the issue was the power connectors were not connected to the inputs on the case. In most cases, this isn't an issue. So to fix this all you do is open the top part of the case and then connect those pins.
for that price I think you could have gone with a better case! I have that Zalman case. Nothing wrong with it. But I bought it for a low price and for $100 I would personally expect more than Zalman Z11 probably NZXT/Fractal design type. Other than the build is amazing. +1
great build... just not for that price.
a good build with main focus on aesthetics. I have the same CPU/GPU combo in my gaming rig which costed $750 along with monitor (please check it out). But for your price range, I think going for Intel build is more reasonable. Other than that love the color scheme and love that CPU/GPU as always!
very slick and clean build for that price.
complete different picture from what i had in mind!!
750ti would be alot better than the integrated graphics for that light gaming.
very good build but more importantly very good pictures. Looks like that camera cost more than pc :) and how is the steam OS compared to other linux distro (especially Ubuntu 12.04)
very good for the price. i did a very similar build for around same price. I never came across that case while I was building mine, else would have definitely got this sweet case. Checkout my build, its very similar to yours at same price. And good job +1
how much better is 260x audio?
if you are looking into crossfiring, MSI would be a great choice. And prices should drop during black friday (get it for under $150)which would be pretty sweet
wow. we have so much in similar. Mine costed $750 (with monitor, keyboard and no gifts :() Check it out!! +1
for this price, cannot get any better!! +?
i feel like saving on motherboard and spending on graphics would be more meaningful. But +1
i bought it from ebay
someone might be a huge fan of DEXTER :P +1
very similar to my gaming rig. same zalman case, 270(nonX), 8320.. And my total came out to be as your along with monitor and peripherals. Nice build.
thanks alot!! Probably wait till black friday to get some deals on psu, gpu, and ssd.
+1. I have MSI 270 for my gaming rig. I am looking forward to buy one more for X-fire. Would CX500 be enough or I NEED to replace the psu as well?
I am thinking AMD FX 6300 would be better than that i3 for that price brackets. And more "future proof" too
dont you wish MSI made keyboards and mouse...
overclocked 270 performs almost identical to 270X (maybe 2% more powerful). But most benchmarks ignore overclocking 270X for some reason. So I would say that overclocking 270X would be a powerful than overclocked 270. And that $10-20 would be worth it
In my opinion, there is no need to go for liquid cooling. The temps so far are pretty good and that 212 EVO should be enough in keeping your temps under 50C @4.0 GHz.
well just make sure when (if) your making a 2nd build, research about where to invest in terms of pc parts to get the most!!
deserves more +1s
And also I feel like there was a lack of enough research done!! Since this is a budget build, you have to make sure you get most from what you pay for!!
Okay build!! Could have done a lot better for that price! One thing that troubles me is that you keep saying this build will be upgraded very frequently. If that's the point, why not get 8GB ram for now, and if needed upgrade to 16GB as the price drops. It is more important to get a better CPU and GPU to start with rather than upgrading them since upgrading those (in short term) makes no sense to me!! Just remember this next time
with this budget, i think intel i5 4670k would be a better choice. but i could be wrong.
According to the benchmarks, GTX 760 is powerful than the R9 270 and also bit powerful than R9 270(x). Since I was on budget, R9 270 was a better choice for $180 compared to GTX 760 which was around $250. Overall, at that price I think 270 has better price-performance ratio whereas 760 is around 10% stronger than 270 (overclocked)
i got the same deal from microcenter for CPU and MOBO. +1
Hyper 212 Plus/Evo would be a great improvement letting you overclock that beast. And the choice of parts is exactly like mine. +1
its not too great but good for the price. if your going with semi/modular PSU, you can manage but otherwise you would have cable hanging everywhere
i have the exact case but my led is blue (not purple). did u change your led fans?
thanks alot! I tried my best to avoid paying more although now I feel like I payed a bit more for the monitor. It was on sale for 120 last week
ok thanks for your insight. I could potentially do something like this as a hobby after I finish college and once I start working
Awesomest build ever. Not too fancy. Not too simple. When I was choosing the case for mine, I saw that Corsair case and told myself I would get once I get enough money. Feels like I am in a time machine watching my future build
Great Build!! How did you start your personal business of building? I was thinking about.
no I updated my BIOS later. At the time of purchase, PCPP did not show any incompatibility issues. And I have not done any overclocking. But hoping to do it soon once I find a tutorial
for my fx 8320 (3.5 GHz), i went with CM hyper 212 plus (not evo, because they are basically same and wanted to save some for an additional fan) and at load I get around 35-40C. Before i would get 55C. I am not an expertise on water cooling but this CM cooler does a great job!!!
Great Build to start 2014!! Love those Corsair fans. Only thing Why did you go with AMD and not Intel? Just curious
I feel you!! I went through the same experience while making mine
Sexy Build with great pics and parts!! I wish I could make one like this in future (can't afford for now).
here is what i am planning on upgrading.
getting an ssd, cm evo 212 cpu cooler, and some quiet led fans
I wanted to but I was on a budget. I plan on doing it soon
yeah me too. i have planned on getting CM EVO 212 sometime soon
yeah I get around 15c-20c when idle. And when opening applications and games, it goes upto 40c. Are you using a stock fan like I am?
Thanks alot!! Hope it turned out pretty goood!!
thanks alot!! I was surprised too when I saw 8320 for $100
thanks alot!! I didnt really expect this to work out as it did.