The plan was to take my first gaming pc( full ATX gigabyte motherboard, fx 6300, gtx 660 TI, 16gb ddr3 value ram, and an extreme gear psu in a thermaltake commander case) and just grab a few new parts to fit into a smaller, more minimalist case (cuboid R case) for an updated light gaming pc to get my wife into gaming.
well the uATX boards for the 6300 are very scarce and don't have very high ratings. I ended up going with a 970m asrock board, corsair ddr3 vengeance pro ram, corsair psu and a smaller air cooler in the cryorig m9a which is in the pics with the yellow mat during the build process. the first problem I ran into was the cryotig m9a did not come with bracket post bolts and included double the amount of screw nuts. The next problem (when using the bolts from the stock bracket) was the cooler did just not fit this board and processor combo. The 2 screws that would connect the cooler to the cooler bracket on the motherboard were about 1/2 to short.I'm not sure the cooler was incompatible with that asrock board or using the missing bolts would have fixed this problem.
so not to be deterred by this, I hooked the old antec watercooler up, took a while to barely fit it in the case in a push pull configuration, placed the ram in, the new ssd, gpu and hooked the psu up. Pushed power and all the fans came on, but no post beep.darn! Unassembled and reassembled all the parts and the same thing, no post beep, took all the memory out and no post beep or memory error beep. Cleared the cmos and once again no beep at all or video. Thought it might be the card I got off Craigslist so plugged in the 660ti with the same results.
Went to googling and saw multiple instances of the board being DoA with my same problems. So in my frustration with the fix 6300 and the lack of quality uATX boards I RMA the board and returned the ram and cooler. so a simply upgrade turned into a complete new build except the 500gb hhd from the previous pc. Went with intel from this point with the parts below. Works great and am now a huge fan of msi.
pretty nice performance out of this chip so far. stock cooler should be enough since you can't overclock with my setup. I did take the Intel logo off the fan and replace it with red vinyl as well as sleeved the cable to better blend in with the black and red theme.
easy to work with Mobo, great placement of ports and easy to cable manage. also has sweet red LEDs. I am now a hug fan of MSI, both quality and design.
Used this Ram before always works flawlessly
great drive so far, boots before the monitor turns on.
Only part i used from the old PC. Probably going to upgrade when there is an hdd sale.
great GPU, Found a guy on craigslist that just recently upgraded got it for $160.
Great case for the price, fans that are included have 3 pin and molex adapters. I hoked them up via molex and they are surprisingly quiet.
Goth this on sale on newegg, pretty easy to work with being semi-modular. Just with the non-modular cables were all black. I ended up plasti-dipping the ends and they turned out pretty decent.
nice and quiet, with nice red LED lighting that is not too overpowering.