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First Rendering/Gaming Rig

by wizkid92

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4 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 9, 2014

Date Built

Aug. 1, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.4GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.02GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.6GHz

Description

This is my first time building my own PC, though I had some help from a friend. Definitely something I wouldn't mind doing again; it's actually pretty fun and not as difficult as I thought. I was planning to use it for architectural renderings and some games on the side; nothing too demanding. The prices are a little different since I'm from the Philippines; I think more expensive on some if not all the parts. Also using the current conversion so there might be some inconsistencies I think.

Now to the parts, I actually asked one of the store employees at a local retailer about a month before buying if he could recommend specs for a certain budget and he gives me a list of the parts. But I felt that it could become so much better if I just raise my budget a bit and research more on the parts and pick them out myself, so I did. I spent over a month researching about computers. The result of which is this build. And though my research was pretty extensive for the time-frame, there is just so much to learn from practical experience that reading reviews and watching videos cannot teach.

So far, I haven't faced any problems with it. Hopefully I did not speak too soon. The motherboard is just amazing how it's so complete for a micro-ATX form factor. The processor is great; the GPU is just awesome at rendering and games; RAM is well... RAM, though my friend said the sleeve is really good for controlling the heat. I'm not an overclocker though since I hear it can reduce the lifespan of the components for a little boost. But to each his own. For me I'm quite satisfied with the speeds for now.

Storage is pretty sufficient for now. If I had the budget, I would have gone for an SSD also, but I'm being thrifty... or cheap or whatever you like to call it. Maybe there was something I could have changed to accommodate one but a bit late now haha

The case/chassis I am very satisfied with, given how budget friendly the price. I also had to find one that wasn't too big so it could fit under my table which also has a platform for a PC. I'm limited to a height of around 17" or 430mm and a depth of about 20" or 510mm. The width is pretty clear to about 10" or 250mm. I would've liked to see dust filters on the top though, but I guess I could just buy a couple from a local store. Or maybe there really shouldn't be dust filters there? I don't know, still kinda new to this.

If I had one regret, it's not opting for a modular or semi-modular power supply as it would have made the cable management much better. I just thought "Oh I might forget I have spare cables in the box and go out and buy new ones as I have a tendency to do that sometimes." Well I hope my instincts were right.

Then there's the issue of availability of components. In Cebu, we don't exactly have a lot to choose from. I originally wanted just a 2gb version of the 270x but sadly the store I went to ran out, hence the 4gb for an extra 500 Pesos. Fortunately, the other parts were available and I didn't have to go on an Amazing Race like what happened to my friend.

Overall, I am very satisfied with this build for now and I hope I'll be able to make the most of this for a very long time. I hope this has been helpful to anyone who's reading this, because this website and the internet community has been very helpful in providing me information and I just wanted to give back, or at least try. Peace! :)

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KhaoticPain 1 point 51 months ago

I like it, however you could have went with a FX-6350 since your using a Radeon and saved a few bucks, no bottleneck there, and then bought an R9 280.

Overall, decent build.

wizkid92 submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Point taken. Was actually considering FX-8350, but I can't seem to find the FX series here in our city, or I just wasn't looking at the right places. But anyway, what's done is done I guess haha. Thanks for the feedback!

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Forge_ 1 point 51 months ago

I'd invest in a cheap aftermarket cooler personally, mostly for aesthetics but it would also cool better obviously. Just something for the future!

wizkid92 submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Agreed. Considering it right now actually. Thanks!