Build for a friend. He needed a gaming upgrade, and also a system that could run multiple virtual machines.
The CPU and Motherboard were passed down from a friend who recently upgraded. The hard drives and Power supply came from his old system. The DVD drive was actually an external USB drive that he wanted to make internal. I just removed it from the casing and installed it. He already had a parallel hard drive that he wanted to use, so the ribbon cable is going to be there anyway.
USB 3.0 was a requirement also, so I added the expansion card. Cable management stinks because it needs a 4 pin power connector right in the middle of the board.
The Geforce 9600 pictured was also a carryover from his previous machine. He plays a lot of Batman, and it's serving PhysX duties.
Yes, the PSU is upside down, but if you look, the cables come out of the wrong side. If I point it fan-side down, the cpu power connector won't reach behind the motherboard.
Windows 8 does a much better job with virtual machines than windows 7.
|CPU||AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$14.99||Newegg|
|Motherboard||MSI 790FX-GD70 ATX AM3|
|Memory||Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$75.99||Amazon|
|Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$75.99||Amazon|
|Storage||Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM||$42.45||Amazon|
|Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM||$37.49||Amazon|
|Video Card||XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Core Edition||$169.99||SuperBiiz|
|Case||Thermaltake Level 10 GTS Snow Edition (White) ATX Mid Tower||$99.98||OutletPC|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit)||$129.95||B&H|
|Custom||BFG 550w PSU|
|External DVD Burner turned internal|
|SYBA USB 3.0 card||$19.99|
|AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.4GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|