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Unfortunately, I wasn't able to think of a cool name for this build; I guess I can always change that in the future.

I put off posting for a long time, most of the parts were purchased during black friday and the following holiday season. I'm pretty sure everything was bought during some sort of sale or discounted in some way.

This is my first build, I've had my hands inside of computers before, but never built a whole system. I had a budget of $600 (the amount they gave us as a bonus at work). I tried getting the most bang for my buck, and while there are a few things I would change, I'm plenty satisfied with the build.

The only thing that really gave me any trouble was the GPU, which was causing a blue screen pretty often. I ended up getting it RMA'd through Asus. I'm undecided as to whether or not I should sell the replacement and put the money towards a new GPU (maybe something Nvidia?). The GPU performed well while gaming, but seemed to crash when doing normal tasks, particularly listening to music and using the internet at the same time.

The 2 case fans I added are also pretty loud, but not enough to bother me much. They don't seem to vibrate as much as everyone said they would. I'll likely be adding a fan controller and a few (probably 2) more fans; will probably be replacing the fan that came with the case, so that all the fans match.

Cable management was the longest process of the build. I decided to do everything all at once, rather than manage the cables at a later date. I'm sure there is more that can be done with the cables, but as of now I think it looks pretty good. Unfortunately the only photos I have are from when I built it, I'll try to get some updated pictures one of these days. I didn't originally intend on the color scheme, it just happened and then I decided to go for it.

I almost forgot, getting that I/O shield on was a pain, and took much longer than it should have. Seems my friends had similar trouble as well.

Thanks for reading, suggestions/comments are always welcome.

Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey good build for the price, but it could be your RAM or cpu doing the crashing. Have you checked temps or to see if both of your ram sticks are working properly? It really doesn't sound like a gpu problem.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

My first thought was that it could be the RAM, but I ran Memtest86, I think it was like 20 consecutive passes, with no errors. Same with the Windows memory tool (I forgot what it was called). I thought maybe the PSU or something, but I was never really able to get much answers or help from anybody.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I also don't think your video card is causing blue screens. Are you sure you applied the thermal paste and cooling fan correctly? Try resetting the CMOS. Cables look very nice to me. +1.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

The cooling fan for the CPU already came with the thermal paste applied. Maybe I'll try that, my replacement unit came, so I'll probably be putting that in soon. I don't think I've ever seen my CPU go past 65°c. And thank you, I spent the majority of the build time organizing the cables.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this build ! Nice price on that gpu, like thats a really good freaking deal ! Only thing i would criticize is the power supply. The CX series from corsair is awful, i have owned a CX600 before and after about 5 months it died, i looked up a full review of this series and it is literally made of a bunch of tape and awful capacitors. Love the build man but you should switch the powersupply for something a little better or wait for it to give out.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I've heard, and seen the videos of the inside of the unit. For $20 my expectations are pretty low. Its probably the next thing that will be upgraded, to something modular, so I don't have to deal with as many cables, not to mention some color-matched cables as well. Thank you for the feedback!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Your gpu works properly have you any problem wih your gpu?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't tried out my replacement GPU yet, but everything has been running fine without the GPU, not a single BSOD.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

It could be your RAM or CPU. I would suggest running MemTest86+ remember the +. To check if the CPU is failing then run IntelBurnTest(works with AMD). Also check if you are heating up with Speecy. http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/105647-ram-test-memtest86.html http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/220743-cpu-stress-test-using-intelburntest.html

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

i ran memtest and didnt find any errors, i ran 20+ consecutive passes. I've been wanting to test the CPU, but have been having a hard time finding the max safe temp. Everyone seems to say that 65C is the max so I guess I'll go with that and try testing it.

Thanks!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Np, remember i'm always at SevenForums if you need any help in the BSOD section.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

What exactly would it mean if the cpu fails the test? Because I was searching online and most places said the max temp for the fx-6300 is 65C, one other place said 61c. I tried it yesterday and it got pretty high, like 59c, at which point i decided to stop, also the gflops werent consistent (unfortunately I forgot to log or screenshot it). Does that mean its just not cooled adequately, or do i have a bigger problem on my hands?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

It probably means that it isn't cooled properly. Get yourself a new cooler and see if that works.

EDIT: I saw you didn't have a cooler with the build, the stock AMD coolers are awful. That's why the computer is BSODing. The cooler doesn't provide good cooling. Trust me the stock AMD coolers are horrible.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

my friends was okay, i guess not, haha.

any recommendations for a smaller cooler? i was thinking the Raijintek Aidos, but i hear its not as efficient as people think it is, at least not with the stock fan. I'm not sure if a hyper 212 evo will clear my ram, the heat spreaders are pretty tal .