Description

This is a build I made in October 2016 for my parents since they were still using an old (2005, with a pentium inside) medion pc running Windows XP, so it was definitely time for an upgrade. Since they did not bother to do so, I made the effort to do some research and put something together. Although they still paid for it. They mostly use it for basic office stuff, but I occasionally game on it when I'm at their home.

First off: I know the pictures are not all what they are supposed to be, but you get a general view of the build. Next: my eval of the parts.

The CPU A good fit for the purpose, I suppose. An unlocked cpu seemed overkill for the build. Funny thing though: Intel XTU lists the clock frequency as negative, any ideas why?

The CPU Cooler Although a stock cooler was supplied with the cpu, I invested in the cheapest cpu cooler I could find. According to sources (I haven't got them saved, sorry), it should drop the temperatures another 20 degrees in comparison with the stock cooler. I should check again, but my temperatures when running prime95 or intel XTU's stress test, did not go above 65. The only thing I wasn't sure about was the amount of pressure is should supply when mounting (thus how 'hard' I should screw it in). It turned out ok I guess.

The Mobo Since it's a build to last, I wanted USB 3.1 ports (type A and C). It's a decent board with enough upgrading possibilities for me: a M.2 drive and extra RAM will be added in the future. The only odd thing is the reduced size: it's an ATX board, but with only 6 screws for the standoffs. This made it a little bit flimsier when plugging in the connectors, but it isn't much of a nuisance.

The GPU My first thought was to buy a Nvidea GTX 960, but since it was sold out at the moment of ordering, I went for the Radeon RX470. It reaches 60 fps easily on Warframe and BF HL on max settings (Rainbow 6: siege will be tested later), so I cannot complain. The 4 gb's are definitely better future proofed than the 2gb on the 960 I first had in mind. The fan curves are easily monitored and adjusted using the radeon software and don't make much noise.

All the other parts (HDD, SSD, fans, PSU, RAM, ...) are decent and not overly expensive for the supplied performance.

Comments

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for cable cleanliness.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

awesome build. +1 for good PSU and CPU Cooler :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build +1 for CPU and SSD

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

i would say this is kinda overkill for a parents computer

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I get what your saying, I'might have gotten a bit carried away. But since atm I only own a gaming laptop, I let them invest so I can use it once in a while for 'ultra graphics'.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

my £650 full rig was mean't mostly for gaming and it has a G4560 in it.

I think you ripped off your parents by making them pay for a overkill build