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So I decided this year to fulfill a long time dream of mine with my tax returns and build myself a gaming computer! I finally got in all but my SSD today and sat down to figure things out. I had a couple people recommend I do a build log, so here it goes.

First, my parts.

Case: Corsair Vengeance Series Military Green C70 Mid Tower Computer Case (CC-9011018-WW​)
CPU: AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core Processor Black Edition
MOBO: Gigabyte AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gbps USB 3.0 ATX AM3+ Socket DDR3 1600 Motherboards (GA-970A-DS3P)
GPU: XFX Double Dissipation R9 380 990MHZ XXX OC 4GB DDR5 DisplayPort HDMI DUAL DVI
PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 750 B1 80+ BRONZE, 750W Semi Modular 5 Year Warranty Power Supply 110-B1-0750-VR
RAM: Kingston HyperX FURY 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 1866MHz DDR3 CL10 DIMM - Black (HX318C10FBK2/8)
HDD: Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST1000DM003)
SSD: Kingston Digital 120GB SSDNow V300 SATA 3 2.5 (7mm height) Solid State Drive (SV300S37A/120G)
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit, System Builder OEM DVD 1 Pack (For Refurbished PC Installation)


The box pics. Forgive my pictures, I used my cellphone.:






After installing the fans:


Everything in place except the SSD which I won't get until tomorrow. I feel like I did ok on cable management for a firstie:




Back I/O and my messy hidden cables:




Had a moment of panic when I plugged it in and hit the psu switch and nothing happened. Then my boyfriend mentioned the power button and I realized, I didn't hit it! Once I did that, it works and gets to POST. That's as far as I'm going tonight, until I get the SSD in! I'll update with my adventures in setting it up tomorrow or Thursday!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core Processor Blac... Gigabyte AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gbps USB 3.0 ATX AM... XFX Double Dissipation R9 380 990MHZ XXX OC 4GB... Kingston HyperX FURY 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 1866MHz DD... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3...  Kingston Digital 120GB SSDNow V300 SATA 3 2.5 ...  SANOXY 24x USB 2.0 External Slim CD±RW DVD ROM... Rosewill 120mm Long Life Sleeve Case Black Case... 
OSKeyboardPowerCase
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit, System Builde... JETech® 2.4G Wireless Keyboard for Windows 8 / ... EVGA SuperNOVA 750 B1 80+ BRONZE, 750W Semi Mod... Corsair Vengeance Series Military Green C70 Mid... 
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Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball Universal PC/Stereo Gaming Headset - Yapster TM... Edimax EW-7811Un 150Mbps 11n Wi-Fi USB Adapter ... 
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AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core Processor Blac... Gigabyte AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gbps USB 3.0 ATX AM... XFX Double Dissipation R9 380 990MHZ XXX OC 4GB... Kingston HyperX FURY 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 1866MHz DD... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3...  Kingston Digital 120GB SSDNow V300 SATA 3 2.5 ...  SANOXY 24x USB 2.0 External Slim CD±RW DVD ROM... Rosewill 120mm Long Life Sleeve Case Black Case... 
OSKeyboardPowerCase
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit, System Builde... JETech® 2.4G Wireless Keyboard for Windows 8 / ... EVGA SuperNOVA 750 B1 80+ BRONZE, 750W Semi Mod... Corsair Vengeance Series Military Green C70 Mid... 
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post #2 of 8
congrats on your first build. looks good
post #3 of 8
Hey there,

Good job on your first build! Nice to see a novice builder taking steps to manage their cables and airflow! thumb.gif

Quick one for you, something looked out of place in your photos. You're currently limiting yourself performance wise by keeping the DDR3 installed in a single channel (slots 3 and 1, as you have it, are both Channel B).

Check your motherboard manual on pages 4 and 9. Gigabyte recommends installing a two-module configuration in slots 1 (Channel B) and 2 (Channel A).
Enjoy the new build! cheers.gif


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i7-7700HQ Acer Aspire V15 VN7-593G GTX 1060 6GB 16GB DDR4-2400 (2x8GB) 
Hard DriveCooling
OCZ RD400 256GB NVME lol 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-4690k - 4.6GHz @ 1.250V ASRock Z97M OC Formula Sapphire R9 290 G.SKILL TridentX (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2400 
CoolingMonitorPowerCase
2x H105s: CPU and 290 (via NZXT G10) The Tube (39" LG LED) Corsair AX760 Thermaltake Core V21 
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Hard DriveCooling
OCZ RD400 256GB NVME lol 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-4690k - 4.6GHz @ 1.250V ASRock Z97M OC Formula Sapphire R9 290 G.SKILL TridentX (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2400 
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Hey there,

Good job on your first build! Nice to see a novice builder taking steps to manage their cables and airflow! thumb.gif

Quick one for you, something looked out of place in your photos. You're currently limiting yourself performance wise by keeping the DDR3 installed in a single channel (slots 3 and 1, as you have it, are both Channel B).

Check your motherboard manual on pages 4 and 9. Gigabyte recommends installing a two-module configuration in slots 1 (Channel B) and 2 (Channel A).
Enjoy the new build! cheers.gif


Thank you for pointing that out! I read the manual wrong and got really confused at which ones were which!
Worf
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core Processor Blac... Gigabyte AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gbps USB 3.0 ATX AM... XFX Double Dissipation R9 380 990MHZ XXX OC 4GB... Kingston HyperX FURY 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 1866MHz DD... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3...  Kingston Digital 120GB SSDNow V300 SATA 3 2.5 ...  SANOXY 24x USB 2.0 External Slim CD±RW DVD ROM... Rosewill 120mm Long Life Sleeve Case Black Case... 
OSKeyboardPowerCase
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit, System Builde... JETech® 2.4G Wireless Keyboard for Windows 8 / ... EVGA SuperNOVA 750 B1 80+ BRONZE, 750W Semi Mod... Corsair Vengeance Series Military Green C70 Mid... 
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AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core Processor Blac... Gigabyte AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gbps USB 3.0 ATX AM... XFX Double Dissipation R9 380 990MHZ XXX OC 4GB... Kingston HyperX FURY 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 1866MHz DD... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3...  Kingston Digital 120GB SSDNow V300 SATA 3 2.5 ...  SANOXY 24x USB 2.0 External Slim CD±RW DVD ROM... Rosewill 120mm Long Life Sleeve Case Black Case... 
OSKeyboardPowerCase
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit, System Builde... JETech® 2.4G Wireless Keyboard for Windows 8 / ... EVGA SuperNOVA 750 B1 80+ BRONZE, 750W Semi Mod... Corsair Vengeance Series Military Green C70 Mid... 
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post #5 of 8
You're very welcome! biggrin.gif
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i7-7700HQ Acer Aspire V15 VN7-593G GTX 1060 6GB 16GB DDR4-2400 (2x8GB) 
Hard DriveCooling
OCZ RD400 256GB NVME lol 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-4690k - 4.6GHz @ 1.250V ASRock Z97M OC Formula Sapphire R9 290 G.SKILL TridentX (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2400 
CoolingMonitorPowerCase
2x H105s: CPU and 290 (via NZXT G10) The Tube (39" LG LED) Corsair AX760 Thermaltake Core V21 
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Hard DriveCooling
OCZ RD400 256GB NVME lol 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-4690k - 4.6GHz @ 1.250V ASRock Z97M OC Formula Sapphire R9 290 G.SKILL TridentX (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2400 
CoolingMonitorPowerCase
2x H105s: CPU and 290 (via NZXT G10) The Tube (39" LG LED) Corsair AX760 Thermaltake Core V21 
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post #6 of 8
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So I just spent about six hours getting this thing set up! I really have to say that the internet is a life saver. I ran into several issues along the way with getting everything configured right, but I'm finally finished! I have my first games installing now.
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AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core Processor Blac... Gigabyte AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gbps USB 3.0 ATX AM... XFX Double Dissipation R9 380 990MHZ XXX OC 4GB... Kingston HyperX FURY 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 1866MHz DD... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3...  Kingston Digital 120GB SSDNow V300 SATA 3 2.5 ...  SANOXY 24x USB 2.0 External Slim CD±RW DVD ROM... Rosewill 120mm Long Life Sleeve Case Black Case... 
OSKeyboardPowerCase
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit, System Builde... JETech® 2.4G Wireless Keyboard for Windows 8 / ... EVGA SuperNOVA 750 B1 80+ BRONZE, 750W Semi Mod... Corsair Vengeance Series Military Green C70 Mid... 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3...  Kingston Digital 120GB SSDNow V300 SATA 3 2.5 ...  SANOXY 24x USB 2.0 External Slim CD±RW DVD ROM... Rosewill 120mm Long Life Sleeve Case Black Case... 
OSKeyboardPowerCase
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit, System Builde... JETech® 2.4G Wireless Keyboard for Windows 8 / ... EVGA SuperNOVA 750 B1 80+ BRONZE, 750W Semi Mod... Corsair Vengeance Series Military Green C70 Mid... 
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post #7 of 8
Love seeing first time builds, great job! For your next minor upgrade you might want to consider getting a tower CPU cooler, especially if you ever want to try your hand at overclocking.
 
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Crucial BX100 SSD 500GB EKWB EK-KIT L120 Corsair SP120 Koolance 2x140mm Radiator HX-CU1402V 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair AF140 Bitspower VG-NGTX960 Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Samsung Curved 27" S27D590C 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair Strafe RGB Apevia Iceburg 680 watts Apevia X-Sniper 2 EVGA Torq X3 Laser 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9750 ASUS M3A78-CM PNY XLR8 GTX 460 Corsair XMS2 (4 x 1GB) 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingPower
Hitachi 5K500 Silenx 92mm EFFIZIO Corsair SP 120 Red LED Antec 500watt 
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Intel Core i5-6400 Skylake ASRock A170A-X1/3.1 Gigabye G1 Gaming GTX 970 Windforce CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DD... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bykski CPU-XPR-A High Performance Acrylic Nicke... EKWB Acrylic Nickel GPU Block Monsoon MMRS Reservoir Bykski BY-PUMP-XPH-PA Water Cooling Pump 
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Koolance 240 30 FPI Radiator Magicool 280 14 FPI Radiator Bitfenix Spectre PWM 120mm Fan ML140 140mm PWM Premium Magnetic Levitation Fan 
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Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Crucial BX100 SSD 500GB EKWB EK-KIT L120 Corsair SP120 Koolance 2x140mm Radiator HX-CU1402V 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair AF140 Bitspower VG-NGTX960 Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Samsung Curved 27" S27D590C 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair Strafe RGB Apevia Iceburg 680 watts Apevia X-Sniper 2 EVGA Torq X3 Laser 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9750 ASUS M3A78-CM PNY XLR8 GTX 460 Corsair XMS2 (4 x 1GB) 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingPower
Hitachi 5K500 Silenx 92mm EFFIZIO Corsair SP 120 Red LED Antec 500watt 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-6400 Skylake ASRock A170A-X1/3.1 Gigabye G1 Gaming GTX 970 Windforce CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DD... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bykski CPU-XPR-A High Performance Acrylic Nicke... EKWB Acrylic Nickel GPU Block Monsoon MMRS Reservoir Bykski BY-PUMP-XPH-PA Water Cooling Pump 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Koolance 240 30 FPI Radiator Magicool 280 14 FPI Radiator Bitfenix Spectre PWM 120mm Fan ML140 140mm PWM Premium Magnetic Levitation Fan 
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post #8 of 8
Looks solid. Post some pics of it in action.
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