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   The first time I got into PC gaming was in August when my friend told me to get Counter Strike: Global Offensive. After that I was hooked, and I wanted to get more into PC gaming. I had been planning out my computer for months. With a tight budget considering I'm 14 and has no job I knew I was going to have to make some sacrifices. I opted for an AMD multi-core processor instead of an Intel dual core processor. For my graphics card, I went big and got a MSI GeForce GTX 960 Gaming 4GB knowing it'd help me make up for my weaker CPU and bring more upgrade-proof in my GPU department. Next I opted for the MSI 970A SLI motherboard. I was lucky enough to get this motherboard for around $30 after a Microcenter deal and a mail-in rebate. I knew this was a complete steal. I also picked up a normal RAM kit that docked me only $30 for 8GB DDR3-1600 RAM. I got a 1TB WD blue for Christmas so that was taken care of. For my case, I went with the ever so popular NZXT S340. With this case it had everything I wanted in a PC gaming case. No 5.25 inch bays, which meant a sleek front look and a side panel window so I can see my components and eventually add LEDs to make it pop. For the power supply I went with a typical corsair CX 600M. Lastly, I picked up two cooler master fans. As for building it, it was a breeze for a first timer. With help from my dad we finished in about 4 hours including a lengthy dinner break. The only problems we had building were connecting everything properly. The 24 Pin power connector took a lot more force than I've seen from any video and I had some trouble plugging in the power, reset, LED pin and whatever other little plugs there were to plug in. After we plugged those in correctly everything worked as expected. We bought a Windows product key off amazon for around $120 and had a flash drive with the windows ISO. The bios recognized all my components and I was ready to game. If I had one take away and regret from all this, is to save a little more and go for an 8320, 8350 or even an i5. I run all the games I want to play with great frame rate. This computer set me back way under $700 and for the price I am very happy with the outcome.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

I like the build, as 1st efforts go. You'll be fine with the FX-6300 for now; I have an FX-8320 in one build and an FX 8120 in an older one and the per-core performance is basically the same (ok, a little better than the 8120 :) ) so just enjoy your frags! The one thing that will make a huge improvement right away is moving the OS to an SSD when you can, especially how smoothly Windows works and how fast your games load. Here's one of my builds for comparison.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

nice clean PC, good job for your 1st build!!!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice first build, u should upgrade the cpu whenever you get a chance

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Also upgrade you PSU. That is a not a good PSU for a gaming rig. Recommendations are usually EVGA's b2/g2/gs/gq or any other high end from EVGA. Seasonic and Antec are also good solutions. But for now, this psu should suffice.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

What's wrong with their power supplies? I have one and it seems to be just fine. I thought Corsair came highly recommended.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm no power supply expert by any means, but I think their CX line up has low quality components inside of it.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Same here. I'd like to know his source for his info.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Corsair use several manufacturers for their units. Some are excellent and made with high quality components. Some are not. You cannot make a blanket statement about a company as all their psus are vastly different. For example, cooler Master has some top quality psus, as well as some so bad they will damage your computer.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I am just talking about the CX line up. I think they are OK PSUs, but you could do better for the money. There are sources all over the internet stating that they use low quality components also. I apologize for the inconvenience that I've cause you all.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

The issue with the cx is that there is always something better for the same or only a bit more money. Never worth it.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Give us a source for that statement, as I have a CX600M in my build and it's been fine for quite a while now.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

As I said, I'm no PSU expert. I always see alot people who understand PSUs comment that the CX line up of PSUs are not the best and there are better options for the buck. Also, the PSU tier list here, http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html , says that they are TIER 4 and not the best.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :) seems to be fine for now

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it should be fine for now. But once you upgrade, keep in mind that you should upgrade you PSU also. Peace!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I wish I had gotten into PC building when I was your age. Can't go wrong with the 6300, I've been running mine for almost 3 years now, on my 3rd rig with the same chip, it's the only thing I haven't upgraded to be honest. Overclocking capabilities are fantastic, had mine up to 4.5 GHz but brought it back down to 4.0 because the temps were getting a little high, water cooling would help with that though.

+1 Enjoy your build!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build and such a snipe on your motherboard! :D

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build but get that tower off the carpet...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks like they placed some cardboard under the feet of the case. I did something similar with mine, only I used wooden planks that are about 1.5 inches thick to allow the PSU to breathe. My case was too tall to place on the shelf under my desk unfortunately.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It's boosted on cardboard, I check it frequently

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

hey, can your build run modern games smoothly? And on what setting?? I was planning a similar build. PS I iz noob.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

TBH no, I'd go for either an i5 or an 8350. The 960 tho is enough to run modern games on medium to high setting

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

thx