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WARNING THE CASE I'M USING HAS NO CABLE MANAGEMENT WHATSOEVER THIS IS A BUDGET BUILD

For years, I have been sitting in the corner with my low end Pentium laptop, lagging waaaay behind the gamers of this era. I was tortured with the so called "Intel HD Graphics 4000" and 1066MHz RAM. Playing Half Life 2, a game made ten years ago, proved to be sometimes laggy to play. And for every modern MMO I play, my laptop weeps the Blue Screen Of Death. So it has come to my mind that my $500 Pentium laptop is slowly fading away, facing its death through the endless rage and torture I throw at it. Well, today....that's all gonna change.

Intro

Being a newbie, I'd normally buy a prebuilt PC but then, I ventured though the wonders of PC building. So many wonders....so many things to learn...I've been doing my homework for weeks on PC building, gathering a much info as possible from both the helpful guys on the forums and my friends. I'd be honest, I was REALLY SCARED once I've received my stuff.

The CPU is just so unexpectedly heavy and using immense force to insert modules into the motherboard was terrifying as I saw it bend. My heart almost stopped when I saw I bent some pins on the CPU, but then I got it fixed using some tweezers and a debit card. Well, FORTUNATELY, my PC DID POST! ...yay....bear in mind that some of the parts are locally bought since their shipping prices from the US is unreasonable. All prices are converted to USD.

The reason why I bought some of them locally and overseas was because of the pricing issues. You see, mailing to my country is a hassle and sometimes its too costly.

Locally bought

CPU: Chose this instead of the 8320 because of its increased overclocking headroom (I'll OC once I get a new cooler) and lower TDP. Besides that, I want a cheaper CPU that performs on par with an i5. While it may not be "the best bang for your buck" as the FX 6300, I heard that the 8000 series is more capable of multi-threading/multi-tasking, which is what I am aiming for. Also, free $30 gift voucher! ....that I instantly spent on something unrelated and embarrassing!

RAM: 8GB should be enough for me. The reason i bought one stick was because it was the cheapest 8GB I could find, the rest are either over $100 or $70+$50 Shipping Online (I mean..WTF?)

HDDs: Salvaged from my uncle's three year old PC, again, not expecting anything special from it. Booting takes 20 seconds which is okay for me. I'll plan on getting a new SSD and HDD if needed. But for now I'm fine.

Motherboard: Meh..does the job. also quite a number of positive reviews on NewEgg. Suppports up to 125w and it gives me some OC headroom. It's meant to be a budget MoBo so I don't expect much. The layouts are fine, it's just that if the PCIEx16 lane would be closer to the CPU, i won't need to throttle my GPU fans to 100% and put the case fan directly next to it.

Monitor- It looked nice and stunning despite it being second-handed, 80Hz refresh rate. Not bad for $120...

Locally bought Xigmatek products (Why? Because Xigmatek is more tied locally in my country, which means cheaper price)

Case: It's just a basic case. no wire management and no visual eye-candy. Probably the cheapest case I can get (You don't know how expensive it is to live here) It holds up fine. The reason I got a mini atx case was because of space limits.

PSU: It performs good. No explosions. No unusual smell. So far no shutdowns from power shortage.

Online Bought (+$50 Shipping)

GPU: Well what can I say? This is one hell of a card for THAT kind of price...Well done AMD. Well done! Every review I read about "best bang for your bucks" always have something to do with this card along with its 'X' cousin. And for comparison with nVidia cards, I could have bought a 750 ti for the same price which would perform worse...

Overall Experience With The New Build

Hold on a sec.....mmpph....BBLLUUEEAARRGGHH! Sorry, I had to vomit Rainbows over the sheer awesomeness of this PC. An upgrade from two cores to 8 PHYSICAL CORES. WOW. Yes, some people say it's not worth the extra two cores from an FX 6300 but imagine the amount of applications I can run...or maybe activating multi-core in games like Minecraft, Wolfenstein or Portal 2. It's like the FX 8320e just went and Fus-Ro-Dahed the eyeballs out of me. Oh yeah, rendering and file compression on the FX is just...wow...far superior from a Pentium.

nonoNO! Not again...mmpph....BBLLUUEEAARRGGHH...moar rainbows.... Now for the GPU, first thing I did was overclock it to 1050MHz where it ran at safe temps (50-75 degrees Celsius) and play War Thunder since it was free. I set it to "Movie" settings @1080p. Go do a quick Google Image search on "War Thunder Movie Graphics" for some examples. It was unexpectedly flawless for a guy that doesn't mind frame rates as low as 20fps. it ran around 30-50 fps which really, really great. For me, 1080p and 720p gaming doesn't differ too much so when I switched to 720p, I got 50-70fps!

For those of you worrying about the GPU. Don't worry, it's back to stock speeds.

Can't wait for a steam sale to buy some PC games now...and also upgrade my PC in the near future but that will be for long...Oh yeah and I also installed a new Windows Shell Theme based off Ubuntu's Unity theme!

Comments

  • 55 months ago
  • 8 points

I like the old pc screen saver better

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you're right

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nicely done!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It really means a lot to me. It's my first build after all...I need to work on the cables someday soon...

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Your solution - sticking it all up in the unused drive bays - is, realistically, all the cable management this build needs. The wires are in no way constricting airflow, nor are they likely to come loose from where they are stowed. I do this all the time in my own builds when I'm not planning on showing them off/delivering them to a customer.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Huh...I guess that works too...luckily I had some openings by the side...

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Solid build for a really good price +1 and I love your pictures haha

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! It's good to start learning to do this stuff young (like I did) :).

You did the cable management just as I would do in a case like this. Tuck all the extra cables into the empty drive bays. Nice job!

+1 for WarThunder :)

You can add me on WarThunder if you'd like... PM me for my handle.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Very Nice Build After i built my moster computer... Two years ago... I was wish to switch it too M-atx like yours. the space a full atx tower takes Up. but great build and sad to here shipping is killer. Up Vote :D oh and you cable's look great even mine is **** but I have a Window so dont worry about it if it blocks a fan theres a problem

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep. It's just a little box now :) I'm glad AMD made some micro-atx mobos for the FX CPUs

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I was Thinking as a Christmas Prisent for my self is up dating to M-atx :D

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Gotta change the name of that Build. Way too many builds are called "The Beast"

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

you are on the right path young one +0.5

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

THEM PONIESSS

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey its 6 months later! how is the build treating you? :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Really Great! Sorry for not Replying... I've upgraded it with an SSD and a new refurbished AM2 socket air cooler. Yes, AM2 cooler works with AM3+ sockets as well

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Dont worry man. I am glad this system is treating you well.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 Because Rainbow Dash plushie.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Excellent looking build, when I turn sixteen I'll be getting quite similar parts in a mid atx build. This would be great for my brothers :D hope it runs like a charm

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Well glad to say that my system does run like a charm. Even up till now!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice to see a fellow brony!!! :D and I'm actually going to use this CPU for my super Productive Budget Build! How are your CPU Temps?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

50$ for shipping...

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

MMMmmm...hhhmmm....yep...taxes and stuff...you should have seen how much it costs to ship a stick of RAm..But hey! $30 Gift Voucher!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I would only pay that much tax on a titan Z XD

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Titan Z....I can sense the immense cash needed just to ship it...shivers

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

^

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build, as a 14 year old myself I know how much time and effort and money this takes. +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

And also how many heart attacks you get from bending the CPU pins....

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that Windows 7 with a skin?

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes! I changed it as I was bored with the Windows Aero look

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the best gpu for 150$ right now?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

R9 270X/270 defintely

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, but you should really get an exhaust fan.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

It's on the side panel

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

That's an intake fan. Hot air may build up if you don't have a fan to remove it.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for notifying me, I'll do the necessary tweaks.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build m8 +1

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice cable management in that kind of case! For future reference I would suggest you invest a little more to a new motherboard as well, for that Sata3 6Gb/s, if you wanted to upgrade to an SSD or a high performance HDD. Good price good performance overall.

+1

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah...but for now, I can tolerate 3gb/s. The motherboard does what it's supposed to do very nicely!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

While I would've had different part choices, this is fantastic work for being in that PoS case. Maybe the first thing I would recommend for you to upgrade would be the case, definitely. You did a swell job managing cables in this case; imagine what it would look like in a case with decent cable management :)

Also, change your wallpaper back to Kim Jong Un riding Celly ;)

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, might need to change my case but cable management didn't take me too long. Heck, I might even mod my case! And yes, I'm using that wallpaper and I'm surprised you've found Kim riding Sun Butt XD

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

What windows theme is that?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the Ubuntu Mavericks theme for Windows....I think this is the correct link: http://maverick-win7.en.uptodown.com/

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

WTF happened to the MOBO I/O shield? OCD overload imminent, please evacuate the universe immediately.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Bronie confirmed? xD

Lol jk. Nice build.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I laughed my head off when I saw that 1% CPU usage pic when using three programs.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a bit late but I have to say under my desk I used to have a 'cable mountain' as I would say.

  • 54 months ago
  • 0 points

How is this version of the R9 270 treating you? I'm asking because the video card is currently selling on NewEgg for $140 and I'm afraid the reason for this is shoddy build quality that led to a surplus.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Shoddy build quality? Nonsense...This card is a beast for its price range. The card is packaged very nicely, the cooler is solid (It uses copper heatpipes) and the casing is nicely done! I should run any modern game around 30-60 fps 1080p. I can safely say PowerColor can be trusted.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, thanks for the in-depth advice! I'll definitely consider this card for my budget build.

  • 55 months ago
  • -2 points

Having only one stick of RAM limits you to single channel mode, you'll need at least two sticks to run in dual-channel mode. Next thing you need to buy is an SSD, the HDD is a big bottleneck in your system now.

  • 55 months ago
  • -1 points

I was going to post the same remark: should have gone 2x4 instead of 1x8. Dual channel is a must unless all you do is play minesweeper.

Easy to fix, don't take it like you've just been crucified! It's your first build, learn from it. I've built a lot and I still learn e-v-e-r-y time. This website is great for learning passively.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

It is indeed. Well, time to save up some more and I might as well to a hybrid HDD/SDD setup.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

If you're referring to a Hybrid SSHD I would steer clear of those. All you truly need is a 120gb SSD and 1TB HDD (or higher if you have more to store). Which you can currently buy for about $65 and $50 respectively.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I use SSD everywhere, except for my spart parts build. So you don't have to ask me "SSD or HDD?" cause my answer is SSD all the times. Choose one that has high IOPS. The sequential read/write speed has impressive numbers, but most of the time we're accessing the drive randomly so that's where it counts.

your pics were funny

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