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This was my first build and I took my time sourcing the parts at the best prices I could find.

I used Jet.com to buy the cpu, the 6600k was definitely worth the extra coin for the overclocking; its pretty damn cool. I have it running at 4.6 ghz @ 1.33v and its perfectly stable.

I really enjoyed building in the p400, I actually pre-ordered it because I liked the look so much. I plan on buying an LED strip for it soon.

The power supply was a bargain from Amazon, it isn't modular but for the price it works great. Will probably be getting a modular one for my next build.

Found the r9 290 on craigslist for 100 bucks which was definitely the best deal of the whole build, it does everything I need it to do, even if it is a little loud.

Got the OS through my school forrrr free, which was nice.

Picked the 212 evo up open-box on amazon, lots of great deals to be found there.

I really had fun building this and it has inspired me to try something a little crazier, coming soon.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 4 points

Very nice. Really shows you how good of a build one can buy even if one is on a budget. I really wish I had shopped around and looked for good deals when I made my first build. Might be using a i5 instead of the FX-6300 if I had. :(

+1 For a great build and finding great deals. :D

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I had a working laptop for school so I just kept looking for the best way to buy everything for cheap, which is easier when you aren't in a rush.

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Grats on the first build! It's such a better time to just now be getting into building compared to 15 years ago before the likes of pcpartpicker >.<

System itself isn't too bad, though would definitely recommend investing in some custom cable extensions to pretty things up a bit.....but...that psu, I would really suggest looking up the Toms Hardware guide about PSU Tiers. Learn it, live it, love it. Budget PSUs can be troublesome due to shoddy capacitors and the like.

So...my advice would be to replace that PSU as soon as possible if you can afford it. You don't need to spend a lot, but so long as you pick out a PSU in at the very least Tier 3 for the bargain bin..I believe you'll be much better off down the road.

great job though for a first timer!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for input, I plan on buying EVGA G1 for my next build (budget dual xeon pc), which seems to be tier 1/tier 2.

The psu was one of the first things I bought and I had no idea that modular components even existing. I have to agree the wiring is hideous, it will probably be my next upgrade.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Skip the G1. It's not good compared to the other mid-high end EVGA units. Avoid the G1 units.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, just got a 750w p2 for my other build due to these suggestions. Will probably keep this psu in this build a while, despite the negative comments.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

It's your call. It being a 576w unit, I would treat it as a 450w unit MAX. It is a low quality and poorly performing unit so even calling it 576w (100% of the 12v wattage) is not safe at all. To keep yourself relatively safe, treat this like a 450w MAX unit.

The 750 P2 is an excellent unit.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey I have that psu and have had it for 6 months now. It works great so far. I'm gonna get this same cpu on my current pc. I have an i5 3570 now. And I have the r9290, the 6600 over clocked should be much better. I'm also getting 1440 p monitor at 144hz. Getting ready for doom 4

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

nice, if you need a good motherboard I can recommend this one, was super easy to set up and has plenty of room for expansion.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

wow that is really budget for a 1440 system, well done!!! the 290 is still an amazing card after all this time. and with prices quite low, you can easily xfire it for more powarrrrr! :)

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

If I find another one for ~100 this will definitely happen.. good thing my rent includes electricity :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

How's the clearance of the hyper Evo on the ram sticks?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a fantastic price/performance, didn't think I would see a skylake CPU in a $686 build.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

thats a great deal on the card!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

thats crazy how you found an r9 290 for 100

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Rest in piece ear drums. You probably want to find an aftermarket cooler for that card such as the arctic accelero xtreme 3 or a hg10 and aio cooler.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build sometimes i think that i should have gone with older hardware as i saw a 690 for 150and a 295x2 for 250 im right between the two at a 960

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build, I am really liking the case.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I can definitely recommend the case

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Curious on how much clearance you have between the side panel window, and the top of your 212 EVO? My cpu cooler is a couple millimeters taller, but I really want to grab this case.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It's quite close as is but not touching, maybe 1-2mm clearance at best.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

glad to see a 212 perfectly fitting a p400. Great case

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

Why are you using a molex adapter for the GPU. I know the PSU is no good, but it DOES have both PCI connectors you need. you should fix that ASAP. ALso make sure you treat the PSU as a 576w unit (not even a good one) because that's what it really is.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Did not know this mattered but at the time it was the easiest way to wire it. Just looked this up and it seems it can be an issue, thank you for pointing it out, just fixed it.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Good. You should still replace that PSU though.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

seriously.

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

EVGA is fine, its not the best, but certainly not the worst. It has an 80+ Bronze cert. Which is more than good for a standard gaming PC. All of the PSU elitists on this website are getting annoying, not everyone can afford a top of the line PSU.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

What are you talking about? OP has a junk Sentey PSU in this build.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Whoops, My mistake, I thought you were condescending to the power supply that RaspberryPiFan chose, MY BAD! I feel dumb now :P

But yeah that sentey psu is garbage.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Very quiet until that reference cooler gets kicking. Cant hear the case fans or cooler fan at all.