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This is my personal build (John) and is pretty old actually, I just never got around to posting it or was afraid of the criticism I might get from it. It was a pretty low budget build, originally around $500 before I got my monitor, keyboard and headset. I had no idea what I was doing when I built this PC, and really just put it together, not even bothering to read any instruction manuals or watch any online tutorials, and somehow it worked. I forgot to buy a GPU originally, but another friend owed me money, and gave me his GeForce GT430 for free, and then about 6 months ago my uncle bought the Sapphire R9 280 to replace his GPU, but didn't like the way it ran in his build, and gave it to me for free, and got the 970 when they came out.

I had to RMA my RAM about 2 weeks after I built the PC because one of the sticks blew up, and it took me about a month to figure out that that was the problem. I think I re installed windows like 4 times thinking that would work. I originally ran windows 7, but after the RAM blew up and I got the New stick I had deleted windows and it wouldn't activate again, despite being a 3-use OEM disk, and Microsoft wouldn't cough up a new activation code for me, so that wasted all the money spent on windows, so After running about 8 months on an inactivated version of Windows I used my College discount from Dual Enrollment in high-school to get windows 8.1 for cheap.

I also realized after it was far too late to RMA my Mobo that the Ethernet port on it was broken from the factory, as I had run the PC off of Wifi for so long. After moving the PC to a different room, where I could use hard-wired internet I didn't care that the port was broken, because I had a PCI Ethernet card at home, that could handle faster internet than my Mobo could, so I just use that.

I had no issues with any drivers, despite it being an AMD GPU, which surprised me, as I had learned a lot by the time I got the 280, and knew that AMD GPU's often have many driver issues.

I realized after a while that I should have probably gone with an AMD 6300 because of my budget, and could've gotten alot more bang for my buck, but I had no idea what I was doing at the time, and the person whop helped me put together my first build list was a bit of an AMD-aphobe when it comes to CPU's.

The fans and the fan controller I bought later on for cheap off of a friend, who happens to be the other person on, and original owner of this account.

I'm still amazed at how well this PC runs games and everything I do with it despite the locked CPU, and over-all low budget.

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Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

Not a bad build but I'd say get a new PSU before that one blows up on you, not even kidding.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice system. But why did you put lights in the computer case? You don't have a windowed side panel to even take advantage of it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought them so we can light up other cases when we do builds for customers, along with the fact that I'm upgrading my build very soon, along with a case that has a window. I just threw them in here so they wouldn't get broken laying around my house. -John

This was another build we did that uses the light strip. http://pcpartpicker.com/b/2XFdnQ

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The Raidmax power supply appears.....throw it away quick

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

so many LEDs it hurts my eyes

nice build+1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

White and gold punch

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I knew someone was going to say this.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

You might get a black and blue fire if that PSU goofs on you.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Look if the computer does what you need it to do. GOOD JOB ! You have accomplished building a pc, something not a lot of people do.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

That PSU will toast your system! Replace it soon!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I had that POS psu before, could barely power my 270x. Would always get the red screen of death in crysis 2

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

ouch you had a lot going on +1 for your troubles.... how is that fan controller working out for you I want one for a build but i dont want to spend $30+ on a controller and it fall apart

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the controller alot, but the temp gauges aren't accurate at all, although I don't really have them on the CPU and GPU directly, just on their heat-sinks, so that's part of it. but other than that it's nice, you have to unlock the touch screen to change things, so you can't accidentally change anything, which is a nice feature I think.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I take that as child-proof

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I just wanted to say thanks to the people that pointed out that I should buy a new PSU. I was planning to build a new PC within the next few months, but after reading up on the issues with the Raidmax decided to buy a new PSU today, and will swap it out as soon as it arrives. -John

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Touche