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So I had to buy a MacBook Pro for school (film student) and now that I graduated I figured I'd treat myself with a new gaming/HTPC for my living room. So after designing a budget pc that fit my needs within my budget with some pcpartpicker forum members, thank you everyone who helped out, I started buying things gradually.

I originally intended to use my old pcs case, PSU and optical drive. But soon after the new parts starting arriving I realized that that wouldn't cut it.

First came the ram and GPU. Then the motherboard and processor came. Then the SSD, case and DVD drive came. Then lastly the OS and PSU arrived yesterday.

After the OS and PSU arrive it was only about an hour for the pc to be up and running. There were no hiccups with installing either the hardware or software and I'm pretty happy with the set up.

Only two issues, the Optical drive is kinda loud, I did only pay 16$ for it so really I shouldn't complain, and when watching videos from the Internet the video is kinda jumpy. I have a 120hrz tv but my video card only allows for 60hrz on this panel. Idk why. I haven't been able to play a game on it yet so idk if its just an Internet video playback problem or a problem with my pc/monitor set up. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Anyway, thanks for the help guys, this is a sweet set up.

Comments

  • 81 months ago
  • 9 points

HOLY HELL. ORGANIZE DEM CABLES.

  • 81 months ago
  • 3 points

I would of only gotten 8gb of ram and then put that extra $50 into the cpu to get a 3570k, and maybe upgrade your motherboard a bit. Also Ive never heard of FSP group, Id keep an eye on that PSU.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

FSP Group's Raider series is pretty reliable actually. They are 80 plus gold efficiency when drawing below 20% load.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you could have gotten better/cheaper parts. Still, good idea.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Doc_Gore/saved/1pjN

Got you better video card with 2GB of V-Ram. Better SSD, and Motherboard, AND I made it an Mini-ITX build so it can fit it in your media center. Also made it 100$ cheaper (at least where I live in Texas) (I know you already built it, but this is for people who might want to make an HTPC / Mini-ITX build for around 1000$)

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a bad build, but that is an ATX case, you are better off getting an ATX motherboard instead of a small ITX in that larger case

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

there is really no point in him goin with that mobo since he doesnt have and unlocked cpu. the mobo he has is fine for the cpu he has

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a better mini itx build for $1000. Here it is: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Ggadget/saved/1pp7

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

How well does the 7850 work (benchmark wise in games)because i have a 7770 right now and i would rather want to upgrade to a 7850 or a 7870.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

How do I benchmark it?

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Well i really mean like hows the quality of your games. Does the 7850 max everything? Play everything at decent frame rates? Just wondering.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I just downloaded Bioshock Infinite last night. When I get home from work/ class I'll play it and let you know.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

please reply when you get the chance

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

So, I played bio shock infinite and simraceway so far. Both are on an external 2tb hard drive and I played both on their max settings and with simraceway there were no problems at all. With bioshock the game looks amazing but every now and then there's a couple frames dropped. I'm talking every 10 mins or so. Weirdly it doesn't do it when there are a bunch of NPCs running around. Only after I've cleared a room and I'm looking for a way out. Weird.

But yea, plays bioshock infinite maxed out pretty easily with no real complaints.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I probably should have pointed this out but I bought the parts for this rig slowly over time. I know I could have spent more money and bought better things but I bought what I could afford at the time.

There are some things on the list hat I don't have yet, one set of ram, one video card, Blu-ray drive and a 1tb HDD.

I'm getting the HDD and maybe the Blu-ray drive this week. I'll get another video card sometime next month and since I'm not doing any video editing on here, I have a beefy MacBook Pro for that, I doubt I'll end up getting another 8g of ram.

Turns out I only have that video problem while watching Hulu. Go figure.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Could have gotten a 7950 rather than 2 7850's and you could have upgraded your CPU by sacrificing 8 GB of that RAM. All in all though that build should serve you well, even if you could have gotten more for your money.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management is a hot mess. That case does you absolutely no favors in that department.

It might be a budget case, but plenty of budget cases at least provide an outlet for cable management.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

help me, i just installed the hdd harddrive and now my computer runs like ****. my graphics processing and gaming graphics plummeted and i dont know what to do

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows the GPU? HEard that HIS' brand sucks, that it crashes your PC all the time. Is it true?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

My computer has not crashed once. No issues here, literally nothing bad or unexpected has ever happened.

  • 81 months ago
  • -1 points

This is a pretty good build. The only thing you could've done better with was the GPU. Instead of getting two outdated GPUs, it would've been better to spend the same amount of money on a card like the GTX 670 or the Radeon 7950. Even there you could've thrown in an extra 30$ to get a Radeon 7970. Other than that I think you did good with pretty much everything else. Are you also going to be using this computer for editing?

  • 81 months ago
  • 6 points

7850's aren't outdated...

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I was going to say somewhat outdated but either way my point was made. They're surpassed by something else and they're not that current to be honest.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

They are in the current series, they just aren't the most powerful cards in the current series. Either way they are more than capable of gaming, and certainly HTPC uses.

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

Lol they're are finally upstaged by one card after a full year on the market and by not that much.. it becomes "outdated" seriously -.- some people cease to amaze me with their view of technology.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

bro, it's part of the 7000 series. Therefore it's in AMD's latest series. Tell me it's outdated when the 8000 series comes out in a few months. I think what you mean to say is that it's not the most powerful card of the 7000 series.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Either way, I'm sure everyone will agree that it is smarter to get one stronger, faster, better GPU than two lesser ones. Especially when it comes to functionality of how well they work (driver support)

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I completely agree. However there is an exception, if you start out with one mid range GPU you could cheaply add a second one later and have a very fast setup.