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IF THIS IS TL;DR FOR YOU PLEASE NOTE

1.)THE CABLE MANAGEMENT DOESN'T LOOK THAT GOOD BECAUSE I GOT A CHEAP CASE

2.) ALL OF THE PICS WERE TAKEN WITH A REALLY BAD CELLPHONE CAMERA ( the lg l90. A very bad phone and I'm helping you out by saying that you should never get it)

This was a build for my brother and I to game, run flight sim and do school work on. these parts came from my uncle and grandpa that planned on building his own computer but never did, so he gave the parts to me to build with. That is why most of the parts are $0.00; the total amount is what we actually ended up spending.

Mobo/CPU/GPU/PSU/HDD/Monitor

These are the parts that were given to us. I am very happy about these parts. They work great in conjunction and the CPU competes very closely with the i5 3570k from what I've seen. Unfortunately when it comes to 3D rendering the FX 8350 is much slower . When it comes to choosing a mobo, other than very basic things like part compatibility, BIOS comfortability, and overall user satisfaction, I really don't know my opinion on this mobo. Although I've never used a UEFI BIOS but I like it very much. The GPU was actually given to me by my dad. I like it very much too, as from what I've seen it preforms as well as the 750 and 750ti plus some of the 7900 series variants from AMD. Some of the more demanding games that I've played, like Max Payne 3, BattleField, the newer Thief and minesweeper have given me almost zero problems.

OS

My dad had a Windows key that I could use so I took that opportunity.

Case

Needed a cheap case so I got the best looking and roomy case for the cheapest price which was a bad idea because I no room for cable management and had to squish all the leftover cables in the right corner of the case.

This was my first completed build guide so if I made any mistakes, grammatical or otherwise, just point it out in the comments.

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Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 because its AMD... I like AMD... you get more props because you built it... enjoy... how much ram is in there?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

8gb of G.SKILL Ares.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Asus makes very solid MoBos, and this one is pretty user-friendly. I have used the M5A Evo and Pro in different buildings. I had no problem with either board. The rest of your parts should provide you with good performance. You found out the hard way that a good case makes the build much easier for cable management. Also, using a full modular power supply. We'll make life much easier. Enjoy your build, save up some money, and upgrade your case and power supply when you can.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thany you. :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

These are a good mix of parts. I share the same CPU and I can agree, rendering does not compete with Intel chips well. We miss out on hyperthreading and single core performance, but for the price, you can't really complain, especially your price. You've got a very generous family, but I hope your dad has his butt covered. It's a bit unethical to just hand out a windows key from his job. I hope he doesn't get audited soon.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I asked him how he gets the keys and he told me those are just unused keys that the company never used and that definitely no stealing went under way.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I hope that's true. It would really suck if someone else in his department tried to use that key to install on a new users pc and found out your dad took it home. Just because it's unused doesn't mean it was never intended to be used. I mean, unless they switched to, like 8.1, or some other OS, I don't really see how a company would be okay with him just taking home a $100 piece of software.

But whatever I guess. I know our company locks down stuff like that pretty strictly and somebody would probably be let go over something like that.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

well said... ethics officer!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe they could've been. Anyhow I trust that he knows what he's doing. He's a pretty honest person and it took him a while to find that job at the time so I doubt that he would've done anything to jeopardise that. I'll try a clarify with him and make sure I didn't misunderstand him. I'm not in IT so I don't want to make him sound like a thief because I misunderstood him.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Also I'd like to know what did you use to take the pics of you completed build. They look very clear and nice.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't mean to come off as some holier-than-thou arse. I genuinely just hope he'll be okay with his job :)

I'm a professional photographer, so I shoot with a DSLR. I've got a Sony a65 at the moment and those were shot with an 18-250 f3.5 Sony lens.

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Translucent-Mirror-Digital-18-55mm/dp/B005IHAIDO

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

No, you didn't offend me at all. In fact you probably helped me from making my dad sound like a thief. As for you camera, the quality caught my eye considering I've been taking pics with a sub 3 megapixel cell camera on a horrid phone.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Are you planning on adding a second GPU because to me a 650w seems like a lot for this but still awesome that you had pretty much everything handed to you :3

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I don't plan on adding a second GPU. Originally I was supposed to use a 6870 and the power consumption doubles the 660ti under load so that is maybe why I was handed a 650w PSU. But I've been saving up for a better build for a while now, so that is where most of my money will go to.