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The Cool Blue Budget..... $500
by domzlol
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Description

This is a Custom Build for a client just starting out college and wants something cool looking but has a small budget.

This is an extreme low budget machine.

$500 Can't beat it for the looks imo.

Why the Corsair H60? Well where i live it gets extremely hot and humid. With this little APU its crucial that it has enough cooling...and since its hot here all year around its nice to have something silent once it starts to get hot.

Why the High Quality 1866 MHz ram? Well high quality for 1 and for 2 ram speeds+apu=better graphics...

Why the expensive case? Got to look cool to be cool... end of story! :)

Part List
Details
AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.1GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
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BoltActionWaffle [2 Builds] 4 points 8 months ago

Closed loop liquid coolers aren't much better compared to air cooling, also I think you should have tried to get higher mhz ram if you could.

 
 
samh52 3 points 4 months ago

I'm trying to build a pc and AMD is amazing but the processors often don't use more than 1866mhz speed on the ram. At least the new fx 8350 doesnt i dont know about this quad core.

 
 
domzlol [Submitter] [9 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

The client had a small budget and $75 is about as cheap 1866MHz 8gb I could find. Thanks for the comment

 
 
BoltActionWaffle [2 Builds] 4 points 8 months ago

Well, Customer's always right! You can't really say NO if he wants a certain component.

 
 
domzlol [Submitter] [9 Builds] 8 points 8 months ago

Yea even though its so hard not to go off and explain the whole novel to them why its better in the long run and all that other mumbo jumbo where he has no clue what I'm talking about its better just to say ok.. lol . He doesn't play much PC games. He says he a Xboxer 4life... Whatever the hell that means....

 
 
spegasus 2 points 3 months ago

lol

 
 
BoltActionWaffle [2 Builds] 3 points 8 months ago

Also, I really like your Bitfenix Build! Is that still your current setup?

 
 
domzlol [Submitter] [9 Builds] 3 points 8 months ago

The bitfenix was for a client. :/ But I do love that one also.. One of my Faves. Thanks!

 
 
domzlol [Submitter] [9 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

Forgot to mention its silent... fans are noisy and its hot here all year around :)

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spegasus 1 point 3 months ago

Awesome name!

 
 
noob_for_life 1 point 8 months ago

nice budget build!But what is on the front of the case in the last picture?

 
 
domzlol [Submitter] [9 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

Masking tape to protect anything from bumping into the door and scratching it. lol :)

 
 
domzlol [Submitter] [9 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

thanks!

 
 
DjArtifact 1 point 8 months ago

You could do better for this price but on the other hand it wouldn't have looked as good as this build so I'll let it slide.

 
 
domzlol [Submitter] [9 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

Yea could have gotten a 650 gtx but customer wanted appearance over the card. Lol but cant blame the guy. Got to look cool of course

 
 
794 [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Where do you get your custom cables?

 
 
domzlol [Submitter] [9 Builds] 4 points 8 months ago

http://ensourced.net/ I buy in bulk for a discount. But they have some very nice cables. The guy is cool to deal with.

 
 
794 [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks!

 
 
charles506 1 point 8 months ago

I am looking for custom cables and I saw your link. This guy does look like he makes some really nice cables. But how exactly can I buy the cables in a bulk so I can get a discount?

 
 
domzlol [Submitter] [9 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

Not sure to be honest. Give the guy a email and ask him how.

 
 
794 [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Just thought I'd let you know that I ordered some cables through him and told him you referenced him to me! Can't wait to get them =)

 
 
domzlol [Submitter] [9 Builds] 2 points 7 months ago

Noice . Looking forward to seeing your new build

 
 
bleepbleep [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Just curious, but how much did your client pay you to build this?

 
 
domzlol [Submitter] [9 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

I don't say how much I get the parts for but it was a total of $500 with everything. It also includes a wireless keyboard and mouse

 
 
LegoPC [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Take your lies elsewhere. The total is clearly $25.90 over the advertised price.

 
 
flipins [2 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

How did you get windows 8 free?

 
 
domzlol [Submitter] [9 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

The student provided windows 8. Said was free from school.

 
 
BradleyGijsen 1 point 7 months ago

I get mine free next week :P. i can get every windows for free ; ) I'm now only learning for PC's at school, it's required if i want to study for app-developer :D

 
 
Pbandjelly4 0 points 1 month ago

Where do you guys get the free windows?? I brake mine all the time.... Totally jk I would like to know where you get all these free OS

 
 
ferrariman1136 1 point 1 month ago

I got a free windows 7 coa off a broken laptop at my school!

 
 
xSWATxBadkid [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Where does one get a 6800K for $110? O.O

 
 
domzlol [Submitter] [9 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

10% off plus 20dollar rabate

 
 
xSWATxBadkid [1 Build] 0 points 8 months ago

Mmmm hmmm...

 
 
Pbandjelly4 1 point 1 month ago

If you're still in the market the 6800k is 119$ at amazon right now

 
 
sketch24 [6 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Sometimes, I wonder if people should just tell their clients that they are making crazy decisions. I don't get what the point of showing off a build is if it is a pretty weak build. It's basically an expensive HTPC. Build does look nice though.

 
 
domzlol [Submitter] [9 Builds] 3 points 8 months ago

I'm pretty sure if you tell your client your making crazy decisions they would prob take their business somewhere else... And people have certain budgets and some prefer looks over performance if there not doing anything extreme. Thanks Tho

 
 
sketch24 [6 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

Well, you know. Call them crazy with a little bit of tact. If I was on a budget, I would sacrifice a nicer looking case for that extra GPU or CPU performance. Probably would have gone with an athlon 750k, corsair 200r, and either a 7770, 7790 or 650ti boost. It probably wouldn't look that bad either because the 200R is a pretty nice looking case for the price. The only thing it would be missing is a window.

 
 
ferrariman1136 1 point 1 month ago
 
 
malcar11 [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Master!! you are so wise! Pretty good. Sooo good looking! inside and outside. Performance is more than enough for that money. Congrats.

 
 
insio 1 point 6 months ago

Actually ordered a similar computer yesterday, without the water tho; http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1QLOR

My plan is to upgrade later, but for now cheaper case and cpu cooling will do. I also wanted the system to be fairly portable, and hopefully somewhat quiet too.

The only thing I've been thinking about is whether I should have chosen different memory. It seems like the G.Skill Ares 2133MHz was made with Intel motherboards in mind. Any thoughts on this or am I over analyzing things?

 
 
Ben1254 1 point 5 months ago

no video card?

 
 
domzlol [Submitter] [9 Builds] 2 points 5 months ago

APU <3

 
 
redflaggaming 1 point 4 months ago

Nice build! I'm hoping to build one similar for Christmas. I would've ditched the CD drive and the SSD and replaced it with a 500GB WD Caviar Black though. I like how you managed to get good looks with it too. Overall great job dude.

 
 
Jozmtr 1 point 1 month ago

Benchmarks please? Also have you considered overclocking your CPU? This is pretty killer for 500$, but I always wonder if getting a discrete GPU is better.. hm...

 
 
Little_Panda 1 point 15 days ago

Eeek!! No graphics card!!!