Description

This was my first computer build. I started with an AMD FX-8320E and Gigabyte Mobo, but the cpu died for unknown reasons so I changed motherboards.

After my FX-8320E died, I actually got the 8300 as a gift, so I am going to keep it until I either build a new computer or do hard OC's with it.

I have yet to get a CPU cooler, but will soon because I want to OC. I am hoping to get a cryorig H7.

I chose the Asus 970 Pro gaming because, and I cannot lie, i am a sucker for LED. The board itself is not bad, however. I will warn people that the software for the LED's are... shall we say...minimal. I have as of yet been able to control the sound LED's.

The ram is ram. I knew I wanted at least 16 because I do some AutoCad, and 16 is the recommended for small things. I went with G.Skill because they seemed to not have bad reviews and the color of the ram matched my theme.

The Seagate 500 Hybrid drive was actually salvaged from my old laptop that died (that prompted met to build a desktop). Its still chugging, though it is starting to slow down. Its about 5 years old now.

I chose the EVGA GeForce 750 because it was cheap. However, this little card has yet to fail me, and so far all of the bottlenecks seem to stem from the CPU heat throttling.

I got the EVGA 500w 80+ power supply because it was what I needed to run the system. I may upgrade to a larger wattage psu, but for now it does its job. the fan isn't too terribly loud either, but I haven't needed the fan to get up to full speed.

I have a dvd/cd drive. Deal with it. I have lots of CD's

I got the Cosair SPEC-02 mid tower as a present. Originally I was going for a black-and-blue theme, but decided to go with the Harley Quinn theme when I got it.

Lastly, I have two LEPA 120mm case fans. They are pretty quiet, and at full speed i can barely hear them with headphones (no sound) on, and when I am listening to something I forget I have them, except when I look over at the case and see the blue LED's.

Note: I have yet to do an actual stress test on this build because it is a little unfair because I do not have an aftermarket CPU cooler. The temps I have are what I remember off the top of my head after gaming for a couple of hours, and are probably warmer that what I have said under load.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

I chose the Asus 970 Pro gaming because, and I cannot lie, i am a sucker for LED. The board itself is not bad, however. I will warn people that the software for the LED's are... shall we say...minimal. I have as of yet been able to control the sound LED's.

It does, However, have a good number of system fan headers, as well as decent BIOS software.

Memory

Its ram. It has some tallish head spreaders, but isn't terrible.

Video Card

A very good little card on a budget. For under 150, I would say it's one of the best cards IMO. It has yet to have issues on things I've thrown at it.

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Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice one, I´ve got the Spec-03, going for a similar build. Did you have to update the BIOS? Because when I put the stuff together in the build checker it says:

"Some AMD 970 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Vishera CPUs. Upgrading the BIOS may require a different CPU that is supported by older BIOS revisions."

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I did not, actually. I may have just gotten lucky, or maybe the 8300 is one of the ones that works.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Great, thanks

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good build. Should OC the CPU when you get the cryorig H7. You should be able to get to 4.1 to 4.3 GHZ.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you.

Cool, good to know. I will definitally try when I do get it.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I think with more research and time you could have made a much better build for around the same price but if it floats your boat then I can respect that

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, I probably could have, but before this build I was trying to game on an HP stream 13, a little notebook that barley had enough storage and CPU power to run chrome with more than a few tabs open.

I also got several parts as gifts, so the person (i.e. me) doing the research did't necessarily buy the parts.

However, this system can easily be upgraded. I am hoping that the 8370 and/or 8350 will drop in price some with the Ryzen release.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

well if that's the case that's $$ saved for upgrades

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

exactly. I'm already looking at buying a better card and better monitors.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Return that 750 and get a 1050 ti or a 470 on sale, and you will get much better performance.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I might. The reason I got the 750 was because I got it for around 70$. At the time I got it it was one of the best performance-per-dollar cards on the market, IMO. In the future I pan to upgrade it, but for now it keeps my games running fine.

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

The monitor is an old (2007?) square samsung moniter. I litterally found it in my house, and I have no idea what model it is. My mom had it, and she said its a 1080p. It works, and thats basically what matters until I can save up the 500$ or whatever for a different one.

For headphones, I am using the Sades Spirit Wolf, a cheap (20$) pair of headphones with suprizingly good sound. My though is that when they die I can just buy a new pair.

For keyboard and mouse, I am using a TeckNet combo found on amazon. The keyboard has a controlable LED backlight thats controlled with a knob on the board, while the mouse came with software and has LED's and different setings you can pre-set. here's the link.

Thanks. =)

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair. to be honest i haven't looked becasue I just don'y have the funds for it right now. Maybe at the end of the summer, but for right now this one is free and it works for what i am doing.

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  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't troll.

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean? If you are asking when this system was built, than yes, it was built this year.

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

fair enough. IDC. I get to play video games now. :P

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks again!

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you!

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