First off this is my very first build. I am currently a truck driver but back in the ninties I was in the Air Force. I used to work on navigation and bombing systems. Most of the equipment was not solid state but mostly analog equipment. I went to Devry Institute after my enlistment was up. I cannot believe I'm saying this but it has to said: After taking a 3 1/2 week crash course on watching every YouTube video I could find (JaysTwoCents, Linus Tech Tips, Paul's Hardware) I learned far more about computers than my military and Devry classwork put together. I decided to build a mini itx because I was starting to get into pc gaming and of course my laptop was not able to handle or bairly handle when I finally discovered Steam and downloaded American Truck Simulator. My laptop was getting way too hot and shutting down. Thru more YouTube research I learned how to clean the fan and actually got to overclock it. doubled the ram. Now my laptop can run my 2 games (Car Mechanic 2015} in medium to high settings. I saw some starship titles that are coming out this year and they look great. I don;t think my laptop won;t be able to run those titles. I was going to build an intel system at first with an I5 6600K (still going to) but the numbers are not in my favor. Well my AMD 5750m is a good processor. More research I found out about PCPartPicker thru the Awsome Sauce channel and here I am. Good thing too I had no idea how to find the right motherboard or other compatible components for my build. I had the usual first timer mistakes. Yes I did put on my Dimms in backwards. Somehow I did the APU and heatsink perfectly. I even cleaned the top of the chip before installing the heatsink. I had a few problems installing the wiring for the motherboard. I did not realize some of the connectors from the power supply were split. I watched an EVGA power supply on YouTube and managed to complete it no problem. I did have another snag with the GPU on this motherboard. The header for the audio jacks on the case were in the way so I could not connet it. Not sure if its just this 960 but I am pretty sure you will not be able to connect those headers with this motherboard. Other than that I had no issues. Despite the newby mistakes I made it posted just fine. Last note; I am not using the Samsung monitor I went to Micro Center and purchased ram (forgot to order} and a Westinghouse 40" 1080p led HDTV for $199. I am also using a Vizio 32" HDTV and an old PC flatscreen monitor. I watch my shows I download on the Vizio as well as internet. The WH I will use for gaming. The small monitor I just run monitoring utilities Speedfan task manager and downloads.
only posted at this time will update later Overclocked to 4.02 w/ stock cooler. Idle 60c, 72c-83c under load (benchmarking). I find when I run apu at 65c to 77c runs my games allot smoother than below 60c.
The header for the case sound jack is in the way of GPU 960. That was the only flaw I had
This is my first time using these DIMMS. They would work just fine
I got this GPU because it has a great price and the reviews were positive. Overclock to 1497MHZ boost clock. +130MHZ on memory
The EVGA PSU i picked for this build was a pain to install. Its a great power supply but not the right choice for this build. Find one that has a few options to mount
This is my first time using this power supply. I have no issues so far. EVGA has a YouTube how to if you have any problems
No problems with os
Actually using a Westinghouse 1920x1080 40" HDTV. The sound is horrible so I run my sound from my rig with some Alesis monitor speakers. Great picture quality.
First gaming keyboard i like it so far
My first gaming mouse I like it so far