Description

As the title may suggest, this is my first PC build. My purpose for it was (and still is) to game with it, and was a supreme upgrade from an intel core 2 duo E7300, 9500GT build that died about a month ago. And 2 months after I completed this, buyer's remorse starts to kick in. As such, i'll list my initial justifications for my parts.

  1. CPU
    -AMD FX-6300 I actually don't have any qualms with my choice in cpu, it's adequate for whatever I find myself doing, and it was cheap.

2.Motherboard
-ASUS M5 99FX Pro R.2 My initial thoughts were "CROSSSSSFIRRRRRE, YOOOOO" but now, I realize how I could have bought a cheaper board that still does crossfire, and upgrade my graphics card to a 7850 at the same time. I'd still like to do X-Fire, but I'd have to drop $200-$300 to make it happen.

3.Graphics Card -MSi Radeon HD 7770 Ghz Edition Like I said, I really wanted to try out X-Fire in my build, and the PC Part Picker page said it was compatible, but when i got it, I learned otherwise, and was vastly disappointed. I also eventually learned that if I had bought a cheaper motherboard, i could have bought a 7850 for around the same total price

4.Power Supply -Cooler Master i600 600w PSU I also stand my my decision on the PSU. It was $20 off with my CPU, and it left PLENTY of headroom for expansion and overclocking.

5.Memory -Wintec One 8GB DDR3-1600 It was quite cheap for when I bought it, but I regret being so impatient. The performance is just what you'd expect from DDR3-1600 memory, but the only qualm I have with it is the fact that the spreaders kept falling off, and it looks rather ugly.

6.Case -Raidmax Atlas ATX-295-WB This case seemed like it was too good to be true to 2-months-younger me. it was 25$ on Newegg, and it looked to have enough room for all the cable management I wanted. Although it's quite spacious, things are still quite cramped. Other than that, I'm still quite happy with it.

7.Storage -Spare HDDs I had them in an old build my dad never got to work, and he gave them to me.

Although I feel I could have done a much better job planning this build, I'm still really happy with it. Once I get get some money stored up, I'll think about buying a 7850 or two, an aftermarket cooler, an FX-8350, an SSD, and some more RAM for server hosting. Throughout the build, I learned loads of things, and I really look forward to my next build.

Comments

  • 75 months ago
  • 3 points

Great build, I definitely agree on what you have said on your parts choice. Inside is still a little spaghetti. Other than that +1

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I will admit that the cable management is a bit iffy, but there wasn't really much i could do with the case's accommodations.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

That is not an Asus R7-260X in the photos... but your parts list says that it is?

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

I've upgraded since I made this, i've yet to take pictures. In these pics, it's an MSI 7770 GHz edition.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

how are you liking the 260X? I just ordered mine, along with the fx-6300 and liquid cooling like yours...

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

I love it. Only thing is that I had some artifacting issues gaming with it the first few times, but playing with the overclock settings fixed that.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

cables dont look amazing, but its really not as bad as far as i can tell

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I know. But like I said, I don't think the case helped all too much

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice budget build. The motherboard is a really nice motherboard that supports CF in x8/x8. For AMD, the cheapest motherboard that supports that is the asrock extreme 4 which is about $90. You only paid $30 for a better quality motherboard, so it isn't a bad choice. The only thing is that the video card doesn't support it. You can always change to two 7850s when they get cheaper and you will have a rocking system.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome parts chosen for $450 c:

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that case good in your opinion?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

For the price it's being asked for, the NZXT Source 210 would be a far better choice.

  • 75 months ago
  • -2 points

In looking at your parts for a gaming build I would be concerned with the GPU if you are wanting to play games on the highest settings. I see why you are looking to the 7850 which is an inexpensive 256bit,with 2gb card. Congrats on your first build.... We are all still learning.

  • 75 months ago
  • 3 points

The 7770 was within budget at the time, not everybody can play balls to the walls max settings with a fancy GPU. But definetly if you are wanting an upgrade go for a 7870 or if you are really that tight on the budget a 7850. That should get you max settings or at least high settings :)

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't really recommend a 7870 anymore since they are around $160 and I got my second MSI 7950 TF3 for a mere $180.

The 7850 for $120 is still a lot of money when compared to a $180 7950, but a great deal when compared to the $100 7770

Its a nice build for the price. I like my FX 6300 build but i've been building for 20 years