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Kubiak's Father's Day Build

by kubiak

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5 Comments

Details

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

860MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

4.8GHz

Description

Using PC Part Picker, I was able to verify that I could build a decent PC for under $700, so that established my budget. I didn't want to buy from multiple online vendors, wait for the parts to show up, maybe get dropped off at my front door with nobody home, oh did I mention wait time? So after trim painting my basement (who doesn't hate trimming?), I rewarded myself by visiting Micro Center in Westmont, now my favorite store of all time. Starting with the CPU, I was helped by Peter, who was fantastic at helping me find components on sale or at discount. We used $85 of in-store coupons and $30 mail-in rebates to get this build under that magic budget number. After 3.5 hours and 6 Fat Tires, I had Windows 7 installing updates and running off my home 42" LCD. A good time was had by all, well, me.

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kubiak submitter 1 Build 3 points 24 months ago

Thanks everyone for the feedback! I failed to mention that I intentionally built this with future expansion in mind, oversizing the power supply to support another video card, and room on the board for more memory (next year's birthday present :)) I didn't even think about an aftermarket heatsink- bummer!

Djangosp2 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Very, very nice build for under $700.

Azote 3 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx600m would of been better, even a 500watt would of be fine.

slykrysis 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Honestly should have dropped PSU to a 650W Corsair and saved $15-20. Also, why only 1 stick of RAM? It's not going to run in dual channel mode and get the best performance if you have only one stick.

basedgodunicorns 1 Build 0 points 24 months ago

No aftermarket heatsink? YOu could have gotten a 600w PSU, gotten 2 sticks of RAM to take advantage of dual channel, and gotten a hyper 212 evo and it still would've fit in your budget