Description

So after using my family's Celeron pc for the past couple of years and being frustrated with it in terms of gaming and everything else, I decided to try my hand at building my very first Pc to replace it.

I set myself a budget of around $500 since I just needed to upgrade a few components, or so I thought...

I decided to go with the fx 8350 as it was $60 cheaper than the i5 3570k. I was able to get the Gpu and mobo from eBay for pretty nice prices. The case and ram shipped free at reduced prices so I grabbed those as well.

I was so happy with my total so far that I just decided to add a samsung ssd, the 1TB WD and got the psu for almost half off.

So... I went a little over budget but I'm very happy with it! Playing skyrim with a lot of hd texture mods and still manages around 60 fps. All other games are maxed out as well. The ssd boot times have spoiled me. I don't plan on overclocking the cpu anytime soon so the mobo is fine for me.

In the future I may upgrade to 8gb ram and change to 64 bit Windows, but that would again depend on the budget!

Comments

  • 75 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm pretty sure you HDD is backwards

Nice build though

  • 75 months ago
  • 6 points

Indeed it is. That's actually an old hdd from the Celeron Pc and for some reason it wouldn't fit in the tray properly. The holes on its sides weren't lining up with the trays screws hence the backwards placement!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah okay well at least there was a reason you had to put it in backwards haha

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I've got a question. Do you remember if there is a sticker on the back of your motherboard saying to remove said sticker? I kinda just plopped said mobo (ASrock extreme 3) in my case without checking...

thanks ahead of time... oh and great build!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Gah, I do remember seeing a sticker there but don't recall it saying it should be removed...now I'm paranoid...and thanks for the comment!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahhh, well ****. really don't feel like removing all my cable management fans and others just to see... welp that stickers staying on there.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

The PSU is a little overkill, and you could have gotten a FX-6300 and a 7870 for your budget. But good build overall.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely overkill! I was just looking for a 600w psu but NCIX had a clearance sale which made this around $12+ more than the 600w one, so I thought might as well get it. Thanks for the comment!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build!!! Be proud of your rig, especially when the budget is tight, it is so rewarding doing a good job. One tip though, cable management is free.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks for the comment! Yeah, REALLY need to get on those cables soon!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a nice build for the budget.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much!

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

Should play around with your cables some.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I'm still not happy with how it looks. Need a bit more practice keeping them neat. Thanks!

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I've got the same case and it can be a bit tricky.

If you want rubber grommets the kit for the Obsidian Series 700/800D works well.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfect! Was just thinking about adding some of those! Thanks for the tip! :D

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