So this was my first build. After spending far too much time stressing over each component I would buy for my first build, I decided I needed to just drive over to Micro Center and dive into it.
I decided to go through the clearance areas and pick up items that seemed to suit my needs; as mentioned in my first forum post, I was really looking for a machine that could handle general daily use, as well as smoothly play 1080p/60fps footage from my GoPro camera.
The mobo, GPU, and monitor were all open-box clearance items. The case was a surprise find that a salesman led me to; they had a huge pallet of them in the gaming section of the store, and were all marked down to $25.
So far, it seems to be running everything I have thrown at it quickly and smoothly. I admit, doing my first build was rather nervewracking; after I started trying to do cables, I got incredibly confused and had to walk away for a bit. I'm sure I probably could have made some better choices as for the components, but I figured if it didn't work out, I'd just sell it to my brother :P
So...how do you think I did? Any opinions/feedback/constructive criticism welcome.
|CPU||AMD FX-4130 3.8GHz Quad-Core||$99.99|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+||$66.96|
|Memory||Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333||$59.99|
|Storage||Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM||$54.99|
|Video Card||Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB||$127.96|
|Case||Apex Vortex 3620 ATX Mid Tower||$25.00|
|Power Supply||Corsair 500W ATX12V||$59.99|
|Optical Drive||Lite-On iHES112-29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer||$69.99|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$89.99|
|Monitor||Dell IN2030M 20.0"||$71.87|
|AMD FX-4130 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.8GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|
|Performance Preset Score||P4462|