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The Micro Center Clearance Table Build
by bourj
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So this was my first build. After spending far too much time stressing over each component I would buy for my first build, I decided I needed to just drive over to Micro Center and dive into it.

I decided to go through the clearance areas and pick up items that seemed to suit my needs; as mentioned in my first forum post, I was really looking for a machine that could handle general daily use, as well as smoothly play 1080p/60fps footage from my GoPro camera.

The mobo, GPU, and monitor were all open-box clearance items. The case was a surprise find that a salesman led me to; they had a huge pallet of them in the gaming section of the store, and were all marked down to $25.

So far, it seems to be running everything I have thrown at it quickly and smoothly. I admit, doing my first build was rather nervewracking; after I started trying to do cables, I got incredibly confused and had to walk away for a bit. I'm sure I probably could have made some better choices as for the components, but I figured if it didn't work out, I'd just sell it to my brother :P

So...how do you think I did? Any opinions/feedback/constructive criticism welcome.

Part List
AMD FX-4130 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.8GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.03Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate5.4GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP4462
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zypherstones [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

For about 650 bucks (Excluding monitor and OS), this is a really good build for the price. +1, and if I could, +2. EDIT: And excluding the Blu Ray drive, about 550, great price to performance.

bourj [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks! I'm glad to hear I didn't completely overpay on this. I thought of salvaging the optical drive from my previous PC, but it was not blu-ray. The monitor was an impulse gift to myself to replace the ancient one I was working with.

zypherstones [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Well, seeing as you saved yourself about 80-90 dollars off the original final price, I think you did an extremely good job. :p

jrtriker12 1 point 18 months ago

Interesting approach. Should do well for most general tasks.

Krazeee [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

I just put every item here in to a separate build and you came out about $130 ahead. Well done. All the parts you picked are solid as well, no off-brand randomness to make me cringe. For grabbing the clearance items at a Micro Center, this is fantastic. I hope you enjoy your new build and learned a lot from the experience.

fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

You could of gotten an fx 6300 for 110$, a caviar blue 1 TB for 60$ but keep in mind you would have to apply taxes/shipping..

Personally, I would of gone with a 90$ 7770 :) but I'm getting this is what was available at this store/close to you.

I really like this build too for the price it's really good!

Glad you didn't cheap out on the PSU. but I think you paid a bit too much for a 500w corsair usually you can grab them for 30$ after MIR. sucks :(

Hope you enjoy it!

bourj [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Yeah, there is a $10 MIR on it, and another $10 on the mobo. But I realized after the fact that I probably could have held out and gotten the PSU even cheaper.

fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago


tyabbott 1 point 18 months ago

Wow great price to performance, I'm wondering how the cpu and gpu compare to something like the A10-6800k with fast ram. If you're not planning to play games that might run better in general daily use.

Sprocket30 [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

+1 , More pics when you have a chance ?

bourj [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Sure, added a few more. I realized that I never posted any pics with the cabling done.

And yes, that is a vintage Max Payne promo mousepad. I just can't bear to part with it.

jnewegger23 [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

For what what you paid and how it looks in terms of cost I think you made yourself a pretty decent pc! Good job! I hope you are having fun learning what you can do. What software are you going to use to play blu ray? Or does Lite-on provide you with one. I bought an ASUS blu ray player and had to buy powerdvd ultra 13.

bourj [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

No, Lite-on doesn't provide software (or at least, not with the one I bought). I'll probably use PotPlayer until I am ready to cough up more money for PowerDVD.

jnewegger23 [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Yeah, I didn't think about that either and was a little frustrated but not so much bc I just watched blu-rays on my ps3. It's nice having both though! How are you enjoying your new build btw?

JPKaizer [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

how's the GTX 650 Ti? how do the games play, any problems since its open box?

DerekPDX 1 point 17 months ago

Very nice build! Looks like you have the memory in the wrong slots, you're gonna want to have a space between each one so you can work in dual mode.

bourj [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Really? I had no idea you had to separate memory chips. Thanks for the catch!

DerekPDX 1 point 17 months ago

yep, thats why they're different colors. You should see a nice boost in performance.

Samcaldwell [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

What emits the blue light? I would like the same effect in my build. Also, Have you tried any games on that computer? How did they perform?