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Ultra Blue

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Hi all,

I've wanted to build my own computer for a long time, since I was a freshman in high school, but I just recently had enough resources to go in on a decent custom build. I had a really old Windows XP machine (A dell dimension 3000 to be exact) that I had upgraded slightly myself before, so I was confident that I could go into building a computer myself.


The name of my first computer is "Ultra Blue" because it's easy to remember, and fits the look of the computer. The case brand is Ultra ("Ultra Gladiator"), and the fans are blue....Keep It Simple, Stupid - right?

Anyway, I decided to make this computer all AMD not because of money, but because I prefer AMD as a brand. For this build I chose the FX-6300 "black series" six core processor @3.5GHz - overclockable to 4.1GHz. Plenty of power to load apps/games/render videos. To pair up with this processor, I chose the MSI 970A-G43 motherboard, PNY Optima RAM (8GB), Radeon HD 7790 @1GB DDR5, and a Thermaltake 500W PSU (TR-500 TR2). This build brought me to around $600.

For my first build, I only had 2 problems:

1.) The motherboard doesn't fit over the mounting brackets properly with the I/O shield installed. My solution: be super careful when plugging stuff into the back of the computer without the I/O shield.

2.) My original PSU was a SolidGear 550W PSU (SDGR-550E). Note I say "my original"... this is because the darn thing blew up about a week after I bought it. To ship it back to get a replacement would have been more money than it was worth - considering after I did *more* research on this part I found it did this a *lot*. My rig was down for about 4 days until I received my Thermaltake PSU in the mail - this PSU is way more reliable, and way quieter than the last.

Overall, I'm rather impressed with what this lower budget build can do. I can play BF4 on High/Ultra settings, Crysis 3 on Ultra settings, and I have (little) no issues. I'd like to overclock my hardware a bit - I don't have any aftermarket coolers though.

Well, here is a picture of Ultra Blue, she's not overly impressive by any means, but she gets the job done.



I'm new to this sort of overclocking scene, I haven't overclocked my computer at all yet - I will be trying sometime soon though.
Let me know what you think !
Edited by obliterator789 - 7/31/14 at 11:53pm
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Looks good Nice effort with it being your first PC.

Its always a sweet feeling when you can say you built your own pc.
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