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This PC was built mainly for gaming although I do get involved with some photo editing through Photoshop and Sampling using Cubase. I wanted to keep this build under £500 but still be able to play most of the recent games (on at least Medium graphics settings). I will go through my thought process for picking most of the parts and talk briefly about any issues I had as well as anything I could do better in the future (as I had never build a PC before this!).

CPU: Pro - AMD were the most obvious choice when considering a budget CPU. The FX-6300 Black was only £79 and from what I could tell from a friends build it handles most, if not all games, perfectly. Con - As a note for other first time builders, there are no onboard graphics for this particular processor. This isn't particularly an issue if you plan on using your computer to game in which case you'd have (or should have) a decent graphics card ^. ALSO to note... The cooler that comes with the CPU is very loud so I found it worth buying an aftermarket cooler

CPU Cooler: Pro - Very cheap and awesome build quality. Keeps my CPU below 30oC nearly all of the time even when under load and is basically completely silent. Very easy to fit Con - I didn't take into consideration how BIG this cooler is and it actually blocks on of my RAM slots (fortunately not one in use)(see last picture). It might be worth upgrading to a smaller cooler in the future if I decide to add more memory to my system although at the moment, 8Gb seems to be fine.

Mobo: Pro - Very good bang-for-buck. Comes with USB 3 compatibility for your front headers and has an additional two on the rear. Physically it seems very robust (found out after having to fight to get the 24-pin power cable to 'click'). The BIOS is friendly and easy to navigate making it easy for most people. Also has 2 PCI-E slots if I fancy doubling up on Graphics Cards (Crossfire compatible). Con - Cannot think of anything as of yet... its pretty god damn good.

RAM: Pro - Very cheap for 1600 8gb RAM and looks awesome inside any PC. Con - Not sure if a BIOS or Ram issue but the RAM frequency is set to 1333 by default which isn't a huge issue although some many not notice!

HDD: Pro - Just great for the money. Runs pretty quiet and is fairly quick to open most applications/files. Con - The windows experience index rates the HDD only at 5.4. Having an SSD would significantly improve data-speed however, being a budget build, I didn't want to put aside so much money when patience is free.

Case: Pro - Exactly what I was looking for. Nothing flashy. Elegant and decent build quality. All panels remove easily. Con - It may have been the fault of the length of other part's wires but cable management was a struggle. I tried to do my best with what I had. Also the fans aren't as quiet as I thought they could be however it is good that you get 2 fans with the case regardless!

Power Supply: Pro - It supplies the amount of power I need for the components I have at a decent price. Con - None!

GPU: Pro - Looks awesome... Con - Hasn't Arrived from Amazon yet -_-

  • I'm currently using the only spare GPU I had which was out of an old 32bit system. Its a nVidia 8400 GS a smattering of applause and laughter is heard but will update when the card arrives!

In general I'm happy with how my first build has gone and hope that it will last and continue to perform how I want it to for the next year or two.

Would love some criticism/advice on what to do better next time!

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Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 8 points

As a computer science major currently taking hardware related course I would like to give you a bit of an advice.

Rule of thumb for finding the correct power rating for PSU is adding the designed wattage of all parts PLUS another 30% leeway.

In your case, the designed wattage of all parts is [374W] x 130% = 486W
It is therefore recommended from a system integrity standpoint that you exchange/return your current PSU for one rated at 500W.
An underpowered system may suffer from lower performance, damages to power hungry components, and excessive heat from PSU.

Regards from a fellow pcbuilder!
Cheers!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Makes perfect sense. The wattage of my system wasn't something considered as a first time builder (naive of me really!). Thank you for the advice

  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

Or just do what I do and get an extra 300-400 watts. lol.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Hehe!
Oh that's what I would do too, but seeing that OP had a limited number of pennies in his pocket a 500W would do.

Cheers!

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Cheap, great computer. I'm loving it.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thankyou ^

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

You say AMD budget build but your using a GeForce Card? (Nvidia)

  • 71 months ago
  • 6 points

Disloyalty Detected!
Terminating Subject......

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

HAHA

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Ive been looking into a R9 270 AMD card. Considering my other one hasn't even been dispatched yet I do have the option to cancel it. At the same price do you think it would give me better performance/cost?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

760 is a better card than R9 270. I'd say 660 > R9 270 > 760

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

The consensus on the internet has been GTX 760 is better than R9 270X and much more powerful that the R9 270. If money is not an issue, get the GTX 760 for sure.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

You are going to need a bigger psu. 430 watts is way too low for using a GTX 760. The very lowest recommended by nvidia is 500w.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

You might want to check if you installed the RAM incorrectly. Underclocked RAM can be a sign of a channel misconfiguration.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

That RAM is stock clocked at 1333 and you have to manually change it.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

+1000000000000000 for keeping those temps so low (for the CPU)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Like what other people said, the only thing I don't like about this build is the PSU. Aside from that everything looks awesome.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I might get rid of the one I have now and upgrade to a 500. The PSU wasn't a component I was particularly concerned about and thought 430 would be enough. For future builds I will take more care in calculating what I need!

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