Description

I originally bought this PC off of eBay around two years ago for gaming purposes before I knew much about PC building. The parts it had to start with were alright for low-end games but weren't good enough to run modern, 3D games like Battlefield. I've been slowly upgrading it through the years by either buying my own parts or getting parts as gifts. The parts listed at $0.00 were either an original part or one that was gifted to me.

Original specs: CPU: AMD FX-4350 4.2 GHz Quad-core Cooler: stock AMD cooler Motherboard: Can't remember, but it has died since then (probably a cheap one) RAM: Teamgroup-PC 8GB 1333 MHz DDR3 HDD: WD10EZRX 5400RPM 1TB GPU: Asus GT-630 1GB Case: Diablotek Diamond ATX PSU: Diablotek 400W

Latest specs: CPU: AMD FX-4350 4.2 GHz Quad-core Cooler: Hyper 212 EVO Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 AM3+ RAM: Teamgroup-PC 8GB 1333 MHz DDR3 Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3 HDD: WD10EZRX 5400RPM 1TB (OS) WD10EZEX 7200RPM 1TB (Games) GPU: PNY GTX 750 Ti 2GB Case: Corsair Spec-02 PSU: Corsair CX600 600W

So far the build is working great for what I want (running games at 1080p 60fps). I know the FX-4350 is a bit lacking as far as gaming performance goes, so I may upgrade that to an FX-8350 in the future. However, it still manages to run the latest Star Wars Battlefront on Medium at 60fps or more, so that's not too bad.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below. If you have any recommendations for future upgrades, I'd love to hear them!

Part Reviews

CPU

Good CPU for overall general tasks and light gaming. Usually maxes out on latest games like Battlefield Hardline and Star Wars Battlefront, so you might want to consider upgrading for future use.

CPU Cooler

Great upgrade from the stock AMD cooler that came with my FX-4350. Keeps things cool and quiet inside which is great in my opinion. However, it barely fit in my Corsair Spec-02 case, and the brace was really tough to install (required a lot of pressure to mount the screws on the X brace into the motherboard mount). The fan it comes with is quiet enough for me, although it is still barely audible (if you want absolute silence, consider getting a more quiet fan).

Motherboard

An alright motherboard in general. Haven't tried overclocking on it, so I can't add anything about that. Only has 2 fan mounts (1 for the CPU and 1 for an additional fan) which isn't good. I got this as an emergency replacement after my old one died on me and it does what it's supposed to do. Good for general tasks; not so great for more intensive purposes.

Memory

Runs great. No issues so far.

Video Card

Couldn't ask for more from a budget gaming card. Runs modern games at 1080p 60fps or more and is powered through the motherboard (no additional power cables required). At around $100, this card is a steal. Highly recommended!

Case

Strong, sturdy build with good cable management and storage trays. The mounts don't require any screws or hardware which makes the process effortless. Comes with one red 120mm LED fan in the front and a regular 120mm fan in the back which is a nice plus. The Hyper 212 EVO fit which is the main reason I got this case.

Fan Controller

Nice fan controller with cool LED lights (orange, red, green, light blue/white, blue). Supports up to 6 fans with 30W available to each fan (total of 180W supported). Fits great in a 5.25" bay with long, labeled cables to reach each fan. However, the two molex cables that it comes with for power were difficult to plug into the molex cables from the power supply.

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Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

You should try to do a better cable management. Appart from that, nice budget build!

+1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

That power cable you see across the front didn't really have anywhere else to go since there was no gap above the motherboard to send it through (it connects in the top-left corner). Other than that, I think the cable management turned out well. Thanks for the comment!

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

Hehe

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

Recently built a system in a cooler master n200 case with the same issue. You might be able to run it up the right and across the top using any top fans (if any) to pin it in place. You could also cut out a hole in the motherboard tray if you are feeling up to it/ there is enough room. You might need a cable extension to go with either of these as the power cable is a little short.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice looking rig. With that cooler you should be able to squeeze a bit more out of that FX-4350 by overclocking it. As far as upgrades go, I would say an SSD for the OS and maybe a beefier Graphics card. I'm still rocking a 750ti in my 2nd rig, but for modern high demand games its a bit on the weak side, if you want high/max settings. How was the Corsair case to build? Do you have any other pictures of it without the side panel off?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing as far as the upgrades go. I'll get a GTX 970 when I want to upgrade. I forgot to mention that this is technically my first build and I'm pretty pleased with it.

The case was great to build with. I haven't taken any other pics of the case, and I didn't take any during the building process. Did you want to see a specific part of it?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The 970 is a great card, I've got one in my i5 skylake gaming rig. You did a very nice job for a first build. I was thinking with the cover off and shots of the bottom and front. The plexiglass side panels cause a lot of glare with the cameras, for sure with flash on.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I love your Mario and posters haha. You got a +1 for those alone!

But I also love your build because this is the essence of PC building; being able to upgrade as you go and customize to your liking. Bravo, well done.

it still manages to run the latest Star Wars Battlefront on Medium at 60fps or more

Sounds solid to me!

CPU Temperature Under Load
38.0° C

For serious?

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

I got the CPU load temperature from HWMonitor when I was running games like TF2 and Modern Warfare 3. It seems pretty low, but I'm not overclocking at all which may be why it's lower than expected. I couldn't include a minimum temp since I've heard that AMD temp sensors are inaccurate at low usage (HWMonitor tells me the lowest it's been is 3 degrees C which is almost freezing temperatures, so that's obviously not true).

And, yes, I'm a pretty big Mario and TF2 fan. Thanks for your comment!

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

Ah yes, I have heard about this as well. They recommend you use AMD Overdrive to measure accurately. Reference.

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah I wouldn't call that idle temp accurate at all! My brother has a 750 Ti and likes it for similar low end gaming/ 4k media output. Pretty solid series card for those who don't have a 6 pin connector handy.

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

Holy crap. the 750ti can do 4k output? This just made my HTPC media build so much better.

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

According to the GEFORCE info page it can output up to a maximum of 4096x2160. No idea what the refresh rate is though.

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

From what I read, its 30hz over hdmi and 60hz over display port, which sucks if its on a TV, I guess for now i'm sticking with HDMI, as I plan to couch game on it as well :P

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

so I may upgrade that to an FX-8350 in the future.

The 8320e would be a better choice.

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

I would stay away from the e parts, no real reason to use them. Lower TDP yes, but also a higher cost and a lower clock speed. The 8320e is 800mhz lower clocked then the 8350, and 300mhz lower then the 8320. Granted you can overclock to gain that back, but what is the point then?

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  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

Better choice as far as price or performance? I've seen people recommend getting the 8320 since it's cheaper and overclock it to 8350 speeds. However, from comparing the two on Newegg, they seem to have similar prices. Could you elaborate more on what makes it better?

8320e: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113376

8350: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113284

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The 8320e is more efficient (95 watts) and its also a better binned cpu compare to the 8350. You can really overclock the 8320e the same and it will also be much more cooler.....

The 8350 if overclock can go up to 200 watts, thats insane.. And honestly with a 125 watts cpu, its a good idea to get a 990FX mobo.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1528906/8350-or-8320e-for-gaming

Better choice as far as price or performance?

Probably we could say the 8320e has the best price to performance of all FX cpus IMO.

  • 43 months ago
  • -1 points

dude u dont mix amd with nevedia