Named for color scheme.
Got my wife to agree to a $500 budget due to the lack of security on my 2005 and 2006 XP machines. (reasons for her; for me, I need something to game on!)
This is my 1st build in over 15 years so I was a little out of the loop on how things work. Having $500 budget I feel I did a pretty nice job.
I don't do much other than play WOW and surf/email. However I will be trying Thief soon, since it came free on Steam with my FX 6300.
Initially this was a very simple build. Cable management was fairly strait forward, only having the 20+4-pin power too short to hide. The older PSU, from a previous upgrade on my 2005 Dell, only had 2 SATA leads and were daisy chained, so they weren't long enough connect the HDD and the optical drive. I went to MicroCenter and purchased a Molex to SATA splitter and solved that problem.
I had a borrowed GT 520 card with an shotty fan, to start this build. I later purchased his GTX 650 Ti. When I first booted there was no screen so we thought it might be the video card, tried another, then tried a new cable. Turned out it was the wireless mouse/keyboard being plugged into the USB 3.0 on the front that was causing the problem.
The cable management looks a bit better than the photos show. I will post better pics when I remember to take them in better light. This will also be updated to show the GTX 650 Ti.
I do hope to upgrade the monitor at the holidays, and need to put priority on upgrading the PSU.
D4mn that printer for messing w/ my budget, but the wife made me add it so I'm not adding it to the $$.
UPDATE: I did indeed update the PSU. I was having some intermittent display loss. I attributed that to the lack of 20A on the 12V rail that my GPU required (BFG only had 18A). After some Q&A from friends, here, and other forums I decided on the EVGA 500B.
I will add more pics soon when I have better lighting to catch the somewhat improved cable management.
NO complaints, runs cool on stock cooler without overclocking.
What can I say? I got this board for a heck of a price.
Does its job.
This is the only brand I trust.
This card is light years above what I have been running for the last 7 yrs I have been playing WoW.
Solid case. decent cable management. Only issue was getting front face off when adding optical drive. Have a pair of needle nose pliers handy! Came with 4 fans! but the Blue LED fan in the front didn't give off enough light so I moved it to the top.
It is what it is.