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Hello All!

This was my first build, I based it primarily off of a Tek Syndicate guide/parts list. I'm very happy with the results and thought I did pretty well for my first time. I learned so much and am already planning my next build (as a gift for my brother). Stay tuned to see it!

Anyway, on to the parts...

CPU: AMD FX 6300 - An excellent CPU. I was very skeptical going AMD due to so many Intel fanboys but, has this CPU blown me out of the water. It really doesn't run hot (even at a 4.0 ghz overclock) and does very well for many games (as long as they aren't very single-core-intensive). You can't go wrong for the price of $100...

CPU Cooler: Got my temps down from about 55-60 under load to about 40-50ish degrees. For a $20 cooler and no extra mounting hardware, you can't go wrong with it!

MOBO: Got it on sale for a good price. I wish it had more overclockability but I'll take it. It's a gigabyte board, you can't really go wrong...

RAM: Just standard 1600mhz crucial ballistix sport xt, went with the blue to match my GPU.

Storage: SSD for Boot and 1TB Blue for Games/Misc. Pretty straightforward...

GPU: Ahh! My favorite part of this build. This card is an absolute beast! It plays the majority of AAA titles at 60+ fps on high/ultra settings. By far the best investment I made for gaming experience and is definitely a rival to Nvidia's 770 if you're looking to save some $$.

PSU: Got a mail in rebate for $20 with this, can't go wrong. Semi-Modular (everything but CPU/24 Pin connectors are removable). Typical Corsair quality... perfect!

Case: This is my biggest regret because it really restricted my cable management and was very difficult for an amateur builder such as my self to mount things/arrange things properly. The design and looks are great but the functionality is sub-par. Top mounted PSUs scare me and there is no room behind the mobo to re-route anything. I would definitely pick another case but for $20, you couldn't go wrong with it.

Overall, this build has officially ascended me to the Master Race. I was a console peasant for a while but I'm finally feeling the true gloriousessness of the PCMR not to mention, I study Computer Science at College so I can finally relate/join in conversations about everyone's rigs.

Hope you enjoyed! PS: Don't be scared of AMD, they are by far the best price -> performance ratio out there!

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the PSU supposedly mounted waaay up there? Dangling over yer GPU and all, maybe it's just me being paranoid .__.

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

That is how the majority of cases were built during the 90s and the cheaper cases in the early 2000s.

With the exception of OEM cases, A few with the power supply centrally mounted to allow for shorter cables, this was also when true desktop cases that you placed the monitor on top were also more common then towers.

Rear exhaust fans were fairly uncommon to be pre-installed, if allowed for at all, the power supply served that function.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

O_o, I see, thank you for enlightening me.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I had an old Sony Vaio desktop years ago that had that setup.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, when I got the case my friend and I were scared that the thing would fall and smash the sacred gpu. Luckily, fractal put two little mounts for it to rest on (can't been seen in the picture) and I have 4 screws into the back of it and a few zip ties as back up!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Job man!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm addicted to building rigs now, building my brother one for Christmas, stay tuned for more.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job. For that budget it's excellent and the cable management is really great for a case like this. +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I appreciate it. The cable management was tough for being a micro-atx case and literally no room to re-route cables, I did my best... -^

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a bad build. I hope your got enough air coming in the front for your rig to breath.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't had many issues with the cooling (as of yet), if anything, I'll install some molex into the PSU and get some extra 92mm/120mm fans to give this thing some air (disregarding positive airflow of course)...

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

core 1000 looks so damn sexy

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Ikr, it's functionality is limited though...

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

hey is a 600w psu enough for your r9 280x? Just wondering because I plan on using the same gpu and psu as yours. Great build btw

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the cpu cooler quiet ? Planning on getting one myself

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management is on point and looks very clean... bad price to perfomance for 2017, and you cpuld use and exased fan for the rear..... other than that very clean

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol it's actually not to bad, under load its like 60-70 tops! I agree though, I may install a side panel 92mm fan

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Perhaps, it's pretty tight in there... I'm thinking a 92mm fan on the side panel if I can some how find another sys_fan header on my mobo :P