This is my first gaming build. Any questions? Ask away.
New photos with the GPU posted!
I'm just a bit confused.. with this budget you could've done much better
Edit: I would like to add that there is nothing wrong with this build. I don't want you to think I think this is terrible or something
Ditto. This community is just full of individuals who like to squeeze performance out of every penny, so a build such as this kind of goes against that. I didn't down vote this build, MrHallows, just so you know ;)
Well, thank you.
The case is more expensive than your CPU... interesting...
Should have looked at alternatives. I don't want to sound like a wiener, but you could have done better for the money.
Thanks for the comments, guys.
First off, haha yes, I totally spent more than I should have and I could have done much better for the money. Please take into consideration that this is my very fist build. I started with the intention of doing a budget build ($400-$500). Obviously, that didn't play out. I had to buy each component separately, so money management was in disarray. Also, I forgot to mention, I didn't recycle a few of the parts. The PSU, optical drive, and OS I already had.
As for the case.. I mean, come on.. I pretty much jizzed my pants when I saw it, so that was definitely a want rather than a need.
I have decided to buy an HD 7870, though and use that. I know, I know.. Any opposers? Any ideas? Aside from buying a new CPU and motherboard, of course.
Sorry for this beastly comment. I just wanted to lay everything out. Thank you for the feedback.
Let the haters hate. One thing about haters is they always complain but don't provide solutions. Sure you overpaid on your build but it really isn't as bad as people are making it seem. Now had you gotten a gtx titan and an I3 then you might have deserved this hate but your build really wasn't as bad as people are making it seem.
Well, thank you. I very much appreciate you saying so. And yes, if I were to use an i3 and a Titan, I would be much more of a fool than I thought.
Please excuse my grammatical error. ("Also, I forgot to mention, I didn't recycle a few of the parts.") I meant to say did, not didn't.
Also, you know there's something wrong with a part list when the case is the most expensive thing...
The most expensive component being your case is usually an indicator that you didn't invest your money in performance places.
With budget could have gone the non-APU route, picked up a FX-6300 for cheaper, and decent Mobo (970) for cheaper, cheaper RAM, a cheaper case to all put towards like a 7870 or something.
Look at my latest build for an example... 7950, FX-6300, etc. for $725.00, and could have made it even cheaper than that if I wanted to skimp a bit on some things.
I like the idea of the hybrid HDD. I really hope that you'll be investing/saving for a GPU soon.
The hybrid drive is actually pretty awesome. It is a great deal, pricewise, and it most certainly performs well. And yeah, I added a Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 to the mix.
huh, comon people, -11 downvotes, just because you don't agree with their choices doesn't mean you can be a **** about it
Haha! Well, apparently I completely butchered my first build. 16 down votes.. Jesus. Perhaps next build I'll just post it as completed first and read the comments before I make any purchases. As for my opinion, sure, I could have done a lot better. But this does run all of the games I want it to from Medium to Maxed Out settings. I'll get better at this as I go, but for now, I love this PC. :)
They are a harsh crew, that's for damn sure. When you do your mock build for the next one, post it on the forums for Part Options Opinions Wanted. Then you get the beat down BEFORE you buy the parts, and have the option to change things up per their suggestions and your tastes/research.
<3 Starlana +1'nd this for my man here making his own PC <3
I gave you a plus one for doing your own build. It's daunting at first. I thought I knew enough and realized I'd only scratched the surface...
My first build, I had an idea of what parts I wanted. At the time I didn't realize that different GPU manufacturers had different specs for the same model, I didn't know what a huge difference there was between MBs from the same manufacturer. Heck, there was a lot I didn't know. To make matters worse, when I went out to purchase parts I'd often run into situations where the part I wanted was out of stock and I'd end up getting what I thought was an equal or nearly equal part that turned out to be not so great.
Live and learn. I made the build work for me. When the caps popped a year later, I did more research, saved, and purchased the next MB/CPU in a combo. Then, for my last personal gaming build, I knew a little more about what to look for in the PSU, Case, MB, and CPU. I searched forums and sites for reviews on particular parts, built sets, other's rigs and found what worked for my budget.
You'll do the same. Or you'll enjoy what your build allows you to do. Either way, congrats on building your computer. I hope you enjoyed it enough to do it again in a year or two. It can be a lot of fun.
Point returned. I appreciate your thorough response, bringing more to the table than most. To retort, I struggled as well with my build. I researched constantly for months before making any purchases. As you may have read, my intention was to lean more on the side of a budget build, but nevertheless, I did not succeed in doing so. In the long run, I ended up spending too much money, although over time, it does not seem so bad. I now need to buy a proper monitor (I am currently using a 32" Vizio HDTV) and am regrettably thinking of purchasing a new CPU and motherboard to fit. I must say, though, finding the perfect ones is no simple task.
I've been there. I wanted to stay nearer to $700 a couple years ago when building the first iteration of my current gaming PC. And as soon as I saw a review of Antec's 1200 case, my budget was a goner.
If you are thinking about a new CPU or MB, I recommend two articles to look for updates on every couple of months. Tom's writes these up every couple months or every quarter - and for those of us still learning, they're a great resource.
Check these out before you head out to buy your MB/CPU combo (and GPU if you end up getting something with a weak on-board graphics solution).
Tom's Best CPU for the Money
Tom's Best Graphics Card for the Money
For the MB, I find PCPP's link functionality to be the best option. You can see what hundreds of other builders are using with a specific CPU, Case, MB, etc. It's one of the best resources to help narrow down or finalize your choices. After that it's a straight google search for the particular brand/model/version of the hardware you're looking at.
Good luck! And don't forget to have fun along the way :)
Thank you for the info. How do you like the i5-3570K and MSI Z77A-G41?
Actually I really like the i5-3570K. It's a great chip and not too far from the performance of the newer i5-4670K. The i5-3570K is very nice and I've read that it does well with overclocking - which I imagine my two boys will want to start doing soon.
As for the MSI board, I've had no real problems with either of the two I am currently using (mirror build = 2 of each part). Though the newer of the two is experiencing strange network disconnects - but that could be my Fiber connection running through a switch, router, and switch again. I really haven't had a chance to mess with it since my wife uses that connection for work.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as a good budget board. I like the fast boot. Feels closer to SSD boot speed than a straight HDD.
Nice build, though this is an APU - based built. I love how you managed to maintain your budget below $1.5k.
Thank you. Yeah, it was my first build, so I didn't exactly know what was best. I am currently waiting to upgrade to an AMD FX model CPU. Possibly the 8350 or higher. any recommendations?
Any plans for buying an SSD? (I saw your SSHD by the way.) If yes, I recommend Samsung SSDs, since OCZ has declared bankruptcy several days ago (OCZ SSDs is the best in terms of performance, but most of their SSDs are very expensive, which this might brought the company to bankruptcy).
And if you're getting the FX 9370 and 9590 CPUs, I highly not recommend air cooling for them, since both of the CPUs have a very high frequency and thus need liquid cooling to maintain the CPU's temperature. Thus, it's only compatible with selected AM3+ motherboards. I best recommend to stay with your choice (FX - 8350). But, if you really like performances, you may buy it :)
EDIT: Why did people really hate APUs so much...its performance isn't really that bad...
Not bad for mid-range games, for $800 I could put together a pretty good gaming rig.
Awesome! How does the APU perform with the 2133 ram?
That ram has a CL of 11... I am going with a similar build, I purchased all the parts. I am just waiting for them to come. I got a good price (75.99 Shipping and taxes) on GSkill 2133 CL9 and it sais it's good for APUs on the box which was interesting. Ratings are also good. I hope I did better.
It is awesome, regardless of its cas latency of 11. I love it. Plus, if you want to overclock it, it can be water cooled.
should be great at 720p. above that it is horrid.
It can run BF3 on medium settings at 1080p. Not really "horrid".
Mine runs at 25-30 FPS, I don't know where you get 20 from.
and that is horrid xD
anyway, to the OP -> are you eventually going to get a GPU?
that's a nightmare. 25..20..all the same...unplayable
Not really. I typically play in 1080 on high settings and things run pretty smoothly.
I don't want to complain it's a nice build but for $870 you could make a better gaming system
Here's what I would have done with it: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Ihs4
It's rare that the most costly part of a build is the case.
WOW I was amazed at how much downvotes... Until I see the prices. Parts are good, Ram is OKish, good you didn't go over. I was going for the same mobo and bouth a ATX mid-tower case. Now I changed my mind and took a cheaper one still ASUS though.
I was going for 2 things to ask you;
1-Do you like the performance of that Hybrid drive? (after a couple of uses, is it quick?)
2-That CPU cooler, it's really well rated among several users. What do you think about it? I would suggest adding temps to the forums, describing more what you were going for and probably adding some pictures.)
I would of liked to know why such case, it's THE most expensive part of the build yet no cable management pics. Quite disappointed, it does seem clean of what we can see.
Also, my GPU will arrive in a few days, so I will post some updated photos once I install it.
Still -1 vote? Haha.
Could've spent less on RAM, storage, and the case and gotten a decent GPU and like an FX-6300 or something.
no gpu? for a gaming rig.?.. good luck with that...
sorry. not a fan of this build. A10 is best for less than $400 builds (not including OS).
I'd suggest selling off the cpu/mobo and getting a fx-6300+970.
You could have done much better with the money this has no Gpu as well... SHAME
Same cost, much better. Do some research before buying things.
For nearly $700 you could've built yourself a much better gaming rig.
Yeah, I heard.
Love that case!!
But no GPU for gaming build?
Check the updated list. :)
Man you do you and let the rest just hate. The build looks great. Sure some of the parts that you got you could have went a different direction but who's to say that you won't change your mind and replace them. You have some good quality parts. Also you have some great cable management. Nice build. We are all here to learn, share idea's and opinions and most importantly to help one another. I maybe a noob to lol but if you ever need any advice on anything in near future don't hesitate to shoot me a message and I will get back to you asap.
Thank you, dude. Much appreciated. And I have learned a lot since I built this, so the advice thing can work both ways. Haha.
I apologize for the late reply, but thank you. This was what everyone needs to hear, (or read in this case.) I appreciate your encouraging comment and offer for advice.
umm no gpu?
It's an APU.
The a10 has a low-decent onboard graphics for lower budget systems. I would have personally spent a lot less on a case/motherboard and gotten a 750k and a 7850 instead but if it meets his needs then thats fine.
$800 system "lower budget"
ya i know, he messed up but lets try not to run salt onto the wound.
His A10 has onboard graphics
Yes, but for a gaming build, it would still be smart to go with a better graphics solution. For example, he could still go with dedicated graphics AND use the integrated graphics in the CPU by Crossfire-ing the A10 with a dedicated HD6670 or something.
Yeah but by then its pointless. Either you build a Computer using the APU or build a FX machine and use dedicated. The price for a FX-6300 and a 7870/7950 is very similar to a A10-6800 and a lame dedicated HD 6670 GPU.
Or, you could disable the integrated graphics entirely and overclock the crap out of it in the future so it can keep up with decent cards. I'm not saying that it's suitable, I'm just saying it's possible.
Well that would be even more pointless since its just a Athlon with igpu and you just wasted an extra $100 dollars instead of just getting the 750k.
could have done this and been way better off with this build.