Description

I use this computer primarily for gaming—It's not the best but it works well enough for me.

I replaced one of the case fans because it just stopped spinning. It wasn't a big deal, a friend gave me a spare.

Also, sorry for the terrible pictures. On my tiny phone screen they looked okay, but I guess not.

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 6 points

That PSU is scary.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

It's not the worst model that Raidmax has to offer, that said, Raidmax is still crap.

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

Think you did good

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I have to say, interesting choice of parts. It's not too bad but yikes that power supply is scary. If you wanted to save money, a Corsair 450W would easily have done the job. Many people skimp on their power supply and you really shouldn't. +1 for using a Gigabyte motherboard.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Why did you get a $200 hard drive when you could have bought something like a western digital caviar blue for $65???

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Not bad and its upgradeable.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep, the plan is to upgrade things as necessary and as the money rolls in.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I could find better ways to spend the precious dollars since you're on a tight budget, but it works for what you need it. First time builder?

  • 72 months ago
  • 7 points

No, it says "[First Build]" in the title so I don't think it's his first one.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

hahahaha :P

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not a particularly BAD build, but there a a good amount of things I would have changed.

  1. The bulldozer architecture (100 series) is far inferior to the piledriver architecture (300 series), and with the 4300 commonly going for 99$ it would have been the correct budget choice.

2.your ram is overpriced. You can find better 1600 speed for cheaper, around 50$ range, not 70$.

  1. This mobo limits many things, from o/cing capabilities, ram speeds, crossfire/ sli abilities and sata 3 6 gb/s speed peripherals. The 970 chipset is a good range of budget, allowing for support of all the lost features previously stated. If your aim was to keep sata 3 around for reusing old drives than the 960 chipset would be great. Also why opt for m- atx in an atx case?

  2. though youve heard it before, psu. thing's a time bomb.

Let me say this, I do not intend to just bash this build, but to help you learn quality parts for next time. If I had this build and a limited budget (which I do ;p), the first thing I would do is upgrade the motherboard to a 970 chipset board for around 70 bucks, reusing the old processor until I could afford to upgrade to pile driver. when doing so I would either get a sata2 to sata3 cord for your hdd or break down and get a new wd blue or seagate barracuda 6 gb/s speed. Anyway I hope this helped and good luck with your build's future!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, thanks for all the criticism, I really appreciate

The mobo I'm using actually is atx, the part list had the wrong on listed, I updated it. Does that change any of your advice regarding it?

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

so the mobo is actually the gigabyte 970? How do you have the samsung spinpoint hooked up? at sata 3gb/s speeds? If your looking at upgrading (after that bomb of a psu) I would just scratch replacing that hdd and pick up a 120 gb ssd and run it as primary drive. Processor swap first though!

And yes that does change my advice as to replacing the mobo as this 970 model is a great kickass mobo.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

The correct mobo is listed now. I'm pretty sure the spinpoint is at 6 3 Gb/s.

An ssd is on the to-buy list and I've been keeping my eye open for PSU sales.

Lastly, when you say "processor swap", does that mean getting a new cpu?

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

That Motherboard changes things.

So the order in which I would upgrade goes as follows: 1. PSU 2. SSD to make use of sata 6gb/s, while keeping the hdd for mass storage. 3. Replacing the cpu to a 300 series fx cpu. the 100 series runs at the speeds of a phenom, piledriver architecture is mostly seen as a flop. I would reccomend either the 6300/50 or 8320/50. 3. also three because It doesn't matter in what order you do this in, but I would upgrade the GPU to a more enthusiast level card (7850/7870xt/660/7950/760 will all do well), or wait for AMD's new cards, to come out soon! (at great pricing btw)

After said upgrades are performed You will have a VERY capable gaming rig.

  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

to each his own i don't really care for amd products as for me they tend to wear out rather quickly i might suggest next time even though it might be a little bit more going with an intel core i5 or i7. otherwise great build

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