I wanted to build a PC that could handle my video editing. However, i also enjoy playing games from time to time. The problem was that i was trying to keep the price under $700 and still get what i wanted. I was going to use Intel but AMD was more affordable and i wanted to see if more cores would help my editing much like i had read on forums. everything went fine for my first build
CPU: The Cpu seems to handle everything i have done with and pretty fast ill add. I have tested it with Photoshop CS6 and a NFS Rivals game. I also used the Windows Index Utility which rated the CPU and tested it at 100% usage. it gave it a 7.6 i dont know what kind of tests i ran on it, so i cant be conclusive on how well the CPU is. But it seems to be doing just fine.
CPUCOOLER: i had a bit of problem with this cooler. The radiator is kind of bulky and my case is not that spacious so i struggled to screw it because if i tried to place it on the screw holes and it would not fit because of the case. I got it to fit using zip ties to hold it completely firm. its only a few millimeters from the actual holes, so everything is fine. I love the big light on it it changes colors based on the temperatures of the cpu. I might overclock in the future and i dont think ill have a problem with this cooler.
MotherBoard: Not much to say, i wanted it with multichannel audio, and i got it, and it comes with some cool features. It has remote desktop installed on the motherboard itself and has great HD audio for the headphone connector in the case, i was really surprised with that.
Memory: memory is fine, with normal usage i only use about 2GB. I wanted to go for about 16 or even 32 but when i saw the prices i thought 8 would be fine for now, i just thought more would help for my video editing.
Storage: The HDD is kind of loud. I think it is because it resonates off the metal on the slot in the case. I ran diagnostics for failure and everything seems to be okay.
Graphics Card: I researched so much on which video card i can get for a low amount of budget and still handle games i wanted to play, after hours and hours and ended up deciding on this card and was pretty happy. I played NFS Rivals on full settings and it ran perfectly.
Wireless Adapter: I had lots of trouble with this adapters. It kept disconnecting from my router and i had reset it or unplug it and connect it again. I ended up stabilizing the problem by changing a few networking settings around. It didnt like that i used channel 1 for my router.
Case: I think im going to go with a bigger case next time. I struggled with the water cooling system like i mentioned earlier.
Fans: I tested the fans out at Frys and i liked them so i bought them for cheaper at Newegg. They are very quite and push a lot of air. I was very content with them. In the end i ended up with 3. the two that i bought and the colored one that came with the case
Power Supply: The extra cables from the power supply were very annoying to put away after everything was set. Im going to try and get the removable cables next time.
Optical Drive: not much to say, no problems what so ever and i got for 10 bucks
OS: I was tempted to get Ultimate version, but i really need any other features. Im very content with what i got instead.
Please feel free to comment, ask questions or give advice or just compliment. BE GENTLE it was my first build especially on the graphics card, i tried to do my hw when choosing hope i did good.