Description

I was in the early summer just after my 8th grade school year, and I had just received my schedule for my Freshman year of High School. As expected, I made it into most of the computer-oriented classes I had chosen to take. Things such as Modelling and Photoshop. So I decided to build a PC to accommodate some of the high-stress things that my old, malware-infested HP Pavilion laptop couldn't handle. This was in early June, and in retrospect, I set my goals a little high. In addition to my schoolwork, I wanted something to game on. And I've always been a top-notch kind of person. So I decided to do grunt work around the surrounding neighborhoods to earn money towards this PC. I set my budget at $1,500, and the helpful people on Tom's Hardware helped me get a list started. The original project was ridiculously high end. 64GB of RAM, a 750w Power Supply, a liquid-cooled 6700k, and as the icing on the cake, not one, but TWO GTX 1080's in SLI. The rest of the summer was basically a grind of work, as well as factoring in days to go do something with friends, typical teenager stuff. Come mid-august I had only made about $780, and school was starting soon. I had managed to learn a great deal about computers in that time, so I rewrote my list to what it is now. I was initially going to by an RX480 for my GPU, but Newegg and everywhere else had sold out on the budget cards. But my friend said from experience that the 470 was basically a GTX 970 for a fraction of the cost, so I went with that. Upon the arrival of all my parts, putting it together was a breeze and only took me about 3 hours to do so, which isn't much considering my lack of experience. When it was all done, I learned that my Motherboard drivers weren't compatible with Windows 10, but the thing was still working okay. The thing has been working great. I can max out almost everything and get 50-60FPS easy. The AMD CPU runs a bit hot since I've been using the stock cooler (For warranty reasons) but nothing too bad. The GPU shreds through everything I throw at it. The FX8320 leaves only a slight bit to be desired. CPU intensive games I play such as Roblox and Minecraft did require a slight graphical tuning, but nothing too bad. Everything looks absolutely gorgeous running on this machine. I have plans for this thing in the future. Most of these upgrades are going to be happening around Spring 2017. -Another RAM stick (16GB) -New, more compatible Motherboard (MSI 970 GAMING) -Overclock CPU (4.3Ghz Hopefully) -New Video Card (GTX 1070)

So, that's the humble story of my entry into PC gaming.

Part Reviews

CPU

Little slow in some highly-CPU intense games, but gets the job done!

Motherboard

Drivers weren't compatible with Windows 10, and has almost no Overclocking potential, but it works.

Video Card

Great card. Gives GTX970 performance for a fraction of the cost. Shreds through anything at 1080p at High or Ultra.

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 8 points

Everyone had at least one HP Pavilion in his/her life.

  • 37 months ago
  • 4 points

Sad to say, probably true.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha! Not me! My dad built our first computer in 2001, and then we got a Lenovo C4-series AIO in 2014. But hey, I guess the AIO is pretty close to an HP Pavilion.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I've had 2 (3 if you count one that's never been turned on). >:(

(old post, ik)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU intensive games I play such as Roblox and Minecraft did require a slight graphical tuning, but nothing too bad.

For your most intense Minecraft sessions, do not re-create this build!

But you should be able to play those games at perfectly great settings, specially Roblox. I can, and I'm on a crappy laptop! Minecraft, maybe not so much if tons of mods, but should run reasonably. Hell, my brother can, and he's got an A10 and no GPU. Pretty sure he can even play Orespawn... So it's weird you'd need to tune stuff much.

Then again, he doesn't use shaders and I'm not sure if max graphical settings...

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

How are those fans for you? Mine are awfully loud.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

The case fans? I have the same problem. These are extremely noisy. But I got these secondhand new in the box off of craigslist for about $3.00 a piece, so I went with it. Again, very loud but they keep the interior nice and cool.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I got em new and they are pretty loud I used the sickleflow ones for another build and they are much quieter

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! You did gimp the fx abit with that mobo but I like the fx love!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, I feel like the motherboard is holding back the build. i plan to buy a new one very soon. I was thinking about the MSI 970 Gaming. Do you have any suggestions?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

The Asus m5a99x Evo is what I used and it worked really well

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Good Overclocker?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya not bad , I can get my fx 8320 to 5ghz but I run it at 4.5 cause of heat and the performance gain was slim

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build +1. I was thinking about upgrading my current build and since I don't want to fork out for an i5, I was looking at the FX-6300. I need a Micro ATX Motherboard to fit that puppy in because my case won't accommodate for an ATX Motherboard, would you recommend that Motherboard?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Sadly, no. At least not if you plan to use Windows 10. Drivers were incompatible with the OS. But it might work better on Windows 8 or 7, but I can't say from experience.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

If there are Win 8 or 8.1 drivers for that board, they should work. The FX-8320 is a decent CPU to wait out the Zen release; I've had mine for a while now and it does everything I've needed to do. (I have mine over clocked to 4.4Ghz on a better board with a decent cooler though; YMMV.) I like that you included an optical drive; I'm a little old-school too (and sometimes I watch my DVDs and BluRays on my computer while I'm doing boring everyday stuff like paying bills). +1 for your build. (I think you could stand to add more pics though.)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm actually working on a pc for an upgrade from an old hp as well like the design could use some RGB Lighting but awesome

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