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My First Gaming Build- I call it Primum, the $900 beast!

by _CreativeNameHere_



CPU Clock Rate


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GPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

53.0° C


I finished my first build on Christmas Day and couldn't be more happy with it! The total came price was much cheaper than what's displayed below; it was only about $900 when I ordered.

CPU- I was going to go the i3-H77 route, but then Vishera came out. I read reviews and compared benchmarks, and decided I'd be better off with the FX. There is no lack in gaming performance whatsoever so I believe I made the right choice. Soon I'll get an aftermarket heatsink and start some overclocking.

Motherboard- This had everything I needed and kept me at my budget, so I really couldn't justify spending another $50 on a 990FX board just to have the latest chipset. It's got plenty of SATA ports, USB 3.0, and has decent enough VRMs for me to get a modest overclock. However, it does lack front panel USB 3.0 and Firewire (if for some reason you should need that) so look the board over first if you need either of those.

HDD- Works fine, plenty of storage, boots Windows 8 in a matter of seconds.

Video Card- Best part of the build, honestly. I love MSI's cooling system. On 1050/1400, it maxes BF3 at around 40-45 FPS and never goes above 53C. Very nice card, I love it.

Case- Looks very nice and feels quite solid. It's got plenty of space and airflow to keep my parts cool and lots of cable management potential. I obviously haven't taken full advantage of that (as you can see in my pictures), but I will very soon.

PSU- Decent. I would only consider it semi-modular since most of the cables (even one I didn't use) come attached and are pretty short. If it weren't on sale for such a great price I wouldn't have gotten it, but it does the job.

Monitor- Smaller than I would have liked , but great nonetheless. Beautiful 1920x1080 picture quality with DVI plugged in. It's even got built-in speakers, which is helpful so I don't have to wear my headset all the time.

OS- I was hesitant to get Windows 8 at first, being used to 7, but I bit the bullet and got it anyway. The boot times are insanely fast, I thought I was booting of an SSD at first. The Metro UI takes some getting used to, but after a while I found it was a viable replacement for the old start menu.

Keyboard- This is probably where I cheaped out the most. It's got a kind of a cheap, plasticy feel to it, but I guess that was to be expected. Other than that, I like it. The LED backlight comes in handy at night and the macro keys work well. All in all, a decent budget gaming keyboard.

Mouse- I've always used Logitech mouses for a reason. It's got a very sturdy, heavy feel to it. The sensitivity switching buttons also come in handy too.

So that's my build! Not bad for a 14 year old if I do say so myself ;). A huge thanks to the guys at /r/BuildaPC for helping me out. The build was really fun and for $900, I'd say I spent my money well. Thanks for looking!

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MrStig91 1 Build 6 points 58 months ago

Where did a 14 year old get $900? lol

anyway, pretty nice build man. If you'll be overclocking be sure to grab an aftermarket CPU cooler. The only other thing I can think to add in is a SSD. You won't be sorry, its $99 well spend. I'll link my system startup vid at the end of this post.

I also want to say (even not knowing you) I'm proud of you for choosing Windows 8. It is a wonderful OS, and I'm glad to see younger people more adaptable to change and realizing that change does not equal failure. I'm 22 and I feel like I'm right on the border. I, myself, am one that loves change. I always participate in beta programs and love seeing the technology industry move forward, but I feel like most people older than me are just scared of change. They see the new start screen and say "Windows 8 is just another vista, just a failure"

Also, one more thing. I don't know much about OCZ PSUs, I'm a Corsair fanboy, but I see Xareh said something about it. When you put together a build, the PSU is probably the single most important thing to not cheap out on. Cheap doesn't always mean crap, but you gotta do your research. If you get a bad PSU just to save $30 it could fry $900 worth of equipment. (Again, idk if yours is good or bad, I'm just generalizing)

MrCanadianAviator 1 Build 3 points 58 months ago

He might have a job like I do. (I'm 14 aswell)

sonofafinch 1 point 50 months ago

I understand the concern over OCZ PSU's. Seems to be due to the relatively new nature of them, and the lack of documentation for this particular line of PSU's. The ModXStream's actually test pretty well. Have seen a couple reviewers suggest they are about 80 Plus Bronze. For example, http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/OCZ-ModXStream-Pro-600-W-Power-Supply-Review/936/7.

Can get it right now for around $30 at newegg.com with the Labor Day sale and rebate. Going to get one and see how it goes.

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Xareh 4 Builds 4 points 58 months ago

Good job, but you might wanna brace for the flak you'll get from that OCZ PSU.

_CreativeNameHere_ submitter 1 Build 2 points 58 months ago

Yeah, I know it wasn't the best, but the price was too low to pass up

JForce522 2 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

Actually, I've heard good things about OCZ. Not as good as Seasonic/Corsair, but it is a solid choice. I don't know if you watch LinusTechTips on Youtube, but he proudly supports OCZ PSUs.

IamApropos 3 Builds 2 points 58 months ago

If you note his live stream he only mentioned a specific MODEL of OCZ not all of them. Yet I still am under the firm belief that the one thing the provides power to your entire system should not be one of the cheapest parts in your system.

TestBuilds 1 point 58 months ago

I saw that on his last live stream. He said it was a good deal.

IamApropos 3 Builds 2 points 58 months ago

He also added he's the product manager and he is a sales person why would he say something bad about it? Just saying. The manufacture has a bad name for a reason. It might be getting better but still if you compare prices to other well known for reliability parts manufacturers usually, not always, but usually some have similar priced items or just slightly more.

TestBuilds 1 point 58 months ago

Can't argue with that. You sir, know how to back up what you say :)

DePlane 0 points 58 months ago

corsair isn't even THAT good. SeaSonic > Every other brand you could possibly think of. (Except for XFX since they use the same capacitors.)

IamApropos 3 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

Corsair isn't "that" good anymore beacuse they stopped having seasonic make most of their PSU's and only the AX series is now made by Seasonic. Seasonic makes the guts for XFX - Some Antec and PC Power & Cooling SILENCE series only.

I know a few other brands that are ok but if the above mentioned are similar priced why risk it?(rhetorical)

saw1833 1 Build 2 points 58 months ago

I had no idea until reading through the comments that a majority of this site was 14-year-olds. At least I can now safely assume when people argue with me that they're almost half my age.

Pretty solid build for the money. As far as the CPU having one myself, I'll let you know now: CPU Cooler. Even if you're not overclocking it, an aftermarket CPU Cooler is going to make it SO much quieter. A cheapie like the Evo 212 that most people use in their builds will set you back $30 on most days, and will give you plenty of overclocking potential.

bburse1 2 points 58 months ago

About the OCZ psu.Its not as simple as you think. Some brands use different OEM manufacturers for different psu's they sell. For example the High Current Gamer line of psu from antec is made by seasonic while other lines a manufactured by Delta which is also a good OEM. Just be sure to do you research before you buy.

lergic 1 point 58 months ago

Looks decent enough for the price.

Delta357 1 point 58 months ago

We just made almost the exact same computer, on the same day. :O I went with the Fx-8350, the 970 Extreme (4 - difference), same video card, same type and size of RAM, and same DVD drive. And what do you know, I'm 14. Nice work!

chronicintel 1 point 58 months ago

I use an OCZ Fatal1ty 750W power supply and it has served me well even after an unfortunate incident that involved iced tea spillage. I let it dry after a couple of days and now it's chugging along like nothing happened. OCZ gets a bed rep sometimes, but in my experience I've had no issues.

Ventrus 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

Very Nice Build. How does that bad boy run when you play video games and have a heavy program open. Nice fps? No lag.

Jackoburmo 1 point 51 months ago

wow thats a really good build for $900, im also 14 and im making my own computer for $800 and the reason its so cheao is ive already got a mouse, keyboard, moniter and headphones anyway that a good build well done

JPKaizer 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

How's the 7850 holding up? Any issues?

JForce522 2 Builds 0 points 58 months ago

Nice build! I am 14 also so it is great to see a build from someone like you :) What are you using the CPU for that warrants multiple cores? I always thought that i3=basic all-around CPU and FX-6300=budget hexacore for when you need to multitask/use multithreaded programs.

mousseng 1 Build 3 points 58 months ago

Not exactly true. The 6300 is about as fast (likely faster, factoring in OC capability) than an i3 in gaming performance, and is a more capable multitasker. Considering they're roughly the same price, I'd give AMD the value award there.

Xinverse -4 points 58 months ago


The i3's 3rd gen cores are unbelievably more powerful than the FX 6300 especially considering the the 6300 is quite outdated now.

The i3 just about beats the 6300 in everything except multi-tasking and because of the 6300's hyperthreading, the difference in gaming is less than 5 FPS, although the i3 is still higher.

THe FX 6300 though, is a MUCH MUCH better multitasker and is also GREAT for rendering, etc.

mousseng 1 Build 5 points 58 months ago

All those show the 6300 (which, by the way, is not outdated - it's AMD's latest 6-core) performing on par with, if not faster than, a 3rd generation i3. That's at stock speeds, which the i3s cannot exceed (but the 6300 can go quite far past).

Xinverse -1 points 58 months ago

i3 beat the 6300 on 7/13 games. If you were to run multi-tasking tests, the FX would win by a long way, but the i3 is MUCH better for direct processes.

mousseng 1 Build 3 points 58 months ago

There were only two tests (Skyrim and FC2) in which the i3 beat the 6300 by more than ~2 fps. And again, think of the overclocking capabilities: 4.5GHz is a modest, easily attainable 10% overclock that would put the FX past the i3 in almost all gaming scenarios.

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smalls_12 1 point 45 months ago

That legitimately made me laugh. Upvote for you.

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