Description

Before anyone hates on me, this is my first build. I am 15 years old and play a lot of counterstrike so I didn't need a pc too powerful. I also don't have a lot of money which is why I kept to a tight budget.

instead of individual parts reviews, I'll just tell you the things that went wrong and the things that went great. If you'd like my opinion on a specific part just comment and I'll get back to you.

So first of all nothing went wrong with the build, I was pretty confident I knew what I was doing and the only problem I found was when installing the dvd drive, the case uses twist and lock things that just popped out when I placed the dvd drive in. I just left it though and everything seems to be fine. The only other thing I did wrong in the build was at first when I had completed it I went to turn it on and nothing happened. Turns out I hadn't plugged in the front panel buttons to the motherboard xD easy mistake to make.

Problem 1: Once I had set windows up and downloaded a bunch of programs, I booted into my bios and saw that my RAM was only running at 1333mHz. Not good. I took the side panel off, popped the RAM out, placed it back in, still the same problem. I could set it to 1400mHz but it would not go any higher than that. Turns out that my RAM accompanied by this motherboard do not work well together and therefore the RAM is permanently under clocked. I was not aware of this problem before the build and after searching I only found one website which sold the motherboard stating that the ram and motherboard combo were incompatible.

Problem 2: this isn't so much a problem as much as it is an annoyance. Turns out CSGO does not play very well with dual core cpu's instead of quad cores. I thought since CSGO is an older game it wouldn't make any difference. It's not extremely bad, but it annoys me that I'm getting strange frame rates.

Apart from that, I've currently overclocked the cpu to 4.2ghz on 1.27V and the stock cooler ( which is doing surprisingly well when combined with the coolermaster exhaust fan). The GPU core clock is at 1350mhz which I could have pushed further as I haven't even changed the voltage and the memory clock is + 300mhz. Both components were stress tested for 3 hours each then a 3 hours combined stress test and everything is stable. I'm pretty happy with the performance and the PC as a whole. You may also notice I was unlucky enough to receive the German keyboard layout instead of the UK layout which seems to be a common problem when ordering this keyboard, but that doesn't bother me.

If anyone has any helpful advice or tips for next time I would greatly appreciate it :)

Part Reviews

Video Card

I knew the 750ti was the card to get and between asus and evga the only reason I chose asus was because it was slightly cheaper.

Case

The case is pretty good. Considering its price tag, it is well built, looks great and the included fan is nice and quiet. You can definitely tell that its cheap as some parts don't feel as solid as others and it was also a very tight squeeze getting the side panel back on with all the cables routed round the back, but a good case overall.

Case Fan

This thing is pretty damn loud, which isn't a problem to me but to others it might be. Although it is loud, it does it's job and is a beast at moving air.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Why hasn't this been upvoted yet? It's a nice build and a lot of the parts are very no-nonsense, common sense components. Some thoughts, though:

  • The PSU leans towards the lower end of the spectrum. Since you're on a budget, I would have gotten the EVGA 430W (100-W1-0430-KR) instead, which is cheaper and will probably last somewhat longer. The Corsair CX isn't going to blow up on you or anything, but they tend to die a bit earlier, and since the PSU is your computer's food supply, it makes sense to get one that lasts longer.
  • Out of curiosity, why did you opt for a single 8 GB RAM module instead of two 4 GB modules? Two modules would let you run them in dual-channel for faster operation. Are you planning to upgrade to 16 GB later?
  • Getting a cheap SSD for use as a boot drive would go quite some way in making the machine faster, but it's not absolutely necessary.
  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for comment :) . To be honest I don't really know a lot about PSUs so when I saw all the good reviews for the series and how common it is I didn't think it would make much difference. About the RAM, at the time of picking the parts I was thinking about the future as the motherboard only has 2 RAM slots, but now that I think about it, by the time I really need to upgrade my RAM I'm probably going to need to upgrade most of the parts. Also, I did look at SSD's but I could not go over budget as it wasn't so much a budget as much as it was the whole of my bank account. The boot time at the moment is very quick though and I'm a patient guy who doesn't mind waiting. I'll be sure to look into it in the future though :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, I would have tried to go with a dual core with hyper threading (doubling the threads to effectively make a quad core cpu) +1 for the budget, and... what is that under your desk?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Harman Kardon sub-woofer to go with the soundsticks that are on my desk :) . I listen to a lot of music and play several instruments, I would definitely recommend the speakers for games/music and for the price they are excellent. There's a bass adjuster on the sub and the speakers get really loud without much distortion. Also bluetooth and they look great so what's not to like ? xD

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the cpu, graphics card and Jake!