Description

I'm 15 years old, with tech-suspicious parents. When I told them I wanted to upgrade our family dinosaur (6gb RAM, Athlon II x4 820, Radeon HD 4250, 640 gig HDD) they had a very "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" attitude. I had all but lost hope when our old motherboard caught on fire (No -Name Manufacturer from China, not even going to try to post it) and I had an opportunity to show them what I could do.

I got the r9 380 for $80 on Craigslist, and that's why its not like a 1050ti or 1060 3 GB.

I use this machine mostly for gaming. Some light video editing is sprinkled in there as well.

Before you guys completely trash me on cable management, This case has almost no room for cables, and this was a non modular supply. A case with actual options for cable management is the next thing on my list, so for now I just have to deal with having a spaghetti-PC. (PS: The case was the only thing I kept from the previous PC, big mistake...)

In terms of performance, this thing is great! The 1300X rocks at a stable 3.9 GHz on it's stock cooler, and the EZ-Debug LED's on the MSI B350M Mortar where super helpful to get this thing to post! It smashes all the games I play, mostly Fortnite, Battlefront, TF2, nothing really heavy I suppose.

But yeah, I'm pretty happy with it.

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Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 5 points

the hanging hdd had me dead +1

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude yeah, the case has literally zero space. With those racks you would think you could put the HDD in there but it actually has all of the CD drive stuff. Hopefully I can get a new case soon.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Craigslist deal! As someone who's also 15 i can say craigslist and r/hardwareswap and the best place to get the best bang for your buck.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly though! Yeah, Craigslist is the best for finding them. I drove like an hour out at night for the R9 380. Worth it in my opinion.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Some guy on Letgo was selling a 980ti for $250 and i offered $220, he said he would have taken my offer but someone was driving 2 hours away and offered $180 which he took, said he would have felt bad to make the guy drive that far for nothing, if only i checked 1 hour earlier :/ (this was in December).

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

im going through the same thing but i don't have a previous pc i have an old touchscreen laptop but my parents are going to give me some cash during tax return season so i can fix an old school pc into a gaming pc I understand the factory case problem

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

i may try to do that ........ when it happens

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

potentially saw two thin horizontal lines for cable management? I know a friend who did that on an old generic metal case and worked like a charm

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, there are clips to put cables in, I tried that but they were so flimsy that the cables just fell out. If I had some zip ties then maybe, but a new case is next on the list. I will update when I get a new case and fix the bowl of spaghetti.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

the motherboard that caught on fire was great lmao. if you even did use to game, how did you with a garbage cpu for gaming and 6gb ram.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the thing, I couldn't use it for squat. 720p low at like 21 frames. That's why I kept asking for an upgrade!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the CPU support DDR4-3000 ram speeds?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

From what I have seen, they run slower. 2000-something in the bios.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Dust

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