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Brand new gaming rig, first time builder
by paleryder22
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Description
 At the beginning of the year when my Xbox subscription ran out, I decided it was finally time to get going to making the switch to pc. Fast forward to now, and the end result of about 4 months of research is a great gaming rig that is exactly what I wanted.

 I got everything picked out on Newegg, ordered it sunday night and the final package arrived on friday. I got everything put together almost without a hitch. The heatsink bracket and thermal paste were a bit of a hassle. Besides that, everything fit like a glove. I was even able to rip that Hitachi drive out of my laptop and use it for some extra storage.

 Instead of a monitor, I decided to plug it into my Samsung HDTV. I know a lot of people might scoff at that, but hey, i much prefer this to being hunched over like Shrek at a computer monitor.

 After the assembly and some testing nearly everything worked perfectly. All the major components were operational and nothing required an RMA. The only snag that I have had so far is with a faulty HDMI cable. Luckily, my GPU came with a spare that I could use.

 All said and done, I am quite happy with my research, and am glad to be a pc gamer now.
Details
AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.0GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle34.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load50.0° C
Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate860MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.25Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load60.0° C
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emvath [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Looks good but I'd be picking up an SSD as soon as possible to put Windows on at least.

 
 
xCloudyHorizon 1 point 11 months ago

How do you like the Orion Pro's? I've been considering them, but I haven't seen many people buy them.

 
 
paleryder22 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

So far they are great. Sound quality is great, mic quality is about as good as any mic on a headset can be. They even cancel out a little bit of noise, which would be good if you have noisy fans.

 
 
ImMzrly [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Good job man!

 
 
Djhidden5 [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Nice Background

 
 
tshombe123 [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Hows the wireless networking card? Would you recommend it for gaming?

 
 
paleryder22 [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 11 months ago

Just as an afterthought, i know some peeps will comment on an SSD, and for the record, i will not be buying one anytime soon. This drive is plenty fast and SSDs are too expensive for too little space.

 
 
dschutt84 [3 Builds] 3 points 11 months ago

I'm guessing you have never used a PC with a SSD installed in it? After you do you wouldn't look twice at putting an OS on a HDD.

Instead of getting that Hitachi that's only 320 gb should have gotten a 120 gb for around $100 and installed the OS, GPU, Browser, Office, Virus, and Drivers on it. Then install all your other program on the Seagate/games/media/whatever. Plus disable hibernation mode by cmd "powercfg -h off".....this will free up 6-10 gigs of space on the ssd.

Its totally worth the upgrade. Makes the computer that much quicker!

 
 
paleryder22 [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 11 months ago

You didn't read the whole thing did you? I took the Hitachi out of my laptop. It's a matter of preference, and i really prefer not to pay an extra 100$ for a quick boot time.

 
 
Blaise170 [3 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

While I agree that they are somewhat pricey, you will never go back to hard drives after using an SSD.

 
 
Every1LoveEvery1 [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Agreed, Had one before and I will never buy an SSD again the difference was minimal for the money

 
 
hemi79 [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Ok so i put my OS and CAD softwares on my SSD, is that to say that having my softwares on that OS SSD is slowing it down? I could have put them on a spare SSD i have, can u comment?

Nice Build Paleryder22! I actually went the watercooler route for the sake of less hassle, but it was a BIG hassle. How are those fans working for you?

 
 
dschutt84 [3 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

You put all your programs on the SSD that you want to run fast. Especially OS/CAD/GPU drivers/ Browser....Games see no increase other then load times being faster but FPS do not increase. You wont see any slow downs of the computer over the years using a SSD. Also you never have to defrag a SSD its actually bad for the SSD. Once the prices of a 500gb ssd go down you would just install everything onto the SDD but having a 120gb or less you need to pick and choose.

 
 
FunnySideUp 0 points 11 months ago

That PSU is major overkill for your build

 
 
paleryder22 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Really? Well, i just wanted to be sure, and it had better reviews than a lot of other PSU's anyway so it worked out fine. Im guessing 650w would have been enough huh?

 
 
FunnySideUp 1 point 11 months ago

Definitely. Don't get me wrong, it's a quality PSU and it's not really expensive either. Just saying that the $20-30 you could have saved from getting a lower wattage PSU could've gone towards something like a getter GPU, case, sound card, etc. But overall good build though!

 
 
dschutt84 [3 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

A corsair 500 watt could have done the trick. But this build with the AMD use a lot of power so its safe to be at that PSU. Things die overtime.

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paleryder22 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Nope sorry i don't play battlefield 3 anymore. Been playing pc exclusives now like ARMA.

 
 
SizzleBoy121 -1 points 11 months ago

cool