Description

I wasn't looking to build a "high-end" system. Just a fan of the Star Wars: the old Republic MMO. (Also of the movies.) So I just needed a rig to play that along with helping get some school work done. In retrospec alot if not all parts could have been upgraded at little or no higher cost. But keep in mind this is a first time build and alot of pieces were bought for me for holidays. My wife got me started about a year ago by surprising me with the NZXT Guardian 921. A beautiful start, thank you Hunny! ;-) And the rest fell into place with help from family and myself. Took about a year and couple months. I am open to constructive criticism and tips keeping in mind I also plan to improve this computer later adding better graphics card and psu possibly. And there you have it my first build "the Blue Guardian".

CPU: All the other cpu's i chose became out of stock such as my first choice of: "AMD FX 965 quad core black edition". And so I went with the next best thing I could find. Over all I believe I made a decent choice.

MB: I chose the As Rock Extreme 3 because it was combined with the RAM stick that came with it and seemed like an over all more intelligent choice for later upgrade ability.

RAM: Came with MB. Also seemed like a good amount and speed.

HD: Chosen for it's capacity and speed.

VC: I chose the Radeon r7 240 mostly for budget and my gaming needs are not very "high-end" required. And overall this seemed like a good way to improve the build from my previous mistake of GeForce GT 610.

Case: My wife had purchased this case for Christmas one year. A very good choice from what I've seen.

PSU: Antec seemed like a good company to go with and 500w met my needs for my graphics card. Upgrades could be made but for now this is the perfect amount.

OD: Rated well and affordable.

OS: Chose Windows 7 originally, but for lack of nostalgia Windows 8 seems like a better choice because of the built in anti-virus and faster start-up.

Mouse: Again another gift for Christmas few years ago.

UPDATE Computer runs better than I could have anticipated. Love how the case runs quiet and smooth. played some Star Wars: The Old Republic on medium settings, ran great and system stayed cool. All around awesome computer. Can't wait to build another!

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice first build! Maybe tidy up those cables a bit, but besides that it looks nice. Does that case have usb 3.0?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah cables were rough. That one power cable isn't long enough to be hidden sadly did my best to tighten it for airflow.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh and unfortunately no but my mb did so that's ok. Plus I found out without OS I wouldn't be able to use 3.0 until installed. Im currently waiting on os to ship here.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! although 108 dollars for a 240 is terrible. I'd get a 7770.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I got ripped off for that, realized afterward of course. Good news is I had family help with $60 of it. Still I'm going to have to upgrade eventually for now it's sufficient for my needs. Thanks for advice :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

should've gotten 2 sticks of 4GB RAM so you can dual channel it

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I read up on that afterward sadly. But the RAM did come with the MB for free. I was in a bit of a rush to throw it all together. Although it took a year and I learned a lot after I had bought pieces 6 months previous. Live and learn? lol

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, live and learn, that's my motto in life.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

okay build.

May i ask, why the graphics card is in the bottop pciE slot? Isnt it than just running at 4x bus speed instad of full 16bit lane speed on the upper one.

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  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Problem solved thanks for the info! Im glad caught that!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

decent budget build, haha. i started out with a i5 3570k in my build and then haswell dropped a month later and i was like **** so i went out and upgraded to a 4670k which is my current cpu way overkill for the games i play and i realize it, could honestly get by with a dual core for the games that i play as they are mostly 32 bit and cant use a quad core. heck my motherboards also extreme overkill costing $420 new and being a pure high end gaming motherboard with a built in sound card like not a cheap realtek but a high end one which has made my pc have insane sound lol. battlefield feels real. realtek audio chipsets are junk cant turn volume up past a point it just levels out.