I had a couple old Acer Aspire E380 Case Laying around along with some spare storage drives and Ram. I thought I would make a sleeper build out of it and sell it. I lucked out on acquiring two Intel Core i5 4590S's for $30 and stuck one in this build. I didn't really run into any issues as most of us know these OEM cases tend to have proprietary connectors and features specific to that case. This case in particular I had to remove the I/O panel header connector and ordered a kit with various connector types and made my own that would work with this motherboard. This board also has a "SPDIF" out that can be connected to the cases original Audio Out module containing the Fiber optic/RCA out ports on the rear of the case. As for the DVD combo drive, I kept it and decided to keep it working with a IDE to Sata adapter as the newer motherboard doesn't have IDE headers. This case surprisingly enough runs cool as many of these cases really are not known for their cooling qualities. The case has one intake and one exhaust both 92mm. One of them is not listed as it came with the case originally and was in good shape to clean up and reuse. CPU at idle Runs at 45C and 60C at load. The 770 at idle is 46C and 79C at Load with a room temp of 73F. That Arctic Alpine Cooler is a great match for this CPU.
I lucked out also with the GPU as it literally just fit between the rear I/O and Drive Cage. Though I had about a half inch to spare but it still worked out.
I did some benchmarks (Factory OC only for GPU): Fortnite: 67 AVG FPS/ High/4xMSAA CSGO: 125 AVG FPS/ High/ 2xMSAA Borderlands 3: 56 AVG FPS/ High DOOM: 67 AVG FPS/ High/2xMSAA
Ended up having this sold before I even finished with it from a user here on part picker.
For $9 this Cooler gets the job done on a 4590S keeping the CPU cool at 41C at idle with it being set to normal speed in bios. It's also pretty quiet. There are coolers that I'm sure can keep the Idle temps down to 35C but it's $9 so it's current performance is acceptable and not outside normal operating temps.
Great Board for Budget Builds and it the bios chip goes bad they can easily be swapped out as these have a socket vs soldier. You can find these used for between $40-$45 used in good shape. Solid board.
When it comes to G.Skill I've never had compatibility issues with their ram so they are always my first choice. These also are no exception and perform as expected.
These SSD's did not get a good shake from a lot of reviewers but the price for them is a bit steep considering other models with the same storage capacity. However the SU800 series SSD's stand out where the others in it's class do not and that's because these have DRAM which is important for Durability. So I believe the cost is justified.
Solid HDD and had several of these. They are tanks and tend to last for years. I have one that has been running for 4 years now and still going strong.
This is my first time with a GTX 770 and I am impressed how this card has held up over the years since it's release. These cards are perfect for budget builds, especially sleepers using OEM manufacturer cases. This card will play most Esports games like Fortnite and CSGO on High or ultra settings and play as smooth as butter as long as the case has proper cooling. These cards do get quite hot though which it why it looses a star. It also draws more power than a GTX 970 which i thought was odd given the 970 is more powerful. Still a great card if you can find one used for about 55-70 bucks. I wouldn't pay more than that as I have found many at that price
I have used many of these over a 2 year span from the 450W up to the 600W and I have not had any issues with any of them. They are a bit low on the totem pole as far as specs but the are solid and will get the job done not to mention they are bronze certified. These are great for budget builds and sleepers.
Arctic fans in general are great budget fans that give you a lot of features. This one is no exception with it's built in temp sensor and the fact that is quiet. I have used many of these over the last few years and have only had to return two that were doa.
This adapter worked flawlessly without need for firmware or drivers. it also comes with double sided adhesive on the back side so it can be mounted anywhere. These are great for those sleeper OEM cases that have a lot of usb connectors.
This adapter did not work and on top of that caused the boot time to increase by 45 seconds which is unacceptable.