Well, here's my first ever build. I built this because I wanted to replace my old laptop of four years. I also wanted to be able to play CS:GO and Rust with decent frame rates.. I was hesitant at first because I thought that building a PC was something that only experts could do. After asking a friend of mine who built his own rig, he reassured me that it was an easy thing to do as long as you follow the manuals and do a little bit of research.
After building this, I got a great sense of accomplishment. It was really fun. However, I would like to ask you guys for tips on cable management. Here are some of the reasons why I chose the following components for this build.
Processor: AMD A10-7850K - Although a lot of people say that this processor wasn't worth the price, I still bought it because I didn't plan on getting a discrete graphics card in the first place.
Motherboard: MSI A88XM Gaming - I bought this along with the APU as a bundle from NCIX.
CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo - Well, it's cheap compared to other heatsinks, and it does the job really well. It keeps the CPU run at 35-40°C at idle.
Case: Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 - I like it, and it was on sale when I bought it.
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus - I wanted to try using an SSD. It really amazed me how fast it was when I finally got to use it. Before, I was using a 5400 rpm hard drive.
Video Card: Club3D R7 265 - It was a gift from my parents.
RAM: Avexir Core Series Red - It looks cool! Although, I realized that there was no way to control the lighting patterns on the red LEDs.
So far, I haven't overclocked anything yet. I'll do that once I do more research about it.
I used MSI Afterburner to overclock the GPU's core clock to 1050 MHz and the memory clock to 1500 MHz. I haven't had any issues so far. I didn't really mess with the core voltage though. I was able to get an average of 29.8 fps on Unigine Valley (1920x1080, Ultra, AA x8) and got a score of 1248. I'm really happy with what I have right now, although I'm still worried about the temps. Under load, the GPU sits at around 64-65 °C.
I followed other people's advice and reapplied the thermal paste and I also adjusted the fan curve. I also opened the windows to let some cool air in. I didn't realize before that ambient temperatures play a big role in air cooling. So, now the CPU runs at around 30-33 °C at idle. I overclocked the CPU to 4.3 GHz using a core voltage of ~1.440 V. I think that's a bit too high, but I'm not really sure. I haven't messed with the cpu-nb voltage or the ram timings yet. So far, I'd say it's pretty stable, I ran Aida64 for two hours, as well as AMD Overdrive's stability test and no issues were found so far. Under 100% load, the CPU sits at around 54°C and AMD Overdrive tells me that I have a thermal margin ranging from 35.5 - 36.4°C.
I'm really glad with what I have built, but if I were to redo it, I would have gone for an Athlon X4 860k, just as others have suggested, just to save a few more $$$. I've also read that it overclocks a fair bit better.