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Custom Gaming PC 2013

by jdm12983

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74 Comments

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CPU Clock Rate

3.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.033 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

My first custom build gaming PC (and I do edit videos of my game play from time to time - plus any videos I might record with my camera - that's why I went ahead and got 16GB total RAM). Nothing amazing but was building on a kind of small budget when it started and upgraded some parts later on.

For anyone wondering: some of these parts I already head (hard drives, speakers). And these prices are what I payed back when I got them originally or guessed prices. If I had $1700 at one time the parts would have been different.

When I bought the main parts (CPU, motherboard, case, power supply, OS, and disk drive) I had about $600/$650. I'm sure at that time I didn't choose the best combo - but for what I wanted/seen and prices at the time it's what I could get.

To be more clear. When I first bought the parts I need for the build; not counting what I already had; I bought: a motherboard, CPU, optical drive, more RAM, OS, power supply, and case. Buying those things I only spent $534.37. There are prices entered for the hard drives; but, I bought those a long time ago and I can't remember now if those were the prices I actually paid, or if I was just guessing.

Sense then I have bought a slightly better mother board, better power supply, and wasted money and time on dual GTX 660s (I have now went back to single 660). I plan to at some point save up for a higher end CPU and GPU but not in a rush (primarily because I don't have the money to set aside).

I welcome and constructive criticism; but just posting something like "what you bought is crap" is never needed. I never said this was a great or high end build. Just something I put together for my first build.

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MooseCola 6 points 66 months ago

crack that baby up, lets see its beautiful smile. ;) nice build (why two 660's?)

jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Interior pic added.

skemble 24 Builds 4 points 66 months ago

Seems to me that the priorities of this gaming build are all over the place...

jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Yeah, It's my first build and I was trying to get decent parts for the $600 budget I had for buying the new parts.

I certainly know/knew there was better things but was just the items I came across at the time that seemed good.

Plus I had looked at the fact that I hoped over time I would upgrade/replace stuff for better/newer things.

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds -2 points 66 months ago

Maybe so, but it's not a bad build, save for that PSU. I don't know why it's being downvoted so much.

PickItApart -3 points 66 months ago

The mobo is more expensive than the CPU. big no no.

saw1833 1 Build 6 points 66 months ago

To each his own, but there isn't any law stating the CPU must be more expensive than the board it goes on. Picking a board is about quality and features. The price market is always a variable too, but regardless, one shouldn't limit themselves to a board cheaper than their CPU. If he wanted to upgrade to an 8350 which is on the same platform, the tables would turn.

If I budgeted myself like that, I picked up a brand new i7-3770k from Intel back in spring for $92 or something in that neighborhood. Not a lot of Z77 boards under 92.

ESPM400 1 Build 3 points 66 months ago

I put a 4670K on a Z87 Sabertooth. I don't see anything wrong with that...

skemble 24 Builds 2 points 66 months ago

That is a great combo because you have the highest end i5 you can buy and then went for the motherboard that fit your budget.

DannyVekslender 1 Build 1 point 66 months ago

I would put a Maximus VI Hero. SupremeFX + red color (that's how I judge PC components.) + it's cheaper.

Mediciu5 3 Builds 2 points 66 months ago

I'm not saying you are or are not correct, but what is the reasoning behind why one should have a lower priced MB than CPU?

Are you sure you don't have it backwards? I'd want to make sure the nest (MB in this analogy) was as strong and protective as possible before laying my precious egg (CPU in this analogy)in it...er...if I was a bird...and female... :)

PickItApart 2 points 66 months ago

Would you rather have a i5-4670k for $225 w/ $125 mobo and do photo/editing work and play games OR have a fx-4300 $115 and a $230 mobo? It's a no brainer.

Mediciu5 3 Builds 1 point 66 months ago

No, for the sake of the argument I'd rather have an i5-4670K ($199) with an Asus Maximus VI Forumla ($299) or as a second choice the Asus Maximus VI Extreme ($378). Which compared to your option of the 4670K with the $125 MB for photo editing and some gaming, does seem like a no brainer, just not one that goes your way.

So my question still stands. Is there reasoning behind it?

ESPM400 1 Build 0 points 66 months ago

It doesn't really matter either way. Your disjointed (and rather amusing) analogy aside, I think saw1833 said it best that picking a board to match your CPU is about quality and the features offered by said board. Having one above the other in price is a non-issue.

Mediciu5 3 Builds 0 points 66 months ago

Good. I was worried there was a valid reason for one or the other outside of aesthetics and features.

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 1 point 66 months ago

So you would never ever pair the following motherboards with a 4770K? MSI Z87 Xpower, Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5, Asus Maximus VI Extreme, Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force.

PickItApart 1 point 66 months ago

AS $340 with a $200 mobo. Of course it's a great idea if you need multiple GPUs, but the CPU is a beast so it could be worth it.

stormclaw11 3 points 66 months ago

Does anybody read the desc. these days? OP build this a while ago, and he upgraded it.

joshj2398 1 Build 2 points 66 months ago

more pics pl0x.

jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Interior pic added.

joshj2398 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

3 months late, but I'll take it :)

jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Yeah, honestly didn't think anyone would even post to this. So that's why I just put it up and kinda left it with the one pic lol.

Meant to get back to it and kind of updated the specs - just no pics until now.

w0zzyfuzzy 2 points 66 months ago

Yeah sure, "Nothing amazing". This build is pretty kick-butt!

jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Well, everything together, it's a decent build - works for me. But there are way better setups then mine out there.

BLC 2 points 66 months ago

With 1700 $ you could, or rather should have built something better.

jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

That wasn't all bought at one time.

For the parts I needed to buy (a motherboard, CPU, optical drive, more RAM, OS, power supply, and case) I only spent $534.37. Other parts I had bought at other times/already had [like the hard drives].

Trust me; if I had $1700 to spend at one time it would have been a lot different of a computer build lol.

Zeus 1 Build 1 point 66 months ago

interesting choice on parts, I personally would have only gotten 8gb of RAM and spent that money on a better cpu.

Also, that PSU is of low quality. I'd recommend replacing that before something gets destroyed.

Add some pics of the inside too!

jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

New interior pic added.

And I had already had 2 of the 4GB sticks of RAM for a previously bought PC so I just bought 2 more 4GB stick to go ahead and be set for a while. Plus I use the RAM for gaming and video editing.

And yeah, the PSU is replaced with the OCZ one listed now.

dragonsx49 1 point 66 months ago

Pretty nice,except the description.HAVING 1700 TO SOARE IS NOT A "BUDGET"

kklee97 1 Build 2 points 66 months ago

dang i spent about that much and got an i7 with a 680 and 24 gigs of ram. hmmm.

jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 62 months ago

Yeah, if I had $1700 to spend at one time I would have probably went with an Intel build. I love my AMD build; but the reason I chose AMD CPU was because they are more inexpensive compared to (more or less) equal Intel CPUs

jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

I should had added in the description that I didn't buy all these parts at the same time. several pieces were bought over a few years span of time.

When I first bought my main parts I need though (a motherboard, CPU, optical drive, more RAM, OS, power supply, and case) I only spent $534.37.

CheyTac 4 Builds 1 point 66 months ago

Why not one stronger card instead of two weaker ones?

ARealSandwich 1 point 66 months ago

Well what card are you suggesting?

CheyTac 4 Builds 1 point 66 months ago

A 770 is better.

ARealSandwich 1 point 66 months ago

Can you message me as to why? iv'e been hearing this from multiple people and as i'm building my own computer it would be nice to know :)

jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Well, I already had one GTX 660 - and later bought a second one thinking it would make for a good SLI (for what I had and money wise).

I quickly learned that was a costly and annoying mistake/choice.

After buying the second GPU I had to then buy a new motherboard (the ASUS one listed now) to actually be able to handle a second GPU/SLI setup.

Then after all was said and done it really only helped mainly for a couple games and some of the other games actually worked worse using SLI.

Firecrackers 1 Build 1 point 66 months ago

Yay! Shows you could sli 2 660s with a good 500wish power supply.

Oh but I wish you didn't spend so much on RAM. I'd also get at least a 6300 or an 8320 or something around that. Plus, what the heck is that sound card for?

Oh well

jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

As for the sound card: I had bought that; again for my previously bought pc; as a replacement for my on-board sound that didn't seem that great plus wanted to make sure I had better support for 5.1 surround sound.

The added benefit I got out of now (and then) having on-board and a separate sound card is that I can have my voice chat/mis/headphones running threw on-board and games sounds/music/etc. run threw my actual speakers. Which I like better anyways.

And yeah, I'm certain there was better RAM out there. But at the time I bought the first set of 8GB (2x4GB) I had bought the one type and then later bought more to double it and just bought the same type/brand/etc.

I'm also hoping that one day soon I'll actually have some money to start saving up with to get a 8300 series CPU and eventually a high end GPU.

18hockey 1 Build 1 point 66 months ago

wut

A 4300 with two 660's? Major bottlenecking is going to happen there.

jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Well, I only got the second 660 to go along with my first one instead of buying to completely new ones.

However; after spending a good bit more money for the now listed motherboard (to support 2-way SLI) and the second GPU; it wasn't worth the time and price. Too many headaches [for me] involved with trying to run SLI anyways.

I'm now down to just a single 660 GPU.

shapaza 3 Builds 1 point 66 months ago
  1. You could've gotten an FX-6300 for the same price as that 4300. You also could've just gotten one GTX 660 and put the money towards something like an FX-8350.
  2. On that note, you also could've just gotten one graphics card like a GTX 760 or 770 for cheaper than GTX 660(x2), and still have a solid gaming build.
  3. Raidmax PSUs are garbage and often don't provide their rated wattage. I wouldn't be surprised if that thing only provied 400W. Get a PSU from a more reputable brand like Corsair, Seasonic, or XFX
  4. You don't need 16GB of RAM for a gaming computer (desc. didn't say anything about video editing/Photoshop/3D rendering). No game I know of even needs more than 8GB RAM
  5. Some people might disagree with me on this, but I don't think you need a discrete sound card for a gaming build. Pretty much all motherboards have good on-board audio.
jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

(1) At the time I bought it; I believe the 6300 was a lot more (maybe not a lot more but I know it wasn't the same price at the time)

(2) I bought the 2 GPUs at two different times and not at once. However I quickly learned that SLI wasn't worth the time and headache (least not for me). I ended up having to buy the now listed ASUS motherboard to even support the SLI and that second card - had I read more into it; I would have just spent a little bit more money and just bought a higher end card than a second 660.

(3) Already replaced that Raidmax with a OCZ PSU that I hope is much better.

(4) Yeah I need to add to that description that I do video editing too (of my game plays). That why I went ahead and went for 16GB of RAM plus figured I 'd be set for a while to come anyways.

(5)As for the sound card: I had bought that; again for my previously bought pc; as a replacement for my on-board sound that didn't seem that great plus wanted to make sure I had better support for 5.1 surround sound.

The added benefit I got out of now (and then) having on-board and a separate sound card is that I can have my voice chat/mis/headphones running threw on-board and games sounds/music/etc. run threw my actual speakers. Which I like better anyways.

kingknight 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Pics? No?

jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Interior pic added now.

jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Yeah, haven't been back here in while. I need to update this. lol

And for anyone wondering: I didn't buy all this at one time. I already had the hard drives (bought at different times)and already had the speakers.

I have switched to one GPU - was too much of a pain trying to keep the SLI related setting working with the games.

jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Well, trying to update this but some part I have now aren't selected/listed anywhere so I'll just put them in the info then.

Jwood013 1 Build 0 points 66 months ago

This build is alright, I would've gone with a single gpu setup but what you have is nice. My recommendations are first, get an aftermarket cooler. A Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO will do just fine. Now, please, I beg of you, dump that power supply. It looks like you just cheaped out on it and you never want to do that. It's not even 80+ certified. Save up and buy this, and you'll be good. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438007

jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

I have sense switched back to single GPU. I made the mistake of thinking it would help with gaming - was more of a pain than it was worth. >< lol

I did buy an after-market fan-based cooler. Kind of a generic brand but seems to be pretty good as my CPU never seems to get extremely hot.

And yeah, I didn't keep that power supply for extremely long. I have a; hopefully; much better one now.

Jwood013 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

I highly recommend reposting this as there is no way you can recover from that amount of downvotes. Good to hear all that.

jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 62 months ago

I might. Kind of sad how quickly people down-vote stuff for such simple things really.

Not sure If I'm too worried about how it's rated anyways. Had just put this up here for the heck of it. Didn't even realize anyone had posted to this -- or would even bother lol

Jwood013 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

There are a few things that I would've done differently, but I don't think they're worth downvoting the build.

xx116xx 3 Builds 0 points 66 months ago

Can we pls not. Like seriously.

ARealSandwich 0 points 66 months ago

"Building on a kind of small budget" "Kind of small budget" "small budget"

Looks at budget, 1700. What? Anyways, nice build. Needs more pictures though ;)

jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 62 months ago

Interior pic added.

And yeah - total price it seems I had a decent amount of money to spend.

But the only things I bought at one time were the motherboard, CPU, optical drive, more RAM, OS, power supply, and case; which I only spent $534.37 at that (one) time.

Other parts I had bought over a few years time span. Plus the prices my not be exact on some of the times - like the hard drives for example.

jtc2793 0 points 66 months ago

You overpaid on ram, on hdd storage, and probably on the mouse snd keyboard too. You should probably get a more reliable power source. Also you really don't need a dedicated sound card, you have realtek audio included with your motherboard. I'd test to see if you can hear a difference through your speakers without the creative labs card and return it if you don't notice much of a difference.

jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Yeah, probably could have gotten some other RAM for the price. But A while back I had already bought one set (2x4GB) of the RAM for a previous computer I bought and just wanted to double what I had so I bought the exact same brand and type.

For the hard drives I actually bought those a long time ago and kind of guessed at what I had payed for them at the time. Plus I had bought those at Best Buy/ local stores and not online cause at that time I hadn't bought much online yet.

And as for the sound card: I had bought that; again for my previously bought pc; as a replacement for my on-board sound that didn't seem that great plus wanted to make sure I had better support for 5.1 surround sound.

The added benefit I got out of now (and then) having on-board and a separate sound card is that I can have my voice chat/mis/headphones running threw on-board and games sounds/music/etc. run threw my actual speakers. Which I like better anyways.

diskothek 3 Builds 0 points 66 months ago

$1700 budget... FX-4300 and Raidmax PSU. Welp, its your money.

jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

When I bought the main parts that I had to get (a motherboard, CPU, optical drive, more RAM, OS, power supply, and case) I only spent $534.37. [I already had the other parts or bought them later]

So that's why I only got a 4300 and that PSU.

I have sense replaced the PSU with the now listed OCZ PSU which I'm hoping is much better.

DrFrostSickle -1 points 66 months ago

Ok get a new power supply. And why get 2 graphics cards w/an fx 4 core? get an eight core.

jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Got a better/newer power supply (least I hope it's better).

And I had [after I originally bought the parts] had bought a second 660 to do SLI cause I thought it would help with gaming. It helped with a couple games and the issue I ran into with SLI just made it not worth it.

But I was a first time SLI'er and learned from my mistakes. Was kind of costly too. And had I read up even more before buying the second GPU and then having to buy a different motherboard (the one listed now) to do the SLI. I could have possibly spent about the same money and just only bought a single better GPU ><

You live and learn. lol

PickItApart -1 points 66 months ago

Sell the fx-4300 and get a 8320.

jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

It was what I could afford based on the prices at the time. I do plan on upgrading "soon". When ever I can finally have more money to set aside for upgrades that is.

jtc2793 -1 points 66 months ago

You overpaid on ram, on hdd storage, and probably on the mouse snd keyboard too. You should probably get a more reliable power source. Also you really don't need a dedicated sound card, you have realtek audio included with your motherboard. I'd test to see if you can hear a difference through your speakers without the creative labs card and return it if you don't notice much of a difference.

ravagex -3 points 66 months ago

-1 another with lack of pics

jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Added an interior pic now.

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jdm12983 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Interior pic now added.

And PSU has been upgraded sense the first listed one - I have an OCZ one now that I hope is overall much better.

And hoping to one day be able to start saving up more for a 8300 series CPU at some point (and later a higher GPU)