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Hi, this is my first build I've ever done. I'm fifteen years old and had really no previous experience with computer parts before I did this. I realize the wiring is awful, but besides that I think I did a pretty damn good job for doing it all alone. I believe I could have gotten more with 1200 dollars, but the PC itself was around $900 and then the accessories, like mouse, keyboard, etc were around 300. For a 900 dollar computer I find it to run very well. I previously had a macbook pro that my parents had gotten me for school, but then I decided to use my own money to build a computer that was less, but ran better than a macbook. So I gave the mac to my sister and I haven't looked back since. The fans while idle aren't really all that noticeable and they don't really increase in noise when I am gaming. If you have any questions or advice for me, please, feel free to ask/tell. Thank you, PCPartPicker.com and the community of course.

Thanks Again!

Alex

Edit: Uploaded another photo of cable management, turned out better than the first imo.

Comments

  • 77 months ago
  • 4 points

trying to be positive, but the motherboard didnt have to be so expensive, with that money u couldve went up to an i5 :P

cd readers are really cheap on direct canada

ssd couldve been the samsung 840, 120gb for 100$

1866 ram makes no difference. 1600 is sufficient

what ever money saved could go towards the gpu, but thats all, just some small pieces of advice :) cheers!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback! I wasn't really sure what to prioritize for money spending, but I saw someone say that the mobo should be the part to worry about the most. I was thinking about buying an i5 and I probably should've. But whatever, I'll just have to save up for it. Again, thanks for the feedback!

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats man! This build looks pretty good! Just a couple tips for you:

1333, 1600, 1866 RAM all run about the same. The only real legitimate reason to get 1866 RAM is that it is the same price as 1600. I would have gotten a cheaper case, like the HAF 912, and stayed with the stock heatsink fan (as the i3 can't be overclocked), and spent more money on the graphics card to get a HD 7850 or a GTX 650 Ti Boost. The mobo is kinda overkill, and you could have brought your total cost down by getting a cheaper (not exactly a BAD mobo) motherboard, or you could have used that money elsewhere.

But it takes guts to do a build when you're 15!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much for the input! I really wish I had known all of this advice you all are giving me before I ordered these parts. If I do any upgrades any time in the future, which I'm sure I will, then I shall definitely research the parts a bit more. Thanks!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

That cable management is beyond awful! joking, joking. If you need some help with cable management you should watch this video from Linustechtips

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERhxmzQR6xA

You made a very nice build though +1, although I would have gone for a somewhat more expensive 500W PSU something with at least 80+ bronze. A PSU is a good investment it could last for multiple builds.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I am definitely going to be watching that video haha, it's truly needed. Thanks for the link.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

You are very welcome, 1000% improvement great job!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Not going to mention cable management, The cpu cooler you have is facing the wrong way, you have it set up so it will exhaust the opposite way of your exhaust fan IE. You exhaust fan is like this < and you are facing you cpu's fan like this >

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

could be in a pull set-up rather than push

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

That would be plausible if they weren't nearly 4 inches from each other. not connected by any means, and on completely different altitudes. I have that cooler, and that is not the way to make a push/pull configuration on it.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

So do you mean I should turn the CPU cooler 90 degrees? or is the fan on the completely wrong side? Cause I tried having the fan on the opposite side, but the RAM stick holders got in the way.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

180 degrees, Or just put the fan on the other side of your cooler.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Make sure it is pulling air through the cooler though, not repelling it.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, okay. Thanks for that, man, it's appreciated!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Np, this way heat wont be thrown back into your computer, will be forwarded right to the exhaust fan and thrown out of your computer. As you likely know, exhausting the heat is about 75% of the cooling process.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on your first build and for 15 that is great. Better than all that I think giving your sister your Mac says a lot about you. By the way, in the reviews I read about this case most reviews indicate that there is plenty of room on the back side of the case for your cable management. Using a non-modular power supply does add to the congestion.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I did change up cable management, showed in the newly uploaded picture. Should seem a bit better! :)

Edit: Also flipped the CPU cooler onto the other side so as Zmp said.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Have you had a chance to try out the GPU on any mid/high end games? If so could you let me know how they perform? Im thinking of buying the Radeon 7770 for a budget build :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean, not any really high end multiplayer games. I play Planetside 2 on full graphics and I get great frame rate, Far Cry 3 is basically flawless on full, as is Saints Row 3. And Fallout as well gets great frame rate on full. I mean, those aren't as high end as games like BF3, but I believe it's still great for the price of the GPU. Thanks for the feedback, and I hope my reply helps you make your decision!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Battlefield is one of the games I'd plan on playing but I'd be quite happy playing it on lower settings until i get the money to carry on upgrading. Thanks for the reply. Enjoy your build :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I haven't really gotten into that high end sort of gaming yet. Good luck with yours as well!

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