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My first PC Build

by Dippindotz



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This is in working progress. I am getting a new gpu hopefully soon, and better ram.

This was my first build, and I think I didn't do to bad. I got the idea to build one once my Dell was giving me problems. It took me 3 months to save up and look into what parts to buy. The biggest worry that I had was if anything would be DOA, luckily there were no parts that were broken. The total time of building the whole thing was around 4 hours, which I'm not sure if its good or not, but I think you should rush through a thing like this. I will be posting more pictures and updating on my upgrades, and if anything breaks. Now, I will go into dept on my parts.

CPU- This cpu was a no brainer in my budget. It performs really well, and overall I am very pleased with it. I don't plan on overclocking any time soon. I am using the stock fan until it starts getting warmer where I live.

Motherboard- When I began picking out the parts, I wanted to get a motherboard from a nice company. Many people said Asus and Gigabyte were the motherboard companies that I should get. I got this one instead of the M5a97 R2.0 is because it was cheaper, with nothing much more special on the Gigabyte one than the Asus one.

Memory- I got this one stick of 4 gigs for now, soon to add another one. I've been pretty impressed with this memory, haven't had any problems with it.

SSD- Its fast. I have no experience with other SSD's, so I can't really tell if it is the fastest or one of the slower SSDS. I really like the look of it too, one of the reasons I got it.

Hard Drive- After my WD drive died on my Dell, my Dad got me this one. I dont have any problems with it, and it is nice to store all my files and such on it.

Video Card- Not one of the best decisions of my life. I got this in March, and it doesnt really perform very well for the money. I hope to get a 7850 soon.

Case- I love this case. If you are considering this case, get it. It literately has everything I was looking for, with a sexy design. The led's do bleed, but I like the look of it. The window is the only complaint I have with it. I would like it bigger, but it only concentrates on the important stuff, like video card and cpu cooler. I hope to get some leds, so it looks a bit better when you look in the window.

PSU- I really wanted this psu, but it was really over my budget. Then I looked on newegg and it was on sale for $25 after rebate! I quickly picked it up, and it has been an amazing unit so far.

CD Drive- It reads discs. It works. Yea...

OS- I didn't really want Windows 8, but if it was the same price I would just pick it up. Then one day Amazon was selling it for $67, and I thought I probably will never find a price this good for awhile. Good thing I bought it then, cause the next day it was back up to $90

So I think thats about it. I haven't really gamed with it yet, besides minecraft. I get around 130 fps at the moment. If you are confused with anything, or want some extra photos, or have instructive criticism, feel free to live them down below.

Hope you enjoy!

Update 12-24-13: Happy Holidays everyone! I got some new hardware so far. I got an upgrade on my ram. I asked for only 4 gigs because I asked for some other things, and I didn't want my parents to go all out of my gifts, so i asked for 4. Its only one stick, so thats good as I can easily buy another dim for dual to make 8.

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freeracercolin 7 points 24 months ago

Am I the only one that thought that this was an Ivy-bridge build because of the name?

JakeyU72 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

nope :)

James710 1 point 22 months ago

No lol

tomaryus 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

get a good gpu and this pc will perform like charm, It also looks really nice. +1 for case. I found out about it after I got my 600t. Now I wish I had gone with storm scout 2 because it is cheaper

Dippindotz submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Plan on getting a 7850 or a 7870.

uin12nerfer 1 point 24 months ago

7870's are dirt cheap. sometimes cheaper than a 7850

tomaryus 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

a 270 or 270x would be a better choice. http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/software/battlefield_4_performance_amd_vs_nvidia/1 As you can see for the price it is not easy to beat this badboy

uin12nerfer 2 points 24 months ago

true, i personally plan on getting one once my parents let me build my pc

Kyndle 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Good build, it'll be solid for everyday computing and not graphically intensive games. You'll see a huge performance boost when you upgrade to the Radeon 7850, I love mine! Great first build! +1

James710 1 point 22 months ago

Every one just picks up really cheap thing and the First one they see. The seagate is like 50 bucks for 1TB and 3TB for 99$. Solid build for 820 bucks!

ITneto 1 point 21 months ago

Hello, I still don't know,which card buy, i can't decide if I should go with the 7850 2gb or r9270 2gb, I have a fx 6300. I want to build a computer, that can support next gens games, you know to still to 2020 or something like that

When did you build this?,

bob0711 1 point 19 months ago

This is weird these are almost the same specs as the computer I am going to be building soon. Same proccesor same motherboard same video card and I also have windows 7 and a sad for my OS. I just have al little more memory a little less power and a different case but still weird. Edit: I am also 14 what the heck

TrentHyster 1 Build 0 points 24 months ago

Honestly at that price I'd sugegst an APU-based build

Oh nevermind it's still a WIP, nice build so far

TapeMonkey 1 Build 0 points 24 months ago

A little shy of $600? Yeah, that's about what I spend on Dippin' Dots when I go out =P

Mr.Curiou5 2 points 19 months ago

It's a nice build for a budget and he's happy with it, now go shove your $600 up your arse

TapeMonkey 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

I wasn't criticizing him. I was making fun of myself for how I blow all my money on stupid stuff (like ice cream) and he is spending it on something useful.

BiGUNMAN 1 Build 0 points 24 months ago

I think you could of done a bit better for the money but whatever :/ and I think you should of got a mobo with on-board video and just get a GPU later on as you said you plan to do

Dippindotz submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

I already had it. I decided to use it in the build.

themarine99 -2 points 24 months ago

the ram sucks. get some good corsair vengence 1600 mhz

Dippindotz submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

I know. I am getting better memory around Christmas, as I have said before. Its a work in progress

themarine99 -2 points 24 months ago

its a good build i have to say. and you need a better gpu too

Zeus 1 Build -3 points 24 months ago

An apu probably would have yeilded more performance at this price point

JakeyU72 3 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

It's a work in progress.