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Noob Build (1st ever build)

by DaveJRum

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67 Comments

Details

CPU Clock Rate

3.4GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.0GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.12Ghz

Description

I use it for web browsing, light gaming (although now, I may try CoD or Crysis!) home paperwork, watching movies. I haven't even fired it up yet as I have no OS for it. Hopefully the OS will arrive on Monday, June 17th, 2013.

OS installed, computer up and running just fine. Win7 taking abit to get used to but, over all, it has performed as I expected it to.

Temps at Idle: CPU: 35 C GPU: 34 C MOBO: 30 C HDD: 34 C

Highest temp recorded via Speccy, CPU 52 C, GPU 43C, MOBO 46 C, HDD 50 C.

Case has 2 120mm fans. Going to add two more, one blowing on the GPU and another in the case top as exhaust. CPU has the OEM fan installed, going to upgrade that in the future.

The 500W Corsair PSU gets kind of noisy at times, you hear the blades whooshing the air, CPU is the same when running full out. Methinks the PSU is just big enough so it'll be replaced later this year also. Seriously considering a bigger heatsink and fan for the CPU too.

Trying to figure whether or not to CrossFire another 7770 or get a newer, bigger vid card. 7770 has 1 GB and runs at: Voltage 0.825 V GPU Clock 1000.0 MHz Temperature 33 °C Core Voltage 0.825 V Bios Core Clock 300.00 Bios Mem Clock 149.00 Driver version 9.2.0.0 BIOS Version 113-xxx-xxx Memory Type GDDR5 Memory 1024 MB Bandwidth 72.0 GB/s This card is an older version of the 7770. It has just one cooling fan, all the pics I have seen of this card show 2. shrug That's why I am considering upgrading already.

Anyway, the system is performing just fine atm.

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Frostbyter 47 points

Why is this being downvoted? I see this as a great little budget machine!

EDIT: Well, at least it was being downvoted... :P

Permalink 20 months ago
bgiunt4 14 points

one of the better budget builds i have seen.

Permalink 20 months ago
Alar -14 points

I dont agree with much of this build but, this is the first build I've seen were it doesn't feel like someone named the budget after they were dome just to feel good or something good job. Mother board could be cheaper, the case and power supply is best to get those together, and personaly today, I would not build one without a ssd or 8cores. nice budgeting tho.

Permalink 18 months ago
xFantoM 4 points

If he was going for just normal use and light gaming, 8 cores is pretty much useless. Which happens to be what he said he used the PC for.

Permalink 18 months ago
Zequill 1 point

It's a great motherboard for the price anything cheaper starts to get unreliable build wise imo. Included power supplies are typically lower end parts and low wattage allowing for less upgrades such as a new cpu or gpu. On this budget an ssd is useless because 120gb is the best he could get at this price point and that would fill up way to fast. an 8320 would've cost him about 40 or 50 more than the phenom and 8 cores isn't really taken advantage of in gaming yet. Honestly gaming wise which is what he said this was for, this is probably the best you could do at this price point.

Permalink 17 months ago
Gizmosis350k 3 points

Awesome build. I love the 965

Permalink 20 months ago
omni72 5 Builds 2 points

Nicely done, Dave! :) My first full build was in the 200R and I just can't say enough about that case - it's sooooo easy to work with. Assuming we'll get an update and initial impressions after the OS arrives :D

Permalink 20 months ago
DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 1 point

Yep. Update coming next week

Permalink 20 months ago
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ck3 1 Build 1 point

You should't have much problems with COD or Crysis on this. You can't max out the graphics settings on either but it will still look about as good as a console maybe a little bit better.

Permalink 20 months ago
DaveJRum submitter 1 Build -4 points

According to all the recommends and reviews I have seen, this cute little set-up leaves Cyrsis crying in the dirt at max res and FPS.

Permalink 20 months ago
ck3 1 Build -6 points

I mean i have the GPU and a better cpu so i would know

Permalink 20 months ago
fsma92 2 Builds 1 point

How much did it cost you total without the OS and after rebates?

Permalink 20 months ago
kornitsky101 1 point

It's funny, this is almost the exact same as my build, but I have a different case and different ram.

Permalink 20 months ago
Goodeggray 1 point

Tighten the wiring and tie it in the back of the case wire wire ties and it'll look top notch. Good selection of parts for budget build and have good upgrade path with better cpus and gpus.

Permalink 20 months ago
Ipwnyou33 1 Build 1 point

Love this build. Nice tower, good psu, video card can play some games on high or utra depending, AMD love ya for it.Big AMD fan. Overall good build for a 500$ budget. Just noting that that cpu I've seen people go up to 4 ghz.

Permalink 20 months ago
coolman 1 point

Play TF2!!!

Permalink 19 months ago
TheOriginalZTQ 1 point

hows this build doing? thinking of getting the same parts.

Permalink 18 months ago
DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 2 points

It's all good except the video card. Mine was refurbished. It sucks. Spend the extra cash and get a new one. Good combo's available with PSU and video cards.

Permalink 18 months ago
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BeWarned 1 point

Could this run BF4?

Permalink 18 months ago
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faceplant1324 -9 points

It can run BF4 at 1080p on high setting... upgrade the Graphic card a little and would beable to play on ultra

Permalink 16 months ago
ck3 1 Build 3 points

maybe you mean run to be 15 fps

Permalink 16 months ago
TRIBOB 1 Build 1 point

Hey, I have the same case and PSU!

Permalink 18 months ago

cpu and mobo working well? I'm thinking of the same. I've heard rumors that MSI boards aren't so good though...

Permalink 18 months ago

I like the PSU. Did you have to buy any extra cables? I wanna get a semi moudular power supply also :/

Permalink 18 months ago
trixter108 1 point

Lol, CoD is light gaming. Crysis, however, has been known to take an outragously high end build to run on ultra settings at 1080p with 60 fps. As far as the GPU goes, I suggest just selling the 7770 and upgrading to a better card. I don't really like SLI or Crossfireing cards because it adds more power and heat. You can get some good cards for good prices and Christmas is coming up and that mean lots of sales. Be careful not to bottleneck your system either, wouldn't want to put something like a 7950 in with that 965 because you won't get max performance out of the card like that. One more suggestion, an SSD is one of the best upgrades you can do to a computer IMO. You may not think that now, but when you get your SSD and see how fast things load, you'll know. Anyway, great build, one of the better budget builds I've seen.

Permalink 17 months ago
utkugul 1 point

gg best budget build :P +1

Permalink 17 months ago
Jwood013 1 Build 1 point

Great cable management man! and great build :)

Permalink 16 months ago
pubiCrust 1 Build 1 point

get a new card, not all applications are optimized for crossfirw

Permalink 15 months ago

Well done. Crazy low price.

Permalink 15 months ago
EcoMCG 1 Build 1 point

Hows the Mobo?

Permalink 14 months ago
DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 1 point

Doing well. Never overheats, runs with my 7980 vid just fine.

Permalink 14 months ago
Paulie_M 1 point

will this build run bf4 and the total war game series on high graphics at a decent fps?

What upgrades could i make to this set up to make it even better?

I have a budget of up to £700.

Thanks DaveJRum for this upload.

Permalink 13 months ago
DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 1 point

It's a bit light on the graphics side for that. I have gone to a AMD 7800 with 2g of on board RAM series card and love it

Permalink 7 months ago
Pr3castDragon 1 point

How good is the motherboard? I am looking to buy the same one

Permalink 9 months ago
DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 1 point

I lost my password. Just saw this. I am totally happy with this MB.

Permalink 7 months ago
CosMcG 1 point

Could you put an SSD into this rig?

Permalink 7 months ago
DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 1 point

Yes

Permalink 7 months ago
SilentAssassin 1 point

can this run arma 2

Permalink 5 months ago
Architor 1 Build 1 point

A lot of bang for the $ there! Nice.

Permalink 5 months ago

Is the case quiet?

Permalink 1 month ago
fsma92 2 Builds 0 points

how much did you pay total?

Permalink 20 months ago
DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 0 points

With shipping, a little under $610 w/OS. Windows is way too expensive :/

Permalink 20 months ago
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DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 1 point

Updated Complete build with specs and performance data.

Permalink 20 months ago
manirelli staff 2 Builds 0 points

Piracy is not condoned or allowed on this site.

Permalink 20 months ago
Pr3castDragon 1 point

Who said he has pirated Windows?

Permalink 9 months ago
manirelli staff 2 Builds -1 points

The comment you are referring to was deleted 10 months ago. He suggested piracy.

Permalink 9 months ago
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manirelli staff 2 Builds 1 point

Piracy is not condoned or allowed on this site.

Permalink 20 months ago
Gregfx 1 Build 0 points

amen on that brother

Permalink 15 months ago
mesin95 2 Builds 0 points

Nice budget build.

Permalink 20 months ago
Sabotage 0 points

I love the corsair 200r, also I got the same psu for my brother!

Permalink 20 months ago
Utagaii 0 points

What is the size of that extra case fan you've got? I'm thinking of using the same case, and I'd like to be sure I'm buying a compatibly sized fan.

Otherwise, awesome, cheap but effective build! Mine is like that too!

Permalink 20 months ago
ck3 1 Build 1 point

You can ALWAYS look at the specs on the cases website. They go into detail as expected.

Permalink 20 months ago
DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 1 point

120mm. Came with the case.

Permalink 20 months ago

Nice build, but I would have got a i3.

Permalink 20 months ago
ea4x 1 point

I would have gotten an FX 6300. Performance seems to be just as good as if not better than i3 3240, and is quite cheap(~$20 more than submitter's cpu)

Permalink 19 months ago

Actually yeah that sound even better than the i3!

Permalink 19 months ago
ea4x 0 points

How is the motherboard? any problems? I heard online that MSI 970 chipset boards till the G46 had no thermal protection on the VRM's.

Permalink 19 months ago
DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 1 point

That is correct. I added 4 120mm case fans and my mobo runs around 35C all the time now.

Permalink 18 months ago
gxsaurav 1 Build 0 points

What is your motherboard temperature considering VRMs lack a heatsink? Does it gets too hot? Any stability issues?

Permalink 18 months ago
DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 1 point

Temps run from 30C to 35C. No problems thus far. Added a TX3 CPU cooler and dropped my CPU temp to 45C constant under load.

Permalink 18 months ago
Camboy05 0 points

When I have this mobo and an AMD FX-6300 in a list, it says it may need a BIOS uptdate. Is this true and if so is it easy? Thanks

Permalink 12 months ago
Miridion -1 points

You didn't really need the 500w PSU, all you really need is the corsair 430w

Permalink 16 months ago
Joseph.M 1 Build 1 point

Overhead is usually a good thing to have.

Permalink 2 months ago

100th up-vote [:

Permalink 16 months ago
tylerfig 1 Build -3 points

light gaming with a 7770? just buy a laptop? lol

Permalink 20 months ago
DaveJRum submitter 1 Build 5 points

Well....I am considering trying something a little more, shall we say, gwafic-wee intenswive

Permalink 20 months ago

I have pretty much the same build as this one. excpet I got a gtx560 online for $75 after s and h. the 2gb version works great! ebay is a great outlet for graphics cards since they raerly have issues.

Permalink 20 months ago