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Upgraded from my old 2008 Macbook!! It was my first time ever building a computer - I haven't ever even opened one in the past. It was way easier than I thought it would be and I was probably over cautious.

In making this computer there were no real problems at all!!!! The case instructions were not the best but it is pretty straightforward and easy to use. It was a bit tricky to get the metal piece out from where I put the optical disk drive. So far I love all of the drivers for the motherboard and graphics card, etc. and the case is pretty nice and was super easy to work with and most of the extra cords are hidden and out of the way!

I used the 2.5" to 3.5" adapter that came with the hard-drive as the one in the case I could not get it out of the top slot but it looks nice. I will likely add another hard drive for storage, but for now hopefully will be fine with my external 1TB for storage.

I have my Razer DeathAdder mouse and Razer Keyboard from before and an LG monitor.

One more thing - after installing the graphics card drivers, the graphics card did have a little thing where there was about a 1" black boarder around the screen in Windows but by going into the settings of the graphics card, I found that Overscan or something was on - once I reduced it to 0% it looks normal.

Overall building my own computer has been a super experience! I would recommend it to anyone!

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 23 points

Nice job and congratulations on entering the PC gaming/building world! You should take some pictures of the interior and share those too! I have some questions or maybe advice for future reference:

Your motherboard is sort of overkill for a non-overclockable CPU. It does have some nice features and it does look nice, so maybe that's why you selected it? You might have saved $30ish for a board with the same features and no overclocking though. The Z87 chipset is pretty enthusiast oriented and may not have been necessary for this build.

If you weren't planning on putting more graphics cards in there, you could have gotten away with a smaller (maybe gold/platinum 80 plus) power supply, but at $55 for the current one it doesn't really matter.

I'm thinking the money that might have been saved on a cheaper board with comparable features could have been used on a gtx760, which I believe is usually a better performer than the 260x.

Again, good job and thanks for sharing. Include more pictures everything installed in the case! Hopefully this advice is helpful and not just stuff you already knew.

  • 70 months ago
  • 6 points

Not sure why you got a downvote. These are good points given in a constructive manner.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the same graphics card. How do you like its performance so far?

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

for an extra £5, you could have bought an r7 265x which is basically a 7850 compared to the r7 260x which is a 7790. good build anyway

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Where can you buy a R7 265 for £101 then ?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

You've got yourself a nice little rig here! Love the case especially! Was it easy to use? How's the cable management for it? Might use it for a build for my Dad!

When and if you upgrade, I personally would do the CPU and GPU. Everything else is perfect! 750w is all you'll ever need (unless you sli/crossfire), so nice choice there! My CPU choice would be an Intel Core i5 4670k. Possibly the best of the best when it comes to CPU's, great performance when it comes to gaming! I would over clock that to about 4.3-4.5 with a Corsair H80i or H100i, just to keep it nice and cool and quiet!

GPU choice is debatable, as there is a huge Nvidia vs AMD battle constantly going on... I personally would go for a GeForce GTX 700 series, 770-780ti preferably. These cards (770, 780, 780ti) are very reliable and are amazing cards!

Other than that, you've got yourself a great build here! Hope you enjoy it!

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

Aw thankyou! Yeah I just couldn't afford any more especially for the processor (though I would have liked the 4670k) and most of the parts I ended up getting were on sale. I read some articles that said the R7 260X is the best low-mid level right now, but I understand there is a huge war btwn AMD and Nvidia.

I love the case!! Cable management is pretty good, there are side holes that you can hide things in and the snaps for securing drives are amazing! I don't think mine really lights up at all but I will have to look more into it.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

The i5-4430 is one of the most underrated processors, it's 90% as good an an OC'd 4670K, so I'd not spend more on getting a new processors and just get a new GPU. For this build, I'd recommend a GTX 760.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

If you go for a 4670k you might need a better cooler than the stock one for better OC performance. The build is still a really nice one overall.

  • 70 months ago
  • -1 points

No love for the AMD FX 8350 4.0GHZ octa core @ $180.00 USD?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

For what the builder needed, to be honest the i5-4430 was a better choice. Very few applications and games can actually take advantage of the 8 cores so some of them go to waste. Not to mention the lower power consumption of the i5, and how Minecraft on a Core i5 will blow away any AMD CPU. I don't know much about the other games, as I'm not really into those but I do know that going from my AMD build (built in January of 2013) to my current Intel build (built in February of 2014), I saw a performance boost of 300%> in Minecraft, which allowed me to turn all of the settings up and use a high resolution resource pack.

I'm not doubting that AMD makes great CPUs, just not for what the builder needed.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Just in case you haven't realized there's a HUGE price difference between the R7 260X and the 780, 780ti, etc. For this build, I'd say a 7870 or 760 would be more than enough.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

i personally love bitfenix's cases they always look so nice and usually have good reviews on there cases

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I would love to see more pics of the interior.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, simple build. Enjoy it! (And let the community know when you get the itch to build more and upgrade constantly - it happens to all of us!)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

That is a great build you got there and don't worry, I think we all were a little too cautious with our first build :P

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

you are going to need internal pics to get up votes

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey what kind of fps you getting on minecrfat at max settings

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

how much better is 260x audio?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

how is the PSU i read alot bad things about the 750W one

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

its okay so far!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a nice Build. I just have one question, is the case good because i'm deciding between that and another one, thanks. Cool Rig you got here

  • 70 months ago
  • -1 points

Heeeeeeey I like this PC. _^ Y'know what's kind of annoying is on every single completed build there's somebody "You should have used this instead durrr hrurrrrrr..." Lolxd. NEway... It's nice to see a first time builder choosing an SSD as the boot partition. Not a lot of people do that, usually you have to wait for somebody to say "God, this HDD is soooooo slow and I just spent so much money.... *cries" XD. Nice build, though, and congratulations on your first pc.

  • 70 months ago
  • -3 points

+1 for the build, but I personally wouldn't support Blizzard by buying an expansion of what the game should have been at launch 2 years ago.

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

Just be happy that it's good now. Why does everyone feel the need to complain so much? Stupid, IMO.

  • 70 months ago
  • 0 points

True stuff.

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