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First build Finally Built!
by Dollarchip7
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This is my first build it is meant for light gaming and Video Editing I will be upgrading this in the future but keeping the motherboard and chipset the same I only had $600 and this was what I could afford to spend. I'm 18 so this was paid for from Xmas and B-day money that's why its not the best. I bought stuff when I had the money to buy it. I'm adding more RAM, new case, PSU, and ac Wi-Fi. More pictures will be added later today when I build it. And more info will be added. Thanks PS: Not built yet still in boxes but I have posted it and the components work (out of case post) By the way... I'm happy with my parts so I'm not switching parts out except the PSU thats going when I have $50 but I'm happy with Intel and the GTX 660 I've only seen my CPU usage go to 60% no higher so I'm happy right now (knock on wood) but the GTX 660 2GB was a nice choice for me it's a nice budget GPU. After the PSU a new case is next I'm getting the Cooler Master Scout 2 (with handle) because I'm doing LAN parties and need to carry it around with me at school...

Part List
Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.3GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load50.0° C
Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.15Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load60.0° C
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Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 7 points 18 months ago

The power supply... There should be a warning on pcpartpicker that says:

Warning, selected power supply brand unreliable!

Dollarchip7 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

I used it for 3 months on an old AM2 system with no problem and don't have $50 to replace it yet.

skemble [19 Builds] 6 points 18 months ago

Looks like a nice build, but I'd replace that PSU ASAP..

Dollarchip7 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Oh trust me I'm looking but don't have $50 to put into it yet.

Dollarchip7 [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 18 months ago

Also I used that PSU for 3 months on my old AM2 system and no problems so I'm fine for now

jake_burlock [2 Builds] 3 points 18 months ago


Be very very scared. Change that PSU immediately.If you wait til December you might find itll fry your components...

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MrNoNo 2 points 17 months ago

Hows the Linksys WiFi?

Dollarchip7 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

It's good the only thing is that it uses all the speed that we pay for like right now I have 25/10 and everyone in my house is getting about 4-7/1-3 using speedtest.net so I had to put a network limiter on the adapter and now everyone is getting 10-12/5-8 and I'm getting 17-19/8-9 so its real nice just watch your leg its real easy to snap!

Dollarchip7 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Please explain to me what's so bad about diablotek? I used it on an AM2 system for 3 months with no problems please explain...

Dollarchip7 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks and I am looking to upgrade to the Corsair Series PSU and should order it by December.

skemble [19 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

I honestly don't think your PSU is going to catch fire and explode, but it could short out your whole system and wreck a good mobo, GPU, RAM and anything else connected. Corsair is a good choice! Try to hit the 60 to 85% usage mark on the max wattage to used wattage estimate.

Dollarchip7 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

What? Explain?

skemble [19 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

If you take the estimated wattage for your system. PCpartpicker kindly gives you one. Then divide that number by the wattage of your PSU. So something divided by 600 and that will give you a percentage. The sweet spot for a PSU is between 60 and 85%. That's what you should shoot for.

MichaeL925280 1 point 18 months ago

Hey skemble what happens if your percentage is 0.877631579. My estimated wattage is 667W with the Corsair AX760 PSU. My percentage is 87% correct? My build link http://pcpartpicker.com/user/MichaeL925280/saved/22S0

skemble [19 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

I would personally go for a 800 or 850, but the 760 will work just fine.

MichaeL925280 1 point 18 months ago

To have extra wattge if nesseary right? I Choose that psu because nice price & great manufacture.

skemble [19 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

It's the range of usage that will let your PSU operate most efficient as well as letting it last longer. You are very close to that range so you shouldn't have any issues, it's mostly just guidelines. Corsair makes some of the best PSUs. I have one in my own rig!

MichaeL925280 1 point 18 months ago

OK thanks skemble for the advice.

skemble [19 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Anytime friend, call me Sam :)

MichaeL925280 1 point 18 months ago

Nice to meet you Sam. I am Terrence. Do you play games on xbox360 or ps3?

skemble [19 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

It's a pleasure. I have a 360, but I am letting my Live subscription expire due to my new found love for PC gaming. Will be playing lots of hours of BF4 around the holiday season!

MichaeL925280 1 point 18 months ago

yeah i understand what you mean about switching form console to PC gaming. Console can't be upgraded, can't compare to PC, etc. Xbox1 & PS4 don't got anything but new feature and capability, but once that ceiling gets hit PC gaming already got many new advantages. The main reason i been heading for PC is because a few games i got on console are better on PC the name is R.U.S.E. I will be playing BF4 when it comes out no doubt about that.

dschutt84 [3 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Your most important purchase for a build should be the PSU not the GPU?CPU. Buy what you can afford but not skimp out. Its like buying a Kit Car Lamborghini to have a VW Bugs engine in it.

Otherwise nice build just get a better PSU

Commanderquack [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Replace psu. I love my asus 660 oc ii. Very reliable and good temps!

Dollarchip7 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

If you overclock it what are your settings? Cuz I want a good OC thats stable for the ASUS GTX 660

DjArtifact 1 point 18 months ago

For light gaming and video editing I would have gone with an fx-6300 for better performance. Other than that I would have gotten a 7870 for it's better performance, unless you're using cuda of course.

Dollarchip7 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Well I thought that i3 would do better for me and I'm using CS6 for editing so yes I'm using CUDA but I'm happy with my build

Mleibowitz97 [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

not bad for a budget, but i agree with the psu,(and corsair ones can be cheap, they have alot of sales) but it's strange to have an overclockable motherboard, but a non OC processor

DC4326 [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Replace your PSU bro if you want your PC to live longer. .

ravagex 1 point 18 months ago

How many trolls does it take to tell him about the psu? I think he gets it.

DjArtifact 1 point 18 months ago

I don't think you get what troll means.

mpwnstar 1 point 18 months ago

Could that pc play the new games on highest settings?

Dollarchip7 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

The only game I've tested on it is Minecraft because it's still updating software as I'm typing this and Minecraft gets 125fps and I also played Battlefield 2 (old but fun) at Highest settings with 2xAA with no lag

SnizzleSam 1 point 17 months ago

You should go with a psu with atleast 80 plus certified, the cx500 would go great with this build and if you needed you could go with the modular version

username22 1 point 13 months ago

Please, throw away the PSU and never pick it up again! Diablotek has a reputation of making crappy products. Don't trust it!

Dollarchip7 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Still running like a champ replacing this month along with new SSD getting Corsair 450MX (I think) with Samsung 840 Pro 512Gb

Dollarchip7 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Actually upgraded after using that power supply for a whole year never had a problem. I guess I got lucky but hey it worked for what I needed so I'm happy specially at $30

LemingSweaty 1 point 3 months ago

I still say ew to that PSU

Dollarchip7 [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 18 months ago

I think you guys got it... I bought the parts when I had the money to buy the parts but I am upgrading in December priority first is PSU, RAM, Case, and CPU. And I understand the PSU thing so please stop commenting that. Also the reason I went with i3 is thy're cheap and they have hyper-threading and the GTX 660 because I'm gaming, recording, and video editing. Also I'm using Adobe CS6 thats why I got the GTX for the CUDA.