This build was done for a 16th birthday. He wanted to join the PC gaming world and was tired of outdated console graphics. I also let him come and watch the build process and let me say: He's hooked!
There were only a few requirements for this:
CPU: FX-6300 is a great budget CPU for gaming. The price to performance is pretty damn good. I replaced the thermal paste on the stock heatsink fan with some much better stuff I had from other builds. This helped with the heat quite a bit.
Mobo: It's a budget 970 board. Not a ton of features or "bells and whistles", build quality was nice though. The LED indicators at the top of the board are very handy to have for beginner builders who may stumble into some issues not booting or bad RAM etc.
RAM: Pretty cheap, but I've never been let down by Kingston. Matches the color scheme as well.
HDD: WDD Blue. Reliable and cheap.
GPU: The 7870 is a great card for the price. Probably would have jumped to a 7950 if a good one went on sale, but the budget was very limiting. I'm a huge Sapphire fan! My GF is an artist and I asked her to do a little touching up on the shroud. I feel like it's a very nice touch.
Case: NZXT makes really nice things. This is definitely one of their lowest chassis, but it really wasn't terrible. My only concern is the HDD mounting system or lack there of, as well as the room for routing cables in the back. While I was able to route almost every cable to the back the back panel is bowed slightly. The window is very nice though and the room for extra fans is handy. I threw in a front intake (old replacement fan from previous build) to get direct airflow to the GPU.
PSU: XFX makes damn good PSUs. The only thing I didn't really like was the amount of SATA power cables that were attached; 9 of them! I can understand having 9 HDDs, but that just seemed like a lot. It made cable managing a bit of a nightmare.
I can't say that I had any issues with this build. Cable management took me a little longer than usual due to the lack of space behind the mobo tray, but I had to get it looking presentable. I must say it really looks nice through the window.
Future upgrades include:
Hope you guys like it!
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