Description

ive been playing consoles all my life and to be perfectly honest i got sick of feeling like i wasnt getting exactly what i wanted like i always had to live by someone elses rules.. so i started watching youtube videos of all the popular computer tech youtubers. such as austin evans, linus tech tips, jayz2cents, and a few others, but watching those is what got me hooked on the idea to build my own..

ive never messed with computers in my life besides when i was like 10 and downloading demos off the internet threw a 56k modem playing diablo 2 haha those were the days.. then when i turned about 18 i bought my first desk top which was a dell and it was right when the quad cores first came out and i tried playing a few games like doom 3 and what not and it ran like crap, but i was ignorant back then and tried playing it with on board graphics lol...

so here i am 27 and wanting to build a computer from scratch i didnt want to spend more then $500 because if i royally messed something up on a $1000 rig i would of been super pissed lol. so anyways heres my build im looking forward to hearing your guys "and gals" input on my build in general and my part choices like will i be able to over clock at all on this mobo or not lol :P

the first up grades i see myself doing tho is new hard drive i salvaged the dvd rom and hard drive for this build out of an old dell inspiron lol

Part Reviews

CPU

works great for the price im pretty happy with it, havent tried over clocking yet tho

Motherboard

ive had no issues with it very happy with it havent tried any over clocking with this board tho so who knows lol

Memory

its ram and it works cant complain, and i think the heat sink looks pretty cool

Video Card

over all pretty happy with it, bought this card before i knew about the 4 gig version for only like $30 more but i have had zero issues with it. the fan can get pretty loud when its at 100% speed but it has never gone higher then 50% while gaming..

on another point i really like the way this cooler looks love the white and red

Case

its a case and it holds everything i bought it because it was cheap and you get what you pay for its cheesy looking...

but as far as the fit and finish it seems well build for $40.. there isnt a ton of room for cable management in the back but it works..

Power Supply

works very good for the price it was the cheapest 80+ cert power supply i could find that was made by a good company so i bought it plain and simple

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 6 points
Definitely grab an SSD for your OS and drivers. Samsung's 850 EVO 250GB would be great or if really tight on budget then an ADATA SP600 128GB would be possible too. When you get another HDD, like a terabyte or 500GB then those could hold your games.
If you ever intend to overclock your processor down the road. I would suggest a better PSU, something like EVGA's GS, G2, B2 and P2. Or Antec's High Current Gamer. Seasonic's S12II/M12II or G Series. Or even XFX's TS, Pro Series or XTR. Somewhere 520~650w. Though EVGA's B2s are 750w and 850w.
Otherwise, great work with your budget. It looks clean and lovely! Welcome aboard to the addicting world of building custom computers. We have a rehab center to retrain our hands and mind for not trying to take over the gaming consoles. Group sessions to discuss and face our building obsessions. One compute- I mean... one step at a time.
Plus one for your build. :)
  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks man i appreciate the info and yeah i was actually looking at the 850 evos lol... thanks for the info on psu ill def keep that in mind down the road

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Congratulations on the build and welcome to the world of custom PC's

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

The EVGA 430W has some issues though, if I can believe the many sites posting about it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the nice build and +1 for diablo 2 ;) What a game it was !!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah too bad the memories are better then reality with that game i think good graphics has ruined me lol

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job! Although I'm personally not a fan of the RAM, I agree that since all the RAM speeds and stuff don't make a huge difference I just go with the nicest looking RAM that doesn't cost a fortune.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

hmm when i was looking up the specs on the processor i believe it said that it supported up to 1866 mhz ram so that was the cheapest 8 gig kit i could find, i was always told ram is ram as long as you get a decent brand youll be fine lol... thanks for the info tho

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup. Just choose what you like.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point
Most AMD processors will work with 1866 RAM speed. Especially their APUs, the integrated graphics, so more MHz is preferable in this situation. Especially if the CAS latency was the same, a 9 and price was same or cheaper for example. It more so helps with programs that use heavily in RAM for reading and writing. It may make a difference for those workstations when doing Photoshop, video editing etc. and not so much for gaming wise. If you saw it for a similar and reasonable price then it doesn't hurt to get more bandwidth for editing and rendering, whatever requires your RAM intensely.
So your RAM is good to have, despite the processor will work with 1600MHz too. Even if it was not necessary to go 1866 or higher for gaming perspective since we may be talking about a little bit of FPS increase. 1~3~ or slightly more but varies a lot. I have no issues of course, since I'm already a guilty party of getting 1866 RAM myself in the past. :)
  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build and welcome to the PC world. It's always a treat to see good cable management with a non-modular PSU and a case lacking space.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you! the only thing i was disappointed in was how the pci power is ran there really isnt a good way to run it, its just which was looks the least worse haha

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the Build! Great choices for first time build I hope it will serve you well. I would try getting better hard drives...an SSD would be pretty great but none the less great job! :)

Gonna build a budget PC for a friend soon and I would appreciate your thoughts on the build = http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yJ6KWZ

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

about the only thing i would personally do is put a dual channel kit of memory instead of a single channel in there other then that everything looks fine too me :P

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $67.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A68HM-HD2 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $49.99 @ Directron
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $29.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R7 370 2GB WINDFORCE 2X Video Card $129.99 @ NCIX US
Case Rosewill FBM-02 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $29.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $396.82
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-22 03:38 EST-0500
  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build man! Your parts list is well balanced and on point! SSD should work well down the road for sure! What I would recommend though is to clock your CPU at a static clock, 4.0Ghz seems to bee the sweet poin . When it uses turbo boost, you will get a lot of throttling due to the high voltage. A setting like 4.0Ghz @ 1.30V (1.26V works perfectly for me) to start off and slowly working your way down will ensure cooler temps in the long run and better average performanc . A cooler will allow you to overclock past the 4.0Ghz without reaching dangerous temps. Also, if you're up for it, you can overclock your ram to give your PC a smoother feel overall.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

About to build a similar PC! Yours looks nice too but these are the components i found in Croatia... Same CPU, MSI A88XM-E35 V2, GTX 960 but the MSI one, also 2 gig and HyperX 8GB ram. If u have any game installed could u tell me your FPS? :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

battlefield 4 everything ultra so far is running about 60 fps scratch that those speeds were on locker other maps seem to run about 45 or a little better

  • 47 months ago
  • 0 points

Word of warning watch out for steam sales and key distribution web sites ....friend failed in the first mouth he manage to get around 70 games ...lord gaben the almighty

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

oh yeah i already know about steam sales lol