Description

This is my first build. My objective was to be able to play games as well as current gen consoles, and do other computer things below the price of a console($350 console, $50 1tb hdd, $100 2 year ps+).

I bought the ssd and the g700s for the family computer and then moved them to my computer. I was given a computer with a q6600, 680i lt, 250gb hdd, dvd drive, good enough case, and other parts I replaced. I got a hyper 212 and thermal paste on amazon, then the HD 7850(great card), 8gb ddr2 and power supply were off of craigslist. The monitor I got from freegeek. The 1tb hdd is a loan until I can get another hdd. I then built the computer.

After about two weeks the motherboard(could be cpu) died on me. I was not able to find a replacement for a reasonable price so I decided to look for a new cpu/mobo combo. After some searching I found a i7 920 and evga x58 sli for $130 on ebay, I then found ram for $30 on newegg.

Further upgrades include a usb 3.0 card, a better case, more ram, another(big) hdd(will consolidate data), a w3680(i7 980x equivalent(including being unlocked)), and a free/g sync monitor and better gpu when both get cheaper.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great cpu for $30, mine is at 3.2ghz.

CPU Cooler

It works well, what else is there to say

Memory

its ddr3- in a nice blue+ white color scheme.

Storage

If you have not used a ssd before- get one. This one is fine as I have to use sata 3gps so a slower ssd is ok.

Video Card

HD 7850 @1ghz stock w/ a very good cooler- I will bite for $60

Power Supply

Its a 530w power supply- again nothing special

Operating System

NO microsoft- I still want my windows 7- BAD microsoft for turning upgraded windows 7 retail keys to oem keys(digital entitlement)

Monitor

75hz! 75hz! vesa mounting, dvi-d dual link, vga and internal power brick

Mouse

hardware- 5 out of 5- buttons feel great, lots of them, wired or wireless, AA rechargeable battery, great ergonomics

software- 1 out of 5- TERRIBLE, uses lots of system resources for a peripheral control program, a headache to get the mouse to connect on setup, button bindings are lost all the time, power management is not great, crashes after coming out of sleep.

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 5 points

Nice Cable Management

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Didn't know that the CPU was OCable. xO

  • 39 months ago
  • 4 points

Yes- all lga 775 and lga 1366 cpus are OCable with the base clock. Newer intel sockets are not able to oc with the base clock very much(like 3 mhz instead of 70)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! How does it run game wise?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Great- My monitor is 900p so games are way easier to get 75fps then at 1080p. The first gen i7s are good for anything up to a rx 480@ 1080p or something better at a higher resolution. The gpu is the same one as in the ps4- just more mhz. It can play anything although not necessarily well in the case of new(ish) AAA games

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! It's as good build for the money! Yeah the new(ish) AAA games can be a bit demanding.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

nice dude! Now i would just get a case and a new psu and itd be a nice pc!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes- case and usb card are next

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

What's between the hard drives in the cage???

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Paper towel as a friction mount. I only have on set of rails and they are used on the top drive.

  • 5 months ago
  • 0 points

Seem to have an infestation of snakes in your PC, guy.

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually the Chicago location.

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