Hello and thank you for looking at my first build. Some notes that I should start off with are that I have a great hook-up. A friend of mine works in IT and has some old parts laying around and let me have them, in exchange for interning and helping at work.
I tried to stay within a $600-$700 budget but obviously that was not going to happen. I chose these parts with the help of my friend Jorge. Some advice i took from him, some I didn't. That's where your feedback comes in.
PLEASE NOTE: The pricing is displayed as what I PERSONALLY paid for each product. With a little bit of math, I calculated the estimated cost for each when in bundles (including tax, shipping, etc.)
AMD FX-8350 CPU - This CPU was intriguing to me because it was an 8-core CPU and was the fastest, besides the FX-9590. I can honestly say that this CPU is crazy fast and is perfect for me.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Heatsink - My buddy Jorge recommended this to me if I was to overclock my CPU. I do plan on overclocking, but in the future. One thing I can say for sure is that this fan is extremely quiet. And the fins of the heatsink stay very cool. Under full load, this is still extremely quiet.
ASUS M5A97 R2.0 Motherboard - This motherboard was chosen because it had the necessary features I was looking for. It had a USB 3.0 header, full 7.1 speaker capability, and it was made by ASUS. The BIOS is incredibly simple to understand, and overclocking will be more clear as you explore the different options.
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series RAM - This RAM is nice to use. It's better than what I had. :)
Samsung 840 EVO SSD - Now this is one of those 'too good to be true' deals. A friend of mine (the one in IT) had this just laying around. He had bought it for an earlier project but never used it. The are no words to express my gratitude. Now back to the SSD, it is insanely fast. My PC boots up from off to "lock screen" in about 7 seconds. It's big enough to put my applications on it.
Western Digital Caviar Blue HDD - This is a good hard drive for the price. There is so much space to put music and such. I would highly recommend it.
ASUS Radeon R9 270x GPU - My first impression of this card was "Dang, it's huge!" I feel kind of ripped off though, because $280 for this GPU is overpriced compared to NCIX's competitors. I got it in a bundle with the motherboard, and it was supposed to save me $41. Anyway, I downloaded League of Legends as my first game on here. The first thing I did was max out all of the graphic settings and I averaged at 61 FPS. I'm more than satisfied.
Encore ENEWI-2XN45 WNA - My internet speed is swift with this card. I was skeptical at first but now, I'm proud of Encore.
Corsair TX750M PSU - This is my second power supply for this build because the other one was a Raidmax 630A. I've noticed that Raidmax has a reputation of failing and blowing up components, so i invested in this 750W reliable psu. Before I switched the PSU's, my computer would ofter lock up out of nowhere, and it hasn't ever since the new one was installed. That being said, I'm very satisfied with my purchase.
Microsoft Windows 8.1 OS - My IT friend hooked it up with Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013 for free. True homie.
Perixx PX-1100 Keyboard - I chose this keyboard because it wasn't that expensive, and the backlighting is quite nice. The red lights are great for looking cool during regular daytime use. Then when the sun goes down you can switch to blue for a nice and easy way to type in the dark. There is a dimming knob if the lights get too intense for your eyes. Also, the multimedia buttons come in handy when I have iTunes open. There is a purple color option, but that isn't really my style.
NZXT Card Reader with USB 3.0 - The USB 3.0 really came in clutch because my motherboard has a USB 3.0 connector in it that was going to go to waste. I also use my GoPro a lot so the SD card reader comes in handy. One thing that's bothering me is the fact that my USB 3.0 ports are acting funny. One doesn't recognize the existence of an inserted USB and the other flickers on and off eevry second or so. This could be my motherboard, but I don't know for sure.
Some difficulty I came across when I was building this was money. I originally meant for this computer to only cost around $700 as I mentioned before, but it grew to a little over $1,000. Fortunately, I got very good deals on the components and without the help of my good friends, this build would have broken my bank for the same parts. Also, being a brand new builder, I of course made some mistakes. For example, when it came time to boot up the PC for the first time, the PC turned on but didn't display anything. This was because I forgot to plug in the EATX12V power cable to the top of the motherboard. Little mistakes cause big problems, but all I can say is that I'm lucky because that could have been worse.
Overall, this was a great experience and I learned more about building computers with the hands-on work. I hope to build another computer in the future; maybe for a friend or myself.