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Essentially built 2 desktops to put my boys into similar budget entries. They both enjoy Minecraft, PS2, and other assorted web and steam games. So while MirrorDRP already existed (in an old case) I tried to get the other built to the same basic specification (the only difference is that this build has a Corsair cx600m PSU and the other has an Antec NEO 500w PSU). This should suffice until I upgrade them to SSDs and the new-old R9 270's. Or...maybe let them start upgrading themselves and learn some money management along the way...
CPU: Solid CPU already in the other Mirror build so I picked up another for this one.
MB: Same as the other Mirror build.
Memory: Same as other mirror build. For the last 3 builds I've used the Optima memory and I haven't had an issue. I'm sure it's slower or something, but I haven't tried other memory yet so I don't realize it :)
Storage: Ok, color me confused. New packaging, new name, but same Caviar Blue 7200 64M 1TB HDD hardware. I have the WDBH2D0010HNC-NRSN "Mainstream" HDD from WD.
GPU: Left-over from a previous build. Runs MC, PS2, and assorted web/steam games just fine for now. Placeholder until I (or they) get 2 R9 270's (for this and the other Mirror build).
Case: Ok...yes, I let the boys pick out their favorites. I was hoping they'd pick the Zalman 11. That one's $10 cheaper and looked slightly easier in terms of cable management (an ability where I have zero skill). But they liked the face of this case as it reminded them of armor in PS2.
PSU: Best modular priced PSU at MicroCenter...as far as I could tell. Their lack of signage related to their sale prices makes each shopping trip a blind-folded-safari at best.
Optical Drive: Shared between Mirror builds because they only use digitally downloaded games or web games (primarily). But while I'll find a way to remove the memorex name, I haven't had any issues with it AND the silver on black matches the NZXT silver on black name plate above it.
OS: Just not ready to go to 8 yet, so sticking with what I'm familiar with.
Any thoughts on Cable management would be appreciated. I had to finagle some of the cords to get the back/side panel to fit. I also had to bring the molex group back into the main compartment because the PSU only has one molex grouping and the rear fan and front/side panel fan wouldn't reach it outside the main compartment.
One final note. Tool-less cases are so much easier! Not having to screw in the optical/HDD/GPU was so nice. Never getting anything but a tool-less again.
Oh and the wife wanted the requisite "builders" pic of me and the youngest boy working together (hence the posed shot with cheesy grins). It was fun and color me excited but he was asking about all of the parts - which the older boy never cared about. Wish I knew more than just enough to be dangerous...
12/28/14 Added new-ish GPU (R7-265) replace the old 5770.