So, after doing a decent amount of research, I decided it was time for me to build my first computer. Like the title says, this is my first time doing it, so I'm sure it's not going to be up to par with other experienced builders. Hopefully my cable management isn't TOO bad. By the way, I'm 15, so don't be too harsh on me. :)
Note: Some of the pictures were taken before I did a little bit of cable management, so please look through all of them before you chastise me for doing it so poorly. :)
CPU: At first I wanted to do a Phenom + 7770 build, however I realized that I would never really need the power of he R7770 because I don't really game that much. All I really play is just TF2, and that's probably the least graphically intensive game out there besides Minecraft and Minesweeper. So, this processor ended up being just what I wanted/needed. As for the graphics, it's pretty good despite the fact that it's integrated.
CPU Cooler: For a stock cooler, it's decent. It does pretty well with a tiny bit of overclocking. As of right now, it's clocked at 4.1, and the heatsink/fan seem to be holding up.
Motherboard: I really didn't need a $150 motherboard with Crossfire and other bells and whistles, so I settled on this mobo. For the price, it's fairly good. All I really needed out of it was USB 3.0 and SATA 6 GB/S, and I couldn't care less about everything else.
HD: All I used was a standard WD Caviar Blue 1 TB Hard Drive. Not much to say about it. It's fast and reliable (so far).
Case: For a case of this price, I have to say that I give it 4/5 stars. My two major complaints are lack of cable management space, and loud fans. The cable management space I'll forgive because it's a relatively cheap case and it's Micro-ATX. However, the fans are simply too loud. Especially the blue LED one in the front. What I found to be helpful was to move the Blue LED fan to the vent hole, and move the back fan to the side. After doing so, the fans didn't sound as loud, or at least, they didn't seem to sound as loud as before.
Just one last thing: I wanted to ask you guys what your oppinions are on what upgrade route I should take in a 3-4 years. Should I just add a discrete GPU and overclock the APU, or should I buy an entirely new processor and mobo in addition to the graphics card?
|CPU||AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core||$129.99||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2||$56.00||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$64.98||(Purchased)|
|Case||Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower||$49.99||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||Corsair 430W ATX12V||$39.99||(Purchased)|
|Optical Drive||Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer||$17.99||(Purchased)|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$90.88||(Purchased)|
|Custom||Team Vulcan ORANGE 8GB (4x2GB) 2133 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM||$42.99||(Purchased)|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.8GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||30.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||50.0° C|