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First Gaming PC

by PC.FTW.



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I decided to join the PC world and build my first gaming computer. I decided to build it on black friday and I guess that was a good decision. I built my PC for a grand total of $480 after all of the mail in rebates. If i payed full price, this rig would cost me well over $600. Also, my cpu (i5 3750k) came in a combo with the mobo for only $180. Do you guys think this was a good build for this price? Also, what do you guys suggest that i upgrade or change. Im thinking of getting a better gpu, a ssd, and a better power supply in the future. Thanks.

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istealunderwear 9 Builds 20 points 45 months ago

Get. That. PSU. Out. Before it kills your components.. Please for the love of god You would die in terror if that happens.

Because it's actually a really good budget build.

But yeah get a new PSU and do some good cabling an everything will be fine.

PC.FTW. submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Thanks. I will.

Knight_07 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

I am a newbie may I know whats wrong with the PSU?

istealunderwear 9 Builds 3 points 39 months ago

It's know to explode and kill the components.

SethMatrix 12 points 45 months ago

My friend bought that exact coolmax 700 watt against my recommendations. Every time his computer went under load the computer would shut down because that coolmax is a piece of crap. He has an i5 3570k and a 7870 xt. Eventually he kept on trying and the capacitors inside it started blowing up under load. Good luck with that PSU.

iThoughtSheWas16 8 points 45 months ago

That CoolMax PSU is a tier 5. Replace it ASAP.

Hace 5 points 45 months ago

Seriously get a new PSU asap, it's only a matter of time before that thing ruins your entire system.

Jrobbm 2 Builds 4 points 45 months ago

PSU I feel has been mentioned to death...

All in all its a great build for the price... Nice work... However for me the build it not complete...

The Cable management makes my stomach churn...

Apach3 3 Builds 3 points 45 months ago

you shoulda paid full price for that power supply - certainly a different brand, as the others are suggesting. i, too, had a Coolmax power supply and was lucky it was only DOA... yes, now that i think about, a DOA power supply from such a ****** brand is better than it failing later on down the road.

i highly recommend you get a Corsair, XFX, or Seasonic power supply as soon as you can afford one.

DeathClap 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Great decision building this on black friday, you got some great deals.

raf.roland 2 points 45 months ago

Well, have you heard of our lord and savior cable management? Since you got the unlocked processor, you should probably go for something other than the stock cooler, maybe an h100i? Also, i sure hope that power supply is at least 80+ bronze. Not bad for the gpu, and that board should be fine! +1

reliKBORG 3 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Good Job! But I am with the others, replace the psu asap. In time it will ruin the rest of the computer. Also down the road maybe you should pick up an SSD to make it feel like a rocket ship.

Nuclearbombx 2 points 45 months ago

Nice computer besides the psu, change to cooler master or corsair... Maybe?

PickItApart 1 point 45 months ago

I hate you. You got this for $450. AWESOME. I have no idea why you aren't getting more upvotes. Maybe the PSU or GPU.

Bseagull 8 points 45 months ago

PSU. Definitely the PSU.

JohnTsams 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago


Orthithian 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

This is a really great budget build. Everything is balanced well, except that PSU. I would suggest the next thing to upgrade would be the PSU but if you just the PSU then definitly go for the ssd. I own 2 ssd's in Raid 0 and I could not live without them. Great Build!

1H4X3R 1 point 45 months ago

Change dat PSU...IMMEDIATELY!!!

Erikku 1 point 45 months ago

You've made a grave mistake getting that PSU... Why did you think it was 17 bucks?

PC.FTW. submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

thanks guys. i'll definitely replace the PSU. Thanks for the input.

Erikku 2 points 45 months ago

Get a SeaSonic or Corsair PSU (depending on which is cheaper), both are great brands. Here's a link if you're stumped on options http://johnnylucky.org/power-supplies/psu-recommendations.html

Mediciu5 3 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Overall, your build looks very nice. Good catch on a lot of the sale prices.

In regard to your PSU and the Tier commentary other posters have made - they're referring to this list or another one on the web written in a similar fashion.


Based on the combo price for the Mobo/CPU, it sounds like you may live near a MC? If so, they have some really decent pricing on Corsairs. Keep an eye out for those.

NewLunarGeneral 1 point 45 months ago

Get a new PSU.

Right now.

Go to Amazon right now and get a 500w Corsair CX or something, just please for the love of god get that crap out of there.

GMC_TheLegend 1 Build -10 points 45 months ago

How the heck did you get a 700w PSU for 17 bucks!?!?

You sir, are awesome

187mobstaz 5 points 45 months ago

Quality over wattage pal..