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My First Gaming Build

by whitewingjek

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Date Published

Feb. 17, 2015

Date Built

Feb. 13, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.02 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

Description

This is the first gaming PC I've built by myself. In the past I had ordered custom built gaming rigs from places like CyberPowerPC. I was not completely satisfied with that build but did it last me a good 3+ years.

I was initially looking at buying an AMD APU with the integrated graphics so I could also try out AMD for the first time while keeping in budget, then things got out of hand. I looked at the reviews for the FX-8350 and was impressed instantly.

After doing more research I picked a liquid cooling system as I always wanted to say I had a PC with it; the fact that the 8350 probably needed something better than the stock cooler was also a reason I got it.

This thing is wicked fast and I have no regrets in any of the parts, especially the SSHD.

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core - I have always been a fan of Intel and never thought I would try AMD, then I purchased a cheap laptop with an AMD APU and that thing blew me away. It played Skyrim like nobody's business. I figured I would give AMD a chance and it has yet to disappoint.

CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid - This was one of the cheapest liquid (not water) cooled CPU coolers with great reviews. I hover around 30C during routine use and 28C idle, never going above 45C during gaming.

Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ - What can I say? Asus has top notch motherboards. I originally bough the ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 which is like a lighter version of the former board. I purchased the M5A99FX PRO instead because it came with USB 3 headers and had no complaining reviews about network driver problems as opposed to the latter board.

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 - These look amazing as compared to ram without the heat spreaders.

Storage: Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid - I didn't want to get a standard HDD because I wanted something fast(er) but didn't want to purchase expensive SSD's with minimal space and have to purchase and HDD to compensate. This speeds things up a bit and give's me great space. The drive is faster than a standard 7200RPM drive but it is NOT as fast as an SSD, but I can't complain; it boots up fast.

Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB - I realize this is an older card but it does the job just fine in most of the game's I play. Skyrim looks beautiful. Crysis 3 plays on high settings flawlessly; I mean it—I mean it, no lag— which completely surprised me. I will upgrade to a 770 or 970 when the price drops significantly.

Case: Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower - The case is alright. I had to purchase a small fan to fit on top as an exhaust fan because the liquid cooling fan is rather large. Also there is very little room too fit wires on the opposing side of the window behind the motherboard. Other than that can't complain, great stable case.

Optical Drive Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer - Standard optical drive.

Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit) I got this one for free as the university I attend gives out free copies to it's students via MSDNAA.

Monitor Asus VE247H 23.6" - The monitor is so big; I love it the size. The only thing I wish it had was a light sensor like my old LG monitor had where it would change the brightness based on external light sources. But the display is flawless, and the games look beautiful.

Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle w/Optical Mouse - Cheapest gaming mouse/keyboard combo I could find and it doesn't disappoint. The mouse comes with a DPI changer and it's pretty useful. The keyboard keys scratch up pretty easy but it is being felt up by my hand all day.

I also bought a red LED light stick to light up the case a little but it's not as bright as a cathode light would have been, or maybe my placement is wrong. I also bought a battery back-up system and I love that thing almost as much as the computer itself.

TLDR: Love my computer, tell me what you think based on the parts and pics!

Comments Sorted by:

Kayak001 2 points 45 months ago

I would put the LED strip closer, so it does not flare in people's eyes!

whitewingjek submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

There's not really anywhere else I could put except in the middle of the glass case. It's too large to fir up top because of the CD/DVD bays and the radiator for the H60.

Kayak001 1 point 45 months ago

I meant closer to the edge. It looks closer to the PSU and not near the edge of the case window.

whitewingjek submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Yeah you were right, I moved it closer to the window, and it looks better imo.

Kayak001 1 point 45 months ago

See! Now it does not shine in people's eyes as much.

ZombieStew 0 points 45 months ago

Decent. Would have skipped screen for a different CPU, but looks like it'll do the job

PCLegend 2 points 45 months ago

Why? that cpu is just as powerful as others out there.

ZombieStew 1 point 45 months ago

When you say "just as" if you're referring to an i5, then yes. It is still isn't near the performance of an i7

ZombieStew 0 points 45 months ago

Doesn't compare to the later i7s

PCLegend 2 points 45 months ago

i7's don't cost $160, therefore this 8350 is a really powerful chip. This is a comparison of the 8350 and i7-4790k http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i7-4790K-vs-AMD-FX-8350

ZombieStew 0 points 45 months ago

Implying that CPU boss is even a valid comparison? Okay XD Have fun with your underpowered chips

whitewingjek submitter 1 Build 0 points 45 months ago

The 8350 is not as powerful as the most recent i7's yet the 8350 is nowhere near under-powered. It performs well in every game I've played so far and is far from the bottleneck in my build. Also as PCLegend mentioned, the 8350 is cheap compared to the intel i7's. Price to performance wise, the 8350 is pretty hard to beat regardless of the better performance the i7 series delivers.