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Noob Build (1st ever build)
by DaveJRum
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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 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.

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.0GHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.12Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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Frostbyter 46 points 19 months ago

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

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

bgiunt4 14 points 19 months ago

one of the better budget builds i have seen.

Gizmosis350k 3 points 19 months ago

Awesome build. I love the 965

omni72 [5 Builds] 2 points 19 months ago

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

DaveJRum [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

Yep. Update coming next week

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ck3 [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

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.

fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

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

kornitsky101 1 point 19 months ago

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

Goodeggray 1 point 19 months ago

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.

Ipwnyou33 [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

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.

coolman 1 point 18 months ago

Play TF2!!!

TheOriginalZTQ 1 point 17 months ago

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

DaveJRum [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

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.

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BeWarned 1 point 17 months ago

Could this run BF4?

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TRIBOB [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Hey, I have the same case and PSU!

1337h1pst3r [1 Build] 1 point 17 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...

tshombe123 [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

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

trixter108 1 point 16 months ago

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.

utkugul 1 point 16 months ago

gg best budget build :P +1

Jwood013 [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Great cable management man! and great build :)

pubiCrust [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

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

Gooberdad [3 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Well done. Crazy low price.

EcoMCG [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Hows the Mobo?

DaveJRum [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

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

Paulie_M 1 point 12 months ago

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.

DaveJRum [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

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

Pr3castDragon 1 point 8 months ago

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

DaveJRum [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

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

CosMcG 1 point 6 months ago

Could you put an SSD into this rig?

DaveJRum [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago


SilentAssassin 1 point 4 months ago

can this run arma 2

Architor [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

A lot of bang for the $ there! Nice.

AmplifiedLlama [1 Build] 1 point 6 days ago

Is the case quiet?

fsma92 [2 Builds] 0 points 19 months ago

how much did you pay total?

DaveJRum [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 19 months ago

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

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DaveJRum [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

Updated Complete build with specs and performance data.

manirelli [Staff] [2 Builds] 0 points 19 months ago

Piracy is not condoned or allowed on this site.

Pr3castDragon 1 point 8 months ago

Who said he has pirated Windows?

manirelli [Staff] [2 Builds] -1 points 8 months ago

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

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manirelli [Staff] [2 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

Piracy is not condoned or allowed on this site.

Gregfx [1 Build] 0 points 13 months ago

amen on that brother

mesin95 [2 Builds] 0 points 19 months ago

Nice budget build.

Sabotage 0 points 19 months ago

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

Utagaii 0 points 19 months ago

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!

ck3 [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

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

DaveJRum [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 19 months ago

120mm. Came with the case.

StewieMonSta [2 Builds] 0 points 19 months ago

Nice build, but I would have got a i3.

ea4x 1 point 18 months ago

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)

StewieMonSta [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Actually yeah that sound even better than the i3!

ea4x 0 points 18 months ago

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.

DaveJRum [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

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

gxsaurav [1 Build] 0 points 17 months ago

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

DaveJRum [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

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.

Camboy05 0 points 11 months ago

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

Miridion -1 points 15 months ago

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

Joseph.M [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

Overhead is usually a good thing to have.

coryjamesking [1 Build] -1 points 15 months ago

100th up-vote [:

tylerfig [1 Build] -3 points 19 months ago

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

DaveJRum [Submitter] [1 Build] 5 points 19 months ago

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

senstalex [1 Build] 1 point 19 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.