This was built as a birthday present for a 14 year old boy. The goal was to hit the $500 mark, but $550 was okay if need be. Had to throw in a keyboard/mouse combo which put me over just a bit. He is a big Nebraska Cornhuskers fan hence the color scheme of red and black. He also wanted to have some red light coming from his case to "show off to his friends". The main game this was built for was Minecraft, but he wanted to be able to play some other games as well. He isn't super tech savvy so having maxed out settings and super high frames aren't important, he just wants to play games. I showed him how cheap games were on Steam and he was more than excited for his future in PC gaming.
CPU: Wanted a quad core. Yes it's a bit old, but still very worthy for budget gaming and I got it on sale.
MOBO: Won't be doing any overclocking. Had all the necessary ports and didn't break the bank. Didn't match the color scheme, but his high school colors match the board so that worked out at least. Also leaves the option to upgrade to any FX processor in the future.
RAM: I know 8Gb is needed, but that will have to happen eventually. He isn't going to be doing anything crazy with this computer so 4Gb will suit him just fine for a while.
GPU: I'm a big fan of the 7770's price/performance. Snagged it on sale, looks pretty cool to a young guy, and plays all the games he needs at good settings.
CASE: This case is a nightmare. I had to mod the case a bit in order to make sure the mobo wasn't grounded and so that the standoffs would line up right. There is also a cutout for the CPU power cable, but when you install the mobo there is no room for the cable. It completely covers the hole leaving it useless. The looks of the case are rather EHH, but to a young kid it's pretty sweet.
PSU: Love Corsair. Enough wattage and got it cheap. It's non-modular, but cabling wasn't too bad.
In the end the build was a success. The case was a bit of a pain, but besides the blocked hole the cable management wasn't awful. The birthday boy was happy and I didn't break Mom and Dad's bank.
Hope you guys like it!
|CPU||AMD Athlon II X4 640 3.0GHz Quad-Core||$72.00|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+||$65.00|
|Memory||G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600||$35.00|
|Storage||Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$59.00|
|Video Card||Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB||$87.00|
|Case||Raidmax ATX-502WRR ATX Mid Tower||$36.00|
|Power Supply||Corsair 430W ATX12V||$25.00|
|Optical Drive||Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer||$14.00|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$90.00|
|Wireless Network Adapter||Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1||$20.00|
|Keyboard||Logitech Wireless Combo MK270 w/Optical Mouse||$27.00|
|AMD Athlon II X4 640 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.0GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|