Description

I built this computer about 2 months ago because my best computer at home was a laptop with a 1st Gen i3 at 2.4 ghz and graphics 2500 I believe. It could barely even run Minecraft, so I wanted to have an extremely upgradable pc for the money I had that would run minecraft well, and be ready for other games with a few upgrades. Quick Review of Purchased Parts CPU: The thing is a beast. I centered my build around this thing and it allows me to game and render 1080p video at the same time. It runs super cool even with the stock heatsink and does anything you'd want in a CPU for a great price. Motherboard: I bought this a few months ago on Newegg, but it's now off of Newegg. It does what it is supposed to, but I haven't tried dual channel, CPU OC, or anything fancy like that. The chiset is WAY outdated, so my CPU may even be restricted. Also I read that the chipset doesn't support HDMI, which I am not sure about because I am running One VGA and one DVI monitor. It's a pretty crappy board, but it gets the job done and its full ATX.

Memory: Its low quality 1 dim of 1333. It works, not much more I could ask for.

Storage: This HDD is awesome. I get boot times of under 30 seconds and great write times while recording or benching on fraps.

Video Card: It's MSI, it's reliable, it was $55, It gets great price for power and does not require much power at all. I have it OCed to 700 MHZ because why not. It got a heaven score of 301 and seems reliable as anything.

Case: This case is great for a flashy starter build. The case have 2 80mm Blue LED fans and 1 120mm fan. It runs well but I already had to solder one back together after a wire broke. There's no possible cable management in thins case, so its probably heating up my system. The HDD cage is terrible and it has terrible video card clearance, but its got good ventilation, is a great price, and looks cool.

PSU: Great so far. Semi-Modular, 80 Plus Bronze, SLI Ready. I love it so far.

Future Upgrades

1st: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite

2nd: 8b Black 1866 Corsair Vengeance Pro

3rd and 4th(Not sure which to do first): GTX 760 (When it's released) and Gigabyte AM3+ UD3 Motherboard

5th: A good 120gb ssd. If I had to buy now I'd go with the 840 pro, but I will decide for sure when I am ready

6th: Coolermaster Seidon 240

7th: 8 gb Black 1866 Corsair Vengeance

8th: Another 760 in 2 way SLI

This build IS NOT at all a respectable build right now, but the urge to have a decent computer and the experience of building one made me do it. I now have a business with some of my friends building people pc's for good prices, so it turned out well. Let me know what you think now and of my upgrade idea list and if you have any questions.

Comments

  • 79 months ago
  • 3 points

Piledriver idle temps are read incorrectly, it does not idle at 9C.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought that was a bit too good to be true, but that's just what hardware monitor says.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the sensor reader in Piledriver chips is off. Anything below ambient is too good to be true unless you are running extreme cooling.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

So when I get into overclocking how can I monitor temps while I do it?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

idle temps aren't important. HWMonitor reads load temps correctly, so don't worry about it.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw you own the board I plan on buying. How does that board OC?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Realistically unless you're running nitrogen or some sort of refrigerant, you can't get below ambient temperature.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Uggh picture overload. Maybe just 1pic with all the boxes instead of individuals please.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

The new PSU is on the way! I'll let you know how I like it. I got it for a great price and I'm excited to work with it.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the motherboard need to be flashed in order to support your Richland CPU?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the Mobo work with the Richland that you bought?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

hows the stock cpu cooler for noise ive read it can be quite noisy using it in a build soon, also not sure on this case with the blue leds and red front would look better with matching red leds

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have swapped the 8350 for a 6300 and got a 7770, but good build.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Wish builders would at least find out the price for a part they had/ were given for free. This would help give the true build cost for newcomers looking for a good budget build.

  • 79 months ago
  • 0 points

I would not recommend getting the 1866 ram, there isn't a noticeable difference between 1866 and 1600.

I recommend the Samsung 840 pro for your ssd.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah that's what I would get if I was buying now, but I can see it possibly changing by the time I'm to that upgrade. Also, I like the look of the Vengeance Pro. Plus it's a bit a performance difference for a small amount of money.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok that's cool.

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  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Its so it's upgradable, I wanted a cpu that would last me for a while.

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  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

It runs on Far plus 32 w/ optifine and anti aliasing and antisotropic filtering and records with fraps with 30 fps so I'm happy for only paying $55 :). I'm planning on the 760 in good time though.

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