Mid-Tier Gaming/All Purpose Build

by A K Posted on: 1/21/2022

Build Description

This is my computer, and its primary purpose is for gaming and schoolwork/everyday use. In terms of games, the Gtx 960 I have is fine for now(although I do want to upgrade to a current en card), and it can decently play 4x and Sim games at 1080p like City Skylines, Civ 6, and Anno 1800. Those are mainly the games I play, although I dabble in a few esports titles like Valorant and Fortnite. I also use this for some light video-editing for assignments/personal projects and CAD through Fusion 360. In the future, I hope to add a mid-tier GPU like a 3060-3060 TI or maybe a 3070 once prices become reasonable, along with 16 more gigs of RAM.

Favorite Feature

I like the CPU given its relatively cheap price of 250 bucks. It's great for both gaming and productivity and was a great deal. Thanks, MicroCenter!

Parts contained in build

 Intel Core i7 10700k
Intel Core i7 10700k
Qty: 1 $250.00
Great CPU for the price
MSI Z490-A PRO Intel LGA 1200 ATX Motherboard
MSI Z490-A PRO Intel LGA 1200 ATX Motherboard
Qty: 1 $179.99
Budget z490 Board
 GTX 960
GTX 960
Qty: 1 $100.00
Stop-Gap till GPU prices become resonable
Neo Forza Faye 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit NMUD480E823200D - Black
Neo Forza Faye 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit NMUD480E823200D - Black
Qty: 1 $89.99
Works fine
Thermaltake V200 RGB Tempered Glass ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - Black
Thermaltake V200 RGB Tempered Glass ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - Black
Qty: 1 $89.99
Okay case, probably my worst decision in the entire build
EVGA 500 Watt 80 Plus ATX Non-Modular Power Supply
EVGA 500 Watt 80 Plus ATX Non-Modular Power Supply
Qty: 1 $49.99
Decent PSU
be quiet PURE ROCK 2 CPU Cooler
be quiet PURE ROCK 2 CPU Cooler
Qty: 1 $49.99
Tames the i7 pretty well
Inland Professional 1TB SSD 3D NAND SATA 3.0 6 GBps 2.5 Inch 7mm Internal Solid State Drive
Inland Professional 1TB SSD 3D NAND SATA 3.0 6 GBps 2.5 Inch 7mm Internal Solid State Drive
Qty: 1 $84.99