Description

So this is my first build. I have been on an old HP for the last few years and lately it hasnt been cutting it so at the beginning of the year I started saving! I know a lot of people arent huge fans of AMD stuff but it fit my budget and contrary to what a lot of people say this thing has no problems eating up just about every game I thow at it!

Part Reviews

CPU

Highly underappreciated processor. Cheap and efficient is the only way to discribe this thing.

Motherboard

Heard a lot of people having issues with this board on NewEgg but I am yet to have an issue with it. I like all the USB ports and the built in audio card is fantastic!

Memory

It's RAM. Not much else to add.

Storage

Learned after buying it that Kingston pulled a bait and switch and made them slower. As a first time SSD owner I didnt notice it but I will be getting a better one soon.

Storage

Never had a problem with a Western Digital product and they continue to impress. Picked this one up cheap and my only regret is not buying two.

Video Card

I wish I could add more stars to this review. This is the most bang-for-your-buck card you can get. Paired with the FX 6300 it is able to get a stable 60fps at 1440x900 in most games.

Case

Got to take the good with the bad in this case. The good is that it came with three fans that provide great airflow and the one on the front is a blue LED which matches my setup making it a bonus. The bad is the ABHORENT cable management issues. This case has an area around back to rout your cables yes but getting them all in there and tied down to where you can put the side pannel back on is damn near impossible.

Power Supply

For $40 I cant complain about this. EVGA has never let me down and continues to impress with this greatly priced PSU.

Operating System

Went with Windows 7 because I pulled the code from an old laptop and with the free upgrade to Windows 10 coming soon it seemed stupid to blow money on Windows 8. Windows 7 will always remain my favorite OS, easy to use and simple to learn.

Comments

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Fantastic build,especially for the first one(way,way,way better then mine). The parts are wistfully chosen and some very nice pics to go with it. My only concern is the kingston ssd,which is bad for the price,but that's ok,it will still give you a pretty fast experience. I'd also recommend in the future to get a aftermarket cooler, like a Hyper 212 EVO or a larger enermax cooler. Then you can throw in some overclocks and get a beastly performance out of the nice cpu you have. You should have a great gaming experience that will last you years to come,I hope you enjoy your experiences with this rig.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build and a very good part selection here! Well done!! Can that cpu power cable be routed around behind the motherboard? Would look so much better!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Similarly, I started out with both that motherboard and that same case. Both ended up having irreversible problems, unfortunately. I did like that Challenger case. Air flow was great.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good build for 600 dollars.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

A few comments...

R9 280 is EXTREMELY overkill for your resolution. I mean, that thing is capable of 1440p on games like Battlefield 4. To say it's great for 1600x900 is an understatement.

Also, I'm not really sure I'd want to name a computer after a certain rocketship... just saying.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Reading the comments on this build makes me excited because I plan on building the same machine in the near future (no ssd and different case). Would something like this be able to run arma3 and other more demanding titles on high settings? Thanks for your advice!

Also nice to see the AMD support here...was starting to doubt my future build :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I can play GTAV on high(not ultra) at stable 60fps, along with modded skyrim(High res texuture mods/light ENB) At 60fps without issue. I love this build

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply! That is good to hear! Enjoy your build

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  • 54 months ago
  • 4 points

AMD owner here, I couldn't agree more. I own the A10-7700K and I overclocked it to 4.1ghz, and it does everything well. I prefer Nvidia cards however, they run cooler and quieter which i'm a sucker for, that and I've just always done Nvidia, other than when I bought my PC prebuilt and it had an R7 250, which wasn't terrible, but I realized pretty quick I needed an upgrade. :P