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Taber's First PC!

by SawTown

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190 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 15, 2014

Date Built

Aug. 12, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.6 GHz

Description

Hey guys!

So this is a build I did for my girlfriend, Taber. From the moment we started dating a year and a half ago I made it very clear that I was a gamer and that I would eventually transform her into a gamer! She had played a few console games before this and her old computer, which was an old Quad Core HP laptop was a pain to run LoL and her favorite steam games (Skyrim and Oblivion). When she got the money to build a computer she came to me and gave me a budget of $650 and told me to build her something, "Cute". She picked out the case and said I had to build around this which I was completely fine with because the case I currently have is an NZXT and I love it! Also, the case on the left is mine which I will be doing my build photo's and part's list very soon! :D Let's get into the parts!


CPU: AMD FX-6300 - I have an i7 in my computer and love it but with the budget given I looked into AMD and found this gem. I watched countless videos on reviews on the 6300 and it was either a duo core i3 or the 6300. My girlfriend wants to get into streaming and do some video's on her new PC so I decided to go with the 6 core! Plus being clocked at 3.5 GHz is a bonus!


Mobo: MSI-970-G43 ATX AM3+ - So this was a high rated motherboard on almost all the sites that had reviews over it. It also has a 4.3 rating on this website which I trust the most :D. The front panel USB 3.0 headers were a good plus since the case came with front panel USB 3.0's! It also supported up to 32GB of ram, which she will never go up to and it was cheap!


RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB - It was on sale and it is highly rated and that's about it! :D


HDD: Barracuda 1TB - She is definatlly going to download a ton of games from Steam (She bought all the Oblivion, Morrowind, and Skyrim this summer and a few more so the more space the better!)


GPU: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X - So this was something I didn't plan on until the last minute when it went on sale. I had originally planned to get her an MSI 270 Gaming Edition because it was $170-180 and the reviews on it were great! But the day before we were suppose to order the parts the Sapphire came on sale and I figured if it was cheaper and it was a 270X, you can't go wrong! :D This thing will be able to run every game on high to ultra settings she wants to play in the future as well! Sorry for the lack of pictures of the GPU. I forgot to take pictures of it when I took it out of the package because she really wanted to get it all installed and to start playing so I wasn't thinking and forgot! Forgive me!


Case: NZXT Phantom 240 Mid Tower - This was the only part of the build she wanted and picked out herself. She liked the white exterior and the looks of the entire case. I like the look of the case as well because I myself have an NZXT Phantom 410 and I personally love it! Working inside the case was easy enough the amount of space behind the mother board could have been a little better but it works with the semi-modular PSU. Overall it was a good choice. She also plans on putting a few blue fans in and some pink LED's in the case in the near future which I will definitely update the part list and add some more pictures! :D


PSU: Cougar 500W ATX - So this was a cheap PSU that was 500 Watts which is more than enough for her. She wont be doing Crossfire anyways because the PSU isn't big enough for it. The brand was my only concern for this build but the rating on here says it is a 4-5* PSU and it should work perfectly fine because there will be no overclocking going on anyways. The other sites that I saw this PSU rated it somewhat highly so I am not very worried.


Optical Drive: Asus Drive - I have an Asus drive (same one) and it works well and it does its job well!


OS: Windows 7 - So the OS didn't cost anything because we both go to KU so we get a copy of Windows 7 or 8 for free for being a student! Great bonus!


Keyboard: CM Storm Devastator Combo - Coming from a laptop she obviously needed a Keyboard and Mouse so this combo was cheap and was rated highly. She doesn't need a mechanical keyboard or an expensive mouse anyways and, "It lights up blue and it's really cute!" - Taber, so we had to get it for her! No problems with it at all so far!


Future Upgrades:

Monitor - She needs a monitor because right now she is using an old 19" TV that is 1366x722 or something like that, so it is not the best but for the next 2 months it will work until she gets a new one on BlackFriday for cheap!

Case Fans - Blue case fans for the top and maybe on for the front. She wanted to get these but the original budget of $700 was cut short due to not having the money available. No big deal because it is mostly for looks, but looks are important to her new PC! :D

Pink LED's - She wants Pink Lights for the inside of her case to help accent the blue of her fans and keyboard. This is where I could use some help because I am having trouble finding a good source of Pink LED's that aren't of terrible quality or really expensive.

CPU Cooler - The default heatsink will for now but I think just to be safe we need to get her a new one! Nothing expensive and preferably air. The only downside is that the ever so popular CM Hyper Evo 212 isn't compatible with this case (which sucks). Any recommendations would be great! Preferably on the cheap side $30 or less :D

All of these we are looking to get for her during Black Friday or some major good sales! Any recommendations are very welcome and greatly appreciated! Any recommendations on the cable management or anything like that would be great! This is my 3rd PC I built and I am officially hooked!

Side note, all of the pictures were taken with my Canon 70D that I use for film projects and to take pictures of Taber's cat, Al or of anything else! :D

This build was very fun. She learned a lot of things about computers and it was a great thing to do with someone that is so important to me and I am sure we will both remember it for a long time to come! I will update pictures whenever something new is installed!

Enjoy the pictures of Al The Fat Cat, as we call him and enjoy the pictures of the build as well! Thanks for checking the build out and feel free to ask questions about anything. Have a great day everyone and happy building!

-Sawyer


Edit: 9/20/14 She finally found a monitor she liked! She doesn't like my duel screens that I have set up for my system so I suggested going with 1 bigger monitor to counterbalance the duel screens. This is a huge upgrade from her 19" TV she had been using for a few months. She is so crazily excited to play Skyrim and League on this thing and things look amazing on it!

The next upgrade is the NZXT Hue and a CPU Cooler! I also put up a few more pictures of her set up in its entirety! :D

-Sawyer

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POPTART2014 1 Build 41 points 51 months ago

Nice build for the buck.

I can't believe there are people in the photo's...I thought these computers on here just magically built themselves...lol

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 9 points 51 months ago

Ya! For most of the builds on this site don't have people in them which I don't mind I just thought it would be fun for her to pose with her parts!

Thanks for the comment! :D

MicahL 1 Build 20 points 51 months ago

Actually the cats usually build the computer, to use as a throne of course.

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 5 points 51 months ago

That is true. He usually just lays around but when I got all the parts together, he started meowing and wondering what we were doing!

Tigereye211 1 point 24 months ago

i was waiting for someone to say that the cats built the computer

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

That would also be accurate.

Griesyburger 7 points 51 months ago

Sees female Immediate upvote

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 3 points 51 months ago

I'm a very pretty girl. Thanks! :D

friedfacekkk 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Pretty much why everybody came here, except me......

Griesyburger 1 point 51 months ago

It's annoying as hell

CrazyCroak05 1 Build 5 points 51 months ago

Lol... her shirt... Nice build :D

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

Ya haha one of her favorites! :D

CrazyCroak05 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Lol

Would you mind looking over my build? and giving me any tips or opinions you have?

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Sure! Want to link it?

CrazyCroak05 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago
SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9vQcgs

This is what I came up with. I changed the case to something with a side window and it is actually cheaper and better rated. It also has USB 3.0 headers so you will have those as well! I wasn't sure if you wanted a side window but since you had 2 green fans I just figured you wanted some light to be shown through! But you can always change it to something without a side window of course!

Everything else looked good! I changed the GPU to a Gigabyte 280 because 1. It is currently cheaper which is always good. 2. It is clocked higher which means some better performance without before overclocking. 3. I have a Gigabyte 770 and love it. So quiet and cool! I would defiantly recommend Gigabyte to anyone looking for a new card!

The PSU is good and is semi-modular which is always nice for cables!

I also added a CM Hyper 212. For $25 it is totally worth it to get one especially since you have a 4790k and an overclocking board, this cooler will defiantly help if you want to overclock to something simple such as 4.2 or 4.3 GHz and this cooler will do the job perfectly! You can also put some other case fans on it with lights if you want! :D

Everything else looked good to me! If you have any other questions feel free to comment again and I will do my best to help out!

Have a good day and happy building! :D

-Sawyer

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SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Message Sent! :D

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CaptainPandaIV 1 point 5 months ago

hill yeah

vikingXcore 4 Builds 4 points 51 months ago

-1 for cat not being included in the parts list. +2 for awesome budget

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Hahahaha well some info on the cat

Cat: 8 year old cat named Al!

My girlfriend adopted him 6 months ago from our local shelter and he has a ton of personality. He weights 15-16 pounds but he is a huuuuge cat! His paws are massive!

Thanks for the comment and the +1 for the budget!

Hope the info on Al helps! :D

-Sawyer

vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

dawww so adorable. i got my two cats from the animal shelter. one from hawaii one from georgia. very sweet cuddly cats :3. good luck on your guys' gaming!

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Awww!

They sound sweet!

-Sawyer

TheBored 1 Build 3 points 51 months ago

NEAT TIDY CHEAP these three rarely mix in the gaming world +1

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Thanks! I spent a ton of time making sure all the parts worked well with each other and that she got the best performance for her money! And the cable management could be better but she really wanted to start playing!

ShootingPlenty 3 points 51 months ago

Nice cable management!

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Thants! :D I tried my best and the semi-modular PSU really helped!

-Sawyer

bsr387 2 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

I nearly use same parts, same mobo and cpu. Also gpu, ram and power are equal. I can say that she is lucky enough to play all games with great quality. Also +1 for LoL ;)

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

She is still learning LoL and I am not the best teacher but I've been playing for while so she is getting the hang of it!

Thanks for the comment and +1!

Adam27800@Begineer 2 points 51 months ago

when i saw the cat , i straight away know that the part list is awesome

+1 for part choice but i would really prefer GTX 760 , but R9 270X is fine anywhere , it is just my personal preference , no offence

P.S. every build need a cat to be prefect , I LOVE CAT :D P.P.S your cat is cute :3

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Ya the 760 is definatly better but given the budget that I had and she needed a new computer before school started so the 270X it was. I am happy with it so far and it should serve her well!

Also, Al is an awesome cat who does nothing but sleep and eat all day! He helped with the build!

Adam27800@Begineer 0 points 51 months ago

Hey i got a question, i have to choose a graphic card for my new PC. So my choice is 780ti , gtx 760 MARS (two gtx 760 on single card ) or r9 290x . which u prefer, i would like some opinion

Aw.. how the cat help:3 the cat is so cute

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

I would go with the 780ti. I have a 770 and love the performance. I am in no way a Nvida Fanboy but the overall reason I would go with the 780ti is because of the high ratings and the future proof that can come from the card itself.

The 760 Mars sounds cool becasue of the two 760's together would be mighty powerful but the amount of heat it would create would be my concern, plus anyone would tell you that one GPU is always more reliable than a an SLI or Crossfire build simply because some games get confused and are not optimized for Dual GPU configurations.

Finally the R9 290X is a great card and I am sure it would be perfect but another thing to consider is heat so anything like an ASUS or a Gigabyte Windforce edition would be the best bet but then again I know the 780ti is an amazing card and everyone that I know that has one has loved it!

So really I think it is between the 780ti and the R9 290X. I would look at price first since that is usually the biggest constraint and would be the biggest point to get one of the other. The next would be how much heat one card creates over the other since the more heat and power would result in the card being louder (which the 780ti wins on both of those scales). My opinion would be the 780ti but do some more research and find which one you like more and I would always suggest Gigabyte or an ASUS model!

Sorry for the long response just wanted to give you the best response possible! Have a great night! :D

-Sawyer

Adam27800@Begineer 0 points 51 months ago

So i look at some video and some review im planning to get EVGA gtx 780ti ACX cooling. And direct cu 2 r9 290x . Both card temperature is average on full load cuz both have aftermarket cooler. and the preformance wise of both card is having alot of different. So my choice is 780ti cuz the graphic card will be my birthday present.So i have no concern on the budget on graphic card (but i obviously cant get titan or titan z: P) About the gtx 760 MAR , my cousin actually have it becuz he can't afford 780 ti.the temperature is 72c on prime 95 . Which is acceptable. The preformance is not as good as 780 TI. But i wont take it becuz as u said, never go wif SLI so. i bought 780ti. im ordering now.

My rig I5 4690k Msi z97 Gaming 7 Ripjaws 8 GB 2100MHz EVGA 780ti RM750 corsair power supply 2TB WD caviar black 120GB hyper X SSD Asus DVD drive NZXT x61 water cooling RedLED straps x5

I use this rig just for gaming , no video editing or video rendering

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

Sounds good!

Can't wait to see the finished product!

-Sawyer

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

So both are pretty similar in comparison? I would then go down to support for each card. I love Nvidia Shadowplay and the GeForce Experience updater is great for games! I am still figuring out the support my the AMD side of things with my girlfriends card but you have to remember it is a 270X and not a R9 290X so performance will be much greater. It's up to you and your budget too.

One big advantage to think about is the 4GB of Memory the R9 290X comes with while the 780ti only has 3GB. I have a 2GB 770 and it handles 2 monitors no problem so if you plan on running anything more than 2 monitors the extra Memory will come in handy!

I'm glad I can help! I did months of price comparing and benchmark planning for my girlfriends build and also for my own build. Comparing GPU's and CPU's together. To produce the best out come for my situation! Do the same for yourself and your build!

Any further comments you have I would be glad to help and give you some suggestions! :D

Have a good night and good Friday!

-Sawyer

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Adam27800@Begineer 1 point 51 months ago

Lol im actually nVidia fan boy :P But as i said r9 270x is pretty good too. But i like the cat , the cat is so cute

Velosite 2 points 51 months ago

Rock Chalk!

Nice build!

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Go KU! Thanks!

hardscoper9v 2 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

+1 for pegboard nerds!

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Oh ya! :D Love them!

hardscoper9v 2 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

Varien is my favorite though

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Ya I think my favorite is Televisor! They all are pretty good! I love all of Monstercat!

BaSkA 2 points 51 months ago

Hot!... build I mean.

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

I know I am pretty good looking while I work on computers...oh the build. Ya...It is nice!

iblamefate 2 points 51 months ago

+1 for your cat and the Monstercat stickers! :)

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

Thanks! We both love Monstercat! Glad to see another fan!

iblamefate 1 point 51 months ago

PLUR! I really hope they have their tour come to Texas so I can go. I know I have a bunch of friends who would go on a little road trip just to experience Monstercat artists live!

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

I know! They are in Kansas City again but the tickets are to expensive and they are preforming when we start school so we will be extremely busy! :(

Gshep71 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

Upvote for pegboy nerds and monstercat. Awesome build too.

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

Thanks man! Love me some Monstercat!

gammin1234 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

I am doing a very similar build (: Keep up the good work!

EclipseHD 1 Build 2 points 47 months ago

Does the build come with a cat?

:3

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

You can find one at your local humane society! Can't promise that your cat will be as big or as fat as Al but it will be a great experience! :D

Thanks for the comment! -Sawyer

EclipseHD 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Haha, your welcome!

jackbauer24 2 points 31 months ago

Your kitty is having a hay day! I found your build searching for fellow fx6300 builders. Very nice!

ScubaSteve88 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

MOAR

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Pictures? :D haha

When we get more parts (fans and LED's) then I will for sure put up more pictures! :D

TrentScott 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Every good build needs a cat. +1

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

This build has a great cat. He is a big cat but he is a great kitty who sleeps all day and relaxes!

Reconmidget 1 point 51 months ago

+1 for the cat!

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

CAT! :D

MaxTheCake 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Very nice budget build! +1 for Pegboard Nerds! <3

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Thanks! We went and saw Pegboard Nerds this past Spring in Kansas City and it was great! I have a few of their shirts and I knew I had to get a sticker for my PC! :D

Thanks for the comment!

-Sawyer

kalmado 1 point 51 months ago

Good build for the price! While not a necessity, I would look into getting a cpu cooler such as an evo or hyper 212. Usually $20-$30 after rebate and it will give piece of mind. Other than that looks pretty good!

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

I had looked into the Hyper 212 and I defiantly want to get her a CPU Cooler because the stock cooler is loud. But the Hyper 212 does not fit into the Phantom 240. I think it is to tall and would hit the window. That's what the part list said anyways. If you have any other recommendations or info on the Hyper 212 being able to fit into this case, I would love to hear them! Thanks for the comment! :D

IrshaadH 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

Hyper 212 is too large? Damn, it's relatively small compared to most air coolers. You could save up a bit (50-70 bucks) and get a corsair or antec AIO water cooler. Or, if you don't want to overclock much, you could get a low profile cooler such as the Noctua NH-L12.

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Ya that was my other option. When I added it to the part list it said it wasn't compatible with the case. I will have to look more into it and I don't think she needs a water cooler since she doesn't overclock at all. Any other suggestions are welcome! Thanks!

NeonMane 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Might want to change that PSU right quick. Cougar isn't a very reputable brand.

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

I had never heard of Cougar to begin with. I went off of reviews of other people that had purchased this same PSU. It has one 5 rating on this site and a four 4 ratings on Newegg. In the future I will change it out for something more reliable but for now I think it will work. No overclocking or over voltage will be going on in her build so I think all will be okay! :D

TheBored 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Cougar are famous for there excellent fans but they aren't what I would choose for a psu

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Okay! I will keep an eye out for a better one which I will probably swap out around Christmas when she has the money! Thanks! :D

TheBored 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

Glad to help

NeonMane 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

+1 for the build by the way. I'd give it a legit +2 for both the build and Monstercat but that darned point system...

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Thanks! :D Glad you liked the build and our Monstercat stuff!

-Sawyer

hjj174 1 point 51 months ago

I wouldn't listen to this guy about the psu. Cougar makes pretty good power supplies. In fact this one I believe belongs in Tier 2b. Here's the link to what I'm talking about. http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1804779/power-supply-unit-tier-list.html

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Thanks for the info! I think the PSU will serve her well for some time. Maybe in future upgrades I will get her a better one but for right now I am happy with it!

Thanks for the comment! :D

-Sawyer

pcaddiction 1 point 51 months ago

Awwwwwwwwwwww this is so adorable :D Matching PCs :D

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Ya! I was really happy she liked the 240! I love my 410 and they are pretty much the same case but she said her's (240) was more feminine than my 410. I think she will like the look of it even more when she gets some lights in the case! Thanks for the comment! :D

pcaddiction 1 point 51 months ago

Yeah Ikr anyways nice build for you and your girl and nice photos too :D you actualy took pic of how you guys built it :D which is nice unlike others who are juts posting pics that are so overrated...AKA their parts only :D and your pics were unique :D

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Thanks! It was great time!

pcaddiction 2 points 51 months ago

Yeah! I bet it was :D

KtheNU 1 point 51 months ago

Love the personal touch, great build and I hope you two have fun gaming together!

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

Thanks! We are going to have a some great times streaming and playing together!

Have a great day!

XIscottyIX 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Did anyone else notice that his girlfriend mysteriously turned into a cat half way through the photos??? Nice budget build though! +1

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Ya she does that. On top of being a huge Lord of the Rings fan, she can also turn into a cat at random.

Thanks for the comment :D

FGCU_James 4 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Have to love that 6300, it's a great way to get a lot of bang for your buck in the CPU department. Even better if it gets overclocked.

Too bad you couldn't squeeze in an SSD, but beyond that it's an excellent build. Tell your cat he did a good job building it. ;)

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Oh he got many treats afterwards! And maybe down the line she will get an SSD but she wants to get some lights and stuff before that! :D

spongebob123 1 point 51 months ago

+1 for cate cate's r kool :D

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Haha thanks!

istealunderwear 9 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Amazing bang for the buck pc. Random kitty pictures also helps with the up votes haha. +1

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Hahaha he wanted to help so I thought I would get some pictures of him since he was wanting to help! :D

ownerbeast 1 point 51 months ago

You always have to have pictures of cats, cats=better build!

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

Exactly! :D

EcoMCG 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Hows the keyboard?

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

Surprisingly good! The build quality is good and the mouse is great!

The backlighting on the mouse and keyboard is bright and can be turned off if need be!

If you have any other questions about the parts feel free to comment again! :D

-Sawyer

EcoMCG 1 Build 0 points 51 months ago

Is it possible to order the red version of the keyboard instead of the blue version on amazon? It doesn't look like it can be delivered :/

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago
MonkeyKing1969 2 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Anything with a cat in it is awesome. There should be a law that all tech pictures have cats...or puppies in them.

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Ya either or. Trust me if we had our corgis (sometime in the future) they would be in the photos! :D

gammin1234 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Graphics card buddies :)

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

The 270X looks great! :D

-Sawyer

gammin1234 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Most importantly it runs TF2 great (: Also check out my build, it's very similar http://pcpartpicker.com/p/m3P7sY

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

That is a big plus! My girlfriend just tried Skyrim and she is loving it!

She can't believe the frames shes getting! :D

gammin1234 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

I plan on maybe playing some skyrim. (I am waiting on a few component s in the mail) What fps do you get?

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

I wasn't there to see but I would imagine in the 80-90 with it turned up! :D

fosmanc 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

How does the processor do without a CPU cooler? Thinking about getting this same exact build and was wondering how it does haha. Thanks, and great build!

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Pretty well actually! Not to loud and the temps are good. Not exactly sure what they are because I haven't gotten around to test them but I would invest in a CPU Cooler anyways to improve lifespan of the CPU itself anyways. It's a cheap way to save money in the long run.

fosmanc 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Good to know, thanks!

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Anytime!

Glad to help!

-Sawyer

Dr.MooPh.D 1 point 51 months ago

Looks nice and that is an amazing cat.

Sorry for taking up your time but can you go over the computer I plan on building? It's for gaming and audio production and I want to make sure I have the best quality for my budget. Max price for the parts (not bought yet) is $750. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Dr.MooPh.D/saved/ML7G3C

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

Do you absolutely need a 2nd monitor? Could you use a tv or something to substitute it that way you can put more into your GPU for better gaming. Then around Black Friday pick one up for cheap!

Not getting the monitor now would benefit in the long run. That is just my opinion though. 8GB of RAM is good for rendering and is at this point essential for gaming. The 270 is a great card and the WindForce Edition is amazing as well. Everything else looks good. Maybe see if you can find Windows 7/8 for somewhere cheaper too. Also, the PSU was really bad so I changed that out too. Don't skimp on that because it can make or break the build.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/JVvhvK

If you have any other questions feel free to ask!

-Sawyer

Dr.MooPh.D 1 point 51 months ago

Thanks for using your time to check it out. Really. I was looking for a better PSU and a cheaper Windows 8. I could get an extra monitor from school. They throw them out every year and get brand new ones (that are the same) for some reason, great way to waste money. But really. Thanks for checking it out.

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Ya no problem! Hope it all works out! Message me if you need some more opinions or some help with anything!

Happy building and I can't wait to see the final product!

-Sawyer

Hakyou 1 point 51 months ago

Looks pretty sweet. What monitor did you end up using? I'm looking for a single monitor that is HD but still a good deal, I can't really find one, and I'm thinking <$100

PS: Cute Cat

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

She hasn't gotten a monitor yet. I have two 24" screens which she hates. She want's something that is under 22" and is under $100 also. She is currently using an old TV that runs in 720p which works for LoL and Skyrim but I told her she needs to upgrade to 1080p ASAP. When she has the money I will find her something.

Crymo 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

MONSTERCAT!!!!

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

We both love them! We went to a Pegboard Nerds concert like 4 months ago in KC and it was awesome! :D

dooly 1 point 48 months ago

nice work might want to look into water cooling its becoming very cheap :0 http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/cpu-cooler/#sort=a6&w=1

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

I think I am going to get her an TX3. It's cheap and it will work. Don't plan on overclocking her CPU anytime! :D The stock fan is just really to loud and is annoying! :D

NiallTheAwesome 1 point 48 months ago

Taber seems pretty exited... lol. Nice build.

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

She was! It has been serving her quite well! She is loving her Skyrim Adventures!

NiallTheAwesome 1 point 48 months ago

Great game!

Mazma 1 point 47 months ago

Hey how fast is your internet browsing with this build? Also what are your thoughts on the FX-6300.

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

The internet seems to be fine. My girlfriend watches a ton of Youtube stuff and it seems to be working well! The 6300 is a great processor. The 8320/50 would be better but for the price point ($600) the 6300 and the 270X is the best combo you can get. It's a 6 core processor that handles things perfectly. She doesn't do any rendering or anything CPU intensive but it would do good enough for her needs if she decides too! :D

Thanks for the comment!

-Sawyer

Mazma 1 point 47 months ago

What quality are you usually able to watch youtube vids on? Thanks for the info by the way :D Also, if you don't mind, can you check out my build and tell me what you think? Finally, does the 500W power supply work well with you? Because I was thinking of getting a 600 watt one. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/G6JTVn

nanshanker 1 point 47 months ago

nice pictures of cats.

OresGaming 1 point 46 months ago

Well someone is a monstercat fan <3

Ahaque26 1 point 45 months ago

Cooler Master TX3 is always a cheap cooling option, may look small, but its good!

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

If you want lighting, get the NZXT hue. It fits in a 5.25 in bay and has knobs to adjust the colour.

pyrogab29 1 point 43 months ago

Nice build you got there! Pls share the frames you are getting on this pc! :)

MLGNeverFail 1 point 42 months ago

After seeing all the pictures of the cat... the pc wallpaper made me laugh so hard I swear I almost died. +1

BNGrocket 1 point 40 months ago

for the pink led i guess you could get a led strip that you can change into the color you feel like and have blue fans from cosair and yeah i guess that would be the best solution

techthom_123 1 point 40 months ago

What is up with that cat!?!

jamie89 1 point 39 months ago

It's good to know the parts used for this build are compatible with cats.

Thanks.

anybody 1 point 38 months ago

Did you have to have a BIOS update to use the 6300?

blakeganiere 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

did you have to update bios?

JheyoDELperu 1 point 34 months ago

omg.. saw this build after many months later and love the cat... :D so flufly... piggy ... nice budget tho'... aweomse

insectdoughnut7 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Hey I have the 270x and 6300 great combination but the freakin AMD drivers. they are something i just dont want

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

I need to update her drivers. I haven't in such a long time!

insectdoughnut7 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

if it works now dont update i made the mistake of downloading it too soon lol

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Yeah, I haven't touched anything on it since I installed everything like a year ago haha I think I'll update her video card drives soon! I might do an updated build for her since its been 2 years or so and she wants some more parts!

insectdoughnut7 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

haha lol good idea

Net-Daggere 1 point 30 months ago

Hey I don't know if you have a CPU cooler yet but if not I recommend this, as it is very nice and keeps the CPU very cold. https://pcpartpicker.com/part/arctic-cooling-cpu-cooler-freezer7prorev2

(Also I really love you build in fact I used it as a base for my gaming pc, though it has changed alot from this you can check it out: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dCQq6h thanks bye!!)

-Daggere

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Yeah, I am going to get her a CPU cooler soon. The AMD one has been fine since she hasn't been taxing it too much now. We are getting a place together soon so that way I'll be able to work on it whenever I want! I think the Hyper T2 is a good choice since the 212 doesn't fit this case. Since you are running the 6700k I would look into water cooling sometime soon so you can overclock if you'd like to do some video or photo work.

Thanks for the comment!

-Sawyer

Preston4220 1 point 27 months ago

this build look great and i think i might use it.

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

I would update it a lot. This build is pretty dated.

HeroBryan 1 point 24 months ago

Thanks for building this! Confidence booster for motherboard and cpu I'm going to buy xD

Except my budget is awful and I'm still in high school ._.

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

I would suggest looking into the 8320 if you can find the money. The 8 cores will help with future games and just give you some more wiggle room. The motherboard just needs to support overclocking and you can turn y our 8320 into an 8350. Have fun with it! Save up your money and get something that will last you awhile! I am just now thinking about upgrading my 770 after 3 years.

Thanks for the comment! -Sawyer

bunnuii 1 point 19 months ago

save

RyneSmith 7 Builds 0 points 51 months ago

"Hill yes!"

Love it! Oh and the pc too :) +1

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 0 points 51 months ago

Haha thanks! We love our KU Shirts! :D

JHawkBeerMaker 0 points 51 months ago

+1 Million for the Hill Yes shirt...

+2 Million for C-Jay on the case!!!

I'm a current student (graduate this spring).... Nice to see a local on here.

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Thanks for the +1! It's great to see someone else on here from good old KU! :D

Thanks for the comment and we recently just added a sticker to her case and I have a few more I need to add to mine! :D

-Sawyer

MasterOfPC 1 Build 0 points 45 months ago

HILL YES! Nice build!

craft3maker -9 points 51 months ago

great build but had to give -1 for the cat.

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Why? :(

EcoMCG 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

HE PROBABLY LOVES DOGS :c

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

Well I love dogs too! :D don't down vote because we have a sassy cat is all I am saying! :D

kylclrk 1 point 51 months ago

Seriously? Way to abuse the point system. We're supposed to be rating the build, not the random fun things that go into the pictures.

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 4 points 51 months ago

PCPartpicker to me is a community of people rather than a website. I had fun doing this build and it was a learning experience for my girlfriend as well as me. We had a ton of fun building it and ya maybe there are a few to many pictures of the cat but he wanted to check out what we were doing and I thought it was fun.

I hope you understand where I am coming from because I understand where you are coming from and I just ask that you look at peoples builds as a part of their lives rather than a machine. The builds I see on here are fantastic and I didn't post the pictures of the cat in order to get more up votes or to abuse the system. This is my first build I have posted and we were having some fun with her first build.

I appreciate the comment but I just wanted you to know that I never intended to "abuse" the point system at all. If you have something to say about the build I would be more than happy to try and answer any questions you have about it!

Other than that have a good night and good Friday!

-Sawyer

kylclrk 1 point 51 months ago

Hi Sawyer,

I hope you realize that I was actually talking to Mr. Craft3maker. I love your cat and I actually UPCVOTED your build! When I said he was abusing the point system, I simply meant that he shouldn't downvote for someone's cat, but rather based on the build itself. I can see how you thought that I was referring to you posting a picture of a cat to abuse the point system, but the opposite is actually true. I love it when people include cats, dogs and other animals into their pictures. It gives the build more personality and it's really just a fun thing to do!

Again, sorry for the confusion, but I was actually referring to your downvoter abusing the system.

Thanks Sawyer!

SawTown submitter 3 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

All good! I just misunderstood! All good! :D

Glad you liked the build and thanks for the comment! I'm glad we could work this misunderstanding out!

Have a great day and weekend!

-Sawyer

maggotshero 10 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

WHOO! Kansas PC builders! I live decently close to the campus, I like seeing other PC builders from the same vicinity, since there aren't a whole lot out here it seems, or maybe I just don't look hard enough, but cool build! I hope to be starting my second build here pretty soon.

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SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Haha ya she likes her Skyrim and LoL! There are a ton of girls out there that game, I just got lucky and found one that loves corgis and loves games too! :D

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SawTown submitter 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Thanks for the comment and +1!

-Sawyer

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