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YAY my first pc build ever!

Nomenclature: 'Initial' because this is my first build :D 'P' cuz my name starts with a P. Also there's this anime called InitialD. It's completely irrelevant to computers.

Primarily, this is to play games on. I'm on a budget, so obviously I couldn't make it as nice as I wanted to. I opted for a i3 3220 cuz I heard it would suffice for gaming for a little bit longer. I would like this to last me atleast 1-2 years. I realize I may be pushing it though. When I graduate from college and get a real job- that's when I'll build my first high performance build :)

But for now, this guy is perfect! I can max out games without breaking my bank! (although I'm using an old monitor with a low native resolution).

As for cable management: Does anyone have advice? I didn't get a modular PSU because I heard that the connections in the back could interfere with something... idk. It felt like a tight fit for the cables. I did my best lol.

Comments

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

You've got a great configuration going on here, man. A commendable selection of parts with a budget in mind. Though if it were me, I would've opted for the 7870 XT (Tahiti LE). Then again, you're already maxing out games which is great really. Nice job, man. Loving the Node 304.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah I'm really liking the small size and sleekness of this case. Plus I can give it to my parents in the future and it won't look so weird in their living room lol

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

You can view lots of system info with HW monitor, or you can use something like coretemp or realtemp to monitor just the CPU temps. You can monitor GPU temps with GPU-Z.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the suggestions!

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

I think this is a solid budget build. The PSU is a little lacking IMO but otherwise it's a good build. As for cable management, it's not exactly easy to find places to shove those extra cables in a mini ITX case. There are a few modular PSU's that fit in the node, but they cost quite a bit more. I'd say as long as your temps are good just put the panel on and don't look at the ugly cable management :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

do you have any suggestions for temperature monitoring programs? everything seems to be cool, but I wanna make sure.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice :) But where did you get your graphics card from?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I got it from Newegg. They just had a pretty good sale on it for $185 + a $15 MIR :D

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build. I love the choice of motherboard, It is one of my favorite mini-itx boards. how is it working for you?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

so far so good :D I was scared that the wifi wasnt gonna be that good, but it works perfectly fine. Although, the two antennas for it dont look very appealing lol.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

AWSOME

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm about to build my first PC and I am using this build as a base. Any tips for building in this case?

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  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

lol thanks! i feel very satisfied. but i think im addicted now cuz i wanna build another! :o