Description

Hi! Thanks for checking out my build!

This is my first build (btw I'm 14). EDIT : 15 by now :D

This build was intended to be around 600$, but, with a bit of help of my mom, I managed to get an even more serious gaming machine. I tried to choose the best "Bang for your buck" parts, so I naturally turned myself to AMD for the cpu and graphics card. I've heard a lot of good things about both the CPU and GPU, particularly from this OC version of the 270X. I plan on overclocking the FX at around 4.0 ghz to 4.2 ghz, so I picked up a big cpu cooler in the same "Bang for your buck spirit. I then chose the other components I needed by the price listing given by PCPartPicker. Even though I had some criteria, it was an easy process.

Today (Nov 27 2013), I have gathered the first parts I got from the mail, and assembled what I could. Don't mind the date and time on the pictures, my camera's clock is not adjusted.

UPDATE (Dec. 3rd 2013)

Today I received all remaining parts, except the hard drive. So I put everything I had together.

This is my first build, so my cable management sucks. So I spared you the nightmare of looking at the other side of the case, for your sanity. ;)

The case does its job, it's really good looking and fairly practical, but the side panel is a little tight with my enormous rad. The other flaw I saw is that the PCI slot covers are pretty weird ; they are detachable, but you can' t put them back, since they were retained by thin metal.

Since I don't have my hard drive yet, I booted the system onto my usb key, which is equipped with Ubuntu (version of Linux), and, I have to say, I didn't encounter any problem with watching Youtube and general pc use.

UPDATE

I currently am running the system

Everything works perfectly well.

The only change I made from the orginal configuration, is the position of the only fan that came with the case, I put it in the back, so it could draw th hot air away from the CPU.

Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 4 points

Any reason you didn't go with the Evo for the same price? The rad is twice as large so it should cool better.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

and it's much quieter.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought it looked a bit better, and I don't care that much about how loud it is.

  • 73 months ago
  • 4 points

Hey, this is very similar to what I'm saving up to build! Although, different parts but about the same price and the same performance.
And no OS because I get them for free from my college in abundance.

Also, the following is a strictly informational and not confrontational copy paste from another build I saw:

But please, for the love that is all electrical components, do not leave the motherboard on top of the antistatic bag that it comes inside of. Only the inside of the bag is antistatic, the outside has the opposite effect.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

What if I turn it inside out? Will it be antistatic?

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, but it's better to just put it on the box and ground yourself (antistatic wrist strap, or the good ol' method of touching some metal to discharge yourself).

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

coulda saved 20 bucks by getting the hyperX predator series sticks, but these match so i guess it's pretty sweet

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

nice budget build! How's the mobo? I heard the 970 series dont OC well, rather the 990fx performs very well

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

They're okay for moderate overclocks. The ones with the larger heat sinks like on the G45. They can't compete with the 990FX though..

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I have an asus 970 board, an 8320, and the hyper 212 plus, I have it oc to 4.2, and the highest temp I have seen is 52c

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah I dont think these mobos are safe with overclocking. I have that myself and I dont even dare to try OC.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Like this build as it is similar to mine, Though I have a preference to Windows 7, Whatever floats your boat works. I would have gone with a WD Caviar Black or Blue personally, I find they have better rates of not failing.

It would be cool if you could get photo's of the completed Build in the case aswell, Though for the time being +1

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

As long as the OS is not Vista, it will work ;)

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

haha

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

The windows 8 was cheaper at that time...bang for your buck... ;)

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

4th of July!

And +1 Great build! Personally would've gone with a Corsair 600W. Not sure how much those are in Canadian dollars. Yes, please photos of it inside a case!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

The Corsair CX600's are about $65-70 here, depending on MIR's and whatnot.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, but I thought that I might need a bit more power, since I plan to Crossfire somewhen.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure 650W will be enough to power an overclocked 6300 and two overclocked 270X's, but I have been know to be wrong sometimes.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

The total estimated wattage from PCPartPicker is 385 watts, so I figured out there should be a bit of room left. but we'll see if works when the time's gonna come :D

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

P.S the time on the pics is not right, I took them on nov 27

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Not bad on your first try. Could have gone with the g46.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the 270x working for you? What games have you played thus far and do you know what FPS you're getting?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

It's working really well! I can pretty much max out Assassin's Creed 3 and 4 while getting around 35 FPS, but if tweak the settings a bit, and I can VSync at 60-70 FPS, and it looks awesome! :D Thanks for asking!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Was you CPU OC succesful? That mobo is not the best at overclocking, as it does not have any VRM heatsinks.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I am currently running at 3800 mhz, and everything runs nice at around 27° idle and around 60° under load. I've got it working up to 4400mhz, but it wasn't worth the extra heat. Thanks for the question BTW! EDIT: I just ran 3DMark 11, and it didn't go higher than 50°C! :D

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid build +1

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

I wouldn't of picked Windows 8.1, I heard it is bad for gaming. Other wise, good job.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

My justification is that it was the cheapest.

Plus, I've seen people saying win.8 had some optimizations that made games better

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah, I know win 8 is good, just 8.1 isn't as good.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, so the problem is 8.1... :(

I hope it gets better eventually! ;)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I was just wondering if you needed thermal paste for the cooler? I got the same one and I'm not sure if it's necessary for installation.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

You always need thermal paste lol.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Applying thermal paste is ALWAYS necessary, as it is a big part of heat transfer to the cooler. Sorry for late answer.

  • 73 months ago
  • -1 points

-1 missing the required pics

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

please read the description please

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  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

this is his build. not yours.