Description

So I decided this year to fulfill a long time dream of mine with my tax returns and build myself a gaming computer! I had a budget of about $800 and stuck pretty close to it. I had to include a mouse, keyboard, and headset in that. I didn't have to worry about a monitor, as I'll be using one of two tvs in the house.

I was closer than I ended up, but decided I HAD to stretch enough for a SSD. Speaking of the SSD, I am aware NOW of the issues going on with the one I chose, but didn't until I had already ordered it. I figure that I won't notice that much since I've never had a SSD before so I'll just deal with it.

I'm planning to use this mostly for MMOs, Sims, Skyrim, maybe a few other games. I expect that I'll upgrade as I need to, but I went for something a little more basic to start since I wasn't sure if I'd be able to handle this much lol. I might look into overclocking, but at this point I feel like that's a little over my head.

Had a moment of panic when I plugged it in and hit the psu switch and nothing happened. Then my boyfriend mentioned the power button and I realized, I didn't hit it! Once I did that, it works and gets to POST. That's as far as I'm going tonight, until I get the SSD in! I'll update with my adventures in setting it up tomorrow or Thursday!

UPDATE

So I just spent about six hours getting this thing set up! I really have to say that the internet is a life saver. I ran into several issues along the way with getting everything configured right, but I'm finally finished! I have my first games installing now.

Part Reviews

Case

I love this case! The design is very minimal which I was looking for. I adore the military theme of it. It feels very solid and sturdy with the steel they used for the whole case. The handles on the top are attached very firmly and don't roll in your hands. They also snap back down when you let go, which keeps them out of the way. The side panel clamps are sturdy and hold the panels on solidly but easy to open. I love the tool-less design for adding parts. The built-in cable management is a blessing, keeping all your cables hidden in the back.

Operating System

It got the job done, but not without problems. Still, quite worth finding the work-arounds just for the price!

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Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't see how you accumulated the allowance to build this computer, because you sir have not been doing the dishes. Haha just kidding Great build +1

  • 47 months ago
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Lol. I had just finished a big dinner!

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

PSU was a bit overkill for this build but it is a top tier unit that will last a long time and give you headroom for a second 380 down the road if you wanted. Getting the 6300 you almost have to overclock lol, that thing can pump out some serious power when done properly. And don't worry about the SSD, it's still a great unit, just not as good as they were before the "issues". Also, that case looks awesome.

Fantastic build for a first timer, you're going to love it! +1

  • 47 months ago
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That was basically my thoughts for the PSU. And yeah, the case is amazing!

Thanks, I think I am.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

get an aftermarket cpu cooler and get that cpu to 4.5ghz, great build and enjoy

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I sure will!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

W...Windows...7? why?

  • 47 months ago
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It was the cheapest one and until mid year, you can get the free upgrade to Windows 10!

  • 47 months ago
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Would you recommend buying Windows 7 to immediately upgrade to Windows 10?

  • 47 months ago
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I'm not sure yet lol. Haven't installed the OS quite yet.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Why didn't you go for intel? I thought intel is better at gaming.

  • 47 months ago
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Depends on the budget and which cpu. In general Intel is usually better but at this price point intel is useless in gaming except for the Pentium g3258, the 6 core processor will allow you to do more than just gaming, like he could do some editing and such in the future and its a better overclocker than most intel cpus. intel is only worth it if you have alot of money.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty much this. For what I had to spend, AMD was the only way to go.

PS I'm a woman lol

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

lol you being a woman makes what diference?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

you have a steam account? you seem cool..

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Should've gotten a i5 or an i3 so you can enjoy better performance than what you're getting from the obsolete AMD CPUs

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it, wonder how it would look with neon green liquid cooling?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

See, I've thought about it, but I decided to go with more of a stealth look. I didn't even plug in the power led on it. I want to get some decals to make it look like an old ammo can.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

ditto on the RAM. you want it to be either slots 1 & 3 or 2 & 4.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I fixed it when I installed my SSD.