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First Build (Learning the ropes)
by MrBeastshaw
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Description

This was my first build of all time. Yes I was a complete noob when I first ordered my parts. Was just starting to get into computers so didn't exactly match up parts very well for my needs. This was used as a gaming/school PC. My cable management was terrible the first time around but as I got better I rebuilt the entire thing. I think the total at the time was like $500 and was bought as a bundle from Tiger Direct. As I look back now, I could have done a lot better at allocating my funds better to get better performance but overall I was pleased with this build.

  1. CPU: Pretty solid processor for the money at the time. Was amazed at first how quickly it could convert files. Never really messed with OCing since I didn't end up buying an aftermarket heatsink (I was too new at the time to even consider OCing).

  2. MOBO: Pretty solid mobo for the money. UEFI Bios is way nice. Lacked a few things like side facing sata ports and 19 pin USB 3.0

  3. RAM: Very good but had some troubles getting it to show up as 1600 mhz in bios. Didn't require too much to change but for a first timer I was a bit confused.

  4. HDD: Did what it needed to do for cheap so can't complain about that.

  5. GPU: TINY but with pretty decent performance. I could play BF3 on low @ 1080p and get 50-60 fps on metro.

  6. Case: Only complaint's would have to be terrible 4-pin connector cutout (or lack thereof) and mesh front panels pop off easily.

  7. PSU: Crappy brand (I know that now). Didn't have any issues though.

  8. Drive: Did what it was supposed to.

  9. OS: Love Windows 7!

Details
AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.8GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.06Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate5.0GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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RyneSmith [7 Builds] 6 points 10 months ago

Glad so hear that you've learned a bit more since you started.

The biggest "imbalance" I see here is the RAM as 16gb is a bit much for gaming

All in a pretty solid budget build so props there!

 
 
MrBeastshaw [Submitter] [13 Builds] 5 points 10 months ago

By far. I didn't realize how overkill 16 GB of ram was until I was a little more knowledgeable about computers.

 
 
Apach3 [2 Builds] 5 points 10 months ago

not too bad, although you don't need 16GB of RAM for gaming. i realize you bought this stuff in a bundle (and for $500, that's stellar), but you probably could've saved enough to get an FX-6300 (arguably the best price-to-performance processor on the market) had you downgraded to two 4GB sticks.

a little bit of research goes a long way. :)

 
 
MrBeastshaw [Submitter] [13 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

Haha I just wish I would've known about this site back then.

 
 
xx116xx [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

For not really knowing what you were doing, you're pretty lucky. You did pretty good on this, it's a nice low budget machine. Like other people have said, there's room for improvement, but it's not a bad rig.

 
 
Mattios 2 points 10 months ago

Nice :) I recommend you get some blast shields for when that kingwin goes

 
 
MrBeastshaw [Submitter] [13 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

Lol I really should swap it out for a different PSU. I just don't want to have to route cables again.

 
 
BLC 2 points 10 months ago

Although the 16 gigs o'ram is overkill, overall, the build is pretty good for the price you paid, nice job.

 
 
LookTopHats [2 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

Good build. Looks like a nice camera too?

 
 
MrBeastshaw [Submitter] [13 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

Just a decent Samsung digital camera.

 
 
LookTopHats [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Ahh right. Still good photos :D

 
 
olympuse410 2 points 10 months ago

For a second I was wondering where the other half of the GPU was lol

I've gotten used to seeing the really chunky air coolers haha

 
 
ilian11 [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

For $500, this is a good build!!! We all make a mistake or two along the way. Welcome to the site.

 
 
Starlana [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

Nice Job! I like the case and color. <3 Starlana <3

 
 
mattataki [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Hey, I know, everyone commented on the ram yet but oh well but I would like to visit this thread containing a very handy dandy list. It helped me out a lot and I would like to thank those who keeps it updated. It's all about your PSU, of course, a crappy PSU will always turn on and seem ok for a while but you don't want it to crap out all your components.

 
 
AustinTheTimelord [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

The design of the Cougar Solution must have changed since you bought it because I bought this case a few days ago and it looks a bit different from your pictures. Not in over all design but in some small details. The back fan was clear not orange, the side panels were switched and a bit differently designed, but the cable management was pretty decent over all as you can tell. Keep an eye out for the submission of my build so you can see what I mean about the visual differences.

 
 
MrBeastshaw [Submitter] [13 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Hopefully they were changes for the better and not to bring down the cost. Pretty good case for the money. Did you have any issues routing the 8 pin cpu power connected behind the mobo tray?

 
 
AustinTheTimelord [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

I actually routed over it I must have over looked a way to route behind it.

 
 
EcoMCG 1 point 4 months ago

How's the case?

 
 
MrBeastshaw [Submitter] [13 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

For the price not bad at all. Definitely a good budget case and don't really have that many complaints. Might want to take a look at the NZXT Source 210 as well.

 
 
CourageousFish 1 point 4 months ago

How many fans came with the case? I want to know if you had to purchase those blue LED fans or they were included in the case, Thanks. Nice build by the way.

 
 
MrBeastshaw [Submitter] [13 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Came with one, the orange cougar fan in the back. I had to purchase the blue LED fans separate.

 
 
CourageousFish 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks