Description

This is my first time building a brand new computer from scratch. I have built them previously with used parts, but with trying to game on an old Intel Pentium 4 with 2.5gb of ram, this was born.

CPU: Now, before anyone goes and says that I wasted money by getting the 6350 instead of the 6300, I had looked into that, and all of the reviews said that the 6350 can overclock to a higher level and stay stable at a lower temperature. It's stable at 4.3 GHz at 50*c, might try to push it farther if i find its not enough.

CPU Cooler: A LOT bigger than pictures make it, easily allows for overclocking.

MB: The board was bought on idea of upgrading graphics card, and wanted SLI for gaming. To my surprize, the BIOS was clickable which is quite handy. Boot times are under 6 seconds to login screen.

Graphics Card: Went with the 760 mostly due to price, and is a major upgrade from my pny 550 card that i have now.

Ram: Its ram, and it matches my color scheme.

SSD: This is the first SSD I've put in a tower, have ran this same model in a laptop after the hdd burned and loved the boot times. I just have the OS and a few programs on it.

HD: Pulled from old tower, had this hd for years, hasn't broken yet. Only downfall is it is sata 2 not 3.

Case: Saw this case on a few builds and fell in love with the looks. Plus it allows me to not worry about graphics card size, or amount of drives loaded. After getting this case, it is built to last. All of the panels are really thick, and the drive mounts are really easy to move around. The top 5" drive mount has a quick release mechanism that does just that with a flip of a lever you can change out your cd drive if need be. My only complaint is that the top, side and rear fan mounts do not have any form of filter for air flow, and are 1/4" holes for dirt and things to fall inside.

PSU: Needed to upgrade out of the 300W unit I had been using, and this was on sale at the time. I should have waited to get a bigger wattage for a cheaper price, but this one will do. It does have separate rails for the graphics card power. I mounted it with the fan pulling air from inside the case, as this computer will be sitting on a tile floor.

CD/DVD Drive: Had to upgrade to a sata device as the old one was IDE, and an IDE/Sata converter was the same price.

Keyboard: Compaq mechanical board, had it for years

Mouse: Generic $10.00 USB mouse

Monitor: Acer 24" monitor

Speakers: Gateway2000 4.1 speakers

Before anyone starts complaining about cable management, I plan on taking this computer out of commission in 2 months to continue sleeving the cables, and I did not realize that I needed an extension for the 24 pin connector as well.

Update 12-15-14 Spent the day testing with different clock rates. This chip will run a 4.8 clock, but i didn't want to push it farther. I have it at 4.5 GHz with a 22.5 multiplier and 1.5V. Idle temp is 20, and after 6 hours of p95, max temp was 65

Also added Firestrike benchmark.

Update 1-13-15 Over Christmas break, I took the time to modify the case, putting in a window on the side, and painting the inside a flat black. Since removing the side fan, I mounted the 140mm fan into the 3 open 5.25" bays, and mounted a 200mm fan in the front as intakes. This is now set up as positive pressure system, and will idle in the 15* range.

Will continue to update the description as I use the computer and get bench marks.

Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

760 for $220? that seems like a little much

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Agree. I can find a GTX750 for 130$ or less, a Ti for 150$ or less, so I expect no more than 180$ for a 760

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

Updated prices to what I actually paid including shipping.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

theres a 750 ti for a 130 after rebate http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp43753kr

and heres a 750 for a 110 after rebate http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n7502gd5oc

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

So how to you like the CM HAf 912 case? is it godd im probably gonna get one for my gaming pc for christmas and light it up blue :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

My only complaint about it is that there are not any grommets around the cable holes. Other than that, I love the case, and highly recommend it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

hows that cooler master case i thought about upgrading my case to it

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I only have two complaints about it is that there are not any grommets around the cable holes, and two the inside isn't blacked out, not really a problem but if you're planning on doing window mod i guess you could just paint it yourself. Other than that, I love the case, and highly recommend it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

alright thanks for the response

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Should I consider going with the FX-6300 over the 6350? I don't plan on overclocking and will be using it primarily for gaming and whatnot. Aside from the higher clock rate, I don't see a reason as to why not save the extra $20.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you should be able to get the 6300, and then possibly OC to the same base clock as the 6350 on the stock cooler. The only thing i would be concerned with is a possible bottle neck for your video card.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, that though crossed my mind as well, so I decided to go with the FX-8320. Two more cores at an additional $20 compared to the 6350. I simply took away from my RAM a bit to save money (went from 2133/CAS 11 to 1600/CAS 9), both 8GB (2 x 4GB). I'll most likely purchase a CPU cooler soon enough if necessary for dropping temps, but as of this time will have to stick with the stock cooler. I don't really mind the noise like most do. Thanks!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Decent build, I am looking too buy this motherboard but I am unsure to whether this has load line calibration support or not. So does it have LLC?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

This is my first time of hearing about LLC. After some googling on it, and checking the bios, I do not believe this MB has it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, thank you, I ordered the Gigabyte 970A - ud3p instead :)

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