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The Melting Snowman - Another First Build
by xx116xx
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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.

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.

RAM: Standard 1600Mhz, 2x4gb memory. It works.

Storage: I got the EVO for Christmas. It is unbelievably fast. 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 :/

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 a decent length as well.

Optical Drive: 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.

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!

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 55 C. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. Still looking for some more fans, though.

Part List
Date PublishedMarch 22, 2014
Date BuiltJan. 3, 2014
AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.00Ghz
CPU Temperature While Idle27.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load55.0° C
Asus Radeon R9 270 2GB DirectCU II Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate950MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate5.6GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle41.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load72.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP5043
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cam9 7 points 3 months ago

Very nice build for the price.+1

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 3 months ago

Thank you! I tried :)

brelovix 4 points 3 months ago

Smart choices with your money, without a doubt. You seem to have done your research with this sites community to figure out what you needed to, and that is refreshing to see, most especially from a younger user.

Good job overall. That case issue is probably just from poor handling (etc.) as I've never really heard of anyone having that issue necessarily, but it is a cheaper-end case so I suppose it is to be expected regardless. Nice case, non the less.

Glad it does what you need it to, just get a 212 EVO for your CPU cooler - it's cheap for what it does, and has a quieter fan on it already.


xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks! Yes, I'm glad that I had to wait for a while to save my money. It gave me time to research stuff. And yes, I was thinking about getting the 212 EVO or the NZXT respire. Not sure which one yet, but that will be coming soon :)

malcar11 [2 Builds] 3 points 3 months ago

Very nice and cute. Great job. Congrats!


nighteyes [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

Not a bad buy :) I sure as hell wish my first build was like that haha. But that was back in like 2001 and my case liked to slice my fingers up >.>

JalYt_Justin 2 points 3 months ago

Very good budget build, although if you are going for gaming, you probably should have gone the Intel route, either with a lower gen i5 or with an i3.

I'm getting an AMD 8350 myself, mainly for streaming, and all of my friends tell me to get an 8320 instead, even though the performance is lower than an 8350, mainly because the price is low.

Good choice in a graphics card. It slightly beats a 660, which you get for relatively around the same price, which is good.

As for the Windows 8 buy, I personally think this a wise choice. Although Windows 7 is currently more stable in terms of optimization and HUD, Windows 8 will slowly outclass Windows 7 in overall performance, no matter how big the difference is. Might as well get it while it's cheap, right?

Good build for the price. +1

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

I was thinking about going Intel, but I didn't for 3 reasons. 1. The lower gen i5's are still pretty expensive. 2. I will be able to take advantage of the 8 cores, as opposed to 2 or 4. 3. I'm coming from a low end i5 laptop, and it just didn't seem right to go from i5 to i3.

WellThatsSurprising [2 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

The 8320 and 8350 are the same thing, just factory overclocks.

jdm12983 [2 Builds] 1 point 1 month ago

I have an AMD CPU as well. They work fine for gaming.

Yes I have read that overall Intel is more powerful but you usually pay a lot more money for the, as well.

candy [2 Builds] 2 points 3 months ago

How did you get the build to finally upload onto PCPartPicker?

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

I don't even know, I just tried again randomly and it went up. This time, I didn't paste in the description until after it was uploaded. Maybe that's just a weird thing that happens.

ThunderHead_MC 2 points 3 months ago

Amazing build. Just a side note though, It looks like you kind of don't like the hard drive you purchased. Just to let you know, there is (im not sure if its still the same price...) a 2TB Toshiba hard drive that I purchased with my other account. the price when I bought it: $60.

Just try and look it up.

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Cheapest 2tb drive on here is $83, a 5400rpm WD.

EDIT: And I haven't taken any pictures with the hard drive in the computer.

ThunderHead_MC 2 points 2 months ago

oh... ok

coolguy562 1 point 9 days ago

I know the hard drive you're talking about I have it on my list even though right now it is a little more expensive then you said at 79.99 but this is 2 months later :/

1337h1pst3r [1 Build] 2 points 2 months ago

Excellent build. The cable management looks very familiar :) I like how you spread the sata power cables out on the back of the case - I didn't have the patience to do that. +1

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you! I did make sure that I took enough time to properly put the cables in there, I know how mad people can get on here about that.

nikitaluger [1 Build] 2 points 2 months ago

You can never go wrong with the Samsung 840 EVO and lucky you for getting one as a gift plus the case. I see you placing your rig under the table. A little advice tho is that elevating your rig at least 8 inches above the floor can reduce the dust buildup in your rig by 80%.

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 2 months ago

I actually have it on top of my desk now, just for easy access and to show off. I wasn't having any problems with dust at all though, this room stays pretty clean.

tjb423 [1 Build] 2 points 2 months ago

Very good build and lucky you with all those discounts haha, this would be almost 1k for me :/. I will be getting the same mobo so I'd love to hear about that and I'll be getting the x version of the GPU, along with the same hdd which I can already assume your review on that, it stores things and its quiet as hell. I've seen your comments on the site a lot and you seem to be a wealth of knowledge. How well do you score on benchmarks, I'll have a 6300 CPU so I with a lot of our parts similarities I'd love to get a general idea of how I may perform.

Also if you have battlefield 4 how many FPS do you get on ultra?

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks! First of all, the motherboard is great. No problems with it, enough of everything that I need, and the BIOS is awesome. I don't have the benchmarks at the moment, I'm going to run them again anyways. The GPU performs amazing, and while I don't have Battlefield 4 unfortunately, I am able to play games like Planetside 2 on Ultra at a minimum of 45~ fps, but mostly around 50-55.

EDIT: About the GPU. If I were to build something like this again, I would most definitely go with a Gigabyte card. I'm not very pleased with the cooling performance of the Asus cooler, I only chose it over the Gigabyte because it had more stream processors.

tjb423 [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Really? I really liked the Asus model more although I am getting the 270x so it will have a better cooler, thanks for the info that really helps :)

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Also, the Gigabyte one has I believe 2 6 pin connectors, allowing for more power to the card.

tjb423 [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Since I'm getting the 270x it has 2 connectors too but thanks for the info :)

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

I grabbed some benchmarks for ya :)

tjb423 [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago


Mordecia 2 points 2 months ago

Very nice build. If you don't mind me asking, what are you using the microphone for? I've had my eye on that microphone for a while and I'm not sure if I should get it. A lot of starting youtubers use that microphone, for videos, it sounds great. I plan on using it for game commentaries and recording music. Your review would be helpful.

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 2 months ago

I use it for everything. Online classes, game commentaries (although I have yet to be successful in that), pretty much anything you can think of. I also do some stop motion animation and it's extremely useful for recording voices like that, especially because of the 3 settings that it has. What I use it most for, however, is just to hold my headphones :P

tjb423 [1 Build] 2 points 2 months ago

Question... How did you get that MoBo for so damn cheap!??? I am getting the same MoBo but I will have to pay $50 more! Don't mind me just looking at your builds :P

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

I <3 Microcenter bundles :P

tjb423 [1 Build] 2 points 2 months ago

You suck ;)

BKiggin [1 Build] 2 points 2 months ago

Since you just checked out my build, I thought I'd return the favour, and you called my build a beauty? yours is much more GODLY, well done dude! +1

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Hahaha not really, yours is a lot better. Btw, I just ordered a 212 EVO about 3 minutes ago. How is yours doing in terms of noise?

BKiggin [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

I can't turn down a second compliment, thank you! and Yeah it's amazing but if you've got the budget look into Noctua, Noiseblocker or Corsair fans there meant to be the best in the quiet performance market, The fans I got a quite loud but not bad that it bothers me, also getting it my i5 to 4.4GHz with 26c idle atm

viper85x [1 Build] 2 points 2 months ago

Great build and incredibly cheap. Some of the parts I was looking at before digging deep into my pockets for some loose pennies. Your cables are much neater than mine, need to learn that skill. :-)

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Hahaha thanks! I actually had something cheaper in mind, I found a few extra pennies too though. They all matter when you don't have a job... :P

Ballyn [1 Build] 2 points 2 months ago

If I had mad smarter choices my build would be similar to your own. So +1 for a well rounded build. Quick question any reason other than price to get the M5A97 over the M5A99FX R2? With such a decent CPU it seems like you sold yourself short on the mobo.

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Mobo normally costs around $100, but Microcenter bundles are amazing. I really didn't need anything more than this, it works fine for me.

CHEEFxKWEEF [1 Build] 2 points 2 months ago

beautiful build for the price and hella good cable management!

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks! However, I built this one fully clothed :P

Starlana [2 Builds] 2 points 1 month ago

Yes, good bulid. This is a lot like my son's build. :) +1

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

It is indeed.

WORDMAN713 [1 Build] 2 points 1 month ago

Nice build, probably should have looked at this before I started mine.

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

Hahaha thanks, yours is fine though...

Kiburi [1 Build] 2 points 1 month ago

This build looks really nicely done! +1 for a great budget build! :)

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

Thank you! I'm proud of it :D

jdm12983 [2 Builds] 2 points 1 month ago

Good build. +1 for using an AMD CPU! lol

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 1 month ago

Thanks! Intel was just too expensive, and also all I'd ever used. Wanted to try something different, and bragging rights for having 8 physical cores.

jdm12983 [2 Builds] 1 point 1 month ago

Yeah, most my PCs before this one - and the store-bought one I recently replaced - all ran Intel CPUs.

When I went to start looking into building my own - and for the budget I had I was more than willing to go with AMD over Intel - even if I were sacrificing power. I knew the AMD CPU would still be more than enough for me. Plus, it was at least double what I payed for my 4300 for an equivalent; dual-core; Intel CPU.

So, after getting what I have now I'll probably never actually buy Intel CPUs for custom builds when I know I can still get a powerful CPU for a lot less money.

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

My next build will probably house an i5, for the simple fact that I want to go mini-tix.

known [2 Builds] 2 points 1 month ago

Super clean build!

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks! I worked hard to make sure it was clean :)

Dragonspite [1 Build] 2 points 1 month ago

Nice cable routing... Looks neat.

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks, I spent a while on it.

Fullsome [1 Build] 2 points 1 month ago

+1 for great cable management! Also amazing price! How did you gets such low prices?

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

Watching and waiting... and Microcenter deals :P Thanks

ephesix [1 Build] 2 points 1 month ago

You have quite a nice build yourself!

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 1 month ago

Thanks! I tried. :P

smittypantz@hotmail.com [5 Builds] 2 points 25 days ago

Fantastic build. I have always had more respect for a power house budget build! This thing is clean, and so very well thought out. +1

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 25 days ago

Thank you very much! :)

hitmaniac [1 Build] 2 points 25 days ago

wow. we have so much in similar. Mine costed $750 (with monitor, keyboard and no gifts :() Check it out!! +1

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 25 days ago

Ours do look a lot alike! However, I really wish I went with the MSi R9 270. I think it looks a lot better.

hitmaniac [1 Build] 1 point 24 days ago

if you are looking into crossfiring, MSI would be a great choice. And prices should drop during black friday (get it for under $150)which would be pretty sweet

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 24 days ago

If I crossfire, I will definitely go with another Asus one. Having two ones that don't look alike would bother me. But I think I will sooner get a whole new card that grab another. I have multiple friends looking to build rigs, and could easily sell it to them once I get enough money for something like a 770.

derekiswise 1 point 25 days ago

That is great. Honestly i would have added more fans but, oh well. I think that is a great build, would you mind taking a look at one I might make. I am only 13 and am trying to get a good pc that will last... without getting broke before college. Here is my build http://pcpartpicker.com/user/derekiswise/saved/4dwi my goal will be video editing, gaming and also hosting one or two websites.

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 25 days ago

I would have added more fans too, but at the moment I have no money and the temps are fine for now. I'll get some eventually. Pretty nice build you have there, although I would go with the EVGA power supply that I got. It's cheaper and has the same wattage.

derekiswise 1 point 11 days ago

ok, thanks for the advise.

dromni 1 point 16 days ago

Nice build but why not a better graphics card? +1'd nontheless

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 days ago

What would you suggest? The R9 270 IS kind of one of the best cards...

dromni 1 point 15 days ago

I'd say at least a R9 280X or GTX 770 if you favor NVIDIA to match that CPU you have (assuming you do a ton of overclocking). And dude r9 270 might be a good card for the budget but it's definitely not one of the best cards in today's world.

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 days ago

Yeah, I was talking about budgetwise. I didn't really have the money for anything else, I would have had to pay another $70 for a 760. I think that it's fine for me. Also, I chose the 8320 over the 6350 because I am going to be working on some image editing and rendering stuff in the future.

dromni 1 point 15 days ago

Oh fair enough. Sorry dude I didn't see your budget was $700... If that's the case then yeah damn solid build for the price!

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 days ago

I know what you mean, at first glance the 270 does seem to be the weak part of the build. But yeah, my original budget was $600, so I went over anyways.

vagtg [1 Build] -1 points 1 month ago

buy a psu with at least 600W and give more money for gpu, the main factor for gaming. You don't need 8 cores when you have a sucking gpu. the others (ram, hdd, ssd) are ok and these are what i chose for my 1200$ pc

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 1 month ago

I'm not sure I understand what you are saying...

derekiswise 0 points 25 days ago

If you have 8 cores make sure they are all enabled. I was at someones house today who had an i7 total of 8 cores and spent thousands of dollars on the pc and only had one of their cores enable. (Windows comes only enabling one core)

xx116xx [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 25 days ago

Ummmm... I don't think so...