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This computer was the first one I've ever build, and I have been looking for ages to build this computer. I picked out these main components for playing games at 1080p, and schoolwork. I loved building it, and one thing that inspired me is that I don't see many 14 year old kids building computers on PCPartPicker, like me. Almost everything worked great from the beginning except for the WiFi adapter, but I'll get into that later. Anyway, here it is:

CPU: I chose this because I have seen many people recommending this for budget gaming computers, and I was on about a $700 budget, so it looked pretty good for my uses. It works great, and I didn't have to update the BIOS on my motherboard like the errors said, but I also read the reviews of the motherboard first, and it said that it would work fine.

CPU cooler: Just an OK cooler to replace the stock one. I am having one major problem with is though and that is that the fan seems to be running 100% all the time... If anyone knows how to change that please respond.

Motherboard: One of the cheaper chip set 970 motherboards, and it came with a combo with the CPU for $20 off, so that's great. It also looks cool, had SATA 3 for all of its ports, Fast RAM speed, and multiple PCIE 2.0 slots.

Memory: One of the 5 or so sets of CAS latency 9 2x4 kits at the time for the same price, so I chose the one tat would match the rest of my parts. Nothing to complain about on this.

Storage: The Seagate Barracuda. It was either this or the WD Caviar Blue, and this one had a combo deal at the time, so I went with this. Works great so far, and it has 1 TB of storage, so I should't need to add another HDD for a while. Adding an SSD was higher on my list of things to do.

Graphics Card: This card is pretty amazing for $100. It preforms as well as a $150 card from what the internet says, and it has 3 ports that are all usable in the future for me, and it looks cool. Although there was no Never Settle Forever thing with it, I still like it.

Case: I love this case. It looks cool, has good airflow, comes with 3 fans built in (I do plan to replace these), Fan speed controllers for 6 fans, USB 3.0, bottom mounted PSU, good cable management, and a painted interior. I don't think it could be beat by another budget case.

PSU: Corsair CX500, the only thing to complain about here is that it isn't modular, the only reason I didn't go for the CX500M was that it was like $30 more at the time. Despite what people say, if you don't have an optical drive, non modular power supplies aren't that bad.

OS: Ah here it is... The OS that everyone hates... I have read tons of reviews on this, and I decided to give it a go. turns out that Windows 8.1 is actually pretty great, in my opinion, and that there is only one major flaw for me. My WiFi adapter didn't work, even though newegg said it was compatible, Encore said it was compatible, and even had a driver for it, and apparently it isn't compatible. I don't know, maybe it is compatible, I am just too far from the router, but my XBOX 360 works just fine and it is sitting 2 feet away from it. Oh well, I ended up with working Ethernet, but Ill cover that later. Other than that, I love Windows 8 so far.

Network adapter: First I started with an Encore N300, but windows, my WiFi, or the distance from mpy router didnt like it, so I went to office max and picked up a Belkin USB adapter, but it still didnt work( at this point I just though Windows 8 hated the internet) I returned the Belkin one, and kept the encore one(The packaging was ripped to shreds by my cousin), and went to trusty amazon.com and bought a power line Ethernet kit, and that worked great. I wished that I had just done that before, and anybody thinking about power line Ethernet, do it. Anyway, that worked out great for my case.

Peripherals: For the keyboard and mouse, I just bought cool looking wireless stuff with good reveiws, and a pretty cheap price tag, because if I ever want good ones, I would want go go wired, and then I would have to get a desk and stuff, and I am not interested in that right now. I also use Beats solo HD to listen, and Turtle Beaches(Turtle Beach Call of Duty: Black Ops II KILO Limited Edition Stereo Gaming Headset) as a microphone, and I have nothing to complain about for any of this except for that the keyboard feels pretty cheap, but what can you expect for a cheap wireless keyboard.I also got a 3.5 mm headphone jack extender for sitting on the couch and listening at the same time.

Overall this built took me about five hours from boxes to first Windows 8 boot, and I am very happy with it. If there is any feedback that you have to say about anything, please post it below. Thank you to all of the folks on PCPartPicker for helping me understand how building a PC works, ad helping me pick the parts.

Comments

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the same cpu and graphics card. How do you like them so far? Are you planning on a OC?

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

So far, I am liking them a lot. I played on an Intel core i5 laptop with no graphics card before, so this is a big step up haha. anyway, I plan on overclocking the cpu for sure, as the temps are around 10 degrees not under load and never go above 30 degrees under load, but I don't know about the graphics card, I have heard that it is not good at overclocking, but that is also almost always cool.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Well there are fellow 14 year olds. ;) I like the PC! I also had problems with my TP-Link, it just had awfull signal and had to get an Ethernet cable as well.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

i may be missing it but on you cpu cooler is there a fan attached? fellow fx-6300 users +1 but im running a 770

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

i dont see a fan on it either, looks like the top fan is plugged into the CPU fan header so i assume he put it there? for some reason?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

thats what i though........weird

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey guys, sorry about the confusion, I just took the fan off for the picture because it was quite bulky and blocked a lot of the light coming in to the case, so if I left it in there, you wouldn't have been able to see some of the insides. right after the picture, I put the fan right back on. there's one problem though, I can't seem to get the fan to stop running 100%... so that's weird, but everything else is great.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

where do you have it plugged in at because it looks like one of your case fans is in the cpu fan header on your mobo. if you fan is plugged into the psu it will run at 100%.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

good budget build, nice and clean as well

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. I'm in the same boat pretty much as far as being the few of my age that build computers. anyways, how does the CPU perform at stock speeds, given the fact that even tough it is 3.5 GHz, it's a 6-core processor?