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UPDATE: 7 months later and still going strong! Recently bought a Hyper 212 EVO to cool it down and OC my CPU, and it's been doing good. The VRMs on the motherboard don't have the best heatsinks (I also don't have the best airflow), so I MacGyver'd the AMD cpu fan onto it with tool-less installation. ;) Having to take my cramped motherboard out of my cramped case had me revisit the nightmare of screwing it into the case and plugging everything in.

For the longest time, I have used crappy laptops that would quickly slow down and bring me nothing but anger and frustration. After much time and research on said crappy laptop, I have made what I've wanted for a very long time; a decent computer that performs well!

I call this my savior, for it has saved me from the horrors of dreaded lag.

I do play games frequently, such as Civilization 5 and CS:GO. I could barely even run THOSE games on my old computer, and many things were simply too slow and it would freeze often, causing my computer to sound like a transformer. With this computer, I can do what I need to do quicker, such as typing documents for schoolwork or research. I can now actually run about every game I desire.

Because I'm in Hawaii, I decided to buy everything from Amazon for the free shipping (shipping from other websites was just too expensive).

The building of this computer was delayed, due to me being an idiot and overtightening the motherboard to the standoff, causing it to get stuck. I had my sister help me hold the standoff with a pair of pliers, and I got the motherboard out. Unfortunately, I failed to instruct my sister better, so she scratched the motherboard and bent a few pins, so I had to get another one. :(

All I did was move the cables around, and now everything seems fine. My cable management isn't the best, but it works, I suppose.

I was very surprised at how simple building a computer was, and I am very proud of myself for not messing it up twice! =)

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I like your build. It's got some great, solid parts. Plenty of room to upgrade in the future if you choose.

The first build is always the funnest. Trust me that after quite a few builds we all still have something creep up that causes a problem. I just put a new water cooler on my build and didn't put the back brace on in the correct orientation. It wouldn't let my computer boot because the water block wasn't seated properly. Took a minute to figure that out.

All I would recommend for you is better cable management. Utilize the cable routing that is built into your case. Route the cables back behind then only come out when they need to. The back case panel has plenty of room to tuck a bunch of cable out of sight.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I tried to fix the cable management previously, but I just couldn't get the side panel on correctly after. Oh well, it still works great!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

great pc for the money

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

all that really matters is that you successfully built a computer that does what you want it to. From what you were dealing with before you are in "beast" mode now! congrats. +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, how is that GPU for CS:GO, the only game I really play is Drift City mostly because my PC probably wouldn't be able to handle anything else, I have an Intel HD 4000 on my laptop, so yeah, I cant even play smooth 1080p, or 720p60fps on YouTube lol, my budget is $1000 CAD for everything, which is like $794 USD ($800), so far I've put together this: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/devchaube/saved/#view=7LdzK8 | $526 CAD, with no GPU, so thats like $420 USD, I've got around $470 CAD for a GPU, which is about $400 USD, so I'm wondering if you think I should spend it all and get a GTX970, or upgrade other parts and get a GTX960/R9 card? (If R9, which one?) I do some video editing, some music making, stream / download lots of movies, my youtube channel is starting to pick up, so yeah, any thoughts? Thanks!