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Hi guys,

I am new to the computer building "game" and this is my first build.

As you can see, the parts might not be the best choice for a build but I have chosen these parts without asking anyone who knows about computers as I don't know much people who know about computers too well.

I decided to build this for gaming and streaming and creating music and music editing and so on.

I am embarrassed to say this took me about 5 hours to build. I tried to be extra careful about damaging my components and wasted heaps of time doing something and taking it off and putting it back in.

Things I noticed as a first time builder: *Always Plan as you go! I found that in many cases, I wished I had done something else before a certain process (eg. I wish I had plugged in some cables to the motherboard before I put the motherboard in, as I found I had to use my chopstick skills to get some parts in sometimes.

*I need a magnetic screw driver! Yes... This would have been really useful.

*Hey, it's not so hard It took me a while, but reading the manuals made it so easy and helped me understand what I was actually doing.

*This is fun! This is one of the most enjoyable tasks I have done. Honestly building is sooo much more fun than gaming to me... I absolutely loved the process of putting things in place perfectly and "trying" to make it look perfect. Yes... I love cable management... (IDK if every computer building person likes this) Cable management and hiding cables and making it look extra sleek is something I really enjoyed especially with my red and black components. I really enjoy looking at my build.

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I am a car enthusiast, so I enjoy working on my car which is probably why I enjoy building PC's so much. I tend to see them as being similar in a way. Especially the radiator and airflow part. I enjoyed working out what would be the best fan setup for my build. And what I have is the result (hopefully you can see the photos).

***Pros: Plays every game I played so far (which isnt much) in the highest settings without lag. (apart from every once in a while.

CS GO League of Legends Overwatch Maplestory (LOL I know) Need for Speed

*Cons: Lags probly twice for 2 or 3 seconds in a 2 hour gaming session (is this normal guys?) I have two RAM sticks in (2 X 8 GB 2400MHz DDR3, Both Corsair Vengeance Pro), but it only reads 1 for some reason. Other than that I absolutely LOVE IT!.

**Some things I changed with my build: First I had a Raijintek Ereboss Air Cooler. The idle temp of my CPU was 51-56 degrees. I changed to a CM Seidon Liquid cooler. (Exhaust radiator setup). Now Idles at 18 Degrees and goes up to 40 Degrees under gaming in CS GO. (Other games have lower temps).

*The case came with 2 exhaust fans (1 rear, 1 top) and no intake fans. After I switched to a liquid cooler, I placed the radiator at the rear exhaust and set the radiator fan to the exhaust setup. I took out the two exhaust fans and set it up as intake fans in the front. Therefore, I now have two intake fans in the front and 1 radiator fan at the back.

Future possible plans: *Get a 140mm magnetic dust filter for the top fan housing because dust will fall into the case from the top.

*Possibly setup an intake fan on the top since I will have a dust filter. (Pref red)

*If I care enough, I will change the radiator blue fan to red (I don't really care at the moment).

*DEFINITELY Build more PC's!!!

Thank you and sorry for the long post!!! Feel free to comment!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

I have two RAM sticks in (2 X 8 GB 2400MHz DDR3, Both Corsair Vengeance Pro), but it only reads 1 for some reason.

Rams are installed correctly in dimm 1 and dimm3

Have you exchange them? ALso just install one at a time to see if one dimm is defective.

Also you can try updating to latest M4 bios

https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/support/970-GAMING.html#support_download

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRyFMf0D9Lc

You might have a faulty mobo or ram.

Now Idles at 18 Degrees and goes up to 40 Degrees under gaming

To better check temps use amd overdrive

http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-2122665/understanding-temperature-amd-cpus-apus.html

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

Sorted! I now have 16GB of RAM :D

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Great!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Also, I want to pay a bit more and use Intel next time. I used AMD, due to price range

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the only reason my FX 6300 was viable was because of a big overclock. Nice build... also you could try AM4 / AM4+ / AM5 / whatever is out by the time the need for a new PC comes around...

AM3+ CPU's are 4 years old, the current intel chips use a much better architecture and easily out perform all of them

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow I did not know AM3+ was 4 years old. Thank you for the info! I will definitely try the newer ones. I need to get upto date :) Thank you!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

My FX 6300 was viable in a lot of my games, but a lot of the games I play are low end new games or just older games in general. I don't think an upgrade is too necessary until you need the added performance.

That said, if you got your AMD motherboard configuration cheap (I got my FX-6300 and 8 GB ram free from me uncle so it was nice) then you don't lose much / you could sell it after buying a better one

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, tbh, after using it for a while, I have no regrets choosing AMD. I reallyyyyyy like the AMD FX 8350. It does the job for everything for sure :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

8350 and 9590 are still really good after the amount of time they've been our, for sure.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, You should get a couple red led strips inside that case to brighten things up. You can get Logisys led light bars from Newegg for around $10!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

For sure! I am definitely hoping to do so. Although I am unaware of the process of putting in LED's yet. Would you suggest an underglow or outer glow?

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Careful with that mobo. I had the same one fail on me. Dont push things too far. Like, below 4.5 GHz for sure.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info! I also heard alot about these mobos having temp problems. Will definitely consider that. I didn't know MSI made "bad" motherboards, but now I know not to cheap out on motherboards, although, so far so good :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

taking 5 hrs to build a pc is nothing to be embarrassed about, you did a good job

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you very much! :D I am encouraged!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Love the color scheme. How are you liking the 480? I have been interested since they launched.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, thank you very much!

I am actually really liking the 480. The MSI version stays very cool and does everything thats needed. It is pre-overclocked to 1316 MHz, although you can use the gaming app to control whether it is in overclock mode or not which is very convenient. However, as a guy who's into the process of overclocking, I preferred doing it on my own, so I wanted to push it further from 1316 MHz, I got it all the way upto 1330 MHz, however I got lower fps on benchmarks (Valley benchmark).

Overall, I like it. There's nothing it cannot do, but in in the future when I have more money I plan on changing it to a GTX 1070. I still highly recommend this GPU. Its super easy to use and it is super good.

Feel free to ask more questions if you have more :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Is 240gb enough?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

yeap its plenty of space. right now I have 7 games. CS GO League of Legends Guild wars 2 Path of exile Team fortress 2 warframe Maplestory

And not even half the space is filled yet. I will get an adiditoonal one

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

How is boot times?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The boot time is exactly 14 seconds till everything loads. Thanks