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My First PC Build

by kchp


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Date Published

May 1, 2014

Date Built

April 19, 2014

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So this is my first ever PC build (if you didn't already read the title) and overall it was an awesome experience. I will be using this PC primarily for gaming, school work, web browsing and photo and video editing in the future.

I got the idea to build a PC after receiving my tax return and playing Mass Effect 1 on my old laptop. After selling my old consoles I realized I still wanted to be able to play old games, next gen games and PC exclusives. After discovering this website, searching for PC parts and the best prices for them literally became an obsession for me. I watched tons and tons of videos on parts and builds and I think it's safe to say this is a new hobby of mine. Some parts, like the case and the graphics card, were chosen based on budget and performance, while others were based on quality and being able to upgrade in the future.

The disadvantage of not buying some things in person is obviously not being able to actually see or test a product out, and if I could change some things I would. The case was an excellent price ($39.99 after MIR) but after using it for awhile I feel like I should have went with something a little more high end, like the Fractal Design Define R4. But I will continue to use this case as it gets the job done and I am probably just being picky! My advice to first time builders like me, is to go to brick and mortar stores, like Fry's or Microcenter, to see what type of features you are looking for in a case and literally get your hands on it to see if you like it.

CPU was purchased at Microcenter and was the best price I could find pretty much anywhere. If you have a Microcenter nearby I would suggest going there to get a CPU. My K95 was purchased directly through Corsair's website using a promotional code, which saved me about $50!

Since this is my first build, I obviously may have made some mistakes, so any advice or criticism would be greatly appreciated! Would definitely love some advice on how to better manage cables.

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ethan17458 2 points 42 months ago

Only advice I have for cable management is to generously use zip ties, and that your cables don't necessarily have to go behind the motherboard tray, as long as they are out of sight.

Great build. +1

DBRider251 2 points 42 months ago

For all the money you spent, I would've gone with a better cooler than the stock cooler. Overall nice build though.


moc_50cal 1 point 42 months ago

That's an awesome build good job I also just ordered most of my part for my first build but mine was a budget build

kchp submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks! Would love to see it!

Naspear 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

This case is everywhere. Even I have one.

Bellt2185 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Great build, im using the same mouse and keyboard. How is it running for you?

kchp submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thank you! To be honest, it has been hard to get used to, but I feel like these are high quality peripherals. The PC has been able to run every game I have so far on ultra and that includes Titanfall.

thunderdan602 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

This is a solid mid range build. You have a great foundation for future upgrades as the Haswell line of CPU's will be solid and relevant for gaming for a few years. Just get the cables under control.

kchp submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks! I'm watching videos on cable management while typing this.

MAXXHEW 4 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

I used the same case for a build I did. I also removed the HDD drive cage, then with an adaptor bracket I relocated the HDD to where the optical drives are located. That cleaned up the inside of the case pretty well. If you want to see how I did cable routing for this case look here, I think it turned out alright because I took a lot of time with the cables in this build. http://pcpartpicker.com/b/OsV

sandman1080 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Nice build inside looks good I personally would have held off on the mouse and keyboard and sunk that extra 150 into the gpu could have got the 770 or r9 280x with the money you spent on those, I would rather play with a mediocre lower budget keyboard for a few months and have a better gpu, but that's me not hating on the build good first one you get a +1 from me sir!

ThatsPoorlyDrawn 3 Builds 0 points 42 months ago

PSU: Corsair is the way to go.

GPU: Would have went with the 760 for much better performance.

All else seems good. +1

kchp submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Which Corsair PSU is good? There are some on newegg that I read reviews for but wasn't quite sure which one to go with.

And yes, perhaps you're right about the GPU. This will have to do for now though.

ThatsPoorlyDrawn 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I don't currently use, but the cx 430m and the 500m are really good. They are both also 80+ bronze certified. The 430m is only around $40 as of right now. It's good on mid-range pc's but if you are going for a stronger gpu like a r9 270x or a 760, youll need 500 or more, I do believe that there is also a 750 watt model. Corsair is a very trusted brand for power supply. I do not know about new Rosewill owadays, but they used to make bad power supply units. Hope I helped!

Mike767 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

There's nothing wrong with this Rosewill PSU, although there are better ones for 85 dollar (Corsair and Seasonic have both great power supplies) Also, the GTX 750 ti will probably do the job for now as you said, but you should upgrade to a 760 or 770 in the future, nice build man.

kchp submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thank you! Unfortunately I didn't have anything from a past desktop (monitor, keyboard or mouse) so I had to put some money towards them. When I do decide to upgrade some of the components I will definitely be able to put more money down.

coletmallory 1 Build -2 points 42 months ago

If your processor is more expensive than ur graphics card then something is wrong...

kchp submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Could you elaborate? I wasn't aware that it was wrong to do that. Thanks for your input!

MAXXHEW 4 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

That is because Intel chips are usually way overpriced, that's why I use AMD... JUST KIDDING! But seriously...is that a rule or something? The prices of hardware have no set pricing formula relating to each other do they?

hjj174 1 point 42 months ago

People seem to have this issue with balance, price to performance wise. Say a person builds a work computer that uses over 4 threads so they get 4770k and occasionally game but only on light games like League of Legends so they get a 750ti, they will say that's unbalanced, they even say a 760 would still be unbalanced with the i7 even if the person doesn't need a higher end card.

othertomperson 2 points 42 months ago

Yeah. For a straight gaming machine this would be unbalanced. But the description says it's for games that seem to be relatively old and also photo and video editing. So it fits its purposes. And it's not like you can't upgrade your gpu in the future should you find the 750 Ti insufficient.

kchp submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Interesting... Most of my games I have right now run easily on ultra. That being said, they are all older games like the Mass Effect trilogy. The newest game I have is Titanfall and that also runs beautifully on the highest settings. Not sure how this will hold up to games later on, but until then I will continue to use this card.

ThatsPoorlyDrawn 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Generally, this goes for intel, meaning if you bought like a high end i7, and only a 660 or r9 270x, then you aren't matching the gpu's possible performance capabilities, they need to balance themselves out. Like, dual titan setup, with a dual core i3 processor, is another uneven setup. Not enough power on that side.

kchp submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I don't think so, but maybe that's an unwritten rule in terms of gaming. I figured that this would be good enough for the games I play and a few titles that will be coming out later this year. Not sure how it would hold up against the likes of The Witcher 3... It would most likely run on medium LOL

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Deadmanrcn5 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

People always think Rosewill is the worst brand for PSUs. I have a 750 watt Rosewill Hive that works great with my R9 290 and 8350

kchp submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

So far so good for the Rosewill PSU. It's also 80 Plus Gold!

jaredt 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

Some of Rosewill's lower end stuff (excluding the hive series) is very hit or miss, but there high end stuff like your 80+ gold unit are rock solid.

StewieMonSta 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

The old Rosewills were bad, even Antec had bad PSU's years and years ago I got told. Rosewill used to make a lot of cheap $15 PSU's (Like the no-name brands) but now they make awesome PSU's. The hive series is great. Shame they are not in the UK :/

PolishXlion 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Rosewill recently became quite a well known company with their Line-M case for cheaper build snd they seem to be a good copmpany. The 760 could have been a good choice but I always like unlocked CPU's beacuse you can upgrade in the future to a better cooler and OC.

kchp submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Yeah, looking back at it now maybe I should have purchased a better GPU, but for now this will do. Originally I had planned an AMD build but never thought about another GPU.

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kchp submitter 2 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Yes, I agree with PolishXlion, Corsair makes some great cases. However, if you have the money don't cheap out like I did, find something that has great features and do a lot of research! YouTube Hardware Canucks, they have excellent reviews on cases.

PolishXlion 2 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

I agree, Hardware Canucks have amazing reviews but often going to the store and looking at a case helps out. Cable Managment holes are something to look for becasue they really make your life easier. I would also make sure to look at videos of builds in the case to see how things fit in it etc.

MAXXHEW 4 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Dude the 200R is a very sturdy, well built case... with usb 3.0 & hd audio holes. Don't think that just because of it's price it isn't good. It has all the necessary current features with plenty of space for cable management & extra fans. I built my sons pc using this case... he has no complaints about it & I wouldn't hesitate to use this case again. The only thing that I wish it had is a side window, but I've seen some of the pro case modders do a custom window that looks awesome... that will be the next upgrade/mod to my sons case. Nice build by the way.

kchp submitter 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I'm not saying it's a bad case, I'm just saying if I could purchase another case I most likely would have. And thank you!

sandman1080 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Totally agree it annoys me when people blame the case for cable managment, that's like buying a Honda civic and complaining it has a 4 cylinder engine after you buy it. From your pictures you did a good job on the cable managment

PolishXlion 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

For some help. Corsair m,askes amazing cases! The z11 plus is good but not the best. Go with something with an name brand! It usually ends up uite well!

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aylafan 4 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

In my opinion, the 200R looks way better than the Cooler Master HAF 912 outside and inside, but it's all personal preference.

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