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Hi! I'm 19 and a junior in college. I really wanted to build my own computer and I found Pcpartpicker through a friend. Using your guys' help, I was able to find/buy parts to finally make a PC! My parents gave me a budget of $600 so I really wanted to get the best parts for my money.

I use this computer as my main PC and I plan on gaming quite a bit. As my first build, I was pretty nervous when I first started but it really was an awesome experience and seeing Windows load up for the first time was pretty satisfying.

CPU: The FX-6300 is about as good as I could hope for. It was suggested to me many times as the perfect gaming CPU for the money and could also overclock if I wanted to.

Motherboard: Honestly, the motherboard is probably the component I know the least about it. The only reason I chose this one was because a friend suggested it to me and it was on sale at the time. It seems to be running without a hitch at the moment!

RAM: I've only heard good things about Corsair Vengeance RAM and this memory was at such a great price that I had to jump on it. DDR3-1600 is perfect and 8GB seems like a good amount and should be more than enough.

Storage: I wanted a TB of storage but didn't want to break the bank. I realize that the Blue edition isn't the fastest but I'm quite happy with it. Still thinking about getting an SSD in the future but I'm not sure.

Video Card: Was looking at the 650 Ti Boost 2GB for the longest time at around $170-$180 but then the 7870 went on sale and I bought it almost instantaneously. I've only played Hitman: Absolution so far but I've been playing on high settings with great frames. Compared to the fact that I couldn't even run Hitman: Absolution on my old computer, I'm ecstatic.

Wireless Network Adapter: Another component that I didn't do too much research on. I bought what was the cheapest/had good reviews.

Case: I was actually kind of picky with my case. I wanted LEDs and a window. Having cable management features was almost as important as looking good aesthetically. Almost all of the Sentey cases went on sale while I was buying/looking at parts and the Sentey Halcon caught my eye. I love it so far. The only gripe I have about it is that the space in the back is a bit sparse and thus makes cable management a bit difficult. This could also be due to the fact that this is my first build though. Looks great though! Love the blue glow it has.

Power Supply: I really wanted a semi-modular or fully modular power supply to make cable management a bit easier. the 430M went on sale so I went ahead and got it. I'm thinking about upgrading it in the future as I might overclock and Crossfire two 7870's.

OS: I thought my parents had Windows 7 already but it turns out they didn't. I went ahead and bought an OEM version on eBay and had no problems. Didn't really feel like switching to Windows 8 as the faster boot time just didn't seem to be worth the extra money and extra hassle of getting used to Windows 8.

DVI-D Cable: Didn't know the 7870 only had a DVI slot and no VGA slot. I just went ahead and bought a DVI cable on Newegg. Costed about $7.50.

All in all, the parts added up to $608.72. That is including shipping and sales tax as I live in California. I think I did pretty well for my budget! Let me know what you think!

Thanks Pcpartpicker for all the help! There's no way I would've been able to do this without you guys!

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  • 79 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice build for the money +1

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the support!

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

All the parts are pretty nice. And the cable management is not bad. You should buy a new CPU cooler though. The stock one is ****. I recommend Hyper 212 EVO is really good for the price.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! That's another upgrade I'm planning on doing. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh yeah and this thermal paste is pretty good. It will keep your PC nice and cool.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/arctic-silver-thermal-paste-as535g

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/arctic-silver-thermal-paste-as512g

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Also here is how to clean and apply thermal paste. You can also replace the GPU thermal paste but I wouldn't unless your GPU is overheating from dried out thermal paste. If you are interested into tell me I will send you links to some videos.

Clean CPU thermal paste: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9MJUuU58vE

Apply CPU thermal paste: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hNgFNH7zhQ

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow thanks shadow! This is going to be really useful for when I eventually replace the stock cooler.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Also don't use IC Diamond 7. Those thing will eat your CPU. Literally. And it doesn't come out easily. So if something goes wrong have fun cleaning it out.

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Luckily it's not too expensive either. Then you can really start thinking about OCing too.

Really like this budget build. Am somewhat jealous.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Catharist! I got really lucky when these sales just popped up.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya I agree, stock coolers are loud and just tend to be terrible pieces.

Also I'd invest in a better thermal compound and clean the cpu before installing the Evo if that's what you decide to buy

It will greatly help the temps compared to the crap Intel puts on the stock coolers

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build for the money, how is the case overall? For 28 bucks it seems like a steal. How many fps do you get in Bioshock?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks flipins! It looks amazing. It also comes with 6 case fans and an HDD fan too so you'll never run out of fans. Cable management features are okay. Not great but not horrible either. As for Bioshock, I haven't played it on this computer yet but considering I was able to run Infinite on my last computer with almost no lag, I'm almost sure that I'll get high frames at the highest setting on this PC. Shouldn't have any problems.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Put fps here when you do please?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey flipins! I just played a little Bioshock Infinite and I mainly got around 40-50 FPS on high settings. I did get some frame drops at certain parts but overall, it ran really smooth!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for updating me! Have fun with your computer!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

By the way, sorry the pictures aren't in order. Not sure what happened when they were uploaded.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

That seems to happen regularly. No worries, might have to do with the way the site uploads them.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. This is a nice competitor for the upcoming consoles. This thing will destroy them :)

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Goku! I'm pretty excited for the future :)

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

A great build for the money!! Man, it's been a while since I've seen such a great build. How is that PSU doing though? I thought the 430w might be a bit to small but since you're using it, how is it?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! It's great to hear that I made the right choices in my build :D And the PSU seems to be doing fine for now. I haven't overclocked though and that's something you should definitely factor in when you're determining how much wattage your PSU should have.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to hear. To be honest, I'd probably go with a 500w-550w PSU if I made this build but as long as its running great then you should be fine. It's just that you'll probably have to swap that out if you want to upgrade that build.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I've heard similar things. I'll definitely be contemplating getting a new PSU if something goes on sale!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good cable management for first ever build.

-Tyler

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind words Tyler :)

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

you got the case from Sentey's ebay huh? they go cheaper there lol

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Sentey's ebay? I bought it from Newegg actually haha.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Very very nice. This is a proper first build, mate. Hoping to get a budget build like this up and going soon. Well done my friend.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a bunch man! Good luck on your budget build!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW! This is great for the price!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the encouragement :)

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow you got some great performance for the money.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm really happy to hear that :)

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build +1 for sure !

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

You said that you are unsure of an SSD or not, but I don't think I could ever go back to a standard HDD. I know it's rather cliché but programs just zip and quick boot times is a great bonus.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably in a future build but my boot times are pretty quick IMO already and dropping $60 just doesn't seem to be worth saving 5 sec every time I turn my computer on.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! +1

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Great budget build man, I love excellent price to performance builds like this. I've been looking at the same 7870 you've got, but I'm not sure if i'll be able to support it with my current power supply because it only has one 6 pin PCI-E connector.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I have that same MoBo except the Non-LE version, put the RAM into the Blue Sockets to get Dual Channel.

  • 79 months ago
  • -1 points

Hmm, not bad but you should've gotten a 4770k with a Gigabyte G1 Sniper mobo for only like $500 more. Also shouldve went with a GTX Titan at least if you want even playable framerates on anything. Oh and a 1050W PSU as a bare minimum.

Lol nice build though, looks nice and cannot complain about the purchase prices. I'm going to try to get good cable management like you on my first build.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha if only my budget was 3x the original amount. Thanks! Honestly, I thought my cable management was meh but it's nice to hear that it isn't too bad xD