Our very first build on a hella tight budget, we both sold some of our stuff such as our beloved PS3 and all the accumulated games and accessories on an online auction site to fund hardware purchases, my 8 year old son even sold some of his old toys and Minecraft merch to help with the cost of the parts, they are so expensive!!
My son wanted to modify his existing PC which was already running windows 10 on some pretty old hardware; an AMD Athlon X2 250 CPU, 4gb RAM and a beat up old XFX 8800GTS GPU which would heat up like a small stove.
We were going to get a new Deepcool tesseract case but needed to shave some $$$ off the budget to buy hardware, so we gutted the existing case and painted it yellow and decided to go for Bumblebee from the Transformers movie look. We also custom painted the old keyboard and got the only black and yellow mouse we could find from AliExpress but it does not work very well.
Went for the 2nd hand AMD FX 6300 as it was cheap and you can overclock them pretty good, also got a Deepcool Maelstrom 120t water cooler and 8gb of ddr3 1600 RAM second hand on an online auction site. Also picked up a 520w Corsair power supply on there for $38! Bargain!
As we wanted a side window on our case mod, we chose the Asus 970 PRO GAMING AURA motherboard for its socket (AM3+) and the colour changing LED's on it! Likewise got the Sapphire Radeon RX 470 8GB NITRO+ Video Card because it has lights on it and it was cheaper than the RX 480 and looked cooler. Had a couple of cheap 120mm blue LED fans from the previous PC so whacked them in also.
When we had all the parts arrive at home, we started to install them but being such a small case this was not easy, out came the angle grinder with the cut off disc to modify the HDD bay to fit the radiator and fans for the water cooler, then went in the SSD and the 2 HDD's went into the vacant 5.25" bays using some adapter brackets. It all fit in (just), booted up Windows 10 onto the SSD and away we went real horrorshow, very impressed with the components performance so far.
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Seems ok to me so far, I haven't really put it to the test yet but it has been handling running games like Lego Worlds and minecraft ok.
I like this water cooler unit for the fact it is easy to install, it is cheap and it has a pulsing white face on the cooler. It also works and the deepcool fan is pretty grunty.
silver and gooey and does it's thang
I like this boards style and functions, it is also very easy to install components to.
solid RAM bro
it has been good so far, it was also a good price and boot times seem good and fast.
This card is a beast! good style and good on power and does not seem to even break a sweat running games on very high settings at 1080p 60.
simple, solid reliable and yellow and black