Description

For a few years now, I've been wanting to build a PC of my own, so I wouldn't have to depend on my mothers, which is extremely slow. I got the perfect oppertunity when I took a class earlier this year. It was called "senior project" and it was basically something you'd never done before that had always interested you and would teach you a significantly useful skill.

I haven't bought the CPU cooler YET, I'm currently saving up for college, so I haven't had a lot of spending money

the RAM I bought during black friday for about $45

the CD/DVD writer was out of stock so I just bought an LG (I think) off amazon

THE ISSUE ABOUT THE CASE AND CABLE MANAGMENT: The first thing I bought was the case. I knew nothing about computers when I bought it, and I bought it mainly based off the price and reviews. NONE of the reviews I saw mentioned anything about cable managment. Unfortunately i wasn't able to hide the cables behind the motherboard tray, so they're kinda just sitting there in a rats nest right now...I don't mind it but I know you guys will

the OS: I got the OS (windows 7) from a friend who pirated it. Turns out he got the 32 bit version. Can't use more than 3 gigs of ram, and it annoys me to no end, so I'll just end up buying the 64 bit version.

I'm using the 27" flatscreen in my room as a moniter, works perfectly.

Comments

  • 82 months ago
  • 4 points

i think you have the wrong RAM listed. your pictures show a pair of red Ripjaws series RAM. also, it would be nice to show what case you got

other than cable management (i know that feel), it looks pretty solid. you could've gotten a better value on the GPU by getting an HD7750 or HD7770, but the Nvidia solution allows you to take advantage of CUDA and PhysX. still; not bad for less than $500.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

it would seem you are right. sorry bout that, kinda rushed the publishing process, because i was at school, but i fixed it

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

ah, i see. in that case, let me correct my prior comment; it's not bad for less than $600, especially with the light kit. perhaps we could get some night shots to see it glow?

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I shall when i get the cathode tube kits, bit low on money at the moment, savin up for college

  • 82 months ago
  • 3 points

Pretty solid

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd say. I just installed 2 fans so it brought down the CPU temp a bunch, and doesn't make the stock CPU cooler work as hard so it's MUCH quieter now. But overall it does what I need it to, plays games on mostly high, some ultra.

  • 82 months ago
  • 3 points

Holy rat's nest batman. Go to the dollar store and get some zip times bro :D

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

Am I the only one noticing the cold cathode kit? wat?

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

the theme of the build was blue, and they're blue, and only 9 bucks, so i thought why not

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

lol and I thought my school was the only one that still does Senior Projects.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Hello hello! I'm pretty sure you'd be better off with DDR3-1600. Unfortunately DDR3 RAM has been hiked up in price for some time. [When it goes back down this year] 2014 will be the year that 16GB of system RAM is the standard for gaming PC's.

Half a dozen folks have commented on the cable management - I'm not going to beat that dead horse. Like you said, the case is a major limiting factor there.

That aftermarket cooler might be quieter than the stock cooler but it probably doesn't cool much/any better, with the stock cooler having copper heat pipes through the aluminum block. I could be wrong, but dropping $20-$30 for a "proper" HSF seams reasonable. Getting a higher OC on this CPU will let you get better FPS in some games (the more CPU-intensive ones). I would say CPU-GPU balance is good though.

Good first build. You must be proud. ;) When you can drop $1500 into a new gaming PC build, you'll see the true potential of PC gaming and hulk-leap over consoles.

Glad to hear you're getting a legit copy of Win 7 64-bit. No reason to let that last ~5GB go to waste. You should notice marginally better performance, too, especially with a lot of applications open or some games. Alt+Tab'ing out of demanding games will be quicker too.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

what case is this?

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a Cooler Master something... the interior looks exactly like an Elite 430, but the exterior looks more like an Elite 371. Color me confused.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like the 431 Plus.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

pretty sure that's what it is. sorry bout that, i deleted the case off my parts list for some reason...

fixed it though

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure whether there is still room to install your GPU looking at those pics

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

these are relatively old pics, i was able to get it installed. I had to lol, since the MOBO didn't have onboard graphics...

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Very solid build for 500$ to be honest. If you want a good CPU cooler, just get a hyper 212 evo, it's about 35$. If you don't have enough money for that, get the hyper 212 plus, it's about 25$. Oh get some zip ties also because the wire management isn't that great.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

you said not to get the cpu he is using if i got this same one on a phenom 965 with a slight overclock would it work?

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Please tell tell me that's not how your cable management turned out in the end.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

i threw some zipties on, but since the case has absolutely no cable management, yeah about that.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Get some zip ties to bundle those cables up, but other than nice 500 pc

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

One more question hows the CPU cooler working for you? I have some extra money for my build and I wanna know if this CPU cooler works fine

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

It's loud. If theres one thing I wish i spent some money on was the CPU cooler, because without any other case fans besides the stock one, it ran soooo loud. Get an aftermarket one.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

So the after market one you bought is loud ,or the stock one? (I have the same after market one :p)

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Nooo, the stock one, I haven't bought an aftermarket one yet.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Check this out for some cable management with the same case: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/AfI

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

this video was my "inspiration" for cable management in this series of cases: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjeTO5TBWy8 his advice to run the cpu power cord across the board and under the cooler was particularly inventive.

  • 82 months ago
  • 0 points

The parts I'm getting for my first build are sort of like yours (well MOBO is the same, the power supply is the same, the CPU is the same, and the GFX card is roughly the same price range) Tell me if you have bottle necking issues with the CPU and the GFX card!!!

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

bottlenecking issues? explain please

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

When your GFX card is more expensive than your CPU and the GFX card will under preform because of the possibility of the cheaper CPU. If you can tell me that the GFX card is under preforming or just works fine that would greatly help me.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't really seen any issues. Portal 1-2 played on high-ultra pretty smoothly, some fps drop when opening a portal but i had the res to like 10 portals deep so thats understandable. Uhm, star trek online is highest graphics setting and thats about all i've played so far

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright Alright, Thank you. I'm getting parts in the beginning of March. It will be my first build so wish me luck!

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

good luck!

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  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't be able to answer that since i only have the 32bit version of windows 7 SO I CAN ONLY USE 3 GIGS -.-