This tower has seen better days, looks like on top of you mounting the PSU in the drive bays they have been cut at some point. Maybe for a longer GPU, there are drill(?) holes in the side of the faceplate.
You don't have any of your parts listed, this PC looks to be rocking a AGP slot and GPU. I would not be shocked if the parts on this rig are not in PC partpicker, but you could still at custom parts to make up for this.
You really need a lot more info in this build, not enough info to consider giving a +1.
Linux boxes are not all that common, +1 on those grounds alone. Decent rig overall for that price.
Great parts though the PSU looks to be a little weak, aside of that this PC needs Jesus in the cable management department. Great starting point, just a little bit of work to make it epic.
Very nice build, I would have spent the little extra and gone with the FX-8320 but the FX-6300 is still far more then what is needed for gaming.
The only suggestion I have is replace the stock CPU cooler, they are not that great and can be upgraded for about $30 to something 100 times better. Plus with an aftermarket cooler you could even consider overclocking of you so chose.
I would love to see some pics of the inside of the case.
AMD and Intel both have there pros and cons, AMD is decent for this tower since it is designed to be able to cool hotter systems. The CPU he is using is $80 or so cheaper then the cheapest i5, and well over a $100 cheaper then the cheapest unlocked i5; mind you this CPU is unlocked. As far as gaming goes this CPU is far more then he needs and will get the job done really well especially with this build.
I did not check the GPU on this build, but I figured saying crossfire and not SLI would have proven the point as to compatibility.
Actually I did not even look, you asked for a reason to have an APU with a GPU so I gave you one. If was planning on building one I would check things out, but I did not even look at the GPU on this rig.
+1 for the Cat.
Very decent hardware, the only thing I would suggest is the cable management but you already commented on that. +1
I'm not even going to ask what kind of magic you used to keep the cables out of site in that tiny case. Definitely a +1.
You could crossfire with the A10, I don't know if his GPU is one of the ones the A10 supports; but there is one reason to have an APU in a rig with ha GPU.
Good build all and all, the only thing I would change is the direction you have the CPU cooler pointed. Depending on the fan directions you have it blowing heat on to the GPU, or blowing heat to the intake fans on top which will blow the heat back down; directing it to blow heat out the exhaust fan on the back would be best.
Read his comments on the PC before commenting your self, he has it dual booting Mavericks.
Using PCpartpicker.com as a platform to advertise an eBay listing, interesting.
Decent build though the CPU is most likely overkill, but I don't really know since you did not say what the rig is for. With all of the USB cables in the front of the tower I would really suggest a USB hub in the least and move them to the back, the better option would be a PCI card to add more USB ports; how it is now makes the build look sloppy.
I would have opted for a 120gb SSD over the 60gb, but other then that a great build. I love the name.
I'm assuming a first build due to your age, really sharp and it must have taken a long time and planning to save up that 3k. Hats off to you. 1+
***The computer master race you speak of.
You recognize your shortfall in cable management, you are well on your way to joining this race. Keep up the good work and you join those to dwell in basements with highly over powered god machines.
What are you using the build for? Looks very solid. CPU and GPU look to be a little overkill, but who does not like overkill :D
You mentioned the cable management so I wont go in to it.
I only saw one USB header on this board, I'm I missing something, or are 2 of the ports on the back not working? Either way I would reach out to the mobo maker for a replacement, could also be the lead from the tower.
The FX-8320 would have been cheaper but the i5 will preform on average a little better. Windowless tower so cable management is not as much of an issue, but it will still choke airflow a bit, may want to at least move the cables away from things.
All and all a very nice build.
I ran in to the same boat my self with needing longer leads to route the cables behind the board, extensions can be a pain to find and iffy on quality.
Best of luck :)
Why so much on the mobo and so little on the GPU? I would have spent less on the mobo since you are not really using what it can do, and much more on the GPU. You would have seen a better performance jump.
2 optical drives seems a little strange in a modern build, some people have even dropped them all together.
Why 3 sticks of ram, you would be better off cutting one of them and going full on dual channel with 8gb, the extra 4gb is really doing nothing for you. Maybe put some from here on a better GPU.
Why the $400+ MoBo? It supports 128gb of ram which you are not close to, and 4 way SLI but I don't see the card you have doing that very well. And with the GPU/RAM setup what are you going to use the OC panel that came with the rig for? since neither are worth overclocking.
For the love of god cable management, the tower looks to have cable management space behind the rear cover. With that high end CPU and MoBo at least show them off with hiding the cables out of site.
Good choice on the CPU (though its a bit overkill, normally an unlocked i5 is plenty) and CPU cooler
Very nice custom case, you don't see very many of those.
The only thing that drives me nuts is something that cannot really be changed, how far the IO ports are in to the back of the case.
Your uncle has taught you well, very nice build. Though I have never seen a case that shows off the back end where you hide the cabled, very interesting.
Good CPU, decent room for upgrade when the time comes or is needed.
I would bump up the RAM to 8gb, that is the happy spot right now.
I don't normally pick on off branch PSU's but this one has some pretty low reviews, just be aware of them. Other then that that is a decent price for an 80+ rated PSU.
GPU is really old, looks like you recycled it from somewhere else since it has not price listed. If it does what you need it will be fine, but I would look at upgrading it at some point.
I would work on the cable management, you have the CPU power running across the board; I would try to run it around. I also noticed you have an IDE cable, most likely for the DVD drive; those are cheap enough I would just replace it with a SATA DVD drive and make the wires look a little better.
Other then that you have a good foundation, since its your first build you have a bit of learning to do and have a really good starting point. +1
Decent rig for a sub $500 budget. +1
Aside of the cable management you mentioned, the only other suggestion I have is to turn your CPU cooler. From the way it looks you are blowing hot air off your CPU on to your GPU, I would turn it to point out the back if you can if you cannot I would point it up (to another exhaust fan if your tower has the vent.)
Other then that solid build with good ability to upgrade on that CPU socket.
Does not look like a case that was made with cable management in mine. I cannot get over where the mother board manufacture put the 24pin at, its on the back of the mobo by the IO ports; how would you hide that in any case...
Call of Warcraft or World of Duty I need to get those games!!!
You are as bad as me with sticking things in the case were no one will see them.
Got to love Frankenstein rigs, though the white zip ties; at least go with black ones. :P
Nice build all and all, though we need to help you with that second picture.
I would take the side of the tower off and retake it, this would let is see the guts of the machine and the cable management :).
Still get a +1 for a great first build.
The last picture is the best buy far, and nice build.
I would suggest to pop the fan off and rotate it around to get the wire hidden, that is only if this is a windowed case.
Looks good, would like to see it boxed up. And I really like the outside pics, not a lot of people do that.
+1 for best grandpa ever.
Looks solid, I would change how you have the CPU cooler installed.
From the looks of things you are blowing the heat off the CPU right on to the GPU, I would turn the cooler to where its blowing to the back of the case. Also would advise an exhaust fan, all the intake fans and no way to push the hot air out.
I had the exact same issue with the fan on the FX-8320 and also switched to the same cooler you did. Works like a charm, though adding a second fan is not as easy as it could have been the brackets don't fit right.
I have rerouted the leads since the cable extensions have come in. This was not an attempted to be lazy, but the fact the "chord"s were not long enough as my notes said.
Pick up Oregon Trail for some hard core gaming.
Great looking rig, good parts, and almost a complete theme. I'm loving the red theme, though I would have to kill that mouse.
I really like what you did with the SSD's, I have this tower in green and black. I wish I thought of using a paper cutout in the proper color to make the SSD's match, and FYI I'm stealing that idea. Thank you sir.
I would invest in the SSD, you don't need a large one. A 120GB will do, that will store windows and a few of your most used programs. Everything else can go an a secondary HDD, like the one your using as your primary right now. $70ish and you will feel a new life in your PC.
For an idea on performance differences.
I use a FX-8320 (a little weaker then yours) at factory clock speed 3.5ghz, I boot windows (windows 8 pro) in about 8-10 seconds (that is with the quite boot and EFI boot aids off). Yours may be pretty close, but I figured a number might help so I picked boot time. If you want to pick apart our system differences mine is here http://pcpartpicker.com/b/KTnnTW.
I rock an AMD FX-8320 and its also loud, mine is due to the CPU fan. I would be willing to bet yours is due to the same reason, does it tend to get loud after its been running at load for a few moments? It maybe advisable to replace/upgrade the CPU fan and heatsink, I have also read this is a common thing among FX CPU's.
Over all I think it looks really sharp, I actually like the purple you chose for the fans. With light strip being white LED it feels just right.
May be a little hard to find, but I would go after a purple mouse and keyboard. It would help tie in the theme, but that is me and this is your build.
Over all looks to be a decent build.
Good looking build, do you have any pictures of it closed up?
May want to give windows 8.1 a chance, it works really well for gaming. The only thing that really bothers me is the start screen, but I have never known anyone to camp out in the start menu because it was pretty; and I never use the apps.
The CPU should pass, thought a little weak for heaver games. For skyping and simple games the CPU should be plenty.
What do you plan on playing with this? and how do those games preform?
I would upgrade to a small SSD first, you have a few open 2.5 bays (3 of them from what I can tell). A 128gb drive would set you back around $50ish, and install your OS and most played games to the SSD and everything else to the HDD.
If it plays what you want to play more power too you, and you have a good upgrade path.
I don't see an optical drive listed, do you plan on installing one?
Looks good with some decent room to grow.
Is that the same tower you have listed for the build, they don't look the same?
Its a decent little build, I don't think it will be breaking any land speed records but should preform nicely.
I like the color theming, may want to add an LED strip to the bottom of the tower to make it have a ground affect; but that could also be a bit of over kill.
Over all a decent build that does not look bad, and its a good price to boot.
The stick of ram was a mistake on my part, I plan on either going to 2x 4gb or 2x 8gb which ever is more cost effective at that time. I may also need to go low profile for the ram depending on the CPU cooler I get.
The GPU is okay for now, I plan on updating it.
The PSU is okay for the moment, I don't plan on using it for long. I plan on picking up a modular PSU that is at least 80+ bronze rated in the next month or so.
Any suggestions on the GPU?
I'm not a big Diablo player and did not know that (I suppose I could have goggled it :/), I will definitely get that updated. Thanks!!!
Great looking rig. Just needs a little work done of the cable management edgewise looks great, my only suggestions would be some clamps on the front of the board to hold the power cables in a little neater fashion and something to tie the cables down to the back of the board.
Down right sexy, that is all I can say.