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First build as noob (few parts still needed)

by criv


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CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

18.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

25.0° C


Very first build. New found hobby in computers the last 6 months, and a year ago I didnt know a single thing hardware-wise when it came to computers although, to my own credit, I was pretty savvy when using one having grown up on them. With that said, I originally purchased a $325.00 DIY combo on Newegg that came with a few different parts that I was unaware at the time were garbage (Logisys PSU & case that came together and were really low end quality, stock CPU cooler), so I replaced them with what you see in the build list. A 500w PSU (and perhaps Modular for the same price as the 600w standard) probably would have been enough/better, but again, another naive buy. If I had the knowledge I have now and the chance to do it all over again, I'd probably go a different route with everything, but regardless this is what I have to work with and I dont think its too bad off despite basically being an uber noob through it all. Differences Id have made would be to have not got a Newegg combo (to save a lousy $65.00) and just would have picked my parts myself, thus eliminating having to replace a bunch of them, and, of course, I would have gotten the FX-6300. *edit - would have gotten a little better of a MoBo with a 900 series chipset that included SATA 3 headers, more system fan headers, more current and updated/easier to use BIOS, and one that supported at least dual GPUs and safer overclocks.

I know what you're probably saying - "needs more graphics". Well, rest assured as that will be coming soon along with an SSD. As of right now I am a little undecided on what to do for a graphics card. I was sold on the GTX 650 Ti Boost for a while but lately I've been reconsidering and doing a bit more homework. Any suggestions? Ill be looking for something that's 2GB and in the $150.00 range. As for an SSD, the Samsung 840 EVO 120GB is likely in the works for it. Will accommodate my OS and my most important games, files etc. And that would complete my first build! Other minor future plans for it would include a blu-ray optical, nicer keyboard and mouse, nicer speakers (current speakers are excellent to their credit but I want better), and an overclock for more FPS! Who doesn't love more FPS? Nothing crazy though. Perhaps 4.3mhz give or take as I don't think my MoBo is capable of handling much more and I'd rather just not find out. Upgrading my CPU to the 6300 or perhaps even the 8350 down the road has crossed my mind too. I may just call it a day after the GPU and SSD though. Maybe start another build likely using the 6 core or 8 core FX CPU. Love my 4300 so I could only imagine.

Other little notes -

-CM 212 EVO is an EXCELLENT CPU cooler! Temp monitoring programs give me a 0c CPU reading at idle (which is obviously inaccurate) but BIOS tells me 18c-20c!

-Corsair's Carbide 200R case is the best case in its price range. Straight up. I saw it for $34.99 one day when I didn't have any cash and prayed to God it'd drop in price again when I did have some cash, and sure enough, it did! Normally you can score this case for $50.00 to $60.00 any day of the week from just about anywhere, but if you're patient, I can almost guarantee it's bound to turn up somewhere for $34.99-$39.99 sooner or later.

*edit - just noticed that they only allow you to pick the rev 4.1 version of MB, however I have the rev 5.0. http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4602#ov

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HK_Rage 1 Build 4 points 47 months ago

An AMD 7870Ghz or R9 270 would be great pair with the current parts.

sqielyr 1 point 47 months ago

If the price drops back down. :( the digital currency miners man.

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mallocunbounded 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Good first build. Cable management is nicely done despite using a non modular power supply. The prices for the components seem fair overall, but it looks you overpaid for the memory. At that price, you could have gotten a much faster single 8GB DIMM or a faster 8GB (2 x 4 GB) dual channel memory kit.

criv submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

considering one guy on here is getting a ton of **** about his cable management and has -30+ i think mainly because of it, this made me happy. thanks!

criv submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

and as for the memory, thats quite unfortunate. Originally when you probably looked at this I had it showing I bought a 2x4 package but really what I got was two seperate 4gb sticks and Ive changed the parts list to reflect that. Same exact memory though so it doesnt really matter, just wanted to provide some insight on the change made. Also, after thinking about it some more, I believe I only paid $34.99 per stick, but I didnt change it in the parts list because I dont want to be changing too much stuff around so many people have already viewed and commented on. Either way this memory rocks, I wish they were 1600s but whatre you going to do. Theres always my next build. :)

MAXXHEW 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

If you buy from newegg the new Asus AMD Radeon R7-260X (2GB) is usually about $139.00 not including tax/shipping, but it comes with $80.00 worth of free games (you choose the games too!!) I used these cards in my build & they are working very well: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/IZu Good luck... I think this GPU would work perfectly for you, & if you don't want any games you can sell the game coupon (friends/e-bay) to get some cash back.

92Drew 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

I was also sold on the 650 ti boost for a while. Til I saw the benchmarks ... Lol, the r9 270x is damn near identical performance with the Gtx 760 for only 190-210 depending if on sale or not. It's a great card ESPECIALLY for the price.

criv submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

thanks everybody :) suggestions are excellent, Ill be going with one of the cards mentioned here for sure. Glad I held off.

Trexxit 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Could I fit some tall heat sink ram in here? Does the evo block it off?