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First Gaming Rig

by Gridman



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First time doing anything more complicated than installing new RAM, and it was an experience. Terrifying, Challenging, Nerve-wracking, but when it started up for the first time I was like YES! Wanted a system that I could game on without lag or having the settings on lowest, and had been considering building a computer for a while. Took me about a month of working on the build on and off before I settled on what I have now. Despite the fact that it can be overclocked, it may be a while before I actually try it. I just want to bask in my achievement for while. :D My budget was originally 750, but I kinda got too into it and spent more than I should have :/

CPU: Nothing but good reviews, and AMD is way cheaper than Intel, which was a key point. Got a cpu cooler on the advice of a friend of mine who builds pcs, he suggested water cooling but for my first build I just wanted to stick with fans.

MOBO: Compared ASRock, MSI, and Gigabyte once I found a good enough model, and basically I couldn't find any difference between the three other than asthetics and BIOS, maybe a few USB ports more or less, but not enough to really make a difference. (I could be wrong) So I went with the Newegg deal that combo'd with the CPU, and I am very happy with it.

RAM: Newegg had a combo deal with the GPU and RAM, so I got it cheap.

Storage: Love the SSD, PC starts up in about 8 secs, I had an idea of what to expect from reviews, but actually experiencing it was something else. And you can't go wrong with WD.

Video Card: Spent more time considering this than any other part of the PC, finally decided on the 7850, when I noticed that the 7870 from sapphire was combo'd with the RAM, so it was a fairly easy decision from that moment. And I love it. Compared the computers I have had before, its like going from a 90s TV and VCR to a HD flatscreen and Blu-ray lol. Runs everything I throw at it with no problems.

Case: Out of everything in this build, the case is probably the only thing I regret getting, and even then I'm still satisfied with it. Cable management was a pain, it's not wonderful now, but this is after I redid it. The case looks great, but the temperature display is kind of a gimic, I ended up not even worrying about connecting the sensors.

PSU: 500w semi-modular from Corsair. Nuff said.

Optical Drive: Went with the Blu-ray disc drive. One of those things that I probably shouldn't have gotten, but it is very nice nontheless.

Operating system: Heard good things about 8.1, and I had gotten used to 8 because of the laptop I had used for over a year, so I figured why not, since it was about the same price as Windows 7 and Windows 8. Haven't had any issues with it, and it does what i need so I'm happy with it.

Overall, I'm happy with it. Oddly enough, once I put it together I wanted to do it again. This may be addictive!

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Zeus 1 Build 4 points 48 months ago

Great build! money well spent.

sqielyr 1 point 48 months ago

Nice build.

Yeaaa 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

great build. You bought the parts with great pricing. Only thing i disagree is the blue ray drive haha because i don't watch blu ray

themarine99 1 point 48 months ago

Why a 50 dollar blu ray

OlympicStatus 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Hey nice build man! Did you have to do a bios update for your cpu?

mrsuicide 1 point 43 months ago

did the heat sink come with a thermal paste solution?

playdough123 1 point 38 months ago

what do you think to the case

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Very nice build - Only thing I can recommend is to next time search HARD for a better GPU - For that money you could get something like a 270X... +1 from me!

daes79 2 Builds 0 points 48 months ago

How was that case?

appleroxinhouston 0 points 48 months ago

I agree, building a computer is fun stuff if you have the time

HerpaLerpaDerpo 0 points 48 months ago

Just wondering. Wouldn't it still be cheaper to buy the RAM and GPU separately? I've seen dual channel 8 GB RAM for 60~ dollars. Also, you could have went with a 7870 and overclocked it yourself. Just my own opinion though. Still a very nice build.

Daisyahoy 3 Builds 0 points 48 months ago

I have that case. I have the exact same opinion. my cable managment side has a nice bow in it from al my cables, fan connectors and whatnot.

zabb74 1 Build 0 points 48 months ago

This is very similar to my new build, although I went with an Asus mobo and no SSD. Parts get here tomorrow, I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas.

xCubanPenguinx 0 points 48 months ago

You Probably Could Have Saved Like 50-75 $ If You Looked Around A Little More. Like Your GPU, You Could Have Got The Exact Same One For Like 50 Bucks Cheaper. Overall Really Nice Build Though

XIscottyIX 3 Builds 0 points 48 months ago

Great first build!! +1

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nerdymosh 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Cause everyone has that money lol

Tankman 2 points 48 months ago

Everyone does, all you need to do is imagine it.

Of course it disappears the second you open your eyes but that is a minor problem.

nerdymosh 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago