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Since I was new to the game and knew pretty much nothing about building computers, I based this build off a another build with some minor adjustments. I know I should have gotten the 750ti instead, but my friend who was helping me with this probably didn't knew much either. I ended up with this and well, I am actually quite impressed. At first, I thought I was going to break something important while building this. I did ran to a few problems tho and I still have one major problem with this one. The motherboard power connector won't go all the way in the motherboard and this has caused a few booting problems. I would sometimes reposition the connector, but that would only last about a week. I'm currently using tape to help it position itself, but I'm afraid this won't last forever. I would apply more pressure to the connector, but I'm also afraid that I might brake something. I would contact the seller for a replacement, but I'm having some issues with shipping things now and I'm sure that other people had this problem as well. For the pass month or so, I've been learning more about this topic and I see major mistakes with this one. Since it is a custom build, I definitely plan on major upgrades, which would include the replacement of: The power supply that might fix this problem (including wattage compatibility for components), motherboard for better CPU compatibility, graphics card for a better gaming experience, and a better CPU cooler (probably water cooling). I will make a list for my possible upgrade for this build.

Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

how do you like the mouse/keyboard? i might buy this...such a great deal!

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

i HAVE THAT MOUSE AND KEYBOARD TOO

They're good for a combo. Like really cheap and the LED's are NEEDED to be on however this means that scroll lock has to be on too. The reason for this is you can't see the letters without the LED's unlike a corsair K70 or something more expensive.

The keyboard feels pretty good for a rubber dome (membrane) keyboard. I personally upgraded to the Corsair K70 because I wanted to but I still use the mouse and enjoy the feeling.

As with coolermaster it's amazing quality for the price! 9.5/10 should buy ;)

Hope I help!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! i like the corsair k70 too but too expensive for me. i will try this coolermaster set first :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

it may be worth waiting for the Octane set. I don't know what the prices would be but it looks SEXY

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

This is pretty well done for a budget first build, but I do have a few gripes and praises

My gripes:

  • -I feel that you bought too many fans, and that money could have been used for the 750ti
  • -A WD blue would have sufficed for your gaming needs, again that spare money for the 750ti
  • -1 stick of a 8GB RAM seem unusual instead of taking advantage of dual channel memory

My praise:

  • +Great choice of a budget CPU (although the g3258 would have been an amazing choice as well)
  • +Did not cut conners on the PSU which I see too often on here

Although I did list list more cons than pros this is a solid build, it could be better but none the less it works +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks xd

I do agree with the fans tho. Most of these fans were actually bought after spending ALL of that money ($1000 including shipping and handling) for the most important components (without the fans). A few weeks later, I had some money to spend and I decided to go with a lot of fans. So these fans are basically a finishing touch.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Defiantly next time get 2 4gigs. Cause if you use one stick and it goes welp bye bye. Also your graphics card isn't bad at all. I would of once you noticed the mobo not connecting called them asap and got a new one.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess I can do that, but before I do that, I'm going to go back and see if I can get it in all the way. As for the ram, I actually planned on getting another stick in the future or so.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

This keyboard bundle is actually pretty good.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you put up a picture of the motherboard power connector?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you want both the mobo pins and the cable picture? I would probably have to dissemble the mobo from the chase to get a good picture of it. I should probably go back and try to put that thing all the way in :L

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

A good close picture of the way it is right now in your case would be helpful. There is always the possibility that I am wrong but I have a feeling it just needs to be forced in farther, speaking from personal experiences. The components are Corsair and MSI respectively. If they weren't mainstream I might be worried but this should work no problem.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

You should try to apply some pressure on that connection. I had the exact same issue when building my PC. I realized I had a warranty with my motherboard and my power supply in case something broke and so applied some pressure. Now it is connected properly.

I would suggest taking your time, researching your parts to upgrade so you are making your money worth it.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

After a month of learning about this stuff, I think I can make an educated choice next time. It's a custom build after all. I can upgrade things as time goes by. As for the connection, I think I should go back and try what you did.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

with the price you paid for the fans and optical drive, you could have added $100 to put towards your gpu, because fans can be easily added later

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I know... I was quite new to this stuff at that time. At least I can now see my mistake to make sure I don't do it on future builds.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it me or 50C on idle a little too hot?

You should have used Cooler Master TX4 as a CPU cooler instead of the TX3. Bigger is usually better!

Cool build! I wish I went with red leds like yours instead of blue in my build.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

In the bios, it would usually roam in the lower 40's. In the desktop, upper 40's to lower 50's. At least I'm not using a stock cooler :) I actually want to go with water cooling in the future.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh ok sounds reasonable. High ambient temps I guess. I considered water cooling as well. Unfortunately, Corsair SPEC cases has no room for dual fan radiators >_<

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

not bad, i wont harp like others have, but you need to check those cpu temps, should not be that high buddy. try reapplying thermal paste, only use a small pea sized dollop in the center of the cpu.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

If you think its crap, and you know its crap, why did you buy it? You could have saved more money and upgraded before you actually bought your computer.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Everyone has to start somewhere! Its not crappy at all.

When I built my first PC in the late 90's, I got my parts from a local/online dealer which helped a lot when one of the ram sticks they gave me was bad. I just had to get a ride over there and they replaced it.

I didn't even know how to install windows back then and of all things it was the dreaded Windows ME! Some nice guy at the shop helped me install.

It worked for a few months before windows started to do all kinds of weird things. Then, about 2 years later it died from overheating. I'm shocked it lasted that long. It was a amd with a stock cooler and no after market paste. I could have cooked a egg on it.

I payed more attention to the GPU and gaming then getting quality parts.

READ! READ! READ! There is sooo much information out there on how to build. Keep learning and don't stop.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

90's? I can't imagine getting parts on those days. Besides, I was too young then xD. But yeah, this won't be my last build!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, on the comp I just build it wasn't only about pressure to the power connector, I had to re-angle it to get the clip to pop into place.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Decent, Decent

  • 60 months ago
  • -3 points

Good: *Mouse & Keyboard - Not to fancy. Back lit.

*Monitor - Big, 1080p, fantastic response time (2ms)

*Cooler - That's all you really need for a gaming rig

*RAM - We have yet to see a game that uses 8GB of RAM, so you're good

*Case - Just another Corsair case of awesomeness

*PSU - 500W is not too much overhead, and enough for ample overclocking

*HDD - You'll never need more than 1TB, so great choice!

Bad: *CPU - Generally, games make better use of more cores rather than high clock speeds

*GPU - You could have dropped from fans, maybe downgraded the CPU, or bought the OS from somewhere else for $60 to maybe get a 780 or 780Ti

*Optical Drive - You generally don't need an optical drive in a gaming PC if you have another optical drive in your house

*OS - Windows 8/8.1 is very bad for gaming. Lots of games don't support it and it's just generally a bad operating system.