Description

First AMD build , Budget build ($700) Mostly for gaming. :D

Upgraded from a p4 2gig ram gt210 to this , what a difference !!

A few snags along the way

-Case wire management wasn't what I expected . I expected to fit all wires without it bulging at the sides of the case but couldn't .

-Motherboard didn't have usb3.0 header (no biggie) I have two ports in the back and know where to find the connector if I need to connect the front

-I assumed the msi 7770 supported crossfire but doesn't ( even tho that model in this site says it does plus a few youtube reviews and a few online stores as well) . Again no biggie it's a low end card and by the time I need to crossfire it i'll just get a better single gpu . I also cut out the upc code for the mail in rabate before considering exchanging it .

DirectCanada.com was what sealed the deal for me . Fast free shipping plus customer service was really great . I exchanged ram and ssd last minute and all when extremely smooth .

Also would like to thank everyone that posts their rigs , I view this site daily now for the last 3-4 months and enjoy everyones work . Keep it up everyone !

Upcoming possible project(s) : looking to build a HTPC or a mini pc

This order will ship Free Ground Shipping. This order is FULLY insured for the full value. All form Direct Canada

Shipping $0.00

Shipping insurance $10.00

Sub Total $696.57

GST(5%) $34.83

No PST - Outside BC residents$0.00

Total $731.40

Mail-in-rebates $-30.00

Final Total $701.40

Estimated Wattage: 264W

Thank you everyone for the comments !!

*UPDATE: Thermaltake 600W ATX12V finally burnt out in a blaze of glory. At 4am Oct.25.2015 with thunderbolts shooting out of my PC my power source died. I'm extremely surprised my curtains didn't catch fire

Comments

  • 81 months ago
  • 13 points

Impressive cable management. Next time someone says their case doesn't allow for good cable management, I am linking to this build.

Good component choices. Video is easy to upgrade later and I think you will be making a good choice to upgrade rather than crossfire. Micro-stutter sucks.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

It MAY be possible to crossfire it with a 7750. 7770 + 7750 crossfire does not require the crossfire cable, although you'll only be gaining at best a 50% to 60% performance increase (my personal testing). Your 2nd 16x slot is really only a 4x slot, so there is a performance hit there too.

But the 7750 makes a great htpc card that can still game. Maybe get it for your future build and if it works in crossfire on your existing build, then it's a bonus.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info , it really helps . Also MAN... you have some unique and impressive builds . Spent a good hour last night maybe more reading through your builds and then some Hybrid PhysX wiki . I would call yours thief proof hybrids . I'd like to see the thief explain way he has those cards setup to the buyer lol or better yet the drivers to run it and all the extras .

You are definitely in a higher league of computing , keep building that's an order ! :D

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

you did almost everything i would've done, but it's still a great well-balanced build. awesome 5-star cable management despite the case!

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

nice job with cable management on this case +1

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Impressive cable management in a case that doesn't make it easy to do!

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

This is one of the best builds I've ever seen. Not for what's in it, but how it's built. Simply beautiful.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

props to you sir! the build is fairly balanced but what got me is how you did your cable management. It is very well done. Props to you! :)

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Great cable mgmt! I like it :D

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Help me understand how this bad boy runs in games.. And how does the multitasking go?

What Res do you play on? better yet, what games do you play?

Thanks :)

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

I will have to get back to you for those questions but so far I'm revisiting games I bought but couldn't play with my old pc .

This week was mostly Battlefield Bad Company 2 @ 1920x1080 on normal multiplayer on a 22 inch LG hd. I don't recall the exact fps ( I will post later tomorrow ) but I know it was high enough to increase it a notch to med or higher.

As far as multi-tasking if you mean watching youtube videos hd while flipping thru forums and and browsing the net for pics etc all at the same time it runs very smooth.

If you mean multi-tasking as in video editing while making music etc , I haven't got around to any heavy tasking .

I will edit the description as I forgotten to add (Mostly for Gaming).

Thanks for the comment !

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks bro.

i'm still trying to decide if i want a $200 card or go with what i REALLY NEED... not want. Thing is, i dont even play heavy gpu games. For example: League of legends, Torchlight 2, CoD Mw3/Black Ops, Mass Effect 3. And being my first build, coming from Intel 4000 HD graphics, i'm so use to low settings and little fps.

So i want to make a good buy(like mid to high settings on 1920x1080). But not too much.. you know what i mean?(haha could you help?)

Seems as if that proccesor would be perfect, actually i guess the price will be dropping soon :) Still on the debate with the Phenom II x4 965be.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

So I tested bfbc2 on high settings default. Everything on high plus both anisotropic filter & anti-aliasing set to x 4 . ( I should have turned off the x4 for better results in advance but only noticed after playing cause I choose high default ).

Fps never dipped below 40-60 @ 1920x1080 on a full 32 player map.

As for advice , Err I would scroll up to edman545 a few posts up and ask him or at least read his builds ( doesn't have to be a hybrid ) for a mid range system . He's very good with the details in his builds . I'm sure he could hammer you out a link in no time for your needs .

I'm new to the cpu and gpu and have a lot to test out . :D

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the cable management you did! Very resourceful.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Nicely done.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

is this motherboard ok for overclocking?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't tried but have read in a few places that Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ over the Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ is better . The model without LE has more heatsinks on the motherboard .

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

hey guy i was wondering if you have had problems with your pcu at all as i have also bought this pcu, i have heard many bad reviews

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you Overclock the FX-6300?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

No not yet .

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

is it that brown or is it just a problem with the lighting

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Hadn't seen your comment for some reason . The case is black on the inside , the brown you see was due to poor lighting from a second source .

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohh!!! the beauty of an organized and clean cableing! I would pay you for helping with mine hehehe. Congrats.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohh!!! the beauty of an organized and clean cableing! I would pay you for helping with mine hehehe. Congrats.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohh!!! the beauty of an organized and clean cableing! I would pay you for helping with mine hehehe. Congrats.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohh!!! the beauty of an organized and clean cableing! I would pay you for helping with mine hehehe. Congrats.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohh!!! the beauty of an organized and clean cableing! I would pay you for helping with mine hehehe. Congrats.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello! still have the Thermaltake tr2 psu? I was wondering, how has it worked until now? Thanks!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

All is good . Still works :D

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for dedicating a lil time to a noob builder girl hehehe. I going to use that PSU model in a low budget PC for my aunt. If you have the time, would you check my current build and give suggestions about the cable management? bye!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I was gonna say buy a corsair for 8 bucks more at 62 but those are Canadian prices .

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

PS finally died 2015 Oct 25th :((

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, amazing cable management! I will get this case in my future build, and I will refer to your cable management when I am building!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for the kind reply :D

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Turns out I didn't get the case, but no problem!

  • 81 months ago
  • -1 points

I JUST replaced my TR2 600w with something higher quality. I have heard and read several reviews that say it is pretty bad. You should consider replacing it soon.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

also have this model, not receiving any problems. it is recommended by builders on reddit and is displayed on Toms hardware recommended psu's. which is why i bought this product. hoping not to receive any problems. if i receive a power problem i will definently not hesitate to buy a corsair 600w(more trusted brand)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine whined for about a few hours during the night once, Told myself tomorrow I would remove it . Next day whining stopped and haven't heard it since .

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