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What an amazing almost-full-year it has been with this beautiful machine. This first PC of mine, a full-fledged desktop of mediocrity unchained, was my first step into how truly amazing it feels to become a part of the alleged PC Master Race. My first step into PC gaming was back when I had graduated from 8th grade middle school, when I stumbled upon Warframe five to seven years ago (I can't exactly remember when). Yes, it was amazing, but I required more... Sadly, with a HP Pavilion G6 laptop that ran on an AMD A4 APU, I couldn't really get more... Fast forward to a month before the build date, and I get blessed with an amazing, well-paying job!... That only lasted about a month because they had to let me go. Their reason? "We have no more work for you to do. We had laid out 3-months worth of work for you to take on, but you completed it all in a month."

Taking what leftover cash I had after I had finished paying off my insurance and phone bill, I set off to finally re-enter myself into the PC Gaming world! It was a bit of a hassle whenever it came down to actually finalizing the build product, mainly due to the fact that I still had then idea of, "You gotta make sure that you min-max the crap outta this else you're gonna be spending money where you don't need to!" But at the same time, I had the voice of, "You've got around $1200 in your pocket, splurge a lil', you won't regret it~" Enter, El Cajon Craigslist, Newegg & Newegg Market, and Fry's Electronics.

The items that have obscenely low prices, like the processor, motherboard, and SSD, I had all bought off of sellers on Craigslist. Thankfully, both the processor and motherboard came together as a whole, with a few SATA cables to boot. The SSD, however, I had spent more money on gas for the 6-hour trip to and from LA than what I had spent on the part itself! Everything else, save for the GPU, was from Newegg / Newegg Market. The GPU has kinduva funny story to go along with it.

So, I'm at Fry's Electronics, and I literally need one last part to be able to completely use my desktop; a graphics card. Heading over to the isle where they should be, I'm bombarded with this crappy green Nvidia wall of not-even-touched boxes, with one lone 8Gb RX 480 off to the right, pushed waaaaaaay back from the front of the shelf. Someone thought they could hide it from me, well that someone should no that I won't take Nvidia for an answer. Kneeling down and reaching for the box, I happily skipped over to the front register where I could buy the item. During my travels, a sign had caught my attention, "WE PRICE MATCH ANY PART, GUARANTEE!" it screamed. An evil smile crept upon my face as I looked at the price of this GPU. The price read $359.99, but looking at Newegg's sale prices, I saw the flash sale reading the price as $239.99. SOO I abused the system slightly, bought the card with roughly $100 off after ******** California taxes, and then drove home so I could finally get everything pieced together and vegetate in front of a 60-inch HDTV for three months before I finally moved to Florida.

Now performance statistics, the one thing all you nerds have been waiting for! Sadly, I ain't got nothing to show from it other than, "Hey, I can run game real pretty like and things get kinda toasty but it's still within a good margin so there is no real throttling so that's my build mkaybyeeee!" I will say, however, that the change of SSD's, going from a used OCZ Arc 100 120Gb SSD that I had used since my laptop, to a fresh SanDisk SSD PLUS has been a HYOOJ upgrade, That poor OCZ had been slow from the start, and I kinda feel bad that I had to demolish the poor thing in the end cause I knew I wasn't gonna get any resale value out of it....

Now, if you've made it this far, thank you for actually caring to read through this story, cause I've never really done something like this before and I feel like I can screw things up somehow but it's whatever i guess maybe... Also, I must note, yes, I know that the average power draw is 414W for this build and that I only have a 500W power supply. No, I'm not making that mistake a second time.

Part Reviews

CPU

Can run a lil toasty when not properly cooled, but it still works amazing enough. Though, I had bought this around the time when I could've bought anything Intel for a better semi-future-proofing....

CPU Cooler

This cooler is absolutely amazing, performing great as-is with a single fan in standard push configuration, but set it up in a dual-fan push-pull config and you've got some dank cooling. The length of a flathead screwdriver you need to tighten the brackets is insane, luckily I had one on-hand at the time that could tighten it after adjusting it for AM3+ format.

Motherboard

It's a decent motherboard that I had gotten paired with the CPU for a total of $130, though I still wish I could've gotten something a little bit better.... The BIOS is nice, but that's just about it.

Memory

I will give you my Vengeance!

Storage

Good speeds, good life. Cheap and reliable, just like a used Toyota.

Storage

Great speeds for a HDD, decent amount of space, but sadly I need more. Amazing buy when on sale though!

Video Card

Smashes games harder than YouTuber's ask you to smash the like and subscribe button. This this by far performs beyond my expectations, but I still see where it can kinda end up biting off more than it can chew, though that may be due to my CPU bottlenecking things but I digress. If only they still had this thing for sale, I'd buy a second one.

Power Supply

It can handle what it needs to, but 500W will never be enough.

Operating System

Now, this is the one product that I will never understand people hating. I have used this OS since it's release, and I have loved and cherished everything about it, SINCE IT'S RELEASE. I hate the people saying, "WinX is nothing for gaming compared to WIn7, don't get this garbage." when they should be thinking, "Lol why can't I understand what the future is lol." I will not go back to Windows 7, I will never use Windows 8 or 8.1, Windows 10 is for me and I am here to stay.

Case Fan

Colors are nice, so is the amount of air these things push. Their semi-silence is also a huge plus.

Keyboard

So, my first mechanical keyboard and this is what I have to say; MX Cherry Reds are really good, like really, r e a l l y g o o d. I always make fun of my friend for how loud his MX Cherry Blue's are, meanwhile I'm in the sweet, silent bliss in the land of Red.

Mouse

This mouse is a bit tall, and a bit long. However, the ability to have 5 different DPI settings that can be edited anywhere between 100 to 16,000 by the single integer is amazing, especially if you use all 5 different settings like I do. The lighting effects are also extravagant, being able to "program" different colors and effects to the three different areas (front, side, and logo).

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  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

I love this whole post. Especially the pictures. I think your story into this world of PC gaming is amazing, and I love seeing the process of your entire setup over this past year. I am building my own PC soon after playing on an Intel HD laptop for the past 2 years, and i can only hope that my story is as great as yours.

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

Sweet, thank you my dude. For me, it took a lot of patience and careful planning. It's really the only advice I can give... Good luck to ya on your journey~!

  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

I have to agree one of the best posts made here on PCPP. I really enjoy the story and your process. It is still a great setup by any standard and will be for some time to come. If you do get the chance pick up a second card. Also if you are not OC'd on that processor get 2x8gb of 2133 ram and set to xmp. Will snap up some of the throughput. Happy times when and FX post doesn't get hated on right off the bat.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the compliment and the advice~! I'll have to try and do that sometime soon. Sadly, I'm gonna be sending this PC back over to my best friend in California so he can join me in Monster Hunter World, and the poor fella barely knows what an hdmi cable is... But first, I need to build myself a new PC with more current parts.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a very generous offer. 2133 is the sweet spot FX8350 and up to 9590 with no OC. Been there done and doing that. Still rocking 4 AM3+ systems myself.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Is it your computer or the cats?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, to both.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Man the 8350 is going for $60 now? When I bought mine in 2013 it was $200

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I had bought both the motherboard and processor off of someone for $130, so I just split up the price accordingly... Kinda.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Ive seen multiple 8350’s for $50 on Craigslist and even a 8370 for $60 they really have gone down in value.