Description

Built my first computer this past week. Pretty straightforward process for the most part, the only trouble I ran into was the monitor. It worked throughout the BIOS update and Windows install, but went dark there after. To factor out if was a monitor problem or something more serious, I took a HDMI cable and ran it through the port on the graphics card to my TV, and it worked.

I plan on building either a mini ITX or micro ATX build in the coming months, any feedback or part recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, and good day.

Part Reviews

CPU

I chose the FX-6300 because after reading forums, I did not want something that requires a lot of power (no overclocking here) and something that will be reliable for my first build.

Motherboard

The motherboard was very easy to understand for a first time builder, connection wise. Selected this MOBO because of it's great reviews, and support for AMD CPU's.

Memory

While I currently have only one module of RAM installed, a second one is on its way. No complaints so for, and games load pretty quickly.

Video Card

I chose the GTX-660 because I wanted to spend $150~ on a GPU. Looking back, I should have done my homework better and gone with a better selection. The graphics are fairly descent, but I think I could have gone with the GTX750TI, and have gotten a better bang for my buck.

Case

Awesome case, 2 front LED fans with a rear one as well. Plenty of space for HDDs and SSDs. Pretty tall, but no worries about that. Good case for the money spent, IMHO.

Power Supply

Great power supply for the cost. Not worried about frying the whole system, but not concerned with having too little power.

Optical Drive

Simple, classic.

Operating System

I have Windows 8 on my laptop, just simply not a fan of its interface.

Wireless Network Adapter

Quick and simple install.

Monitor

One star for simply not working after BIOS. I tried every possible troubleshooting technique in the book to get it work or to diagnosis what was wrong, to no avail.

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Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

Good build, but I'd recommend rerouting some of those cables. You have the grommets, make use of them. +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Have to agree. Overall, a nice build, but that case should allow you to place a lot of your cables, in the back of the case and out of sight. I love AMD CPUs, but their stock fans are not the best. Lots of good aftermarket choices.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

I was about to say, definitely should've gone with a 750ti. Those things are incredible when it comes to price to performance ratios.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

good choice on the ram where you can easily add more later. I third the cable management... also it great for the first build but looking at this case it doesn't scream custom build to me.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I did a bit of research and I think you made the right choice with the 660 over the 750 Ti. The 660, from what I saw and read is a better performing card than the 750 Ti so technically you did get a better bang for your buck. And the 660 was the best performance for price ratio that I could find short of used cards on ebay. There's a reason the 750 Ti has a lower price point.