Description

This is my first PC build. I wanted a PC capable of gaming, video and photo editing and possibly streaming in the future. The only games I have tried so far are Minecraft and Dirty Bomb, but both ran fine on high settings.

CPU: I was thinking of getting an i5 but i wanted something overclock-able and nothing seemed to be in the price range of the FX-8320E. I haven't overclocked yet but overall I'm impressed with it.

CPU Cooler: I wasn't going to run an AMD CPU without an aftermarket cooler. One of the most recommended so i had to get it.

Motherboard: This is the only motherboard for AM3+ with the 970 chipset, so it was a no brainier. I was considering the Gigabyte mATX AM3+ board but many people said it was no good for 8 cores especially for overclocking, and it was only Sata 2.

RAM: It's ram. it works, not much to say. I am using a 1x8 stick of Crucial Ballistix as well because this kit was on back order for a while but i plan on giving the stick to a friend when he builds a PC.

Storage: I love having an SSD! boots everything way quicker and helps a lot with loading times. The 1TB drive is good for mass storage of music, photos, etc and its fine for that.

Graphics Card: It is a re-branded R7 265, but it was cheaper than it so i went and got it. Its done well in the few games I have played but so far it's done fine. It will probably be the first thing I upgrade though.

Case: This case was cheap and fits everything nicely. Cable management was alright but i had to shove the back panel in to fit it but that's more so my fault. Only thing that really bothers me about it was the USB3 Header cable was to short to route above the CPU cooler so I had to run it straight above the graphics card.

PSU: I was going to get a 600W EVGA power supply but this wasn't much more so I bought it instead. It helps that it's semi-modular so I could keep most of the extra cables out.

Disc Drive: It's a disc drive. I only got it to use the couple of games I have on disc but I had to install windows with it because I couldn't find my USB drive. Its actually unplugged right not because my motherboard only came with 2 Sata cables.

OS: Windows 8 isn't the worst thing in the world but I'm still adjusting. Windows 10 is coming soon anyway so I just bought it to get accustomed with the newer UI.

Wireless Adapter: It sucks. I was thinking of getting another TP-Link adapter with and antenna but i decieded against it and now regret it. I have two routers in my house for different networks and it won't reach the one just slightly further away. It occasionally sees the network with 3 bars but then drops it a few seconds after connecting and won't see it

Keyboard: It's cheap and is red. All I needed to stick with the color scheme.

Comments

  • 54 months ago
  • 5 points

Very nice and balanced build. AMD doesn't get enough love, I'm telling you...

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! AMD does have some of the best budget CPU's around even with their age.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Love to see these AMD builds. AMD CPUs have stood the test of time and they still make the best price/performance CPUs out there IMO. It's also nice to see a new 300 series GPU in a system.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Just letting you know that I got that same monitor a year ago and since then it has developed a dead pixel (at least it is near the edge) and a whiter white streak then what the white backround is like for instance this page. Maybe I just got unlucky, at least it doesn't bother but unfortunately I know they are there.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright I'll be sure to watch for it. Ive had it for almost 6 months and its been good so far

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Wooot I'm actually doing a very similar build soon and even with the same monitor ! Can you tell is the monitor any good ?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the monitor its an ips panel so colour and viewing angles are great! Definitely worth getting. Good luck with your build!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

K thanks for reply !

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Gotta go fast!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the Hyper Evo 212 treating you in that case? I'm migrating my current build to the N200 as well, and I want to start overclocking my i5 4670K. How was fitting it in the case? How's the temperatures?

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

The 212 Evo works pretty well. I had a bit of trouble installing it due to the edge of the cutout on the back covering a bit of the top two screws, but it sits fine now. As far as temps I get 21c at idle and when i ran a couple of prime tests i think i got close to 30c. These temps are at stock clock speeds to i haven't gone far past 3.5 GHz yet. It should be fine for overclocking an i5

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

hey man, I gotta know, did you have to update the bios before using that CPU on it? I am a little confused with compatibility issues and stuff haha

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

You can fit a CM 212 Evo in this case? Amazing. Everywhere I read tells me that microATX cases only fit a CM TX3. Can you even close the side panel? How much gap is left between the side panel and the top of the cooler?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I was worried that the panel wouldn't fit with the cooler on at first but yea it did surprisingly fit with no issue. There must only be a few mm of space between the heat-pipes at the top of the cooler and the panel.

Edit: The side panel is bulged alot, i would assume that's why it fits without issue

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

quick question, how fat does that GPU overhang the other PCIe slots? Its on sale on Newegg and I was wondering if the other slots are accessible. Thanks Great build, +1

  • 54 months ago
  • 0 points

Zach is not smart.

  • 54 months ago
  • 0 points

Yes I am

  • 54 months ago
  • 3 points

You didn't even reply to him properly XD

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  • 54 months ago
  • 3 points

There is an ssd... And its not an APU the FX line are just regular CPU's from what I know . Plus I did say that I had a couple of old disc games i wanted the optical drive for. As for the gpu yea its a pretty cheap version and I could have got a different one for abit more but im fine with it.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

His SSD is clearly listed in his price and is visible in his 4th and 6th pictures. Plenty of people use optical drives, including myself. A lot of content creators need them when working with archived images, video, etc. from stored discs, or like in OP's case, some older games. I know I have a habit of picking up dirt cheap games at goodwill, so it is nice to have for however rarely you do use it. Also, the FX line of CPUs are not APU's.

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  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

No I not

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

None are dumber than zach

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice! I just went and switched the fan to other side and temps already seem to look a bit better!

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I definitely want to start overclocking soon because of how far 8350's can usually go.

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