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This was my first time building a PC. I was originally intending to hit a budget of around $500 using an FX6300 and HD7770 with a cheaper case and lower capacity hard drive. This is what happens when you go to a computer store(good 'ol Microcenter) and get carried away.

I chose the FX8320 because I like to do work in 3D programs like 3DS Max. I also do some video editing. Also, it was about 10 bucks cheaper than the i5 3470. Stock heatsink is super loud, though..

The AsRock MoBo I chose is a pretty crappy motherboard for this build. It works well, and my windows installation worked without a problem, but there's only 1 PCIe 3.0 slot, and its an AMD770 chipset.... ah well, I got it for 29 bucks, so whatever.

I decided to go with the EVGA GTX650 Ti Boost 2GB after seeing benchmarks from various sites placing this card near equivalent to, if not a bit lower than, the Radeon HD 7850. I have had no problems so far; everything runs really smoothly. (Borderlands 2 was playable with all settings(including PhysX) maxed...which was a bit unexpected...). The card, however, got really warm when under load; I noticed this while running the included Unigine Valley benchmark(Ultra preset, 0XAA, 1920x1080). I am considering adding more fans(200mm LED at the front, maybe). That case badge is also super thick.

The HAF912 was an easy case to work in. I got this specific case partly because my motherboard did not have a front panel USB3.0 header.

The CX500 is a solid power supply so far. The 8pin connector was too short to route through the back of the case, so I had to run it through my build like shown.

As for the DVD writer....its probably the loudest part of my build.

As for my first time building a computer, the assembly was frustrating. MoBo screws, CPU Heatsink, Cable Management.... but fun as well.

Windows Experience Index was a 5.7 because of my HDD.

If I would change anything now, I would probably get a better(900 series) motherboard.

Overall, I'm super happy with this build. All my games run smoothly(Borderlands 2, ArcheBlade, DOTA 2). I'm a bit worried about GPU Temps, but hopefully I will be able to fix that soon.

(Photos taken with a DROID RAZR. Hence the quality)

**EDIT My boot times are extremely quick. About 30-45 seconds, which is probably the best I've ever seen. NFS: Most Wanted runs at about 30-40fps maxed at 1080p, but I had to lower the resolution to 720p to get a constant 60fps(smoothness > sharpness, imo)

Comments

  • 80 months ago
  • 6 points

Finally, someone that realizes that an FX-8350 is no better than an 8320, since they both OC within 100 MHz! So yeah, smart decision, but could use an SSD in the future.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

So Fx-8320 will overclock just as high?

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

yep

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

The reason you get the 8350 is it's a slightly better cpu like A+ and theoretically could overclock higher than an 8320 which would be a A thats really the only difference.

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  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I am planning to upgrade to an SSD later when I start seeing sales and whatnot.. Still very happy with my processor... I feel as if raw power is surging through my keyboard. :P

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

There's only one problem with SSDs: The moment you use another computer without an SSD, you'll hate everything about it. XD

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

BUY ALL THE SSDs!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

do you have any suggestions for a cheap SSD (like under $100) just to load the OS on?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

This and this will handle more than the OS at a decent price. They seem to be reasonably popular right now. Funny how the previous 830 series is more expensive, but they are reliable according to those that have it.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I think I'm going to go with the first to save a tiny bit... anyways, once I get this and a couple other things, I'm gonna have a brand new gaming pc!

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build!!!do you play dayz??? if you do what frames do you get?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, not yet! :/

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been looking into the same GPU. How is it working out so far?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a fairly nice GPU, though I've had to turn down settings in games like NFS: Most Wanted(720p instead of 1080p). Also, it gets to the high 70s in temps, so maybe something with better cooling would be nice. Here's a better(and cheaper) one. It's a GTX660, ASUS DCII, so better cooling. And it comes with Metro: Last Light (definitely feeling the buyers remorse, haha) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121660&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=7105480&SID=skim33330X911644X153f75e06c9921071fa81c849d9efef5

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Runs hot, but its great for the price, especially with an AMD processor :)

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

did you need to do a bios update with this motherboard? i am getting a 6300 and dont wanna have to do a bios update to use it. thanks

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope. Worked right out of the box!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

okay cool, i was looking at getting this but after asking in the forums i just ended up with an Asus M5A97 Le R2.0 which works fine for me

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, i would have def. gotten a motherboard with another PCIe port... still works well, though :)

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