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.
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.
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!