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Hey guys this is my first build , was on a budget then the peripherals , monitor and OS blew that budget out of the water.

I decided to build this computer because my all-in-one with an APU at 2.1GHz wasn't cutting it.

I live in Australia so the prices are ridiculously expensive and probably for the same build in the US it would be have been $750 USD. My rig will be used for school work , gaming , everyday stuff , Photoshop , Adobe Flash Professional CC.Keep in mind this isn't dedicated just to work type programs , Photoshop and flash would just be something on the side.

Games I play - CS:GO , Team Fortress 2 , Minecraft Vanilla & Modded soon , Prison Architect , AC3 , Far Cry 4 and Planetside 2. (will expand my library of games). Haven't experienced any lag or dropped frames , but I probably cant tell.I play all these games on max settings settings.Suggestions on how to monitor frame rates?

The build went smooth just under 3 hours , installed windows 8 then upgraded to windows 10 the next day. The Cooler Master Hyper 103 cpu coolers instructions were pretty unclear but managed with the help of my dad .Couldn't install second fan as there weren't any more power slots on the motherboard.Please help me on how to install the second fan.

Shipping was around $80 total , bought the CPU , HDD , SSD , RAM and OS from Centre Com. Bought the rest except the monitor from CPL. Do not buy from CPL they are pretty terrible and lied to me about my order a couple of times (wasn't shipped for about 2 weeks ). Both orders took it's time getting here. Bought the monitor and sata cable from Dcomp Liverpool.

Part Reviews

CPU

Best bang-for-buck cpu with a whopping 6 cores (please don't argue) , was in my price range and runs games and applications great. Defienetly a massive step up from a **** apu.

CPU Cooler

Does the job , good temps , but its a little loud .I dont know if it's that or the case fans.

Motherboard

Great motherboard for me , has everything I require like usb 3.0.I would like to overclock soon.

Memory

Got this cheap , its sleek and nice , clocked at 1866.Ram is ram.

Storage

Again does the job , only bought it for the OS and a couple games.It's fast.

Storage

Used for storing all types of stuff , most reviewed and bought , so i bought this.

Video Card

This is a budget gard with 4gb , plays every game so far fine.Obviously not the best gpu out there. I originally bought the gigabyte r9 270x 2gb but they were out of stock so they offered me a free upgrade to this card.

Case

Terrible cable management , tried my best.The case itself looks great and its from a reputable company.

Power Supply

Does the job more than enough with 150W to spare , kinda overpriced and should of gone with a cheaper/better psu , oh well.Plus its semi-modular but the mobo power cable is really stiff.

Optical Drive

It reads and writes , what more is there to it ?

Operating System

Hate windows 8 but windows 8.1 is alright next day I upgraded to windows 10.OS is expensive AF

Case Fan

Cools my pc , cheap and is relatively quiet , haven't installed the second one because there is nowhere to put the power on the mobo? HELP?

Monitor

Bought from a local pc shop , 1080p led and kinda slim. Unfortunately the one I wanted ran out of stock.

Keyboard

Great keyboard especially for the price , doesn't feel or look cheap at all.First gaming keyboard I own and it's great.

Mouse

This mouse is awesome for $14 , what a bargain.Best mouse my hands have ever touched but then again its my first gaming mouse.You can change dpi on the fly with a button on the mouse!

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  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Congratulations on being 16

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

The PSU isn't too good. Upgrade it.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Why may I ask? It's 80+ bronze and its from corsair?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

apparently there are some quality issues with it, I'm sure if you do some googling on it you'll find something about the topic. Some say that there are low quality capacitors used, but I'm not too sure as to how this affects performance because I'm no expert

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

The 80+ rating is not necessarily a sign of quality. Check out Jonnyguru.com. They have, undisputedly, the best PSU reviews. This unit (not the exact one, but from the same series) failed two tests. Believe me, Corsair does make good PSUs. But this isn't their best. The PSU I'm using is the corsair CS450M, which, while still not being the best, is pretty good for reliability terms. Since you've already bought the PSU, I'm sure you don't want to/can't return it. It's probably okay for now, but down the road you may want to upgrade it when you upgrade another component. I'm not the most knowledgeable on PSUs, but I feel like I could help others (and my self) make good choices)

EDIT: Also wanted to mention the stiff 24-pin connector. Mine has that too. Really annoying for cable management because it's sitting like 3 inches out of the back front of my mobo tray.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

There should be more than 1 place to plug in fans to the motherboard. How many fans do you have? How many plugged in now? Check your motherboard manual.

Maybe there is a splitter or something like that you can buy to put two into one fan slot? IDK?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I have three fans , 2 fans are connected but the other one isn't connected because the mobo doesn't have another slot .

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

That sounds extremely low for the number of fan connections. But maybe the motherboard is a budget buy. IDK? But I would think it would be more than that number of fan connectors. I looked at the website for that motherboard and I think they were describing 3 fan connections? But maybe one of those is the CPU cooler? So only 2 more maybe? I'm not sure.

2 sounds really, really low to me for a motherboard. But maybe some of the lower cost ones have that? If that is the case you obviously need one intake and one exhaust.

Perhaps there is a splitter or something you can buy where you can plug 2 into 1 slot for fans? Find out if that is the case.

I would maybe contact tech support for the motherboard and see if it really is only 2. If so is there a solution like a splitter that you can buy or an adapter to put 2 fans into 1 plug area? There may be a solution. So find out.

They have done lab tests and 2 fans roughly equals 3 for cooling. In fact some cases just come with 2. While others come with 3. But people putting 4, 5, 6 or more are adding those fans. Most come with 2 - 3. This is actually considered standard and you theoretically won't overheat your system according to thermal and airflow tests. In other words you should be OK. But yeah it would be better if you can have 3.

You really need to contact them and find out.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

It has 3 slots . All taken but will ask at my local computer shop . Thanks for the help.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

According to some things I have seen on the internet just researching for a very brief time there may be some solutions to this.

A) You may be able to use a Molex adapter to plug an extra fan into.

B) You may be able to purchase a fan controller. Which you can plug all the fans into. The the fan controller has one total connection to the motherboard. This could obviously solve it.

*** Some seem to suggest even if there was a splitter or adapter to use power to 2 fans in one connection it may mess up how much power is used for each. Like half each. So reducing it's effectiveness. Also it may put too much power demand on one connection on the motherboard. Not sure if that can do damage or not. But maybe it is of some risk. Just some suggestions I have seen. I'm not sure how accurate these are.

But I still think maybe you need to contact the tech support for the motherboard and find out directly from them what your true options are. I hope this is of some help to you.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks will take this into consideration.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Or you can get a fan controller like this. According to the specs you can put 5 total fans into this fan controller. This one seems to get good reviews. It is highly thought of.

https://www.nzxt.com/products/sentry-3

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like you use Steam. Use "net_graph 1" in console for your games

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Should game well.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks , it does !

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Question for the monitor, how is the resolution? And I am thinking about getting two of them on one GPU, on the GPU there is a DVI-I and a DVI-D, will they both work if I use two different cables two the monitors?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the Hyper 103 holding up, as in is the temperature in a good range ?

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Lots of people freak out about their capacitor choices even though they are far from the worst.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I honestly think my psu is fine right now , there are worse ones. But eventually when I do upgrade I'll have more money to spend and get a better one

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

It is indeed fine for now.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

So, you want the OP to get humiliated or something? :P We all know what happens when somebody uses the word BEAST in their builds, when it actually isn't a beast of a machine.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not stupid lol.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows your gpu handle the newer games?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Well the newest game I've played is Far cry 4 and runs it with no lag (don't know how to monitor fps) all on ultra 1080p. Most of the newer games I already have on my Xb1