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 1 year old laptop, which is running out of space and slowing down. This will be primarily for gaming, lots of school (yay homeschooling), as well as some video editing and maybe streaming.
Reasoning: As the jobless 15 year old that I am, I set myself a budget of $600. Oops.
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, although when I'm doing something CPU intensive, the stock fan is crazy loud. I will definitely be getting a new cooler soon.
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 the performance so far.
RAM: Standard 1600Mhz, 2x4gb memory. It works.
Storage: I got the EVO for Christmas. It is unbelievably fast. I literally don't know what to do with all the speed. I might (will) need another one in the future. The WD Drive is just for stuff that can't fit on the SSD/ doesn't belong. The reason I give it a 3 star rating, is because it doesn't come with a SATA cable. So for right now, I can only use the optical drive OR the 1tb Drive at one time :/
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 all good though, because this maxes out every game I play. I really am amazed at this, and I'm glad that I made this last minute decision over the 7850.
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 half broken, and the IO panel on the back is slightly misaligned. Neither really affects me that much, but take it into consideration if you are looking to buy this.
Power Supply: Wasn't too expensive, 500w, and Microcenter had it in stock. Working out nice so far, I haven't noticed any problems. Cables are not too short either.
Optical Drive: OS install, CD's and school stuff.
Operating System: I finally decided to make the switch to windows 8. It's not the best, I'm still having some trouble getting it to boot (Sometimes it will boot, other times it won't).
Total Price (That I paid): $705.29
Future Upgrades: • Quieter CPU cooler • More fans
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!
EDIT: This is my third time trying to upload this build, so I don't have a bunch of photos right now. I will put up some more later.
UPDATE: Added the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. Can't say enough about it. It's dead silent from what I (can't) hear, and I haven't seen temps go past 50 C. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. Still looking for some more fans, though.
|CPU||AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core||$139.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$35.00 USD||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+||$54.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Memory||Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$73.62 USD||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" SSD||$0.00 USD||(Purchased)|
|Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$63.74 USD||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||Asus Radeon R9 270 2GB||$186.55 USD||(Purchased)|
|Case||NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower||$0.00 USD||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||EVGA 500W ATX12V / EPS12V||$47.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Optical Drive||LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer||$15.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)||$99.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Mouse||Logitech Performance Wireless Laser||$0.00 USD||(Purchased)|
|Headphones||Sony MDR-XD200||$0.00 USD||(Purchased)|
|Total (United States):||$717.86 USD|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.5GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||12.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||50.0° C|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||950MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||5600MHz|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||39.0° C|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||55.0° C|
|Performance Preset Score||P5043|