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First Gaming Rig

by Gridman

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18 Comments

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CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05Ghz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

4.8GHz

Description

First time doing anything more complicated than installing new RAM, and it was an experience. Terrifying, Challenging, Nerve-wracking, but when it started up for the first time I was like YES! Wanted a system that I could game on without lag or having the settings on lowest, and had been considering building a computer for a while. Took me about a month of working on the build on and off before I settled on what I have now. Despite the fact that it can be overclocked, it may be a while before I actually try it. I just want to bask in my achievement for while. :D My budget was originally 750, but I kinda got too into it and spent more than I should have :/

CPU: Nothing but good reviews, and AMD is way cheaper than Intel, which was a key point. Got a cpu cooler on the advice of a friend of mine who builds pcs, he suggested water cooling but for my first build I just wanted to stick with fans.

MOBO: Compared ASRock, MSI, and Gigabyte once I found a good enough model, and basically I couldn't find any difference between the three other than asthetics and BIOS, maybe a few USB ports more or less, but not enough to really make a difference. (I could be wrong) So I went with the Newegg deal that combo'd with the CPU, and I am very happy with it.

RAM: Newegg had a combo deal with the GPU and RAM, so I got it cheap.

Storage: Love the SSD, PC starts up in about 8 secs, I had an idea of what to expect from reviews, but actually experiencing it was something else. And you can't go wrong with WD.

Video Card: Spent more time considering this than any other part of the PC, finally decided on the 7850, when I noticed that the 7870 from sapphire was combo'd with the RAM, so it was a fairly easy decision from that moment. And I love it. Compared the computers I have had before, its like going from a 90s TV and VCR to a HD flatscreen and Blu-ray lol. Runs everything I throw at it with no problems.

Case: Out of everything in this build, the case is probably the only thing I regret getting, and even then I'm still satisfied with it. Cable management was a pain, it's not wonderful now, but this is after I redid it. The case looks great, but the temperature display is kind of a gimic, I ended up not even worrying about connecting the sensors.

PSU: 500w semi-modular from Corsair. Nuff said.

Optical Drive: Went with the Blu-ray disc drive. One of those things that I probably shouldn't have gotten, but it is very nice nontheless.

Operating system: Heard good things about 8.1, and I had gotten used to 8 because of the laptop I had used for over a year, so I figured why not, since it was about the same price as Windows 7 and Windows 8. Haven't had any issues with it, and it does what i need so I'm happy with it.

Overall, I'm happy with it. Oddly enough, once I put it together I wanted to do it again. This may be addictive!

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Zeus 1 Build 4 points 21 months ago

Great build! money well spent.

sqielyr 1 point 21 months ago

Nice build.

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Yeaaa 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

great build. You bought the parts with great pricing. Only thing i disagree is the blue ray drive haha because i don't watch blu ray

themarine99 1 point 21 months ago

Why a 50 dollar blu ray

OlympicStatus 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Hey nice build man! Did you have to do a bios update for your cpu?

mrsuicide 1 point 15 months ago

did the heat sink come with a thermal paste solution?

playdough123 1 point 11 months ago

what do you think to the case

rhali8 1 point 4 months ago

Very nice build - Only thing I can recommend is to next time search HARD for a better GPU - For that money you could get something like a 270X... +1 from me!

daes79 2 Builds 0 points 21 months ago

How was that case?

appleroxinhouston 0 points 21 months ago

I agree, building a computer is fun stuff if you have the time

HerpaLerpaDerpo 0 points 21 months ago

Just wondering. Wouldn't it still be cheaper to buy the RAM and GPU separately? I've seen dual channel 8 GB RAM for 60~ dollars. Also, you could have went with a 7870 and overclocked it yourself. Just my own opinion though. Still a very nice build.

Daisyahoy 1 Build 0 points 21 months ago

I have that case. I have the exact same opinion. my cable managment side has a nice bow in it from al my cables, fan connectors and whatnot.

zabb74 1 Build 0 points 21 months ago

This is very similar to my new build, although I went with an Asus mobo and no SSD. Parts get here tomorrow, I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas.

xCubanPenguinx 0 points 21 months ago

You Probably Could Have Saved Like 50-75 $ If You Looked Around A Little More. Like Your GPU, You Could Have Got The Exact Same One For Like 50 Bucks Cheaper. Overall Really Nice Build Though

XIscottyIX 3 Builds 0 points 21 months ago

Great first build!! +1

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nerdymosh 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Cause everyone has that money lol

Tankman 2 points 21 months ago

Everyone does, all you need to do is imagine it.

Of course it disappears the second you open your eyes but that is a minor problem.

nerdymosh 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

lol