Description

This is my first custom build completed in March 2013. I wanted something that could handle modern MMOs at max settings and still come in at around $800. Overall, I'm happy with what I got for the money I spent. With the GPU overclocked under normal loads I'm seeing 60-80 FPS, which drops to about 35 in highly populated areas in most games. Everything has run silently and cool even with only stock fans.

All parts were purchased at the Tiger Direct store in Wilmington DE, which is about 45 mins from my apartment and does not have sales tax. At the time they did not have the WD Caviar Blue hard drives or Tahiti based 7870s in stock.

As this was my 1st build, there were a couple lessons learned and things that, in retrospect, I would have done differently. 1. 16GB is way more RAM than I need, though I did get a pretty good deal on what I bought. 2. At the time I thought all PSUs were more or less the same. The one I got is bigger than I need and not 80 PLUS. 3. I didn't plan for cable management when I got the case and should have gone with one that has room behind the motherboard to route everything. 4. The money I could have saved by being smarter with a couple things probably would have let me afford a more powerful GPU.

Comments

  • 78 months ago
  • 4 points

Please post pics of the inside.

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

You're going to get spammed with downvotes for not posting pics lol. It's just the way things go around here.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not 2x4GB, Caviar Blue, fx-6300, and 7870? I'm assuming it's cuz where you bought things, no?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

fx-6300, isn't that a hexa-core processor? i don't think there are many games that are multi-threaded enough to take advantage of the extra two cores.

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

You'd be surprised. The octa-core 8300 series CPUs excel in gaming, for example.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, there's a Tiger Direct store in Delaware (no sales tax) ~45 mins from my house. The RAM I explained above. They did not have the Caviar Blue or 7870 Tahiti-based cards in stock at the time. I don't really do anything that takes advantage of the extra cores so I could not justify going with the FX-6300.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Its only about $10 or so more, thats why it is recommended over the fx-4300. Especially when you look at benchmarks the 6300 outperforms the 4300 in games, especially considering the prices.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

that makes more sense. You might want to add that in your Description so people understand your choices better.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty nice build for the price! Can't really complain about anything here. 16gb of dual channel ram is good for future proofing your machine a little bit, new FX quad core is good enough even for the future considering that some of todays games still ony require a duo cores, and the video card is very good for the price.

Nice build! :)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. I would recommend you buy some sort of aftermarket cpu cooler however.

  • 78 months ago
  • 0 points

You could of saved money by getting 8gb of ram

  • 78 months ago
  • 0 points

You're right. I thought I would need the 16GB to run games on 1 screen and Netflix/Pandora/internet on the other. In retrospect I should have gone with 8GB of better RAM.

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

but you still got a good deal on the RAM imo

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

It was already $20 off normal price. The cashier left it on the counter when he checked me out and I didn't realize it until I got home and started putting everything together. I had to call the store and drive back down there and the manager took off another $10 for my troubles.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

i can personally guarantee you won't even use 4GB of RAM with a game in one screen and a browser in the other. at most, maybe 3GB will be used.

faster RAM, actually, is more useful for an APU than any other situation because the integrated GPU actually makes use of system memory. for your needs, DDR3-1600 RAM is enough to keep you going for a long time.

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Will post pics tomorrow when I have it open to clean it.