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First timer ultra cheap

by alexpc



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This is still a work in progress, just waiting on my gpu really. Got everything together just fine did my best with the cable management it's a pretty small case my cpu cooler barely fit. I had a really right budget of less than 600 and all the parts came to 550 I think 570$ with shipping. I plan to upgrade to 8gb ram soon as I can. It will be used mostly for school and some weekend warrior gaming! I tried ocing to 3.8ghz cpu stays pretty cool with the fan.

Overall I'm pretty happy with it so far can't wait for gpu. This is my first build so any advice is welcome again I had a really tight budget and wanted quality parts so this is where I ended. Started with a i3 build but ended up being a bit more than wanted

Ill update when I get the gpu in there

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CbassFishin 4 points 53 months ago

The i3 is good for gaming, but going with the phenom was a better choice since it can be overclocked and 2 extra cores.

Grazzert 2 Builds -2 points 53 months ago

at least he would have been able to game while waiting to purchase his gpu. the radeon 3000 integrated on the mobo is very weak.

Apach3 3 Builds 2 points 52 months ago

Intel's HD4000 isn't much better. just sayin'...

amFTW 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Very nice! Great cable management! Might want to get a new psu sometime, I feel like the one that it came with shouldn't be trusted.. haha. :)

PickItApart 1 point 53 months ago

For the price..excellent build. You have room to grow too..

carter9996 3 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Yes stock power supplies can lead to bad things.

carter9996 3 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

nice build tho :)

alexpc submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Thanks for all the comments. And yea... Probably will upgrade psu before ram almost forgot thanks!

edman545 10 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Good balanced build. I like the 965 over the i3 most of the time as long as the heat output is not an issue.

Check to make sure a standard size power supply fits. The one that comes with the case looks like some proprietary size that they call SFX.

3.8 ghz is a decent overclock for this chip. See if you can increase the hypertransport as well. It made a huge difference in my 965 build.

Djangosp2 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Very nice build for under $500. Definitely a good console killer :)

Leeagodfrey 2 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

Looks very nice not too many get it all but rather grow. You got a good start

Leeagodfrey 2 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

Looks very nice not too many get it all but rather grow. You got a good start

Apach3 3 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

those Phenom II's really hold their value despite being at least three generations behind what's currently out (i should know, because i have a three-year-old Phenom II quad-core). you probably could've gone with an FX-4300 or FX-6300, but for what it's worth you made a good choice.

yes, definitely upgrade your PSU before the RAM, like another user suggested. if you're not looking into Crossfire, consider an inexpensive Corsair 430W unit; otherwise, anything OEM'ed by Seasonic is a safe bet.

AStoneRose 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Update me when you put your GPU in and you've had a chance to try it out. This is a very similar budget build to what I'm planning!

alexpc submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Got the gpu in there and it's rocking awesome graphics and steady frame rates my only concern is heat and I'm thinking its mostly my case bc the gpu sits at the bottom of it and the fan is pointing down. But it's been solid so far runs most games with high settings and very stable

potatochemist 1 point 51 months ago

How's that motherboard? I was thinking of getting the same one and I wanted to know if it was good.

C0MMAND0 1 point 46 months ago

I sense a natural at this lol good job man my first build was like $500

CaptainDoug 1 point 44 months ago

How much room was/is there the a gpu? This case seems like the perfect micro atx gaming case.

watermanjh 2 Builds 0 points 48 months ago

How do you like that CPU cooler? Is it quiet, effective? Looking to get the same one for a build with the A10-6800K APU.