Description

Hello everyone! This was my first ever pc build. I use this machine just about everyday for gaming (games include CS:GO, rocket league, Left 4 Dead 2, Dota 2, etc.). I was looking to keep the price around $600-$650 and managed to achieve that. I feel as though for the price and being a first build, it turned out great!

Part Reviews

CPU

-----CPU------- With the CPU I wasn't looking for anything to heavy or expensive, the AMD FX-4350 works just fine for me and what I like to do. I do plan on upgrading to a better AMD CPU in the future but for now it works great.

Motherboard

-------Motherboard------- I was told by a lot of people not to get MSI because of the problems that they had with them in the past, for example my friend told me that his gave out after about a week. Even with all of the negativity pointed towards MSI I decided to go with it anyway and I don't regret it. It works great for what I need and was easy to install/setup.

Video Card

------GPU------- When looking for a GPU I wasn't looking for anything crazy good or super expensive. the EVGA Geforce GTX 750ti works out perfectly for me. I get around 150fps on games such as CS:GO and rocket league which is plenty for me.

Case

------Case------ When looking for a case I was trying to keep it on the lower price range but still have a clean look to it. The BitFenix Nova ATX Mid Tower gives just that. The only issue I have with it is the glass panel pops out really easily because it's just held in by little metal clamps. This is only an issue because when it pops out that makes me have to take the whole side panel off just to get the panel back in. Other thank that it's a great case for the price.

Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 4 points

I know that you've probably been pounded by this already, but I would highly recommend an SSD. It makes the entire system more responsive, plus boot times less than a minute, and great load times in games! Other than that, it's a great first budget build. You get my +1.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I have been looking in to it, just haven't gotten around to it quite yet. Thank you for the feed back, i appreciate it!

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

Reminds me of my first build, except it was fx6300+750ti :D +1 m8

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

I feel like you should put the actual price paid for items in this build. Having chosen some older gen parts, I'd say a big reason for them being ok or not would be pricing.

I usually would discourage building an AM3+ system now, as it is a quite old platform and Zen is right around the corner, but if you got everything for a good deal then that would be still fine. Just remember to upgrade processor/motherboard/ram all at once when you have the funds, I wouldn't bother just getting an 8350 or 8370 in there at this point.

Also, same thing applies to the 750 Ti.

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

Some of the critiques you'll see above are pretty harsh, but legit IF you just bought the CPU, GPU, HD and motherboard brand-new. (If you bought Socket 1150, I might say the same.) On the other hand, blowing 75% of the budget on just the CPU and MB (looking at you, Skylake) probably wasn't in the cards either. Just be aware that (if) when Zen does come out, FX upgrades (probably, depending on price drops) won't be worth the effort.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool first build. I love the scheme. Just a question, what is the third monitor for?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot. The "third monitor" is actually just a tv.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice first build, gr8 start.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

solid 1st build!...curious how many case fans this tower comes with? 2 intake on front and one exhaust out the back?

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

unfortunately it only came with a rear exhaust. I ended up putting in 1 rear exhaust and 2 front intake.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Good deal, what size fits on front, 120 or 140? Thanks!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

120 all around

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd really go against getting Arctic Silver 5 I find that Arctic MX-4 is better.

Still overall a nice build. +1

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

How good is the cable management in this case? I may use it for my build

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management is fairly decent... If I could suggest one though I'd go with the NZXT s340.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 29 months ago
  • 0 points

Why the 750ti? Why did you refuse to listen to reason on the 970 MSI board? Why? I don't want to cause you any harsh feelings on your first build and I hope you do not find any hiding gremlins. Gigabyte 970 gaming would have been a much better choice and as was already stated a 1050 ti which would have given you way more smiles per mile.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

sigh Here, I have to disagree with you. If you look at my builds, most are with MSI boards (including the box I'm using right now); strangely enough, where I've run into problems has been with Asus and Gigabyte.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Admittedly my comment was not based on personal experience so -1 for me. I was simply looking up reviews and reading some horror stories. On the flip side I have had no issues with Gigabyte or Asus ever so there it is, the odds and or chance of probability in action.

  • 29 months ago
  • 0 points

The 970 Krait is a crap board of for its price. Power delivery wise its a budget board but the board itself isn't a budget price.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Works fine for me.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't listen to reason about MSI because reviews were just fine and as I see it, it works just fine for me. I've had no issues with it what so ever. As for the GPU I wasn't looking for anything crazy just something to get me started, there's always the option of upgrade in the future.

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

My cpu and motherboard work just fine actually, along with my gpu and Hard Drive. Not sure why you feel the need to be so harsh. I'm inexperience when it comes to building PC's hence the "first build" title. There is obviously still room for improvement but that can all come with time. Also, I did ask around and those who build PC's told me it was perfectly fine for a first build and I agree. Works perfectly fine for what I'm doing with it and have had no trouble.

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  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, but that still doesn't warrant being harsh. That just makes it more likely you'll get ignored and / or rejected. (As the OP actually did.) See oneflytiguy above for what I mean.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

i disagree. it's a great build in my opinion and it works perfectly fine :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Whether or not they are just there to make me feel that way, I am satisfied with my build and it runs just fine :)

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  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

Three monitors isn't that hard, really. I actually run three monitors on my own 750 Ti and don't experience any slowdowns for what I do, though granted, my monitors are a bit small (1280x1024). Honestly, if you're not doing gaming, even integrated graphics can handle multiple monitors with no trouble.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

"3rd monitor" is actually a tv.

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

if you look at other comments i've explained that it's two monitors and a tv...