Description

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!

  1. Is there anything I can do better for Cable Management?

  2. Are my GPU temps alright? Lots of 270x owners seem to be reporting much higher temps, around 70 degrees load.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

Looks like a fairly solid build, but... cable management? Maybe you should take a little time to re route those cables.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I know. I really did all I could. Worked quite hard on it though. It's just that I installed the H80i after using the system for a month. It was perfect before that. There's also hardly any holes behind the MoBo. I can't really put cables there.

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

Hello, fellow 15 y/o builder! Nice job, looks very similar to mine, minus the cable management. Work on that and you'll be golden. +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going to try, believe me...

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

It's such a good feeling to have it finished...

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't be afraid to put more cables behind motherboard tray, even if you have to physically lay on that back panel to get it closed, there's definitely more room than you're giving it credit for. You can also bundle up your extra cables behind the 5.25" bays, instead of inside. You can flip your HDD around, so it's pointing to the back, and not have to run cables up to the front like that...just a few ideas.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

The problems with putting them behind the mobo is not the lack of room, but the holes for the cables are way too small. I can't put any more cables already. I just wish there was a hole near the top so I could put my fan cables through the back.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

you could fix that with a drill, hacksaw, chainsaw, laser, shotgun ext...

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks solid! Love it!! I would have went with an Nvidia GPU...but everyone has their preferences! But dear god I love that cpu...

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I was looking at the 760, but I couldn't find any good enough sales. I already hit the maximum of budget just with this. What card would you have gone for?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I see, and to be honest, I don't have a high budget, but if I did, I probably would go with the 760 myself, it'll play any game you throw at it and supports 4 monitors i believe. (I'd only use 3 just to be safe)and you'll also be set for the next couple of years. If you're looking for a modern card for like BF4? The 660 will do just fine. But again, you dont want to throw out $150-$200 a year do you?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, the GTX 690 doesnt seem like a bad option either

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Same MoBo, nice choice :) How's it all holding up?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfectly. Destroys any game I want. It's fairly quiet, the GPU fans are quite loud though.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, It's great that it can easily play games but the fans could be an issue. Just try and have an auto-fan software run the fans higher at certain temperatures. Best solution to those fans would be a closed loop but that's some advanced stuff.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd be careful if you plan on overclocking with that CPU/mobo combo, it might have a tough time supporting the extra power draw of an overclocked 125W processor.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Really? I actually thought it was designed for that kind of power draw CPU's.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome dude but the gpu could of gotten better if you chose the r9 280x but thats alright but build is sick

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Planning to get that monitor. Should I buy it or no

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

No, spend a couple more bucks and get a 23 inch monitor. It's worth it. Other than that, this one is alright. Big bezel though

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

My only Comment is that you should have gone with a 750 watt PSU, these cards can push a 500 watt far enough to overload the 12v rail.