Nice . . . but there are a few things I'd nitpick if this is just a gaming rig . . .
Expensive mobo and unlocked cpu with a stock cooler and no overclock . . .
For the price, you could've snagged 8 gigs of some much faster ram which would make at least minimally more sense if the primary use is gaming.
That case doesn't offer much cable management?
Also do you plan on gaming from a Hiren's boot disk?
Where's the specs on your storage? I go back to the ram, cpu, and mobo . . . if you're not going to OC you could've got a locked i5, a more sensible mobo, 8 gigs of ram, and bam you've got a 128g SSD.
I am a first time builder so I was just going from what I read about here and there within the limitation of money. I had a bonus check that allowed me to get these all within the limit of that check. I am planning on getting an aftermarket heat sink, but first I have to get a larger case as space is limited with this one (it was on sale), which also is one of the reasons for the bad cable management as there is not much space maybe a quarter of an inch at most on the backside of the motherboard (not to mention the kinda short 24 and 8 pin connector from the psu itself). The RAM I got on sale at the time so I didn't pass that up lol. Once I get the bigger case, then I will get the aftermarket heatsink which then I will more comfortable about overclocking. But being a first time builder I know almost nothing about overclocking. Any good sites on how to set that all up, or just the basics of overclocking? Also any recommendations for a larger case?
Definitely get a new case. Good cable management doesn't just look better, it helps improve airflow and temperatures. I'm a huge fan of the Corsair Obsidian series:
Can't argue with 35 bucks for 16 gigs of ram.
Overclocking is ahelluva lot more user-friendly than it used to be if you're just looking for a nice everyday-run OC. I don't know anything about the Gigabyte bios, but with many newer motherboards it's as simple as checking a box in your bios to say "Hey, see what you can do to make the CPU 10% faster."
My personal favorite OC community is overclockers.com. Lurk their forums -- they have lots of excellent stickied posts:
And for what it's worth I don't think you deserve the negative rating you're getting. This build definitely needs some attention in certain areas, but it looks like you're aware of that and have plans to address them.
People on this site seem to like to downvote for what they see as unnecessary expenditures. I didn't downvote your build . . .
Thank you very much! :D
hide the cables and you'll see your build upvoted a lot. Lol that's how it goes here
nice job. love the blue led'z :)
a little bit of cable management and replace the stock intel cpu cooler imho.
You're idling at 49c?
Lol that was a typo, I was looking at the min temperature it had while under heavy load when I put that there. It is actually 30 while idle.
Clean up your cables there bub.
I stand by my statement, great build poor cable management, go ahead take another point.