete GPU for one full year now. The i5-6500 is a noticeable upgrade from that – even graphics-wise. I ran a few benchmarks to test this hypothesis:
As you can see, two of my favourite games are not really playable in 1080p. However, these games wouldn’t even have run in 1080p on the Mac Mini.
I did think twice about buying the RX 480
However, after looking at lots of benchmarks and comparing the price/performance value to all the other cards currently on the market, the decision was simple: I went with the most bang-for-your-buck card available! (and I don’t regret it)
That’s it for this initial gaming PC post! If you want me to run some more benchmarks, simply leave a comment below. Also, stay tuned for some Windows 8.1 to 10 upgrade coverage very soon…