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Big Red

by skemble



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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.

Part Choices:

  • 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!

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fsma92 2 Builds 3 points 28 months ago

Awesome build to be honest. :) if needed you can always buy 2 more sticks to get to 8 GB but for now like you said that's not an issue.

Also the 7770 delivers a lot of power imo for the price you can't go wrong for any non enthusiast that thing kicks ***.

skemble submitter 23 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

Thanks! It's not going to crack NASA by any means, but it gets the job done :)

fsma92 2 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

that young man is a lucky dude, trust me if at 14 yo I had a PC that was as cool looking as that I would of been stoked.

Awesome job!

skemble submitter 23 Builds 4 points 28 months ago

First thing he said, "Dude my friends are going to be so jealous!" I knew right then that I did good work!

Really appreciate the feedback :)

Tino 2 points 28 months ago

Could this PC play games like Battlefield 3 or Call of Duty?

Im 15 and looking for a cheap gaming pc, thats why im asking.

skemble submitter 23 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

It was playing Modern Warfare 2 on max with smooth frames. Didn't have a counter installed at the time, but it was very smooth.

Tino 1 point 27 months ago

Ok thanks for the info!

antoniojack 2 points 17 months ago

not bad, not bad at all at that price

Hatupatu 1 point 28 months ago

Nice rig and nicer pics!

skemble submitter 23 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Much appreciated!

Nitropilot 1 point 28 months ago

Not bad for the price, also really nice pics

skemble submitter 23 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Thank you sir! I'm lucky I can borrow a nice camera :)

BeardCreep 1 point 28 months ago

Icant see very well but is your ram on slots one and three?

Ram nothing ram nothing? You might want to change that to

Nothing ram nothing ram

skemble submitter 23 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Does it matter which slots they go in as long as they are 1&3 or 2&4?

BeardCreep 2 points 28 months ago

I hit the wrong reply, :p sorry.

skemble submitter 23 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

No biggy Salo :)

BeardCreep 1 point 28 months ago

Sam :D

Btw i upvoted brother.

But as i said, not a huge deal. Just a small improvement.

Dude you make tons of rigs, but where be the bitfenix

skemble submitter 23 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

Thank you kindly :)

Sitting empty in my room. Still a couple more purchases to go before she is operational, but it will be on here as soon as it's done!

BeardCreep 1 point 28 months ago

Ye. Not as much as if it was in consecutives but ye.

For 2 reasons.

One of which i dont know how to explain, but you know how if you have 2 sata ports that go straight to the chipset your hdd still goes on one of them? Like one is a better choice? Same deal.

The other is cpu heat... 2 & 4 are farther from the socket.

RealComputerBuilder 1 point 25 months ago

Wow! For the price I don't think you can bet this! £330 is very cheap, personally not something I would get but I would be spending £450+($720). For the money this is an amazing build and would run every game he would want to play easy! Hope he is still enjoying it! Well done! :)

skemble submitter 23 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

For the price it does very well! Thanks for the look!

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ShamarHoltz 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Lol. This is kinda like my current build http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pJPf23 (Can't decide on a keyboard n mouse thats why there's 2). I would have gone with the AMD FX 6300, but thats only if you have a local Microcenter

+1 sexy build tho

skemble submitter 23 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

This build is quite old now, thanks though!

howtobuildapc 1 point 3 months ago

It's an awesome build in price/performance. I would change the 7770GE for a 7790. Offers more performance

skemble submitter 23 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Thanks! I did this so long ago, I don't even remember what the prices were, but I feel like the 7790 was a bit more for some reason.