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First build for me, and I am enjoying being a (mainly) PC gamer. I play a lot of league, do all my homework on it, Crysis 3, BF4, Star wars Rogue Squadron 3D, SWTOR, Diablo 2 and 3, and Arkham Knight and SW Battlefront 3 coming out this year, I'm pumped. Tower was given to me for free, barely fit everything. Had a key for Windows 7 already, and took an optical drive from my parent's HP from like 2007 ahaha. Loving the SSd, got it for 80 at the time of purchase. 240 gb won't last me long, so I'll get another one pretty soon. Bootup time is sooooo nice. AMD is cheaper than Intel, which is a big reason why I got it. Plus, it seems like it has a solid reputation generally. 6300 hasn't given me any problems at all. MSI Radeon R9 280X was bought on eBay manufacture refurbished for only $175, and it was unopened. Barely fits in the case. Awesome card though, runs everything well. 8GB ram for now, since all I do is light gaming. Great price on it from Newegg, was only like 50 bucks wth a promo code. Motherboard not gunna lie kinda went cheap here, but it has worked well so far so I don't have any complaints. Power Supply might be overkill might not be. I've heard things form different people, but it is there for when I get upgrades. Got a good deal on it, so I am happy with it. CPU Fan with my case fan and CPU cooler all work great and keep my internals anywhere from 16 degrees C to 29C during normal usage. 22inch AOC Monitor is awesome, I'm not trying to spend 1K on a ridiculously good display. Got it for 110 at Best Buy, IPS and 1080p so it checks my boxes. Also got an Amazon basic wired keyboard. Feels solid and it does what i want it to do. $7 shipped is great to me.

Got the MSI on eBay $175, Monitor at Best Buy $110, and CPU cooler at amazon for $12. Everything else was bought on Newegg for $430 with $25 MIR and had some good combo deals.

If you have any advice, I'm open to it. Feels good to enjoy something I put together! Recommend things if you want to, I'd appreciate it!

Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

Doubling up on AMD is a great idea for price/performance. Your only concern might be heat, so I'd suggest going closed loop watercooler and see if you can play around with overclock settings. Dual channel is nice by the way, but performance gains, even in benchmarking, are marginal. You won't notice a difference in practical tasks.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't messed around at all with overclocking, just because i know it also shortens the life of your processor right?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Overclocking causes heat, which can damage a CPU if not managed correctly. A good closed loop water cooler (any of the Corsair ones are great, h100i in particular) will keep your CPU cool even when overclocked. If you manage the heat, then you won't have any problems with shorter life span.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

okay sweet, thanks for the info!! I'll definitely keep an eye out for closed loop coolers. speeeeeeeed >>>

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Whoa! Star Wars - Rogue Squadron! I loved that game! Such memories!

wait.... that is the 1998 lucas-arts game your talking about, right?? Or am I just way too old and didn't realise a new version of the game came out and I didn't know about it?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

if definitely is!! and there is a website called gog.com that have gone back and reformatted everything so that it runs on windows 7 and 8. Theres so many old classic star wars games its awesome!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info man!! I know what ill be doing tonight... If only I still had my old sidewinder 3d pro joy stick! Gotta love 90s gaming!!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Luckily I still have my old Logitech joystick and it works great with it. Found out how to make it work on google so if you get one look at how to make it compatible, not hard at all.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice rig man! +1 Now I'm gonna need you to message me a Link to that background. Love Star Wars!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

http://starwars.ea.com/starwars/battlefront/news/star-wars-battlefront-live-from-star-wars-celebration

can't wait for this new game, hopefully dice doesn't mess it up ahahaha

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a ton bro!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice build! +1

Your desktop does make my OCD twitch though

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, i'm sorry about that ahaha. I took my parents computer out because they hadn't used it in like 10 months. I set all of my stuff up and it looked great, but my parents had all of their tax stuff on their old one so i had to hook everything back up to fit both set ups. No worries though, it's only temporary!!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

It's all good. I'm a bit of a nazi when it comes to a cluttered desktop since when I was a kid I shared a pc with my brother who liked to drop every single virus ridden file he had downloaded onto the desktop. My Fiancee likes to play tomb raider with ultimate graphics on my PC but I've laid down STRICT rules that she is only allowed on steam. All in all great build dude!

...the real question is...

Are you ready for Battlefront???

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I was such a big fan of the first two battlefronts, i honestly still have my OG Xbox plugged in and I'll play BFront2 and Knights of the old republic.

They don't make them like they used too!....jk i'm only 21 ahaha. But i am definitely looking forward to it man. Engine for the game looks like it's a beast.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm 24 and I must agree with you they really don't make them like they used to unfortunatly. I am really looking forward to B3 though I hope it delivers.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

i honestly think I'm the only one that still cares 99% about campaign/single player story and split screen coop. Everything is all about online now. its kind of a bummer.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

and if you are referring to all my programs scattered in random places, I have fixed that as well ahaha. I literally downloaded everything in the same day once everything was firing so I never really organized it.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

This pleases me 8). You are excused haha.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

you need another stick of ram.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

i thought 16 was just for video editing and stuff?

  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

What he means by that, is you should have got 2 4gb sticks to take advantage of dual channel for better ram bandwidth.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

so if i wanted to go to 16 should i do 2x4 plus my 8?

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

No what he was saying was that to get to 8gb you should have gotten 2x4 instead of a single 8gb stick. But since you have an 8bg stick now just get another 8gb stick so you can take advantage of the dual channel.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty much. :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

Ya you could put it that way. But Remember more and more games are taking higher amounts of ram yet VRAM is still wayyyyyyyyyyyy more important if you already have 8gb of system ram.

If you multitask and do a lot of who-knows what at the same time then go for the 16 and the peace of mind.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Eh, Vram isn't that important, Games are becoming better and better optimized as technology improves. I have a 2gb GTX 960 that runs basically everything I throw at it on high or better, other than the over achieving stuff. Clock speed is more important on a card than the Memory buffer

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya perhaps your right. I guess it also depends on the titles that people are interested in. But with Games like Star citizen and The Witcher 3 coming out, I see a push coming.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, there will definitely be an upgrade coming.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Really? I played bioshock infinite on Ultra and got around 40-60 frames with my 960, Vram is important, but you have to account in clock speeds and stuff like that, because obviously, a 4gb buffer low end card won't perform the same as a 980.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you recommend that SSD? How have you liked it?