newcompThe computer that I built early December!

Why build a new one?

For the past four or five years, I owned a laptop. This laptop is very reliable, I must say, but it isn’t the best. It only ran League of Legends on very low settings with 30 FPS (on a good day). Also, I own many more games from the Humble Bundle or just people gifting me games, but couldn’t run them. Thus, I needed a new computer.


Computer Processor (CPU) AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz Six-Core
Motherboard MSI-970A-G43 ATX AMD Motherboard
Graphics Card (GPU) MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB GHz Edition
Random Access Memory (RAM) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8 GB (1600 Timing)
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Western Digital 1 TB 7200 RPM
Power Supply (PSU) Rosewill 600W Power Supply
Computer Case Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Case

Building Process

Building the computer was really fun. I told my friend, Daven Wu, to come over and help out though. Two people helping each other build is much faster and more efficient than one person taking 5 hours building it. The first thing we did was put on the CPU onto the motherboard outside the case. The only problem I had was with the heatsink fan. I had no clue how to put that on. Luckily, Daven built an AMD build before and put it on pretty well. Next, we put the dual channel RAM onto the motherboard. We had to put a lot of pressure to put them in though. The prebuild motherboard was then completed.
After that, we opened up the case and set up the internal build. I decided to put in the power supply first. The reason for that is to route all the cables to their designated locations. Cable management is very important in building the computer, for it affects airflow (and the design element for those who like cleanliness).
Routing the cables was pretty annoying, but we did the job. After that, we had to place the motherboard onto the case. Easy enough. Then, we put all other components on the motherboard. The Graphics Card just slid into the slot, so that was a relief. After every component was in, we plugged in the Pin connectors from the PSU. That didn’t take too long, but plugging the two 6 Pin into the Graphics card took a bit of cable management. I also recycled an optical drive from my old broken down Vista computer. I also found a 640 GB hard drive on it! It was a good thing that I didn’t throw it out.

Finally, the moment of through came. I plugged in the speaker into the motherboard and plugged in the power supply to the outlet. After pressing the power button, I heard the “beep” (One beep is a good sign) and checked the monitor. The screen that popped up meant that it was running fine (The BIOS).


Final Thoughts

I am extremely happy with the outcome of the build. I bought it for $542 during Black Friday. Every single item was on sale, so I got a very good deal out of it. I believe I saved $250. I am now waiting on a few rebates to come back to me.
Otherwise, it runs perfectly fine. It barely gets hot (so far, the top fan exhausted warm air when I ran multiple programs and games at once). It’s very quiet regardless of its six fans inside and outside the case, or quieter than my laptop at least. It runs League of Legends on 100+ FPS, and Battlefield 3 on 60 FPS on High Settings. And that’s about it! Thank you Daven, for helping me build it in under 2 hours!
But for now, I wish you all a Merry Christmas (If you celebrate it) and Happy Holidays!