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This is my first build. Everything went pretty well, overall, with a few small issues, but nothing critical. I'll try to update this whenever I upgrade the PC as well. I intended to use this primarily for just gaming and programming, but I'm also branching out into 3d modeling/animation lately, and hopefully some game dev in the future (that's some of the reason I got the fx 6300 instead of some of the intel ones, because compiling & rendering depend more on multi-core than single-core that intel provides).

I intended to overclock this PC, but, not really knowing what I was doing, I had already ordered the crap mobo before I realized that you can't really overclock too well on it. I intend to get a better mobo soon, probably a MSI 970 gaming . Because I can't overclock with it anyways, I decided to not go to the trouble of installing the liquid cooler, so I'm just keeping it in storage until I get a better mobo and am currently using the stock cooler.

If you're wondering how in the world I got these prices, I bought almost all the parts on black friday 2014. The headphones are so cheap because I used a $20 best buy gift card a friend gave to me to help pay for them

Here's the review of the mouse, since I can't have an official one:

4 Stars This one is interesting. It's a darn good price for a mouse with such high DPI, so many buttons, and it looked pretty ergonomic. I got the white mouse, just for contrast with all the black computer parts (I now know that contrast just makes things look dumb, but I thought it would be cool at the time). My friend got the black version of this mouse, and, although they are the same exact shape, size, have the same buttons, sensor, etc, the black one has a nice material, while the white one is just plastic (no texture)! It collected grime quickly, which isn't too good. After a while, the scroll wheel and LMB started squeaking a little bit. On my mouse (but not my friend's), the sensors started to also become a bit glitchy and weird. However, it is a pretty good mouse. Lots of buttons, quite ergonomic, very nice coloring, the software is very good. The software also actually stores settings on the mouse itself, so, for e.g, if you set up macros on one computer, then use the mouse on a different computer (even without the software installed), the macros still work. However, if you want to get this mouse, make sure you get the black one

UPDATES:

I recently found a Rosewill Hyperborea 140mm fan at a thrift store for $6, so I got it (It's $13 new). Working well.

Overall, this was a good build! If you're thinking of doing it, get a different case, different mobo, and either the black version of the mouse or a different one. It's working and performing well. I don't really have any benchmarks to show off, but the main games I've been playing with it are Elite: Dangerous, which runs on high settings without any lag, and on ultra it's sometimes ok (but not 60fps), but sometimes it's unplayable, and Subnautica, which runs on Recommended settings pretty well, but with occasional lag spikes, and I don't think it's running at a perfect 60fps either. To me, at least, both of those settings are completely acceptable.

Part Reviews

CPU

Works well, performs well, very good! Although some people have complained about it overheating with the stock cooler, the stock cooler at mine is keeping the temps completely safe, actually lower than I would have expected them to be

Motherboard

This motherboard isn't high end, by any means, and you can't really overclock too well on it (3+1 power phasing! can you believe it???). But then again, that's not a surprise at all, and this wasn't marketed as a high end mobo, by any means. I also don't really like the BIOS screen, it's pretty ugly. Also no USB 3. And, here's the big one, it actually doesn't support UEFI, it just uses plain old legacy BIOS. Doesn't really affect much, but legacy bios is reaaaly outdated. I didn't even think they made that kind of mobo anymore, but apparently they do. This motherboard actually is pretty old, however, and since I bought it on black friday it has gone out of production. However, for the ultra-low price, it's not too bad

Memory

Not exactly a name brand at all, but it works great! I haven't run memtest86+ or anything on it, but I've been using it since about christmas 2014 with no crashes or anything, so I assume it's alright. Everything worked great, yay!

Storage

Just your everyday 1TB HDD. Pretty good speed in benchmarks

Video Card

Performs well and with no issues!

Case

This is the worst part that I got. Everything worked out pretty well in the end, but I paid a bit extra to get a Corsair case with the side panel instead of the very cheapest thing I could find, but it definitely wasn't worth it. First of all, the instructions/manual that came with it SUCKS. It barely describes anything, and with little detail. For an experienced builder, maybe not an issue, but this is my first build, and I wish it was a bit clearer. Second of all, there was one standoff preinstalled in the case, but unlike the other ones, it was really weird, the bolt was stripped, and I couldn't get it out in any legitimate way. I eventually had to use metal fatigue to snap it in half to remove it, leaving me with one less standoff. And it came with too few standoffs in the first place. And then came the installation of the HDD. Partially due to the bad instructions, and partly due to it being unintuitive, I installed the HDD in the direction that seemed like it should be correct, and it fit in and everything. However, I couldn't put the side panel back on the case because the SATA cable was in the way. I kept trying to fit in the SATA cable somehow, but didn't manage to. So, I eventually figured out that the HDD was supposed to be installed the other way around. But, I could remove it from the "easy, tool-free HDD ports", even with a few tools, so I had to crack one of them in half to get the HDD out. Installed it the other way, and everything worked fine. If they were a bit less sloppy about the instructions, standoffs, etc, this could be a pretty good case, but they weren't...and it also only came with one case fan, while many in this price range come with more. For the price of this case plus the extra case fans, you can definitely get a better case. With all the issues worked out though, it does just fine, and the design/coloring is pretty cool.

Power Supply

Does it's thing well. No issues. And a very good price for a semi-modular. It's on overclock.net's list of recommended PSUs, and has an insane amount of amps for a single 12V rail (over 40!), so it's great for overclocking

Wireless Network Adapter

Works well and fast for me, but for my friend, he started getting lag in COD, but with ethernet it went away, even though he was near router and had high-speed internet and everything. So, somewhat unreliable, I guess.

Case Fan

Nearly perfect! It looks really cool, and moves a pretty good amount of air. It's not exceptionally quiet, but it's not loud, either. The only issue is that there wasn't any easily visible arrow designating the correct direction to install it, so I installed it the wrong way first time around

Case Fan

Nearly perfect! It looks really cool, and moves a pretty good amount of air. It's not exceptionally quiet, but it's not loud, either. The only issue is that there wasn't any easily visible arrow designating the correct direction to install it, so I installed it the wrong way first time around

Case Fan

Got it from a thrift shop for this price, and am very satisfied! Cool and moves a lot of air! My only issue with it is that the wire BARELY made it to the mobo. I had to reorient it several times and it still is almost stretching. Not sure whether to blame it on this, the mobo, or the case, however

Headphones

Very comfortable! I'm no audiophobe, but the sound quality seems pretty good. My friends have called the mic sub-par, but they can hear everything I'm saying clearly, but wouldn't recommend it if you're doing a youtube channel or anything. Got it for this price because I had a best buy gift card laying around.

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Comments

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Cable Management???

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful right?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It's making me uncomfortable with that look in its eyes; like it's gonna jump out and latch onto your face.

  • 57 months ago
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Ok, cable management day has arrived! The cables are now (somewhat) fixed

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems like a really solid first time build! You better manage those cables and update pics asap. All of pcpartpicker is on the way to tear you a new one. Other than the low end mobo, it seems like 68 bucks for off brand 2x4 ddr3-1600 is really expensive.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I'll get to fixing the wires some day. Yeah, the RAM was pretty much the only part I didn't buy on black friday, and I regretted it. Even this same brand was about $10 cheaper. Should've waited.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Fixed wires, will update photos hopefully later today

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

First of all, the instructions/manual that came with it SUCKS. It barely describes anything, and with little detail.

Yep, sounds like just about any case manual. hahahaha

Good job on the parts! Cables could be cleaner, but oh well. Looks good. Good job!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Updating photos later today, I fixed the wiring

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I've got the same case and it worked fine for me when building my computer. It was my first computer I have ever built. Clean up the wires a bit possibly?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that you may have use a straight sata cable when you are supposed to be using a right angle sata cable. They are in the mother board box.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I tried both of them, and it still didn't fit (until I turned it around)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't mean to be offensive but that isn't good cable management, if there is any room on the other side of the case route the cables on that side. It makes it look a whole lot better.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Fixed wires, will update photos today

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build, i use to have that same headset and people said i sounded fine, i ended up ruining it so i don't have it anymore

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

You know you could have bought some extension cables for the fans?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't really need any though... The Hyperborea's cable is almost stretching, but it fits

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

How loud is the GPU? Many people say that this card runs quite loud, but others claim that EVGA fixed this issue

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, it's hard to tell, since all my case fans are running at maximum (only one port on mobo, so they're plugged into psu), but overall this isn't a quiet pc, but i find out completely bearable

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

What lovely cable management... +1 nice build mate

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the wifi card?

  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

Can u run advanced warfare or battlefield 4 on mad at 720p at 60fps? I made a build like this but had diff ram and motherboard. And case. If it can play those it can most likely play anything but I wanted to research what game sit plays so thx? Also can it Mac league of legends? It's free to play so if u could just test that it would be apreacisted

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the AW trial for that random weekend where it was free a while back, and just on the automatic settings I seemed to be running 60fps. I'm on a 1650x1050 screen, which is somewhere between 720p and 1020p. Hopefully, at least, you'll be fine. I've never played bf4 on here, and never really intend to (I'm not really into FPS games). And Mac LoL? I don't have mac on here...

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

He meant 'max' [out settings on] League of Legends.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

see this guy gets me

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry i was on my iPhone i meant can you max league of legends? im getting a 50 dollar motherboard and different ram but i really want to make sure i can max most games. or at least play them with no lag at all! If you have any spare time battlefield 4 is free on origin if u could just download that and play like one game and report back to me if its smooth i would appreciate it greatly thx!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't be too sure about 720p, but at 1080p, according to some semi-professional tests done here: http://www.overclockers.com/evga-gtx-750ti-ftw-graphics-card-review/ it seems like you would get just over 30fps in battlefield 4. In 720p it would probably be significantly higher, definitely playable

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

ok thanks

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

The window is tinted and you can't really see the wires all that well.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

But the air flow will be restricted by those cables

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

exactly!!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Who cares about air, it's not needed anyways.. Way too over used.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

And it's taken with a Windows Phone! MWAHAHAHAHA

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  • 58 months ago
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He might also consider a slightly higher wattage, (and might as well go modular for the sake of those cables and temps) PSU if he intends to really push an OC. Also, I've done some research on the MSI 970 Gaming (because I own it) and it appears that overclocking on that board is a risk as the VRMs on that board have a tendency to fail more so than on most other boards. I'd go with the Asus OP mentioned instead.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, considering how much money I'm already intending to spend on the mobo (about $100 for the M5A99FX when a deal comes around probably, maybe a bit less), and the amount I've already spent on the liquid cooler is about $30, with that much money I might as well have gotten a different CPU anyways, so I'm not really too much into getting a better PSU as well, especially an expensive modular one (and this one is already semi-modular, which is better than nothing I guess). But thanks for the advice on the MSI 970 Gaming! Especially considering that it's pretty expensive anyways, for a 970 chipset board, I'll probably go for the ASUS now. Also heard a lot of mixed reviews on other websites

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I really only suggested looking at getting a new PSU because when you overclock, your hardware requires more power than what is stated as required. If your overclocks come close to your PSU rating, you're pushing your luck with stability - not to mention that rosewill isn't the most reliable of brands. If I were you, I'd grab something a little more solid at a higher wattage; SeaSonic or EVGA tend to be much more reliable. Risking your whole rig on whether your PSU can handle the tasks you're throwing at it is never a risk I'd be willing to take. Spend the couple extra bucks now to save yourself from a disaster later. But who knows; perhaps your overclock won't draw close to 550. It's entirely possible, but placing your $500+ rig in the hands of a $30 PSU isn't the safest bet.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, I didn't want to end up with a crap PSU, so I looked around some more and eventually opened a thread on overclock.net...and the people there seem to think that this PSU isn't that bad at all. It has 41.25 amps on the +12v rail, and is on overclock.net's list of recommended PSUs...here's the link to the forum thread: http://www.overclock.net/t/1567931/fx-6300-with-hive-550-psu-overclock thanks for your input anyways though!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It's awesome to see you took some initiative on the topic. I definitely don't mind being wrong and admitting it. I'm glad you got some confirmation. Hope everything goes well!

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, some zip ties came with the case (one good thing about it), and I used one just to pretend i knew what I was doing, but I ended up cutting it out anyways because I had to move them to make way for yet another wire...but yeah, that's obviously an issue. Once again, I'm already getting pretty good CPU and GPU temps as is, so I'm gonna wait it out until I get an upgrade of the mobo. Also, I'm probably just gonna stick with this case. Although it had issues with the manual and the weird standoff and stuff, there's nothing too bad about it once I got it to work, so I'm probably gonna save a few bucks and just keep it as is. Hopefully a full size ATX motherboard will help out with wire management as well, so all the wires aren't crammed into one corner

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Finally fixed the wires, will update photos later today

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

They are already up when you posted that comment... Maybe it's hard to tell the difference lol