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.
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).
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
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.
HDD: Did what it needed to do for cheap so can't complain about that.
GPU: TINY but with pretty decent performance. I could play BF3 on low @ 1080p and get 50-60 fps on metro.
Case: Only complaint's would have to be terrible 4-pin connector cutout (or lack thereof) and mesh front panels pop off easily.
PSU: Crappy brand (I know that now). Didn't have any issues though.
Drive: Did what it was supposed to.
OS: Love Windows 7!
|CPU||AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core||$84.99||Amazon|
|Motherboard||Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+||$68.23||OutletPC|
|Memory||Kingston Blu Red Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600||$170.06||Amazon|
|Storage||Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$54.98||OutletPC|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1GB||$64.99||Newegg|
|Case||Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower||$29.99||Newegg|
|Power Supply||Kingwin 650W ATX / BTX||$49.99||SuperBiiz|
|Optical Drive||Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer||$16.99||Newegg|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$88.98||OutletPC|
|AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.8GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|