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Noob Build (1st ever build)

by DaveJRum



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I use it for web browsing, light gaming (although now, I may try CoD or Crysis!) home paperwork, watching movies. I haven't even fired it up yet as I have no OS for it. Hopefully the OS will arrive on Monday, June 17th, 2013.

OS installed, computer up and running just fine. Win7 taking abit to get used to but, over all, it has performed as I expected it to.

Temps at Idle: CPU: 35 C GPU: 34 C MOBO: 30 C HDD: 34 C

Highest temp recorded via Speccy, CPU 52 C, GPU 43C, MOBO 46 C, HDD 50 C.

Case has 2 120mm fans. Going to add two more, one blowing on the GPU and another in the case top as exhaust. CPU has the OEM fan installed, going to upgrade that in the future.

The 500W Corsair PSU gets kind of noisy at times, you hear the blades whooshing the air, CPU is the same when running full out. Methinks the PSU is just big enough so it'll be replaced later this year also. Seriously considering a bigger heatsink and fan for the CPU too.

Trying to figure whether or not to CrossFire another 7770 or get a newer, bigger vid card. 7770 has 1 GB and runs at: Voltage 0.825 V GPU Clock 1000.0 MHz Temperature 33 °C Core Voltage 0.825 V Bios Core Clock 300.00 Bios Mem Clock 149.00 Driver version BIOS Version 113-xxx-xxx Memory Type GDDR5 Memory 1024 MB Bandwidth 72.0 GB/s This card is an older version of the 7770. It has just one cooling fan, all the pics I have seen of this card show 2. shrug That's why I am considering upgrading already.

Anyway, the system is performing just fine atm.

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Frostbyter 51 points 42 months ago

Why is this being downvoted? I see this as a great little budget machine!

EDIT: Well, at least it was being downvoted... :P

bgiunt4 13 points 42 months ago

one of the better budget builds i have seen.

Alar -22 points 40 months ago

I dont agree with much of this build but, this is the first build I've seen were it doesn't feel like someone named the budget after they were dome just to feel good or something good job. Mother board could be cheaper, the case and power supply is best to get those together, and personaly today, I would not build one without a ssd or 8cores. nice budgeting tho.

xFantoM 4 points 39 months ago

If he was going for just normal use and light gaming, 8 cores is pretty much useless. Which happens to be what he said he used the PC for.

Zequill 1 point 39 months ago

It's a great motherboard for the price anything cheaper starts to get unreliable build wise imo. Included power supplies are typically lower end parts and low wattage allowing for less upgrades such as a new cpu or gpu. On this budget an ssd is useless because 120gb is the best he could get at this price point and that would fill up way to fast. an 8320 would've cost him about 40 or 50 more than the phenom and 8 cores isn't really taken advantage of in gaming yet. Honestly gaming wise which is what he said this was for, this is probably the best you could do at this price point.

Gizmosis350k 4 points 42 months ago

Awesome build. I love the 965

SilentAssassin 2 points 27 months ago

can this run arma 2

mikedude6951 1 point 15 months ago


nervozer4 4 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

It is an okay build, I am just jealous because of the many upvotes, can someone explain?

Griknot 2 points 19 months ago

I have an MSI 970A-G43.. I hate it. It's awful. It's constantly dying on me.

DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Then, you got a bad one. Only problem I've had was the MSI Update program quit working.

omni72 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Nicely done, Dave! :) My first full build was in the 200R and I just can't say enough about that case - it's sooooo easy to work with. Assuming we'll get an update and initial impressions after the OS arrives :D

DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Yep. Update coming next week

kornitsky101 1 point 42 months ago

It's funny, this is almost the exact same as my build, but I have a different case and different ram.

Goodeggray 1 point 42 months ago

Tighten the wiring and tie it in the back of the case wire wire ties and it'll look top notch. Good selection of parts for budget build and have good upgrade path with better cpus and gpus.

Ipwnyou33 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Love this build. Nice tower, good psu, video card can play some games on high or utra depending, AMD love ya for it.Big AMD fan. Overall good build for a 500$ budget. Just noting that that cpu I've seen people go up to 4 ghz.

coolman 1 point 41 months ago

Play TF2!!!

ea4x 1 point 40 months ago

How is the motherboard? any problems? I heard online that MSI 970 chipset boards till the G46 had no thermal protection on the VRM's.

DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

That is correct. I added 4 120mm case fans and my mobo runs around 35C all the time now.

gxsaurav 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

What is your motherboard temperature considering VRMs lack a heatsink? Does it gets too hot? Any stability issues?

DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Temps run from 30C to 35C. No problems thus far. Added a TX3 CPU cooler and dropped my CPU temp to 45C constant under load.

TheOriginalZTQ 1 point 40 months ago

hows this build doing? thinking of getting the same parts.

DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

It's all good except the video card. Mine was refurbished. It sucks. Spend the extra cash and get a new one. Good combo's available with PSU and video cards.

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TRIBOB 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Hey, I have the same case and PSU!

1337h1pst3r 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

cpu and mobo working well? I'm thinking of the same. I've heard rumors that MSI boards aren't so good though...

tshombe123 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

I like the PSU. Did you have to buy any extra cables? I wanna get a semi moudular power supply also :/

Jwood013 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Great cable management man! and great build :)

pubiCrust 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

get a new card, not all applications are optimized for crossfirw

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Well done. Crazy low price.

EcoMCG 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Hows the Mobo?

DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Doing well. Never overheats, runs with my 7980 vid just fine.

Paulie_M 1 point 35 months ago

will this build run bf4 and the total war game series on high graphics at a decent fps?

What upgrades could i make to this set up to make it even better?

I have a budget of up to £700.

Thanks DaveJRum for this upload.

DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

It's a bit light on the graphics side for that. I have gone to a AMD 7800 with 2g of on board RAM series card and love it

Camboy05 1 point 34 months ago

When I have this mobo and an AMD FX-6300 in a list, it says it may need a BIOS uptdate. Is this true and if so is it easy? Thanks

Pr3castDragon 1 point 31 months ago

How good is the motherboard? I am looking to buy the same one

DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

I lost my password. Just saw this. I am totally happy with this MB.

CosMcG 1 point 29 months ago

Could you put an SSD into this rig?

DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago


Architor 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

A lot of bang for the $ there! Nice.

AmplifiedLlama 1 point 22 months ago

Is the case quiet?

DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Yes. It doesn't bother me when it's time for bed and it doesn't interfere with watching TV/movies on my telly. The CPU cooler is a little on the loud side but, for keeping the unit cool? I'll put up with it.

Griknot 1 point 17 months ago

I have that GPU. It was a mistake and a half buying it. Garbage.

Griknot 1 point 17 months ago

Just realised that's my MOBO and my ram looks similar. That's pretty creepy, it looks nearly identical to my PC in the picture.

Yeah, the mobo is awful, it's dying on me after one year

Hayanami 1 point 14 months ago

how many dollars for this pc?

DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

After replacing the 7700 series card, about $900

Soundwaves699 1 point 12 months ago

you shouldn't even waste your time trying to run crysis on this PC.

Dustkost 1 point 12 months ago

Can this run StarWarsBattlefront like the new one or what would you need to play the game?

DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

No. The video card will run it, only on minimal graphic settings.

Sexfuneral 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

My old 7770 didnt take well to Xfire, Id say grab a more up to date GPU and save yourself the headache of arguing with gag......Catalyst.

Classy as hell choice of CPU homie. How far can you push it, or have you tried yet?

Upvoted, 965 Black forever!

DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I haven't tried as I am not well versed in over-clocking and if I screw it up, I can't afford to replace it. :D

SuperTailsHD 1 point 8 months ago

Nice budget build. The one thing you need to improve is the cable management so you can get better air flow.

jahr2987 1 point 5 months ago

Can this handle GTA 5, Battlefield, fallout 4, etc on medium to high settings?

Maxed_Gear 1 point 1 month ago

TBH you should get another 7770 and crossfirex them together, I have that in my budget build. Love it

Sabotage 0 points 42 months ago

I love the corsair 200r, also I got the same psu for my brother!

Utagaii 0 points 42 months ago

What is the size of that extra case fan you've got? I'm thinking of using the same case, and I'd like to be sure I'm buying a compatibly sized fan.

Otherwise, awesome, cheap but effective build! Mine is like that too!

DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

120mm. Came with the case.

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StewieMonSta 2 Builds 0 points 42 months ago

Nice build, but I would have got a i3.

ea4x 1 point 40 months ago

I would have gotten an FX 6300. Performance seems to be just as good as if not better than i3 3240, and is quite cheap(~$20 more than submitter's cpu)

StewieMonSta 2 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Actually yeah that sound even better than the i3!

BeWarned 0 points 40 months ago

Could this run BF4?

faceplant1324 -8 points 38 months ago

It can run BF4 at 1080p on high setting... upgrade the Graphic card a little and would beable to play on ultra

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trixter108 0 points 39 months ago

Lol, CoD is light gaming. Crysis, however, has been known to take an outragously high end build to run on ultra settings at 1080p with 60 fps. As far as the GPU goes, I suggest just selling the 7770 and upgrading to a better card. I don't really like SLI or Crossfireing cards because it adds more power and heat. You can get some good cards for good prices and Christmas is coming up and that mean lots of sales. Be careful not to bottleneck your system either, wouldn't want to put something like a 7950 in with that 965 because you won't get max performance out of the card like that. One more suggestion, an SSD is one of the best upgrades you can do to a computer IMO. You may not think that now, but when you get your SSD and see how fast things load, you'll know. Anyway, great build, one of the better budget builds I've seen.

coryjamesking 2 Builds 0 points 38 months ago

100th up-vote [:

HarpoonNinja 0 points 17 months ago

Can I play far cry 4 on this and gta 5?

mesin95 2 Builds -1 points 42 months ago

Nice budget build.

Miridion -1 points 38 months ago

You didn't really need the 500w PSU, all you really need is the corsair 430w

Joseph.M 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Overhead is usually a good thing to have.

tylerfig 2 Builds -4 points 42 months ago

light gaming with a 7770? just buy a laptop? lol

DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 6 points 42 months ago

Well....I am considering trying something a little more, shall we say, gwafic-wee intenswive

senstalex 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

I have pretty much the same build as this one. excpet I got a gtx560 online for $75 after s and h. the 2gb version works great! ebay is a great outlet for graphics cards since they raerly have issues.

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DaveJRum submitter 1 Build -2 points 42 months ago

According to all the recommends and reviews I have seen, this cute little set-up leaves Cyrsis crying in the dirt at max res and FPS.

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DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 0 points 42 months ago

With shipping, a little under $610 w/OS. Windows is way too expensive :/

Gregfx 1 Build 0 points 36 months ago

amen on that brother

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DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Updated Complete build with specs and performance data.

manirelli staff 6 Builds 0 points 41 months ago

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Pr3castDragon 1 point 31 months ago

Who said he has pirated Windows?

manirelli staff 6 Builds -1 points 31 months ago

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