Description

Here's my first build so be easy guys. I want first start by saying this website has been so helpful throughout this whole build process. Two months ago I knew nothing about the inside of a computer. Now I feel pretty confident I can build anything (almost).

This was supposed to start as a $500 budget build for my live-in girlfriend who works from home but things got out of hand quickly. This is my first desktop computer. Ever. I have always used laptops throughout high school and college. Now that I have a real job I would like to be able to do some work at home. I use programs such as CorelDraw, AutoCad and SketchUp. I have never gamed on PC's before but that is changing now. This build is designed to be added on to which is why there is no GPU. I wanted to get the base of the computer right first (MOBO and CPU) and then build up everything else over the next couple months. I bought the single 8gb of ram because I hope to get some more in the next few months (money pit). I plan on adding a GTX 970 by the end of the summer (money pit).

So far this computer has been great except for the fact that my internet speed test gave me less than 5 mbps. I have a TP-Link WDN4800 and I know its not the fault of that or the computer itself... I will need to upgrade my internet soon (never ending monthly money pit). I am currently downloading CS:GO at 800kb/s...

The build itself wasn't too bad, but the CPU cooler gave me more trouble than it probably should have. Everything else went in well. One other thing I found out was that today was the start of Steam's Summer Sale so my timing on this build to get into PC gaming could not have been any better (money pit until June 22nd). I know most games will require a GPU but oh well.

I do appreciate any feedback you guys provide.

Update 6/30/15: I added a 5th photo to show the recent cable management changes. It was much easier than I thought it would be and it looks sooooooo much better. I also cut out a sheet of 1/4" clear acrylic to place on the under the case so it would not be resting directly on the carpet.

Part Reviews

Memory

The best single stick of 8GB that I could find. Great if you are looking to upgrade to 16bg at a later date.

Case

Love this tower. Plenty of space. Pretty good on cable management. Looks good with the stock blue fans.

Optical Drive

Does exactly what it should. At first I was going to skip on buying an optical drive but for $20 it's a no-brainer. The old saying goes, "I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it."

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

I would get the GPU well before considering grabbing another 8gig of RAM. Doesn't sound like you need it right now. Also, now is a good time to get those cables managed as it is much easier to do it as you go rather than in one big hit at the end. You have the start of a great build here!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tip on the cable management! I was going to wait until I got the GPU but I guess I should go ahead and revisit that now!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely consider hitting those cables. And, also take a minute to see what AMD is bringing to the table in terms of GPU horsepower. The rumors of the Fury are looking pretty sweet! Not that I'm a fanboy of either side.. Just a though. Great (partial?) build! I would love to see it updated once it's finished!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I'll definitely look into those some more. I hadn't given them much thought to be honest. And the cable management is something I'll definitely clean up this weekend.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

If I had the space for the radiator I'd buy an AMD Fury XT to reward their R&D investment, and keep competition alive.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I suggest cutting a piece of wood as a platform for your pc. Psu fan facing down + carpet = could kill your psu.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the heads up. I had the same thought but now that someone brought it up I will definitely put something under it. I'm thinking a piece of 1/4" black acrylic would work nicely.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the heads up on the PSU. It does have a pretty high rating here on this site. 4.7 stars on almost 300 reviews. Maybe I am missing something.

I will open the case back up this weekend and clean up that cable management. That is one area where I can easily improve this build.

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