this was the first time i had built a PC.
when it gets to my birthday in may i am going to ghange the 960 to a 970 and also water cool the whole thing using glass tubing so hopefully it will all go to plan.
That moment when the motherboard is worth more than both the CPU and the GPU ;)
lol he should of got an i5 for like $20 extra
Not a fan of AMD processors but I would suggest you get 2 970 4gb in SLI to further improve your build. Honestly it would be more efficient to upgrade your MOBO and your CPU to intel based chipsets (IN MY OPINION). Other then that nice build!
great build, but this am3+ platform is going to be obsolete very quickly so i would suggest an upgrade to zen or kabylake as soon as they come out. consisder modding the windforce logo to glow red, there are how-tos on youtube. otherwise awesoem build! +1
Why change the motherboard ?
Nice build! My only complaint is you should have gone with a better CPU and a cheaper motherboard.
Got any tips for first time builders?
Don't listen to people who are going to try to sell you hardware you don't need. You don't need a 5960X when you can get by just fine with a 4690K.
Keep an open mind on hardware. Intel for multitasking, AMD if you're only playing games on a tight penny (and occasional WS use).
Prioritize your budget on getting QUALITY parts over PRETTY ones.
Closely tied in with 3, there are two parts you do NOT want to skimp on: the power supply and the mobo. A bad power supply will lead to instability (maybe even outright component death!) and a poor quality motherboard will live a short life and may take other components with it when it dies. Had this happen twice. NEVER try to justify poor quality PSUs and mobos.
Stupid is as stupid does. Be smart about your system assembly. Take it slow and do a good job the first time, like your first time in bed.
Be willing to accept criticism. Like me, you will likely screw something up at some point. It's part of the learning process. Trolls should be ignored for what they really are: inexperienced imbeciles with poor judgement skills.
It's okay to have a budget system. Take a lesson from Tiny_Voices. He is one of the most experienced builders on here and his system totals in the $400-500 range.
That's a lot of red. I agree with what people are saying, you could've gotten a less expensive mobo and a more expensive CPU and GPU. Build is great, nonetheless.
Good choice on case I was debating on that and the one I ended up with. I know there are a lot of Intel Fan Boy's on here but good job not going with the pack. The white and red scheme is sharp. Check out the 970 Pro board. I picked it up for 100 and overclocks great and has built in led's.