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Secret Birthday Surprise!

by SpadeFire91


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Date Published

April 2, 2014

Date Built

March 1, 2014

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Hello Everyone!

This was a build for a friend who loves to game but has very little income and is putting himself through college as a programmer. So me and another friend of mine decided that it was time for him to have a nice gaming rig for his birthday so he could play games with us :D We had a $600 budget and came in under $55 Yay!!!

CPU/MOBO--- We got a really good deal @ Micro Center. You get a free motherboard when you bought the 6300. I chose the Gigabyte for its USB3 since our buddy has a external USB3 drive he carries with him all the time. The one thing that bothered me about the motherboard was it has SATAII instead of SATAIII. But for the price of free it was hard to complain.

RAM--- So this was probably the most frustating part of the build. GSkills Ripjaws was on sale @ Newegg for $69.99. Went to the site .....OUT OF STOCK.... :( I was very unhappy. The next best thing for the price was the GSkill Sniper for $84.99 and I went ahead and ordered it. It came in the mail pretty fast but then figured out that the original RAM was now back in stock....UGH! it would cost me 15 bucks to return the Snipers and get the GSkill Ripjaws shipped. So I shrugged and moved on.

Storage--- Kingston has been a good brand to me for a long time and this was a no brainer choice for cheap fast storage for me. Even with the SSD on SATAII it still is a 12 second boot so super happy with that. I also had a Samsung 5400rpm 250GB SATA drive laying around and figured he could us that for backups or really whatever he wanted too.

Graphics Card--- I got this graphics card for free when I bought my 660ti from a guy off craigslist who was in my area. The only thing wrong with it was that the fan on the card was making a horrible clicking sound when it ran. I honestly didn't feel like just replacing the fan because the problem could lie with the fan cooling housing so I decided to go ahead and and throw an Arctic Mono Cooler which is a very nice air cooler. I figured since the card was free it was justified to spend $50 to make it a nice card that will last for a year or two.

Case--- Man this case is super nice and it is now my preference for building at the moment for budget machines. the only problem I had was with how much space was behind for cable management. There is almost no space for cables but I managed to keep the cables pretty tidy for what I was working with.

PSU--- Corsair seems to be the build choice for most PCs these days and it was a good price for a Semi-Modular PSU. I went with 600W so if in the future he wanted to do more with his PC he could.

He was super surprised lol

Ya'll let me know what you think and thanks for looking :D

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JurgaBurga 13 points 42 months ago

You are a very nice friend! Nice build too! +1

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SpadeFire91 submitter 3 Builds 3 points 42 months ago

Thanks guys ! We are trying to set a good example :D. It was a collaboration with a friend. He came up with the idea and we put the build together. Thanks again for the wonderful comments

obsideo 7 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

You could save a lot of space and improve airflow by mounting the 2.5" and 3.5" drives up top, and removing the lower cage outright. Look at the way I did it: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/MQ4 Oh, and a +1 for a decent build otherwise, and a good deed for a friend.

SpadeFire91 submitter 3 Builds 3 points 42 months ago

My brain exploded when I realized I could have done that!!! But I think it will work better for him way it is just in case he wants to add 2 more 3.5" HDD to his build. He's kinda a storage hog :P

However I will definitely do that configuration with all my next general purpose builds (I've got a few coming up for family):D Thanks for the eye opener!

aludka 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

For 500 bucks not bad at all. +1 but the cable management needs work.

SpadeFire91 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I wish I had taken pictures of us building it I spent a lot of time on cable management (Seeing what happens on this website if you don't :P) I wouldn't have been able to close the the back panel if I routed the 24 pin through the back. It's hard to tell with the pictures I took. I might make a video on my next build I do which will be with that same case. I don't know if I can cable manage to your godly level lol . Your build looks fantastic!!!

aludka 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

Thank you very much. I actually did all that while I had a few parts out for RMA. I had to find something to pass the time. And I know what you mean about not being able to pass the 24 pin cable through the back. The case I had originally only had about a 1/2" or space in the back and it was a no go too.

NathanJB 2 points 42 months ago

N200 is an awesome Case. Good pick. Also thumbs up for being a good friend.

SpadeFire91 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks! The idea was my friends so he really deserves a lot of the credit. But we both saw it through and got our friend hooked up which is all that matters in the end :D and yes the N200 is an awesome case and I will be using it again for future builds.

bigeman101 3 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

I love the microcenter deals. I went with the 6300 and m5a97 r2.0 for $166.

SpadeFire91 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Yea their deals really saved the budget for this build. I wish it we had a closer location from where we are.

Hairy07 1 point 33 months ago

Did you have to do any BIOS updates with that MoBo? I got the same MoBo and CPU and heard you might have to.

SpadeFire91 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

At the time of putting it together I didn't have to update the BIOS. You still probably don't have to now :D

Bloobyplays 1 point 20 months ago

I have the same desk also nice build

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SpadeFire91 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Like I said in the description the GPU was free other than the advanced air cooling I put on it. So if there is a GPU that can beat the performance of a 560 TI for $50 please let me know where to find them and I will buy them in bulk lol. He won't be overclocking so the stock CPU cooler is fine. And for Ubuntu I like the Linux myself but being that our friend group is heavily invested in Steam , Linux is not the best gaming option for us yet. And I stress "yet" because I would personally love the day I could kick Windows to the curb and jump on the Linux train forever :D But yes if a Linux distro would have meet his gaming needs I wouldn't of hesitated to throw it on his PC.

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aludka 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

I agree with the above. I can't wait to kick the Microsoft monster to the curb and jump on the Linux bandwagon. Steam OS is a nice concept but unless more triple A titles are ported to linux I'm afraid to say that I don't think that it will really catch on with the masses. I mean the whole home streaming to your steam box thing is a cool idea, but that means you have to build two fairly good systems to do it. Just not a worth while monetary investment for the masses.

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