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As a long time Xbox 360 user, it was time for an upgrade!

First ever PC build; it will be primarily used for gaming and school needs. I had a budget of $900 and was lucky enough to have almost everything on my list go on sale at one time or another. Managed to save alot of money, plus there are still $40 in Mail in rebates to come. :) The GPU could be better but it had a $20 MIR and came with Metro: Last light for free.

Ultimate goal here being: Upgrade from a 360, don't spend(at the time) over $1000, and enjoy building it. Success on all fronts IMO. Keep in mind I'm not going to OC anytime soon, but still feel i could continue to upgrade the GPU if need be and what not. Tried to do a little cable management, and for the most part its not bad, but ill continue to tweak it here and there.
Saved around $115 total. Also, I redid my cable management its alot better now. :)

Comments? Suggestions? Thoughts?

*EDIT*:I have since added alot of new parts as well as overclocked the CPU to 4.3. I even overclocked the GPU to 1215Mhz just using the Precision software provided by EVGA. I'm still learning but I've come along way since then. :)

Comments

  • 78 months ago
  • 4 points

GPU to the Top slot!

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah thank you!

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Just helping a fellow builder :)

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

FIXED Thanks again!

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

very interesting how you managed to cram a Sabertooth 990FX and a GTX660 into a <$900 build. still, i think there can be improvements. for one thing, if you're not overclocking, a Sabertooth is a bit overkill unless you bought it for aesthetics. scaling back to a less expensive motherboard could've allowed you to fit an SSD or a more powerful GPU into the budget.

speaking of the GPU, it's generally common sense to place the GPU on the top PCI-E slot. even though on the Sabertooth it wouldn't really matter, it's still a good habit to get into... that, and many of us here have OCD when it comes to these things.

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! My friend has the Sabertooth in his build and between his recommendation, the aesthetics, and the fact it wasn't blue; I was sold. My hope is that given that mobo and the parts ive chosen, it gives me some easy upgrade ability down the road.

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

It should be very easy. Just a heads up, if you want better performance down the road, the CPU won't bottleneck the system for quite a while (as far as GPU and CPU upgrades go) :)

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

I hope you weren't trying to SeaFoam the computer! (9th pic :p)

Nice build. Did you encounter any trouble during the building process itself?

+1

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

I work at a Marina in the summer and use SeaFoam a lot. I saw that and was like o.O

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, the stuff can come in handy sometimes.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah haha. Only installing the mobo drivers, it froze after the first 1/5 parts it needed to install. So I cancelled the install and started it back up and it installed everything just fine. After that it was smooth sailing though. A friend came over half way through and gave me some help. Thanks!

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

My recommendation would be to purchase an aftermarket cooler and overclock the fx6300. I have mine OC'd to 4.7GHz and the performance increase is noticeable.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! You chose really solid parts for this build, so +1 for that! Only thing is that the mobo is a little overkill (Gigabyte has non-blue mobos as well). I personally would have gotten a cheaper mobo, and then gotten a HD 7870 XT. But Metro: Last light is a plus.

Overall, I like this build a lot! Congrats on a great first build.

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty nice build, props man

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty nice build, props man

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

GJ on the build. Was going to say cables but look at is closer and noticed there is not much space to work with or hide them and you bundled them up to the best possible from the looks.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. Theres room behind the mobo,i just haven't fully taken advantage of it yet.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Please direct all complaints about your motherboard to the following:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=8314579&CatId=1946

So yeah, you have some room for growth. And a decent performer in the meantime. :)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Umm.. I dont understand what complaints your talking about?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan on getting that video card, is it good?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, so far so good. No complaints here. Played a little of the BF3 campaign and it looked great! It stays around 30 degrees C when at idle. I cant remember what it was when playing, ill get back to you. All in all its a pretty cool card for the price. I was swayed by the $20 MIR and free Metro, but its still good.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Does this rig run BF3 well? Just curious because I have almost an identical parts list and my rig would be mainly BF3/BF4.

-Stevenh905

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah its amazing!

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