Description

Had an old computer my brother-in-law built for me a long time ago for gaming. After I actually started looking at the parts and realized that it was a gaming device back when Ram was measured in MB I decided that it needed a total overhaul. The only part I managed to retain was the case, which is a little tight but works just about perfectly. I was on a really tight budget but between sales and rebates managed to only compromise on the GPU, which I originally wanted to get a GTX 970, but after some research I decided that the R9 390 would perform at least as well, if not better and actually came out slightly cheaper.

The official parts list came out to just under $1,000 as seen here in pcpp but I did have to purchase an adapter to make my liquid cooler fit, and a couple others that will be used for case fans in the future, along with the tape and spray paint used on the case, but all inclusive the price did not go above $1,100, which is very reasonable for the performance I expect to get out of this system.

I plan to overclock the CPU and GPU and have used the free upgrade process to get windows 10 out of my dirt cheap windows 7 purchase. For anyone thinking to do the same it went fairly smoothly, I used the software creation tool (I believe that's what it's called) to download the .iso of win10, when I tried to activate it I used my windows 7 code, and it said that code was already in use, so I got in touch with windows support, who took over the computer and got me a brand new activation code for windows 10, which was about a 20 minute process. I will also note that driver installation was not as simple as on win7, the installation media included did not have the drivers for 10, so I had to go on my laptop and download the latest drivers instead of just using the installation media, the drivers also, do not seem as well adapted but I imagine very soon they will be up to date.

So far it runs Assassin's creed Syndicate (which I got with the SSD for free) and league of legends beautifully on the highest settings.

This was my first build, but I like to think it has turned out pretty darn good. Benchmarks coming soon.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Installs very easily, not sure that my CPU's thermometer is working properly, because MSI command center says CPU is a couple degrees Celsius under room temperature, which I frankly don't buy. It does seem to be cooling very effectively though and the computer runs great with it.

Motherboard

Very solid board for a budget gaming rig. I have experienced no problems with it and after sale/rebate I got it for only $83. Will probably upgrade in a few years to a more modern chipset and nicer board but for the money and the budget I was on, this is perfect. Click bios is really nice and OC genie is pretty nice.

Memory

16 GB for $70? can't really beat that, functions, not the highest clock speed, but unless you're running integrated graphics, it's a nearly unnoticeable difference between clock speeds on ram.

Storage

If you haven't upgraded to an SSD yet from HDDs, do it. Windows boots faster than my monitor does.

Video Card

So far so good, haven't pushed its limits yet, will update when I do.

Power Supply

Little overkill for my build but works like a charm and gives a lot of overhead for upgrades, potentially 2-4 way cross fire in the future.

Operating System

Picked this up figuring it would get me a free upgrade to windows 10 and it did. Made for a much cheaper purchase of windows 10.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Man, I haven't seen those optical drives in about 15 years. I like the old school look of the case. It's a shame that there isn't a proper mounting location for the radiator.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, I was a little disappointed with where it had to go, but it was a fun project anyway, there are actually a bunch of people that have taken versions of this case and modded them like crazy to make them more modern.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Different to say the Least..

Thanks for Sharing !!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I seriously dig the aesthetics here! I love the custom paintwork. That said, there's a little cable management to do to hide some of the unfortunately not matching cables. +1!

OH, also, how loud is the H55 in this build? is it audible from a couple of feet from it? Or when you open the case? Cheers!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

For an enthusiast the computer is probably pretty loud, but I have an old fan in there that is probably the bulk of the noise. As far as I'm concerned it's quiet and I'm loving it.

Also thanks for the paintwork compliment =D originally I was going to do black and red, but once I got the black on I figured my odds of messing up the lines were good enough that the silver was a nice contrast against all of the red and black I already have lol.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think he likes the color red

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, really nice build do you think you could put the GPU temps up.

Thanks

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

at idle it sits at 36 C. unfortunately, due to life I haven't gotten to push it very hard and check the temps.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

+1! Really cool build man, and cool idea with everything. That PSU is a little insane for the time being with what you've got, but will definitely be worth it when you Crossfire :) Also, how's the 390 treating you? I plan to upgrade to one soon.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for delayed reaction. It runs great, I have managed to play everything on high settings at at least 60 fps. Even Ark: Sotf which from what I hear is a very demanding game for hardware, and most of the reviews on steam (even people claiming good hardware) say not to waste your time because it's unplayably demanding on their hardware.

Very happy with this build and picked up the parts for serious bargain prices.

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