This is a 15 year old's first build, so I know everything isn't perfect. I built this because my school issued laptop (Lenovo x131e with an AMD E2-1800 processor) is almost impossible to do any kind of gaming on. Civ V is hardly playable even on tiny maps. So I built this guy. I took about 3 months of lurking of /r/BuildAPC to learn exactly what I was doing.
My goal was to able to do school work on a large screen (I do wish I had gotten a 23 inch though) and play most games on high-ish settings. Favorite games include AC4, Civ V and TF2.
Parts were bought around Black Friday, which explains the low prices (Ah yeah, 50$ RAM) Also, I'm from Canada, eh.
Part Choices: CPU: I wanted to go AMD all the way. I guess I'm a fanboy. I was set on the fx-6300 but seeing the 8320 for only 15$ more got me.
CPU cooler: was bought about a month after assembly because the noise level from the stock cooler was absolutely ridiculous. I know I could have gotten better with air cooling, but I like the CLC's from Corsair. They look really nice too.
Motherboard: Middle of the pack, basic overclocking capability, nice color scheme. No complaints here.
RAM: Basic DDR3-1600. Was the cheapest I could get without doing a MIR.
Storage: I am planning to get an SSD sometime soon, but this was 60$ for a reliable 1tb 7200 RPM hard drive. Can't complain.
Video card: This was a lucky grab. I was waiting, hoping to see a 270x go on sale on Black Friday. None at all. I waited for Cyber Monday, still nothing. A week later, I found this model on sale at Memory Express. I couldn't find much info on the company or their products, but I decided to give it a go. So far it's perfect. Nice box, nice card, HUGE COOLER. I find my temps to be very low though. I've tried with many programs and still I never go over 52 degrees even when mining Dogecoin.
Case: I really like the look of it. It was discontinued but I was set on getting it. Found at a local computer store. Kinda regret not going for a R4 or a 300r. Cable management in this is non-existent.
PSU: Not much to say. Nice unit for the price.
Monitor: I really wish I had gotten a 23 inch monitor, but live and learn.
Keyboard: I had this laying around, works perfectly. Had issues with the mouse so decided to grab a new one.
Mouse: I love this thing. It's great. Absolutely great. I've set up a macro on it for CTRL-Alt-TAB which is Alt-Tab without having to hold it. Really useful. Just glides across the screen.
Thanks for reading!
Is there anything I can do better for Cable Management?
Are my GPU temps alright? Lots of 270x owners seem to be reporting much higher temps, around 70 degrees load.