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College Gaming Build (First Build)
by FlyinRyan
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Description

This is my first build, used mainly for gaming. Other than that, just simple things like youtube, office, and facebook. Before building this I didn't know much about building computers. The most extensive work I had done on one was changing out some RAM. Watched a lot of build videos and product reviews and finally decided on the parts you see here. Went for a red, black, and white color scheme. Even after having this built for a few weeks, I can't think of anything that I would have done differently. Pics taken with my Galaxy Note 3.

Parts:

CPU: AMD FX-8350: I was considering an Intel CPU, but I couldn't justify getting one for the price. This CPU had everything I was looking for at a nice price tag. Have not overclocked yet, but I plan to in the future.

CPU Cooler: Corsair H60: Does a very nice job cooling, and will be just fine when I finally get around to overclocking. Temp fluctuates between 15-25 on idle in HWMonitor(i hear this CPU gives out weird temp readings when not under load). After running prime95 for about 30 minutes, I never saw temps above 40 degress.

Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer: Has everything I need. Raid support, SLI support if I add another GPU in the future. Haven't messed around with the OC Tweaker at all but hopefully it's friendly. Let's not forget that this guy looks great!

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws (2x4GB): Does everything that I need it to. Ripjaws X was sold out when I bought my parts or else I would have gone for that. Goes with color scheme.

Storage: (2x)Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD and WD 1TB HDD: Bought one of the SSD's a while back for my laptop and decided I wanted more SSD storage, so I just got a second one and put them in RAID-0. It was tough to figure out how to set it up, but I got it done! These guys are FAST. No way I could ever go back to having my OS on a HDD. The hard drive is for music, movies, and games.

Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 OC Twin Frozr: This baby is FAST, and while I haven't tested it on a lot of games, it has handled everything I've run on it with no issues. Once again, goes very nicely with my color scheme. Able to run most games on a 5760x1080 resolution as well.

Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/ Window: Clean, sleek look. Pretty big, but looks great and no problems getting anything to fit. Only problem with it, is the front fan controller causes the computer to freeze if switched while it is on. May also be a problem with the power supply?

Power Supply: EVGA 650W: Gold certified and does fine for everything in the build right now, but if I SLI in the future this will definitely have to be upgraded. Gotta say, this was the most beautifully packaged piece of equipment that I received. The red 8-pin connectors for the video card are also a nice touch for this build.

OS: Windows 8.1 Pro: My momma said she would buy my OS for me so I wouldn't get one illegally <3 Would have preferred windows 7, but since she was buying it I went for 8 Pro because it was cheaper with my student discount.

Wireless Network Adapter: Will only use this during the summer when I can't have ethernet running to my room, otherwise it's wired most of the time.

NZXT Hue: This was a breeze to install and adds a great touch to my PC for a reasonable price. Have it on red most of the time but the ability to switch to any color is great. The lighting effects are also a nice touch.

Keyboard: Microsoft Sidewinder X4: It looks great, and the programmable macro keys are nice. The gloss background attracts quite a bit of dust and fingerprints however. Keys feel a little stiff compared to my last keyboard, so hopefully they break in after a while. Once again, red LED's.

Mouse: Logitech G600: I actually just got this today, but my initial impressions on it are great. I have rather small hands, but it fits my hand perfectly. Customization on this mouse is great. Let's not forget the red LED's ;)

Monitors: (3x)Dell S2409 Wb: Stole the first one from my dad when I came to college about 2.5 years ago. Got the second about a year later off of eBay, and got the third one a few months ago. Had them all hooked up to my HP ENVY 17 laptop. Got the stand off of tykesupply when I got the third monitor.

Speakers: Logitech X-530: Got this set off of craigslist for like $25 a few years back. Hasn't let me down yet!

Well that's about it guys. Let me know what you think. Post praise, hate, suggestions... I'm open to any feedback! Thanks for checking it out!

Part List
Details
Date PublishedApril 4, 2014
Date BuiltMarch 21, 2014
AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.0GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle20.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load40.0° C
MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate954MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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Vorago [1 Build] 13 points 3 months ago

Just wanted to say you should be careful messing with built-in overclocking software. Often times they leave the voltage as adaptive and it shoots up while overclocking and causes huge heat spikes and instability.

Better to just learn about manual OCing and hop into your bios for some slow and safe OCing, pushing the voltage up only as high as it needs to go.

Also +1 big time for an awesome build!

 
 
Akut [1 Build] 4 points 3 months ago

+1 This post. Probably the best OC advice you can give. Just keep pushing the clock up bit by bit and stress test after each increment. Once you hit instability, give the voltage a tap, re-test, rinse, repeat until thermals won't allow you to go further. That being said, the 8350 OCs like a beast...

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

The OC Tweaker that I was talking about is in the bios. I have a friend back at home who is much more experienced with computers than I am, so he's going to help me out. Thanks for the advice!

 
 
ellirocker24 [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Samething for CPU Level Up feature in Asus ROG Motherboards?

 
 
LedWeappelin [1 Build] 5 points 3 months ago

Very clean build for a first timer. Nice job. Those youtube videos paid off. I learned much from there as well, especially Linus Tech Tips. Could not have configered my SSD and HDD without him.

 
 
FlyinRyan [Submitter] [1 Build] 6 points 3 months ago

Linus was definitely my best friend for a while XD. Thanks!

 
 
iwant2buildstuff 4 points 3 months ago

Probably the most expensive college build I've ever seen = Rich parents or lots of debt!

But seriously, great build. Brilliant case, mouse, gpu, processor, cooler, RAM, storage. My only issue would be not getting a 2TB main HDD for that price but there's always cloud options like Copy, Dropbox and Mega for that!

 
 
FlyinRyan [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 3 months ago

I was going to set my limit at $1,000, but I had a couple of lucky nights at the casino which paid for over half of this build. Decided not to cut corners after winning all of that.

Yes I am in a lot of debt. I am going to school for Pharmacy, and this is such a small fraction of what I'm going to have to pay in the long run. I figured I'd have fun with it while I'm still living on campus and don't have rent or anything to worry about.

There is also a 1.5TB external SSD you can see sitting on top of the case in a few pics, so that's a bit more storage as well.

 
 
iwant2buildstuff 3 points 3 months ago

Aw! I'm sorry about the debt - that's why college is a bad option (just kidding... or am I?)

That external SSD makes sense! Nice.

 
 
GMAN-DV8 3 points 3 months ago

It came out really nice man +1

 
 
GalliumBeryllium [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

Such a fresh build. Good job on it my dude. +1

 
 
jacobs4525 [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

Lol gotta love the NEX 650G. Mine came in a little mini tote bag thingy inside the box. You're right about the excellent packaging.

 
 
hitmaniac [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

very slick and clean build for that price.

Ofcourse +1

 
 
DaSheepDontLie 2 points 11 days ago

+1 because "Momma"

 
 
Norm101 [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

Beautifully done. It should be used as an example to many others whose first builds aren't nearly as neat and clean. +1

 
 
Ludamister 1 point 3 months ago

Looks very similar to my build! I'm almost done getting everything together. Hopefully I'll be done by next month.

Why did you get only 240GB of storage? Don't you feel that you might run out of space sooner than you think?

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

There is 240GB of SSD storage, 1TB of HDD storage, and 1.5TB of external HDD storage. Good luck with your build!

 
 
mallocunbounded [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Is the video card able to drive three monitors without using an active displayport adapter?

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

It's actually able do to four. I tested it with the three monitors you see here and had my TV hooked up as the fourth (with a displayport to HDMI adapter)

 
 
elvenson [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

I'm just curious why you used an amd cpu with this priced build...

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

I don't do anything that is too CPU intensive. Where is this CPU going to limit me? So far it's been fantastic

 
 
elvenson [1 Build] -1 points 3 months ago

It's the older technology in the motherboard for that cpu that I consider to be the biggest drawback. The amd boards so far are running on old tech standards... Pcie v3, usb3, sata3, and a few other features are lacking compared to a z87 board. Plus future upgradability is nil for cpus on that socket.

 
 
juheebus [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

It's fine. Most of those things have a little impact on performance anyway. I have an i7 4770k and z87 motherboard and intel is changing the socket again this year. So much for upgradeability.

 
 
elvenson [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Again? Or do you mean the lower power soc chips that are meant to replace atom and light server duties?

1150 is supposed to get at least one more chip release last I looked... I'm hoping for 2 though so I can skip one.

 
 
juheebus [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Yea my bad there should be another release but there will most likely not be another. The performance increase probably won't be that great anyways so it's probably not even worth it unless you have an i3.

 
 
username22 1 point 3 months ago

Epic build. For $1600, you managed to put together an epic high performance build.

 
 
juheebus [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Chair seems out of place for a $1600 build :P... Jk i have a crappy chair too

 
 
FlyinRyan [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

Hahaha I hate it! It's what they give me at school :(

 
 
Yevgeniy_Onegin [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

+1 Great Build Some similar to mine http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/LKN

 
 
Pencil465b 1 point 3 months ago

I wouldve gotten a h100i or h110 because those 8 core amd cpu's get hot. Awesome build though!

 
 
shadowbeh2 1 point 3 months ago

dat surround sound.

 
 
alextargaryen [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Very nice build!! Excellent part choices! My only question is why did you go with the H60? You could've gotten a Hyper 212 Evo with less than half the money for the same performance, or get a Noctua NH-D14 for the same price but a bit better performance. Great build though, +1!

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

I chose the H60 because I'm a huge fan of the low profile look of water coolers. I realize that I could have gotten probably the same performance out of something cheaper but this cooler had great reviews from a very trusted company, so it's what I settled on.

 
 
alextargaryen [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

ok, fair answer! :)

 
 
Keralis [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

That chair o.O lol But nice build +1

 
 
venomousjester 1 point 3 months ago

Excellent build my friend. Are those stock 140mm fans in the front or Corsair? Also hows the GPU underload?

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

Thanks! Haven't tested the GPU in a while but it was somewhere around 70-75 degrees under load. The two fans in the front are used for intake; they are the stock case fans. The cpu cooler is the only exhaust.

 
 
JontyP 1 point 2 months ago

Haha the chair made me laugh.. lovely build though - well done :)

 
 
Ryan721 1 point 2 months ago

Very strange! Both our names are Ryan, and im actually going to build a computer for college and im using the same mobo (but z87), psu, and gpu. Haha but nice build! +1

 
 
Sh4dow_Ph4ntom [1 Build] 1 point 19 days ago

holy crap... my build is going to be near identical to this one other than a couple of components lol.+1 for definite

 
 
hardcorelap 1 point 16 days ago

Go to ninite.com to get a windows8 start.

 
 
WWarriorz51 [1 Build] 1 point 2 days ago

Hm did the wires not covered by the mesh come colored like that or did you color them yourself? i have the 750 watt bronze version and the uncovered wires are like yellow lol

 
 
LukePRTR [1 Build] 0 points 3 months ago

you should still be able to sli with that psu and oc. because its more power efficient. +1

 
 
Akut [1 Build] 5 points 3 months ago

If it was an intel board, with an intel CPU, yes, a 650 COULD handle a second 780, but AMD parts are power hungry (125W vs 84W i7 4770k). He also has extra hardware in there (lights, CPU cooler, more than 1 storage device)

The 780 has a TPD of 250W @ stock. So SLI would draw 500W (under load). Add in CPU (125W), drives (10W), MOBO (1-5W), and additional hardware (5-25W) and he will quickly blow that PSU, or at the very least make it whine like a little B$%*.

 
 
FlyinRyan [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

This. I'd rather have plenty of breathing room than risk my other components

 
 
elvenson [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

Damn straight.

 
 
LukePRTR [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

I understand.

 
 
petarpetar367 -1 points 3 months ago

i saw that your power supply fan i faced down and on the floor you have carpet DON T DO THAT because your power supply can OVERHEAT AND GET BURNED

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

I disagree. On this case there is a fan filter beneath the power supply. This is very, very short carpet, and there is plenty of room for air flow between the bottom of the case and the carpet. It's actually probably better for it to take in the cool air from the room than the warm air from my case.

 
 
petarpetar367 1 point 3 months ago

nevermind it still a carpet and have dust that can interupt psu work

 
 
Medio [2 Builds] 1 point 3 months ago

i believe in this case the PSU is not actually flush with the case bottom which does allow it to take in some case air if needed.

 
 
petarpetar367 1 point 3 months ago

it will be beter if you put computer on a hard surface

 
 
petarpetar367 1 point 3 months ago

but still very nice build with this lightning :)