Overall I think I did pretty good on this build! It was my first time making a computer and I already want to do it again! I built this mainly with gaming and video editing in mind and so far, it's done very well. I don't see anything that's wrong with it as of right now, except maybe cable management. It wasn't very easy but I don't think I did too bad for the size of the case. Sorry for the crappy pictures, I had to use my little brothers iPotato touch to take them, but at least you get the jist of what it looks like :P. I wanted to save as much money on this as I could and I don't think I did too bad!
Best pro: Runs Minesweeper at 30FPS on medium :D Now I can finally play the game everyone's talking about!
Future Plans: Add another 8GB or 16GB of ram Upgrade to an overclock friendly motherboard ( Current one is not liking any overclocking ) Add another SSD ( Maybe 500GB or more? Not sure yet. ) Add another HDD ( When I feel it will be needed) Upgrade GPU Water Cooling
Purpose: Cheapest But Good Gaming, Video Editing & Rendering, ****, Other Stuff PC
CPU: Love it! No problems whatsoever! Works great and was cheap. I got it at MicroCenter and was able to knock off a bit of money by asking them if they'd take off a bit of money!
CPU Cooler: Stock. Will probably upgrade to a liquid cooler sometime in the future when I get a new motherboard to go along with it so I could overclock.
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5, don't know what else to say :s
Motherboard: Works great for what I need at the moment and was very easy to work with! Only downsides for me are no SATA 6gb/s and could only overclock CPU to Turbo speeds ( 4.2GHz ). I'll probably get something in the future that's better at overclocking and has SATA 6GB/s ports. Got it for $65 but it just went down in price by $10 apparently TT_TT.
Memory: Its good. Very low CAS at just 7. I got it for $65 thanks to a deal that was going on at Newegg a while back! I'll probably get another set of these in the future.
Hitachi 1.5TB HDD
I have no problems with it. It works wonderfully and was cheap too! I'm probably going to get another one of these or a 2-4TB HDD in the future though.
Kingston SSDNow 120GB SSD
Works great! Love it! Instead of putting Windows on it, I decided to put my video editing and recording software on it ( Photoshop, Sony Vegas, Adobe After Effects, ect. ), as well as the files I'd be editing at the time. Would like to get a bigger SSD in the future though.
Video Card: Holy crap. This is probably the best deal I got out of anything. I actually got 2 of these bad boys after Amazon sent me another by accident and didn't want it back! So 2 7950's for $172? Yup. I'm probably going to use the second one in a build for my little brother on his birthday though, since this motherboard doesn't support crossfire. If I do upgrade the GPU in the future, I'll probably get a 780Ti or whatever is the best gaming graphics card in the future, and hand down this GPU to my little brother too.
Power Supply: Don't have a problem with it. Semi-modular and at that price, it was worth it in my opinion. Cable management was kind of finicky, but I'll be getting around to fixing it up a bit more when I get a PCI-E WiFi adapter. I had to buy a power cable for it, but that still kept the price very low.
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate. Got it for $0. Want to know how? Here's a hint. What am I: Arrg ye scaliwag!
Case: Absolutely love it! It fits where I needed it to, and supports 2 way Crossfire/SLI! This is probably one part I would get again at full price if I needed to again! LOVE IT! However, cable management was tricky...
Great monitor, has built in speakers I didn't know about! I think it was worth the $120.
Keyboard & Mouse
Had them from previous computer. They work great and have no problems whatsoever.
Got it with the PSU for an additional $15. I say it's worth it. Now I can use Skype and people can see my beautiful face!
Quick FAQ I thought people might ask:
Q: How'd you get this so cheap?
Look for deals, ask employees for more discounts, and be frugal as f**k. Helpful link I thought people might like are:
Theres more but those are probably the most helpful I found.
Q: Why didnt you get an Intel based system?
Q: Why are there many different kinds of twist ties and such?
I ran out of black zip ties and has to use what was left around the house :(
Q: Why are pics so bad?
Im sorry, I have no good camera :(
Q: My question is not here?
There's a comment section down below ;)
|CPU||AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core||$170.00||(Purchased)|
|Thermal Compound||Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g||$6.99||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+||$64.99||(Purchased)|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$64.99||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" SSD||$69.99||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB||$172.55||(Purchased)|
|Wireless Network Adapter||Rosewill RNX-N150HG 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0||$9.99||(Purchased)|
|Case||Silverstone SG09B (Black) MicroATX Mini Tower||$76.98|
|Power Supply||OCZ 600W ATX12V / EPS12V||$25.00||(Purchased)|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Monitor||BenQ RL2455HM 24.0"||$120.00||(Purchased)|
|Mouse||Logitech M100 Wired Optical||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Custom||Logitech HD Webcam C310||$15.00||(Purchased)|
|Hitachi Deskstar 3.5" 1.5TB 7200RPM Hard Drive||$30.00||(Purchased)|
|Link Depot Model POW-6 6 ft. Computer AC Power Cable||$3.99||(Purchased)|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.2GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||25.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||45.0° C|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||900MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||1250MHz|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||40.0° C|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||69.0° C|