Description

My first PC build; so, it's not the beefiest out there. Not sure why I named it Big Boy. Used for gaming (i.e. WoW, Witcher 3, and some other less intense games) Sometimes used for work/school related activities due to ease of use.

PSU has more than enough power to run everything and I rarely have performance issues, with the exception of my GPU (AMD RX 550) sometimes not being able to handle certain types of graphical effects like motion blur and some weather effects. I can easily run good/very good graphics with this build. Max graphics are achievable with otherwise less-taxing games.

[UPDATE 4.25.18:] -Cable management has been fixed with the purchase of a larger case. -Random shut offs have ceased, and I now believe it was an overheating issue. -Another issue has came up regarding my mobo not dealing with restarts very well, but that's on my upgrade list for the near future. -I've decided on a Ryzen 7 2700x, RX 580/480 or a 1060ti, and other compatible parts.

[UPDATE 2.11.19:] I've finally made the leap to DDR4 and ordered my upgrade parts. I was trying to make do with this build, but my hard drive died and my mobo is too old to be supported with current BIOS updates. Due to this fact, Win 10 can't be installed on any of my new drives that I recently purchased. I'm very excited to soon be able to have RGB functionality and DDR4. Also, a mobo that doesn't mock me every time I start my computer up is a huge plus.

Part Reviews

CPU

I've found this processor to be wonderful. No performance issues from it in the 5 months I've had it. I'm not sure if it would bottleneck higher tier GPUs, however, as I have an RX 550 right now. I edit videos quite often and this CPU definitely helps to make my PC my workstation. Also, $110 is a REALLY good price for this product.

Update 2.11.2019: Apart from a few other parts in my build, this is one of the ONLY ones that is still working perfectly after two years. This is a very strong CPU for an older, or cheaper, build. I still am incredibly satisfied.

Motherboard

I'm having issues this board where it seems I might have a CMOS battery issue straight out of the box, but it only occurs when I need to restart my computer. I also believe this board contributes to my PC being slow at startups in addition to possibly aiding in unexpected shut downs.

It's a motherboard that works, for the most part, but it was not my first choice and I definitely would not have bought this if I had known more about building PCs when I got it. I originally wanted an ATX board from Gigabyte, but it was out of stock and I got stuck with this as a suggestion from an employee at the shop I was at.

Update 2.11.2019: This motherboard's last BIOS update was issued in 2016. I would look for something newer and of higher quality, unless you are desperately needing a mobo. The price is tempting, but this is not a good choice for a long-term motherboard.

Memory

No issues here. Good ram. I'd definitely buy it again if I needed another DDR3 build.

Storage

I'd definitely recommend this for anyone. It's a good SSD to accompany other storage methods.

Storage

Phenomenal! It's very fast and I'm beyond pleased.

Update 2.11.19: It died temporarily. Not sure how it resurrected itself, but now it's becoming a backup drive. It worked very well for 2 years, but it's gotten incredibly slow lately.

Video Card

Surprisingly amazing for the price. I'm able to play most games at very good settings (about a 6 on WoW), whereas I was stuck at lower graphical options when I was gaming on a laptop prior to my build. Also, it edits REALLY well in Premiere when working with 1080p video. No stuttering issues or problems using GPU acceleration.

I'd say definitely get it if you're using onboard graphics or if you just need a GPU. If you're looking for something that will perform exceptionally, look a bit higher up on the scale.

Case

I fell in love with the case because of the looks and deeply regretted owning it after I finally got all my parts in it. There's little to no space for cable management and the fan placement kind of sucks. My parts got insanely hot inside of it and it got so bad that I threw it out to get a Coolermaster case. Also, the front panel wires are not shielded properly AT ALL and it fried a device I plugged into the USB 2.0 port. Honestly, the best thing about the case is that it's white and there are far better options out there. I got mine for $50 and I wouldn't suggest a price higher than that. Don't pay $80+ for this.

Power Supply

Good enough for what it does, but I had a noisy fan issue about two months into owning it. It was outrageously loud and sounded like there was a miniature Vespa revving up to go for a ride in the rear of my case. I switched it out for a 650 CM PSU from Corsair and have had no issues at all.

Optical Drive

INCREDIBLY loud, but it works. It will let you know it's working! If you want something quiet, do not get this. It's by FAR the absolute loudest disc drive I've encountered in my entire life.

Operating System

Hey, it's Windows 10. It's fast and I love the way the OS is configured as a whole. What more can I say?

Sound Card

Well, it's a sound card, that's for sure. Nothing remarkable. It works.

Monitor

Worth the money. The stand is solid and the picture quality is great. I'm very satisfied with my purchase.

Keyboard

I LOVE this keyboard. I once had an Apex 350 and adored that as well, but this is spectacular. It's essentially the same keyboard, just without an extra row of macro keys or RGB lighting. It's white backlit and the over-sized spacebar is incredibly useful. It'd take a lot for me to replace this.

Also, it's a membrane gaming keyboard. I've seen some confusion about whether it had brown switches or not. Thought I'd clarify.

Mouse

Eh. It's a cheap knockoff mouse. I love the thumb rest and the way the right side is molded as well as the two macro keys on the left, but my right click button is wearing down after about a year of use. It's good if you need a mouse and want a gaming mouse, but it likely won't last very long. That, and it's kind of gaudy.

Speakers

Great speakers with amazing clarity and bass for the price. I was skeptical when I picked these up, but I'm so satisfied that I honestly can't see myself replacing these for anything else. I love that they come with easy to remove mesh covers as well.

Comments

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice beginners build! But anyway here 3 suggestions that could help you: 1. Buy a bigger case like Sharkoon M-25 or S-25 (there is also a windowed version): they have very much space for every kind of cable! 2. The random shutdowns and the logged start-up are both caused from the HDD (I had same problem: not really solved but i don't have it anymore) 3. This was a really bad choice of MB: I suggest you a better one with at least 970a chipset like MSI G970 or MSI 970a Gaming Pro Carbon or ASUS 970 GAMING AURA.

But anyway, have fun with your build :)

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I've decided on the Cooler Master H500P. Luckily, this case wasn't expensive. That's probably why it's so sub-par, honestly.

I'll definitely consider the hard drive when I start looking into this this weekend.

Oh, yeah the mobo... Trust me, I hate it. It's the worst thing I've ever bought. The guy that was helping me at microcenter suggested it because my original choice (Gigabyte GA-970 Gaming) wasn't in stock. I asked him if it would be okay and I guess I shouldn't have put as much faith in him as I did! Regardless, I've been looking around and I will continue to do so for a bit. I'll write those down and check them out. Thanks! :)

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

The MB that I named above were created at the end of 2015/start of 2016 exactly to give the possibility to people to change their MB like exactly from yours due to the big disappointment! Maybe changing to the Gigabyte 970 could solve your start-up issue: ) The second rule about building a pc is to not buy cheap on MB, because when you buy cheap you always buy twice (and could break other components) But anyway, have fun with it :D

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Good first build. Suggestions for blue screens and long boot time. Did you make a boot usb for windows 10 from an already working windows 10 machine? If so when you booted from it to install did you chose UEFI boot portion of the usb? In the bios I turn off CSM so it will force only UEFI bootable items. Also don't adjust the memory timings at all when installing windows. Let the MOBO find the optimal settings and let it ride until you are able to boot and all is okay and all your stuff is loaded. After chose the XMP profile and see how it goes. I had the same problem just a few days ago. I presume you have a windows key and you should enter that upon installation when prompted even if you are re installing an already activated key. You can then later go into your profile and re activate your pc to the key if that is what happened. Finally if it is a used HDD you can use the command prompt feature under repair your computer option when first installing windows and then use DISKPART command to "Clean" the HDD prior to installing windows. This will also help to wipe and previous UEFI boot partitions that may have been present. Private message me for further help if needed. I have achieved extremely fast boot times with an HDD 7200 before so I don't believe that is the issue.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't blue screen, it just shuts off sometimes and then immediately reboots. Hasn't happened in about a week, though. The copy of Windows 10 I bought was the USB "builder's version" that some guy at microcenter suggested. It's not from a different PC.

Also, I didn't change anything because I haven't the slightest clue what I would even change or what to change the things to. I haven't even seriously considered overclocking anything right now because of this,

I just have a lot to learn, honestly. Luckily, everything is running at healthy temperatures. At least I didn't mess that up.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

3 questions. Why not Ryzen, why a sound card, and why Radeon?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Because I have no idea what I'm doing :) I'm trying to learn, though. Also, some guy suggested the GPU and I knew nothing about it. I have no problem with the CPU I have right now, as far as I know.

Edit: I seriously believed I NEEDED a sound card in order to hear anything... I feel retarded. But, I mean, it has optical audio which I want for a headset I'm planning on getting. I guess it's not horrible that I got it.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you build this very recently? The FX CPUs are old and under performing compared to the zen architecture. Bulldozer is dated and bad, in addition to requiring the old DDR3 memory. Also your motherboard should have integrated sound that is not all that bad, sound cards are really not needed in modern builds.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I built it a bit before Christmas. I was mainly trying to save money over anything, which is kind of why I went with DDR3. I already want different parts, unfortunately.

Are the CPUs honestly that bad, though? I seriously haven't had any issues with games, other than my GPU being the way it is. Also, noob question (I'm really lacking on info here, forgive me), but would I need to change all of my other parts if I got something that was DDR4? My GPU is DDR5 apparently; so, I'm assuming I wouldn't need to, as I've heard they will work with other mem types. If not, I'll probably look into some other parts relatively soon. I suppose I'll need to get a different CPU when I decide I've finally had enough with the RX 550.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, the upside to the FX cpus and bulldozer architecture is they are not limited in speed like the zen architecture. AMD should hopefully have that figured out with zen 2 this year.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm. Well, I'll keep my eyes on the Ryzen CPUs over the next few months.

Thank you for your help. I like how I'm actually getting feedback from here on how to improve. It's extremely helpful!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not letting me edit my comment, but I misread something that I wanted to correct. My GPU is GDDR5, which makes total sense. Also, I'm figuring out the DDR3 VS DDR4 thing on my own; so, I apologize for bombarding you with questions lol. I'm obviously going to need to research a bit more.

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  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I, uh... No. I guess I didn't realize flashing was necessary and I assumed it was a "restorative feature" of some sort. Also, weird. I may try that with the RAM.

I'm definitely going to order that hub so I can use it until I can get a bigger, better mobo. I'm lucky it's so cold out right now or everything would likely be running pretty hot inside my case.

Thank you for your advice. It definitely helps!

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  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I just ordered a different case to help with that and some other stuff. I didn't realize the cable management was that big of an issue until I saw a bunch of other PC builds recently. Thank you!

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