Hello fellow PC Part Pickers!
I would first like to thank everyone as I used this site to learn about computers and stuff, and an especially large thank you to the wonderful staff who run this awesome resource :D
Name: Melting (only one fan, it gets pretty hot) Snowman (it's a white computer)
Uses: This is, indeed, my first build. I built this to replace my almost 2 year old laptop, which is running out of space and slowing down. This will be primarily for gaming, and lots of schoolwork (Word docs, powerpoints, online classes etc.) since I'm homeschooled.
Reasoning: Since I was 15 when I built this and had no job, I planned on building a $600 budget gaming PC. I obviously went a little over.
CPU: Was going to get a 6300, but fortunately, living near a Microcenter allowed me to get a little more for my money. Very happy with the performance of this processor so far. OC'ed to 4GHz.
Motherboard: This was a kind of last minute decision, as I had a hard time choosing a motherboard with good features and good reviews. I got this $40 off with the purchase of the FX-8320, and I am pleased with it so far. Not great for OCing though D:
RAM: Standard 1600Mhz, 2x4gb memory. It works.
Storage: I got the EVO for Christmas. It was fast when I built it but has slowed down quite a bit. The WD Drive is just for stuff that can't fit on the SSD/ doesn't belong. The reason I give the WD a 3 star rating, is because it doesn't come with a SATA cable :/
WARNING: Do not mess up your hard drive. I learned this after trying to install Ubuntu onto the WD drive and it wiped the pointers clean. It was stressful and aggravating as it rendered my desktop almost unusable for a while. I ended up paying $70 for EaseUS Data Recovery, so I could get all my stuff back. I would not fool around with partitions while trying to install another operating system unless you know exactly what you are doing, so that you don't make the same mistakes that I did.
Graphics Card: This was the last part to come, because Newegg totally ignored the fact that I paid extra for 3 day shipping. It's a very nice card, and I can play almost all my games at absolute maximum, averaging around 40FPS on Ultra and 60+ on High/Medium. I really am amazed at this, and I'm glad that I made this last minute decision over the 7850.
Also, the "GPU Temperature While Under Load" is what I normally have when playing games. It has gotten up to 92C on a hot day, so I opened up the panel and put a house fan on it so I could continue playing.
Case: I got this case as a Christmas gift along with the SSD. It's really nice, good looking, big enough, lots of cable management room. I had 2 problems with this case. One of the front USB ports came with bent pins inside, and the IO panel on the back is slightly misaligned (might be the motherboard). Neither really affects me that much, but take it into consideration if you are looking to buy this.
Power Supply: 500w, in stock at Microcenter, and a decent price. However, this is one of my only regrets about this build. I wish I had gone with something modular, or higher end. I feel like this power supply won't last very long.
Optical Drive(s): OS install, CD's and school stuff.
Operating System: I finally decided to make the switch to windows 8. I love it. I would totally recommend it, especially to people who are a bit skeptical whether or not they like it.
Keyboard, Mouse & Headphones: Mouse I got as a gift. First one got chewed up by a friends dog, so they bought me another one. It's nice, big, and comfortable. ||| The keyboard is heaven for gaming and typing. The LEDs messed up, but that was easily fixed (after waiting over a month for Corsair tech support) by simply resetting the firmware. ||| I'm not an audiophile, so as far as I can hear these headphones sound beautiful. But I can't wear them for too long because they are very uncomfortable. I will be getting Audio Technica ATH-M50's soon.
If you did stick around and read that whole thing, thanks! I really, really do appreciate it. It was a lot of fun to build and more fun to use. I would love some CONSTRUCTIVE criticism, comments, and compliments. Thanks again!
All of my previous updates in one:
I added a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. Stays under 60C when running Prime95, even if it gets a little loud when spinning full speed.
Added the Rosewill Wireless Network Adapter. A few times a year my office space transforms into a guest room, so I have to go off my wired internet and this serves me VERY well. EDIT: Broken after not even 2 years. Meh.
Added Corsair Vengeance K70. Payed $142.10, and a month later the lights get all screwed up. This was easily fixed by resetting the firmware, only after I waited almost 4 weeks for a ticket reply from Corsair.
All brand new pictures! My setup is finally somewhat complete. I built a nice wooden box to hide all the cables in, too. Also added some photos of the chewed up mouse, and the new one.
These speakers are amazing, especially for only $40. The first ones broke, so I got a replacement hoping that I wouldn't mess up these ones too. Only problem I have is that the cable that got from the subwoofer to the speakers is pretty short. I'm gonna need an extender for it.
OC'ed to 4.4GHz stable. Got too hot and brought it down to 4GHz. Was still running hot, until I realized I had the voltage up to 1.5V 0.o So I brought it back down to 1.25 and it's running much cooler at 4GHz.
New pictures again! Added three of my new setup.
New headphones (on the right in the last pic)! These are AMAZING. I'm not an audiophile, but these are clear and accurate. I see so many professionals using these and they sound awesome for only $170. Get them.
Rebuilt entire system! I spent a few hours being patient with all my cables and it paid off. I replaced my only fan and temps dropped significantly (5C on both CPU and GPU). Also looks much cleaner. I'll put up some pics soon.
Added another optical drive. School stuff.