Description

This is my first build.

AMD FX-6300 Processor with Sapphire Radeon 7950 HD 3GB GPU. My processor and mobo came bundled from Newegg for $160. Very pleased with AMD's power. Plenty of RAM (8gb) and Storage space (1TB HDD and 120GB SDD). I run windows 8 and games I currently play from the SDD and use the HDD for storage. Right now im running a 620W psu which is more than enough for my gaming right now. Play in 1920x1080 in HD 1080p. Built this for under $1000 after all said and done (monitor included in that price). All parts bought from Amazon and Newegg. I've been playing BF4 on Ultra settings while maintaining very high FPS (70-110). I know that my cable management is bad. I'm working on that. The case uses 3 fans. One thing I want to upgrade on this already is the case. Not much room and doesn't have very many options for routing wires, I'm actually concerned that some of the cables will end up blocking proper air flow from the fans. Other than that, I'm very happy with it all and proud to call this my first build. Its screaming fast, CPU and GPU don't skip a beat. With windows 8 on the SSD, it takes no more than a few seconds to boot up. But...why in the world does windows 8 use 20GB of space?!?! WTF Microsoft?! Thats eating up 20gb of my SDD.

Comments are appreciated.

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 5 points

Go in and fix those cables!!!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

My only complaint is the RAM, you could've gotten some Blue Corsair LP 1866 RAM for 64.99 after mail in rebate

Other than that this is a solid build!

Congrats on your first build

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty good build except for the monitor? Could have picked up a Asus Monitor for less.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

The monitor is a beaut

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

but you could have picked up a 27" monitor for less at 1080p. Maybe I'm missing something about the monitor but it just seems like you over paid for it that's all.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

This may not be the OP's reasoning, but I have a 27" 1080p monitor currently and wish I was back to using my 22" monitor. Likely based on the distance I'm at from the monitor, I find it to be worse for gaming than the old one (22"). My next build will not be using anything larger than 22-23".

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I like a big monitor but I was weary about going over 23" actually. But the HP looked so nice in store and i got it on a price drop. I also dont really know much about Asus monitor's. It was between the 25" hp and a 23" dell. But I hope 25" isnt too large for my gaming. But I Love eye candy. thats why i got it.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I have been rocking a 27" for years and cant go back to anything smaller. I think it has become and advantage in gaming IMO.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Hello! I think you should use a fan that is connected directly to the PSU as far from you as you can (or as isolated as you can), Maybe because it would be the noiser one. In my case, I run the back fan always at 100% load, that´s almost the same that connect it directly to the PSU. Only difference is this fan is "attached" to the liquid cooling radiator, so the noise levels are lower.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the input! The back fan can only connect to the motherboard unfortunately, not sure why it didnt come with the same dual connector's as the other fans (they are all fans built into the case). Maybe I will have the front LED fan connected to the PSU instead. I'm not too concerned about noise.

What is the reason for having the fan that is connected to the PSU as far away as possible? I'm curious.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Just to minimize noise, and of course, female sense of order, hehehe. If you are not concerned about that (noise), then you could connect to the PSU the fan you consider will need to keep the top speed all the time. the others are, in some way, controlled by the MOBO, or even you can modify their behavoir, using a control center or similar software(as I do with my MSI).

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Cables! Manage them you must!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I know I know lol first thing im doing when i get home! I was kind of embarrassed to post the pictures lol But I have to say im not too pleased with my case. There aren't that many openings and room for routing wires in and out. But that could also just be my lack of build knowledge.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

CABLES MY OLD NEMISIS YOU STRIKE AGAIN!!!!! Overall good build. Just clean that baby up and show her how much you love her.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely, the cables that came with the parts were pretty big for the case. I ended up picking up some cables that are shorter and now fit into the case much better and look much better. Still probably not perfect but im getting there.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Its a labor of love

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh for sure, thats what ive discovered, of course, after trying to jam everything in there. Its honestly art. Gonna keep working at it. Im concerned about my cables blocking air from properly flowing through the case.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I made some noob mistakes, I should have made sure it had room for cables to run under beneath the mobo and had enough slots for cables to go in and out for proper routing, but I spent the least amount of time picking out the case, I picked the one I got because it had a blue led fan in front...

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, question for you PCModder. Any light apps or software you recommend for measuring CPU and GPU temps?

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

First of all, Good build! +1

Second of all, I'd like to ask, is the MSI mobo you used in this build a good buy? I am currently looking into building my own PC for gaming soon, and am on a tight budget.

I'd really appreciate your feedback!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Yes i am very pleased with the MSI mobo so far. I got the fx-6300 and the mobo as a combo deal from newegg for like 160 bucks. Very powerful components. Very good deal. I think its pretty common, but this mobo does not have wireless built in just fyi. But like i said, this was my first build, installation was easy, got a good deal on it, its actually a very highly rated mother board. Today I got an email from newegg saying that its nominated for Newegg's Customer Choice Award, so I thought that was pretty cool.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Alright, Thanks! I think I've made my decision mobo-wise for my build now!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I will definitely be fixing the cables, I just got too excited and wanted to hook everything up and get the OS installed.

I agree with the RAM comment, I could have shopped around more, but oh well.

And I forgot to mention that the monitor i have was not specified in the parts list here. Its actually the HP 25"bw IPS LED Backlit, 7ms response time. Priced at 279.99 I got it for 219.99 at best buy.

Thanks

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, the messiest part of this build is the cables that go from the graphics card to the PSU. The PSU and the card both have 2 6pin connectors. But the connectors I received from each of the parts only go one way with an adapter on each end. I had to improvise there a bit and its kind of janky. Im thinking about picking up two 6 pin cables that go both ways?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated Pics

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I have this same case. Was thinking of the 7950. Is it really that much of a problem to get it in there? You said its mainly the power cable going to the card right? Trying to upgrade my gpu on my computer. This is what I have atm: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3wZZ1 Thanks.