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Peer Pressure
by gwhiteside
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After listening to my friends tell me about how awesome their computers were for gaming, I decided to do some research. I was hooked immediately. This was my first, clumsy attempt to build a PC with some assistance from some friends. I am now using it mainly for gaming and school work.

I selected parts to try and stay near $750 and ended up using combos from newegg to get some extra savings.

The build went pretty well, except that it wouldn't boot or sound any POST beeps when I first powered on. I ended up clearing the CMOS memory (using the handy "Clear CMOS" button near the I/O ports on the motherboard) which solved the problem. Also, the case didn't offer very many cable management options, so, unfortunately, the build is kind of messy (also, the audio header for the front panel audio was on the opposite end of the motherboard, which seems weird to me).

I would like to do some overclocking in the future, so any advice for potential upgrades (I know I need an aftermarket CPU cooler) or general tips would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks for checking out my build!

Part List
Details
AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle26.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load54.0° C
XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate800MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.25Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle29.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load67.0° C
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Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 9 points 12 months ago

Lucky you have pc gamer friends. All mine are console gamers. Lunch is always a heated debate about which is better. ( they always think they win )

 
 
Firecrackers [1 Build] 17 points 12 months ago

Don't worry, the Church of PC's missionaries are out there to help and save fellow gamers to find the truth; the PC.

We will fight and persuade. Nobody said the truth would be easy, but it is possible.

"For all ye PC gamers shall find light in thy choices." Bill Gates 5:3-4

 
 
uin12nerfer 4 points 12 months ago

you are the best preacher. No doubts

 
 
malcar11 [3 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

hehehehe, wanna join that church. My closest friends love their Wii U and don't want to play with me BF3!!!

 
 
Primusmulti [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

ALL HAIL THE GOD OF THY PC, MAY HIS WORDS GRANT US HOPE

 
 
Firecrackers [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Ideed! Gates will rise!

 
 
xxvolwarexx [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

lmao ;)

 
 
gwhiteside [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 12 months ago

Yeah, I guess I'm pretty lucky. I would have never even thought about making the change if it weren't for them. Your friends don't know what they're missing!

 
 
Hakumisoso [2 Builds] 4 points 12 months ago

I've converted one of them. He's building in 2 weeks!

 
 
gwhiteside [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Nice! Good luck to him!

 
 
TNTrocks123 [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

I used to be console gamer. It's too "overpriced". I don't want to pay money to play online (BTW I used to play xbox) and the prices of the games never go down unless the game starts to get old.

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RyneSmith [7 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Console gamers don't have nothing on pc!

 
 
gwhiteside [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Agreed!

 
 
Swish2000 1 point 12 months ago

Sweet first build great job for the money. Ideally for good OCing with that mobo (it can OC a bunch) you'd get a closed loop liquid cooler like the Corsair H80i or H100i, however a good air cooler is great as well, try a Noctua if you like.

 
 
gwhiteside [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Okay, I'll look into those, thanks!

 
 
Mediciu5 [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I'm always curious about ram placements so I looked up the PDF for your MB. If you're using the 1866 RAM, it says you want to use slots A2/B2 (Blue) as a priority. I'm not sure it makes a real-world difference, but maybe someone more technically advanced (beyond the wheel) than I knows for certain.

For the pricing, I think you did a great job. I also like the case facade.

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

Okay, I'll take a look at my manual and put the RAM in those slots next time I have a chance, thanks!

 
 
Mediciu5 [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Please double check. I'm really not an expert by any means. But that's how I read it. Hope it helps.

 
 
JakeyU72 [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I would recommend an SSD and the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo. I've used it in my sister's build and it idles at around 20-25 decrees celcius. I also don't trust that PSU. If you have any problems, I would immediately direct it to the PSU and switch it out immediately. By the way, I've also converted one of my friends ;) I've got him upgrading his GPU to a 280X for his B-Day and building his own after X-Mas :D

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

Thanks for the advice! Any suggestion for a good SSD size?

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

120-128 gb is optimal..

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

Alright, I'll be on the lookout for a good sale

 
 
 
 
JakeyU72 [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I'd look out for the Kingston SSDNow V300 on Black Friday if you want it for under $80. It should be a great deal then.

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

Great, that should give me a couple of weeks to build up some funds

 
 
resin34 1 point 12 months ago

Fist off congrats on making a PC, Second Hows windows 8?

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

Thanks! And (as someone who doesn't use a touch screen) I don't really like it. I feel like Microsoft is trying to gear it more towards tablets or touchscreen laptops than something for a desktop.

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

You may want to check out this tool. It makes a huge difference, and I refuse to use Windows 8 without it.

Edit: Welcome to the dark side. :)

 
 
DrFrostSickle 2 points 12 months ago

Oh hell yes I can totally vouche for startisback. It makes wiandows 8 awsome :)

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

It's really just a faster Windows 7 now. :p

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

That should help a lot! Thanks!

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

You're welcome. :)

 
 
BurntToast 1 point 12 months ago

Cool build, it doesn't look bad at all +1

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

Thanks!

 
 
xxvolwarexx [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

This may very well be one of the best builds for the money. Just the PSU is a little scary. :D

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

Thanks! I'll definitely look into a better PSU!

 
 
shapaza [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Those are some insanely good components for the price you paid! The FX-6300 and HD 7950 have great perfomance/price ratio and should let you play most games maxed out. The only thing I'm not sure about is the PSU. I'm not really familiar with Thermaltake's PSUs. Are they any good? I probably would've gone with Corsair or Seasonic.

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

I haven't had a problem with it, but I have only been using it for a month and a half. Other people have recommended a different PSU as well so that is definitely something I'll try to pick up soon.

 
 
PureVatten [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Hey, how good is this for gaming? I want to get a really good but pretty cheap gaming setup and wanted to know if this would be ideal

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

It's awesome! It runs everything I have played so far at Ultra or Very High settings at around 60 fps. (Crysis 3 only runs at about 30 fps, but I'm happy with that!) And, overall, as the first computer I have used consistently in a long time, it is very fast and can do everything that I need it to. I would definitely recommend it!

 
 
PureVatten [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks for the info!

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

No problem!