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After using laptops for what feels like forever, I finally decided to make the switch to a desktop. Because this was the first time I've ever attempted something like this, after research and probably annoying my older brother with constant questions, the build was put together based on feedback from friends and family.

Overall, building it was an amazing experience but was also pretty nerve-wracking. I kept wondering, "Is this how it's done? Am I doing it right?!" Still, the process was easier than I had expected it to be.

No problems so far, and it's been amazing to be able to play games and do 3D modeling without all the lag that I always experienced on my previous laptop.

Edit: added a SSD! Notes: Will most likely change out the power supply (thank you guys for the feedback!)

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  • 59 months ago
  • 4 points

+1 Nice budget build. Cable management can be better and the power supply is bare minimum. Those 280's can suck a lot of power overclocked. Everything else looks balanced and well bought though.

Just a side note.. I think every pc, at any budget, an ssd should be in the budget. Even if it's just big enough for the os. They make a huge difference in how fast your machine feels.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

I just picked up a 128GB SSD at tiger direct for $49.99. After hours of transferring and removing all the installed programs, the clone was easy and my OS runs very smooth. Best $50 bucks I threw into my build. Wish I would've did that first as it would've saved me a lot of time.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

I actually just got the Samsung 850 EVO 250GB the other day - felt worth it :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, the next time I open it up I'll probably mess around with the cables again - wasn't too sure if I was doing them right the first time around. A new power supply is in consideration and I've just recently got a ssd :D

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

^ I agree, considering your can get 128 gig SSDs for under $100. That can hold your OS and your core programs like Google Chrome and what not

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

I have almost the exact same build I finished a few weeks ago! Welcome to the Phantom 410 club. Hope you're enjoying your build as much as I am. Clearly a great investment as far as I'm concerned.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, the phantom 410 looks sleek and is a welcome change from my rather bulky laptop! I'm definitely enjoying it a lot.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build +1. What games have you played on it so far?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

If you plan for any future upgrades or you plan to overclock components I'd suggest a power supply upgrade. Great job on the build and the price.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, will definitely take that into consideration :)

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job on your first build!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

question for you, on the pci express power coming off that power supply, does it not have two adapters for the video card on it? i see you ran the two molex adapter that came with the video card so wasnt sure if it was because the power supply cable only had one.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I did the same thing on my build as well. The power supply had two I believe, but one was used up for the fan controller I think. so it only left one additional open. I have a fully modular and can run another Perif cable but no one has said if there is any benefit to doing so and I left it as is.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

a fan controller should only use sata or molex adapters off of a peripheral cable, the vga power cords are only used on vga cards

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe I am wrong. I have the power cable plugged in via VGA that came with the CPU but to power the two fans on the GPU I used the molex adapter that came with the GPU. I can't really tell by his picture so probably misunderstood lol. Someone mentioned the same thing to me on my build based off my photos.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

i just looked at your build now, your power supply comes with 4 6+2 pin pci express adapters so you should use just two of those for your video card instead of using a molex adapter.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a bad budget build, but for an extra $50 you could have future-proofed it.

Here are my suggestions (in hindsight):
- Single 8GB 1866MHz RAM module for $10 more (rather than your 2x4GB modules)
- MSI Twin Frozr GTX 960 for $20 more (rather than your r9 280)
- If you decided to stick with the Radeon card, you should've bought a ~850W PSU in order to future proof your build
- SSDs are standard now. Switch out your HDD for an SSD and save money to buy an HDD later
- The phantom isn't a bad case, but it's a bit old. Just a thought.

I realize that these suggestions may seem to serve no purpose (since you already built your desktop), but you may be surprised when someone asks for advice and you can't answer. :)

Cheers!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

And another note, I 'm not sure how hot your temps get, but with my R9 gpu I had to seat it lower on the MB and took the 140MM fan on top and put it on the side panel as an intake. Then used two additional 120MM fans at the top for exhaust. That lowered my temps pretty significantly.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

What does a Wireless Network Adapter do? Sorry for noob question.