Description

<b>Background</b>

I've been using a gateway laptop for the past 3-4 years, the fact that my mouse is now worth more than my GPU was a serious indicator to purchase a new computer. But being a first year college student with no work experience it's kind of hard getting money haha. So for around 2 months I saved every couple of dollars I'd get and asked for some donations (hurhurhur) I was able to think of a new computer as a real thought. I've never had a desktop before, so when I found a TekSyndicate video on youtube that was titled something along the lines of "Build a gaming rig for $600" and I thought to myself, can I really create my own computer? For a while I was terrified about static electricity, but I got the little wrist grounder, and after around 6 hours I turned on my first computer, :) :) :) :) :).

<b>Why I picked my parts + Other Details</b>

CPU/Motherboard: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core + ASRock 970 Extreme 4

I originally wanted to go with an 8350 (Something I will be upgrading in the near future), but because this is a budget build, I went with the 6300. What really set off the decision for this specific CPU, are not only the reviews I read about it, but the deal that also came with this build. Microcenter is pretty nearby so I checked the site, and seen CPU/Motherboard Bundles, I could have gotten a free mobo with the 6300, but I didn't want to cheap out on anything, I wanted to be happy with my build so I went for Extreme 4, mostly because of the sexy UEFI and good reviews. http://i.imgur.com/k2BgvW0.png <-- This is the bundle.

CPU Cooler:

I currently don't have an aftermarket cooler at the moment, but I heard from many people, AMD Stock fans sucked so I'll be buying this cooler ASAP.

Memory(RAM):

Another item I don't have, the reason being because at Microcenter the same RAM was going for $89.99 while on amazon it was around $65-70ish so to wait the 5 days for shipping wasn't too much to save 20 bucks!

Storage (HDD):

As I do plan on upgrading to an SSD, the current deal for WD Caviar Blue hard drives at the moment are such a steal, $62 dollars for 1TB of data, I needed it. It's still in the process of shipping to me (along with my RAM) and I do think I might have problems installing it haha, but I'll deal with that problem when I get to it.

Video Card:

Here's where I was most frantic, so much controversy over the "Best" card and the most efficient card for what you're going to do on your computer. I didn't know what I was going to be doing on this computer, mostly because I do a lot, gaming, video editing, basic coding, graphic design, animation, its like I had no one word for all of it, so I just looked for a nice gaming graphics card since I'm sure if a card can run a high quality game at nice FPS it can do everything else, but I could also be wrong. Anyways, I first wanted to go with a Gigabyte GTX 760, but being with a budget, that dream was crashed, so I went along with a EVGA GTX 650 TI Boost Superclocked edition, and was going to carry out with this because the reviews it got were great and for the price of 165 dollars, it seemed like a great steal. At one point I did look at the GTX 660 and it was around 60 dollars more so I felt sufficed (Grammar plsss) with my little 650 Ti. The day I went to Microcenter for majority of the pieces, while I was on the last piece to buy (the case) I looked to my left and randomly I happened to see "GTX 6--" because it was covered up behind a bunch of other boxes, I went into the pile and found this GTX 660 SuperClocked Signature 2 on clearance for $183 bucks, I stopped for a second and thought, this is a sign! and I held it on my side the whole time, thus being the graphics card of choice.

Wireless Network Adapter:

It's cheap and works, I'm probably going to be connected to the Ethernet anyways, but in case I move to another room, I'll have this little device by my side.

Case:

While at Microcenter I seen many cases from newegg.com and I had my eyes set on the MSI Commander White, because it was white and had a nice little side panel for 50 bucks, on the stand I seen a nice designed black case and thought "this is on display in the middle of all these cases, it's probably around $200 dollars right?" I was so wrong, I checked the price and it was there for $48 dollars, and to top it off, when I looked around it fully, I seen a sexy side panel that was 10x bigger than the MSI's one, so I picked this bad boy up and put it in the cart. It's so spacious and comes with 3 fans (2 Blue LED ones) and just great overall features, with a nice backside for great cable management.

Case Fans:

Currently not in my build but I put them there because I'll be adding at least one of them soon.

Power Supply:

I chose to go with this power supply because not only was it a couple hundred more watts than recommended but it was also recommended by a sales associate at the Microcenter store I went to (He also said that the PSU is the only thing you can be okay with as far as cheaping out goes which I'm not ENTIRELY sure I agree with but hey what do I know right?) it also had all the cables I needed so hey everything worked out.

Monitor:

Again, another item I do not have but DO plan on buying, 23"/2Ms Response Time/HDMI Usage, this bad boy is coming home with me, but until them I'll be using a Vizio LED 19" TV.

Keyboard:

I plan on buying this keyboard this week when my RAM and HDD come in the mail, it's a gaming keyboard with great reviews and it freakin lights up, I'm a sucker for bells and whistles.

Mouse:

This was the first buy from my build haha, I got impatient and said to myself "Hey my mouse's left click is broken if I buy one now I can use it with my laptop and my new computer when I make it" so I found this sexy CoolerMaster Inferno on sale at newegg for 35 bucks. It's a great mouse, so many settings and colors, along with an on-board memory chip to save your settings where ever you go.

There goes my build, I'm very pleased with how it turned out money wise, I just hope I am when it comes to performance! I'll probably update this if I remember to, hopefully I'm not playing League or I'll never get to it :3.

Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build for the price! Would have gotten a GTX 760 instead of the 660 but a budget is a budget and I understand.

That Rosewill wireless adapter actually works really well!!! I have had it for about 4 years now and haven't had a single problem with it. Win 7/8 just plug in and play. Right now I'm using it for my media center with streaming over 1080p videos.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the quick reply and the feedback! I'll probably upgrade to a 760 if I get a job on campus this year :D. And yep you could never go wrong with wireless.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

from past experience, i'm surprised you held onto your Gateway laptop for 3-4 years. either way, fantastic reasoning behind the parts. there's always a story to tell :)

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

It's my little baby ;_; now it crashes whenever I unplug my tablet/mouse haha and overheats a lot this computer was due for a while now

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Heya, nice build and what a sweet bundle deal! If I could change one thing, I would probably have picked a 7870 over a 660, lower price and marginally higher performance. P.S.: I like that case.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I still have a 30 day store policy in case I want to bring it back, It's just someone I go to for all my computer questions goes "IF ITS NOT NVIDIA IDC" haha so I forced myself to stay away from AMD GPU's, ignorance ;__; do you think I should go along with a GTX 760 for my next upgrade or a Radeon based GPU.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are going for that price range, the 760 is probably better than anything else. Although it's a close call. My consideration was more about the $160 dollar range.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Heyo mate! very nice build! what do you think of your monitor? is it good?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, it's the monitor that I want to get, in my description I said I was using a 19" Vizio LED at the moment, which will have to do until I get the listed monitor haha, poor college student life :C

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

aha yeah i know, we are poor people :P Happy gaming when it arrives!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it! A really balanced build :) I would like to say though that the 6300 can be heavily overclocked and that can make it fairly similar to the higher end AMD cpus. I plan on getting the 6300, can I ask, how is it going for you?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I'm currently waiting on the RAM and HDD sadly :( seeing as I'm saving around 40 dollars from online sales, but I'll update that information soon! :)

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, how are the fans going? Quiet?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

The fans are really soft and quiet, they make me feel good about picking this case haha.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Needs a bit of cable management.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I've been like trying to find ways to fix it, my biggest issue is where you put in the pins for my GPU, its in the front, it would have been a lot better on the side, also there's extra sata cables at the bottom because I'm still waiting on an HDD, but yeah hopefully it looks even better now in the near future :D.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the build, love the CPU/MB bundle. Case looks great. I like the whole choice of parts. My build very similar.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Instead of upgrading to an 8350, I would instead consider getting an 8320 from microcenter for about $100 and getting ~$100 worth of liquid CPU cooling(don't spend less if it's liquid, because then the after market air cooling makes more sense). Then, you could OC the 8320 noticeably further than the 8350(past 4GHz)and still keep it cooler than with stock cooling. Of course, I am basing this on the assumption that you live near a microcenter which offers the 8320 for $100. Correct if I am wrong.

  • 76 months ago
  • 0 points

A 760 is only 20 dollars more than a 660 and is better. I think getting a 760 would have been a good idea...

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

I was originally going for a 650 Ti Boost, so I upgraded to the 660 and that's already going a bit over budget :< and I ended up finding the 660 for $183, while the 760 is $250+ O: trust me though, I do plan on upgrading to a stronger graphics card!

**Edited the price of the GPU sorry about the confusion.