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Hey all,

This is my first personal build to date - and I have learned a lot since I finished it. I chose many of the parts based on newegg.ca top reviews and logical increments. This is a budget rig that could have been better optimized, however I am happy with it. I kind of rushed into this build because I get overzealous when I want something. My research could have been much more thorough. Having said that, I am really pleased with my rig thus far. I am playing new AAA titles at high or ultra settings with 50-60 fps on average.

Before the comments start, I would like to clarify a couple of things:

CABLE MANAGEMENT: I need to improve my cable management, and did it in a bit of a rush. The next time I take apart the rig I will be changing it all around. That includes hiding cables better, utilizing the back panel more and at the same time rotating the CPU cooler now that I realize it could have been arranged horizontally.

AMD FX-8350: I went for this CPU based on the price to performance. I now realize that I may have been better off going with an i5 processor, by adding a bit more budget to this part. All of my research post-build has shown constant Intel bias. While this makes me question my pick for AMD in terms of gaming performance, I have come to the conclusion that this budget build will suit my needs for years to come. The difference of a few FPS is negligible. EDIT: I do plan on overclocking this very soon. I have researched this chip, and know that I can get it to 4.4-4.5 very easily with little voltage increase. I will be doing this in the near future to take advantage of this FX series chip.

CPU Cooler: Yes, I know. This should be horizontally facing, not vertically. But to be honest, my first build was tense and had it's hiccups. This was one of them. If I get a chance to do a tear-down I will obviously position this cooler differently. For now though, my temps are doing very well. Under 100% test load my CPU only hits 58c, so I see no reason to take it apart at this point.

MOBO: This was a no brainer. It has good overclocking potential. This is a solid mobo by Asus.

RAM: I would have been much better off getting two sticks of 8GB. When I built this rig I chose 2x4GB, and then within a months time added a second set to up my system to 16GB.

SSD: This was my first, and probably favorite purchase. The Samsung 850 is a beast SSD, I have my OS and my more demanding AAA titles on this drive.

HDD's: One is left over from my previous rig, and the other is a fresh drive. They are stacked with my media library (music, movies, documents etc.). Both function well and I have no complaints.

GPU: I would have ideally budgeted more money towards the GPU. I really should have gone for a GTX-970. But I have no complaints about the 960 in terms of performance. I am just worried about future proofing and VR.

Case: This corsair case is a solid budget case. I think that my next full build will involve a larger case for a bit more money. The limit with this case is cable management and dealing with large CPU coolers, it's a tight fit.

PSU: I went a little overboard on this pick. I could have taken some of this money and put it towards the GPU. But this is a solid PSU that can handle anything I throw at it - I have confidence in EVGA.

The rest of the build is pretty self explanatory. I think there are some things I would change, and I already have an upgrade in mind involving a CPU/Mobo/GPU. That is a while down the road though.

Give me you honest thoughts, I have tough skin.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 5 points

LinusTechTips proved that you could toss Tshirts, boxes, foam etc. into a machine and see very little temperature change.

I knew someone was going to quote that one of these days...

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

I know right? It should still never be an excuse for poor cable management.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

ya that was crazy

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  • 46 months ago
  • 4 points

Honestly, after seeing that LinusTechTips vid, I'm not going to harp on somebody for poor cable managment just for cooling purposes. If it took that many boxes to make the temps go up just a tad, then poor cable management won't kill a newbie's PC.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

It's not about killing the PC, it's more about having pride in your work. Building a computer is a generally uncommon (not for us folk) and expensive thing to do and anyone who builds should do their best to have some craftsmanship and hide their cables to the best of their ability. If you want a sloppy mess then go buy a pre-built Dell... I'm not trying to be harsh, it's just that you spent a sizable amount of money on building a PC and a certain degree of craftsmanship should reflect the pride in your investment.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I appreciate your comment. I don't take offense. I have acknowledged that my cable management is currently not great. That does not mean that I don't take pride in my build, because I do. I don't think of it as a a pre-built Dell...I will fix my cables. But what I truly wanted was opinions on the parts chosen.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't know what the fuss is about, you've tied the cable down, and it doesn't look bad.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. As an enthusiast website I was expecting flak for not having perfect presentation, but leniency is also very welcome. Cheers!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! My next PC will have beautiful cable management - as per the case.

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

http://programming4.us/image/012013/Corsair%20Carbide%20200r%20-%20Joy%20To%20Build_2.jpg

You can do WAY better in a 200r. It actually has great cable management. I have built in it several times.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the picture. You are right, and I have changed my description to reflect my rushed job and plans to fix all of the cabling issues. The next time I tear down the rig to clean it I will be improving this greatly. I hope to have improved pics up in a bit.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, sounds good man!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

should have got a r9 380, and you mounted the cooler wrong, and good choice on psu, nice build overall, how was it installing window.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the GPU suggestion. The cooler is mounted wrong, as explained in the description. I appreciate the "nice build" comment. Windows installed easily. Just figuring out if I want to upgrade to 10 for free now. Suggestions?

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

You will be eventually upgraded to windows 10 anyways, whether you want to or not.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you believe that they will keep it a free upgrade even past July, to encourage that upgrade?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Most likely, since MS still hasn't gotten to 1B installs. Oh, and in-case something occurs, look up Never10.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

windows 7 is much better trust me, and windows 10 uses more ram.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I have been doing a lot of research on this and DX12 recently. It sounds like DX12 is going to be better for an AMD CPU like my current 8350, utilizing more cores at the same time. This would prevent my CPU from bottle-necking my GPU as much. I don't know if I would worry too much about my RAM, running BF4 border-less windowed mode on ultra settings, while streaming videos on my second monitor only pushes RAM usage to about 9GB max. While maintaining about 70-80 fps average.

Why do you like 7 so much more than 10?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

it took me 2 month to get used to 10. and it is not easy to navigate through the start menu, there is diffrent thing that replace good programs with worse ones, the point of 10 is to be friendly t both pc and mobile devices, 8 was super un pc friendly. so there is some compromises with 10, if it isn't broken, then don't fix it, trust me. i actually care

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build for 500+ dollars. I'm trying to figure out how to make a gaming computer that can run tf2 and mine craft and probably most indie games for 500$ I'm trying my best to not cheap out on em I want something good for the build. It's hard...

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I missed this one. Nice parts. Looks good.

Thumbs up.