Description

Apologies it took so long to type in a description, was too busy enjoying my new computer. :D

Anyhow, I was wanting a new computer to replace my 6 year old desktop, with its purpose being everyday computing and gaming. I had a current budget of around $600(which I got from tax refund), so I tried to get the best bang for my buck.

Essentially, my strategy was to get good base parts I wouldn't have to change out for a while(cpu and motherboard) and everything else just get "good enough for now" parts, with the plan being to upgrade those parts later. Then the parts I take out I will hobble together a decent family computer for my sister and nieces.

From what I've been lead to believe, the FX-6300 is a great mid-range processor, and it certainly seems that way so far. I won't be over-clocking it until I get a liquid cooling unit for it, but from what I hear it over-clocks to about 4.2 ghz with just the multiplier option.

Same with the motherboard, I heard it was pretty good as well. It doesn't come with onboard video, but that wasn't a problem for me as I was getting a graphics card. Certainly won't be running out of USB slots anytime soon, with the 2 front USB 3.0 provided by the case, 2 rear USB 3.0, and 6 USB 2.0. (Might be another 2 on back, they're labeled for the BIOS Flashback feature so I am not sure if they can be used as just regular USB ports.) Has a graphical BIOS mode, which is nice for setting up your system.

The graphics card I can't say very much about yet, as I haven't got the opportunity to really push it. Handles Elder Scrolls Online at max settings. Will update once I try a more demanding game.

The power supply looks nice and has performed well, although I plan on upgrading that to a higher wattage version in the future.

Update from original build: I have followed the suggestions from the comments and flipped the PSU upside down, so the intake pulls from vent on bottom of case. I also routed that power cable behind the board. Turns out the reason I hadn't done that to begin with was that it was kind of a tough reach, but once I flipped the PSU the cable reached the connector comfortably. I also added 2 more 120mm green led fans to the top of the case as exhaust and 1 200mm fan on the side as intake. It dropped my CPU idle temperature from 36c to 31c, and load temperature from 56c to 52c.

Thanks for the comments, all.

Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 4 points

I was hoping to see a picture of the DeLorean you took the parts back into 2008 with.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Where we're going, we don't need 8 gigs of DDR3-1866.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

QFT.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Expensive Mobo

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted to get good integral parts that'll last a while, and the rest I can upgrade when I get the chance to. And when I do upgrade those parts, I can use the current parts to put together a nice little family computer for my sister and her kids. That's the plan anyways.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Not bad, but if possible, I would flip the PSU and route the 8 pin connector behind the motherboard. But only if on a nice hard surface. (Also fix the date on the camera or turn off the date stamp)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry about the time stamp, wasn't my camera and didn't know it had time stamp or wrong time on it. Flipping the PSU upside down hadn't occurred to me, mostly because I'm such a newbie. Not sure why I didn't run the connector behind the motherboard, probably same reason I didn't flip the PSU haha. Thanks for the suggestions.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

At least you didn't forget to plug the 8-pin in. I've done that a few times.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Flip dat PSU.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice, I'll hop right on that.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

What happened to your description???

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I was anxious to start using my new computer, so I didn't bother typing one up. I'll try to do that today or tomorrow.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Once you flip the PSU over, the 8 pin should reach around behind the motherboard tray and give you enough room to plug it in. Check my build if you aren't sure what I'm talking about.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

That's exactly what I wound up doing. Thanks for the suggestion though. :D

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

How much did you get the GPU for? Looks pretty good!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

It was $149.99, but that was last year. I am not sure if you can even find this particular one anymore, haha. It was definitely a nice card though, but a bit wide with the heat pipes coming out. Handled 1080p gaming fairly decently, too.