Description

Build Date: 07JUN2016

Request was for me to re-build a current machine that was put together by a 15 year old with no experience in building computers. The prices listed are the prices that he was able to get these parts for over the past 6 months(yes, he got a GTX 980 for $150). He had been wanting a water-cooling system for a while and to upgrade his case to something nicer. He didn't really know what he wanted, so he contacted me and after a few conversations, I convinced him that he didn't need a custom loop for a Non-K i5, and we decided on the Phanteks P400 with the accompanying LED strip.

Pros:

  • P400 is Amazing.
  • SSD/HDD Combo
  • Water-cooling
  • Tier 2 PSU
  • $500 Somehow..
  • 16GB RAM
  • RGB

Cons:

  • Last Generation
  • AMP! Omega has MASSIVE sag.
  • No SLI capability
  • No CPU overclocking

Notes:

I am well aware that an i5-4670 doesn't need a water-cooling system. I am also very well aware that the H60 isn't a ground shattering top notch cooler. It was $60 and the customer really wanted it because he liked the way it looked more than a tower-cooler. All of the parts he was able to find off of eBay, Bookoo(similar to Craigslist), and second hand from his cousin. I was very impressed with the fact that he was able to spend $500 on a machine that would outperform ones that cost upwards of $1000. For reference, I included a photo that he sent me of the computer before I re-built it for him.

Thanks for reading!

PS: I always apologize for the bad photos. Once again, I didn't want to do a photo-shoot as a guest in somebodies home. Also, my phone isn't known for high-quality photos.

Part Reviews

Case

This case is spectacular. It's aesthetics are great, and the RGB front panel combined with the Phanteks RGB strip really makes for a nice look. The only complaint that I have is that the window goes all the way down to the bottom of the compartment, so if you are using an LED strip, there is no way to set it beneath the glass so that only the light is visible.. That's a small complaint, but it bothers me a bit. Overall the case design, cable management, and aesthetics are awesome. 5 stars, easily one of my new favorite cases.

One note: If you are using a modular PSU, hook up the cables you are going to use before you mount it, because it is nearly impossible to hook up cables once the PSU is mounted, especially for people with bigger hands.

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Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Phenomenal work on such a small budget, just as amazed as you that he picked up a 980 for so cheap. The sag on that card is atrocious though, I almost feel bad for it lol.

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks buddy.

It's scary.. But apparently it's been like that since it was new.. No problems yet. lol

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

That sag must be the price catch but not for that low. Was it bought used?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

His Cousin's family is very wealthy and therefore he doesn't know the value of money and sells computer parts for extremely cheap.. That's where most of the parts in the build came from.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah I see

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Well aren't you the lucky builder !!! xDD I'll find one of these people who trash expensive pc equip one day!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy crap why is that GPU cooler 3 slots?!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

With the sag, definitely lol

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

You got a steal on some of these prices, like that 980 for $150. Or a 4670 for $100. You must have done some amazing bargain hunting, goes to show what you can build with some patients :D.

You forgot to mention RGB lighting in your Pro's, that is a rare thing on a sub $500 PC.

+1 for sure mate.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The management on the first pictures is really good, but the last picture looks like a four your old did it. Other than that you have a really good gaming rig.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The last picture is what the computer looked like before I rebuilt it. The customer did it himself; I explained in the description.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

HOW DO U GET THE G CARD ITS A FREAKIN 980 FOR $150!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I bet if you route the 8 pins for the GPU to the upper gromit it would help with sag. Might look a bit ghetto, but it would help till he gets a gpu support.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, it definitely needs some support.. I will recommend one of these to him.