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This was my very first build, which was just me going on Newegg and choosing what APPEARED to be the best bang-for-buck. Only long after did I realize how much I had screwed up, and how much better the build could have been.

AMD FX-6300 3.5Ghz 6-Core: The first in the list of bad decisions. While the CPU itself is fantastic, and I purchased the Black Edition for future overclocking, an i3-6100 would have been the better choice, since it would have given me a solid upgrade path with equivalent gaming performance.

Cooler Master Hyper D92: Somehow I convinced myself this was better than the cheaper Hyper 212 Evo. The D92 was very loud and let the CPU gain quite a few more degrees than I was comfortable with. It heated up my room over time, and the noise made me replace the case with a Define S later on, though this did little to help.

MSI 760GMA-P34(FX): A decent board, the FX-6300 sat pleasantly in its socket. But the SATA ports are in a horrible position, as half of the 8 ports were BLOCKED by the graphics card. This meant my hard drive was forced into a SATA 2.0 port. While this didn't hinder gaming load times by any substantial degree, I still hated having my possible storage cut in half.

G.Skill Ripjaws X 16 GB: The 8 GB of my laptop filled up frighteningly quickly -- most likely due to bloatware -- but it was still enough to make me double up for the PC.

Kingston 60 GB SSD: I wish I got a bigger drive.

Western Digital 1 TB HDD: Hard Drive. 'Nuff said.

MSI Radeon R7 370 4G: This is one decision I don't really regret. It's a solid card with a great cooler, plenty of VRAM, more than capable of handling games. The only regret I DO have is that I could've gotten an R9 380 instead. Still good a nice little overclock on Afterburner though.

Cougar MX-200: It was cheap.

EVGA 600B: It was cheap.

Monitor was a TV screen, which is why it isn't in the build.

Gaming was the most demanding thing I use(d) it for.

Unfortunately, due to my poor PC knowledge at the time, she acquired some driver bugs that I'm pretty sure I caused myself. The result of this was that most of my games crashed at some point, making them unplayable. I'd start a battle on World of Warships, fire off a couple shots, then BAM -- BSoD. Thank the gods of PC hardware, the SSD saved my butt with its faster-than-HDD speeds. Between hitting the restart button and returning to the match, I wasn't gone more than 40 seconds.

Anyway, because of the bugs, I eventually stopped using the PC altogether. It sits on the floor behind me, unused. I've considered what to do with her as the months passed, whether to reinstall Windows and try again, tear out the CPU and get new parts, or to give her away and make a brand-new build.

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Too much thermal paste imo lol

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Wipe the drive, start from zero then when you know that was the problem, sell it all off and build a new creation!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Keep the CPU, get and r9380x, RX460 or GTX1060, get a 990FX motherboard, a bigger SSD, keep ram and WD 1TB, install Windows 10 and have fun. Depending on which way you go it could be only $300 dollars or so.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what I'll be doing. Dunno about GPU replacement, but I'll be getting a Gigabyte 990FX board, a 240 GB SSD, and a be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 to replace the D92.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

If your considering the Dark Rock Pro 3 you should also see the Noctua-NH-D15 ( King Kong of air coolers) or the cryorig r1 ultimate.

If it is GPU upgrade there is XFX RX 480 and Power Color Red Devil 480. These 2 are best 480's out there both can hit 1365-1404 MHZ.

If it is GTX there is 1060.

And if your Feeling brave there is R9 Fury.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point
  1. Too late, ordered the Dark Rock Pro 3 last week.

  2. I'm on the fence between RX 480 or GTX 1060, as I get slightly more bang for the buck on the 480 but I get the convenience of ShadowPlay on the 1060. Pretty set on the 480 though.

  3. Haha, my power supply just isn't up to the task. From what I've heard those things draw some heavy power. And if I were to spend an extra $80-100 or so on a new PSU, why not just save up for a 1070 instead? That's my thinking anyway.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

The RX 480 is nice. IF your Going the 480 route, I would suggest XFX or power-color those 2 are the highest over clockers and have the best cooling of the lot.

The GTX 1060 is nice and it is about 10% better in DX 11 games but gap is gone with DX 12 games.

You have a 600W psu you should be good for both.

Also the Dark ROC pro is great and it is super quiet and it ranks with best.

1070 hmmmm.... so much FPS

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

The only potential issue I have ( or think I have ) is that the Dark Rock Pro 3 is TWO mm higher than the max limit for the S340. Not sure what to think of that.

My current plan is to pick up an RX 480, then go to Zen when it comes out, probably grab the Quad-core. I have a 4k AOC monitor I snagged for $290, beautiful thing. Between a Quad-core Zen and an overclocked RX 480, I should be more than satisfied.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Case!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

If you already have a 2nd computer for gaming in Windows, Linux might be a fun project to try.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I've actually thought about that -- removing the one game I have installed to the 60 GB SSD and install Linux there. It'd also be a great backup OS in case Windows corrupts or something.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang you are lucky I wanted one of these cases but they're sold out.Tell me when you re switching cases

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Please sell the case to me

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Please sell the case to me email me Kingrules2019@gmail.com

Note:Email me only if your selling the case

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply! Hardly ever really hop on PCPP.

You're referring to the Cougar MX200? It's sitting in my closet. Upgraded to a new system with an S340 over a year ago.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Well is it for sale?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Sale? It's yours. I need to make sure I at least have the standoffs and hard drive screws, and I'll equip it with all the fans you'll need.

I'll let you know here on PCPP when I have everything. Don't immediately assume the next email you get regarding this is me.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Is a trade good? I have a corsair spec 04 on me black/red. Btw do you live in Markham?

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends, I really don't have any extra space for other PC cases. And way south of you, but same state.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Btw, it's unwise to make comments regarding personal information ( like location/address ) on a public place like PCPP. Please save it for emails only.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Im only 10 and Im in love with that pc case

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

sweet build, sorry it didn't really work out for you. its basically the same as mine. I has the same cooler and its been working out really well for me and I have the same cpu as u

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