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First PC Build
by racecarkid
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As it says, My first pc build. I bought parts through Newegg and NCIX. It was about $600 before MIR (just tower). It runs well. Plays games on medium setting like BF3, GTA4, ARMA 2. Cable mangement is a challenge. I bought two 120mm Rosewill fans and a 92mm Masscool fan all blue LED lite. The case only comes with one 120mm fractal fan. I have two 12" LED light strips. One under the tower and one behind the monitor.

Tower (Components below), Logitech wireless keyboard/mouse, HP w2071d monitor, Vizio 32" HD LCD

Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.3GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load60.0° C
XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.07Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.25Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load60.0° C
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Kelz 3 points 22 months ago

Nice set up, I'm really digging the aesthetics especially the light stripes she's a pretty little thing. I don't think you did too bad with the cable management taking into account A.) you have a top mounted PSU and B.) a microATX case with a big honking Radeon 7770 graphics card in it. My one critical comment would have to be that it's a XFX card they're famous for their crap cooling solution that cheap casing is prone to damage as well as effectively being a way for the card to burn itself out faster than if you just took the casing off, but that should only be an issue under heavy use.

racecarkid [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 22 months ago

Yeah, I already want to get a better GPU so I can play on better setting... it never ends. lol

Kelz 3 points 22 months ago

That's the sad truth about graphics cards they're one of those parts that just always becoming outdated right after you buy them it's one of those parts that I feel like you have to bite the bullet on when it comes to price. CPUs Cases Ram and even sometimes PSUs you can kinda be a cheapo about it if all you're really trying to do is play video games on your rig.

senstalex [1 Build] 2 points 18 months ago

I was going to get a 7770 but I looked on ebay and managed to get a 2gb gtx 560 for $65. Its much better and cheaper with no mail in rebates. It was used but it works great. If your on a budget, used parts are not a bad option!

JForce522 [2 Builds] 3 points 22 months ago

This is a good build. :) Any reason you didn't go with the i3-3220? It's always good to get the current gen if it doesn't cost a premium.

racecarkid [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 22 months ago

I thought about it. But being my first build I decided against it. If this was my second build I would definitely go with the 3220. The price at the time was the same.

slykrysis [3 Builds] 3 points 22 months ago

Should have gone with a Corsair CX430 or Cooler Master PSU. Coolmax doesn't bode well and it's not even 80+ certified.

racecarkid [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 22 months ago

I did cut corners with the PSU. But I'm hopin' it holds fine.

xJustice_ 2 points 22 months ago

How much did this come out to be after taxes and stuff?

racecarkid [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 22 months ago

The Tower w/everything in it. $600 shipped. But, for the tv, monitor, leds, keyboard/mouse, probably another $650+. I had the TV/wall mount, mouse/keyboard already.

Xareh [4 Builds] 2 points 22 months ago

Do those LEDS actually help?

racecarkid [Submitter] [2 Builds] 3 points 22 months ago

The looks? YES! The performance? No...

TheAmazingNZ [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

awesome build! i would have used a corsair 430 watt builder series since its 80 plus rated. is the graphics card good for the price?

racecarkid [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 21 months ago

CoolMax for the price has been great. I'm very surprised actually. The graphics card is alright. With this setup I can run BF3 at 45-65 fps on medium-high settings. Arma2 OA I don't play much campaign, so on Wasteland where there is a lot of players reacting it gets down to 30 or below fps. Would I recommend getting a 7770, yes, if you are on a tight budget.

TheAmazingNZ [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

awesome, thanks! i was suprised when you said up 45-60fps on bf3

racecarkid [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 21 months ago

I forgot to mention that 45- 65 fps is in a 64 man online server. So, in campaign it should be a lot better.

TheAmazingNZ [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

wow, thats amazing for the budget! you play far cry 3 on it yet?

racecarkid [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 21 months ago

I haven't played far cry on it. My guess would be best play at medium settings. But, I don't have it so that's just a guess.

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odhranmahony 1 point 13 months ago

I have that PSU and turns out it isn't powerful enough for the GPU.

racecarkid [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

What GPU is that?

XIHackInABoxIX [8 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

Nice build for the price!