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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great power supply for the cost. Not worried about frying the whole system, but not concerned with having too little power.
I have Windows 8 on my laptop, just simply not a fan of its interface.
Wireless Network Adapter
Quick and simple install.
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.