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This was built for an older, non-techie customer who needed a PC to play his favorite game, iRacing. He was on a slim budget, so I had to focus on the games recommended requirements. I started with CPU as I researched the game is CPU and GPU intensive. I got the cheapest i5 I could find. I was happy to find the 4460 on sale.

Next, I was about to get the ATI Radeon R7 260X (was the best available to squeeze the build under $550), but I noticed the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 3GB Video Card on sale, and was only $50 after rebate. NOTE: PC Part Picker didn't have the 3GB version listed, so I put the 2GB version in the part list) After bringing this up to the customer, he agreed that his brother has a GTX 660 and loved it, so he was happy to pay the extra.

The case was a cheap deal I got at Micro-Center that I had in stock. Looks great, but kinda flimsy and no USB 3.0 header, but thats ok since the motherboard I used didn't have it anyways.

The motherboard was another part I had in stock, which was a "slick-deal" off Newegg. Nothing crazy, but it worked and was LGA1150... USB 3.0, SATA3, etc.

iRacing isn't very RAM intensive so I got a single 4GB stick which matched the motherboards max speed of 1600 MHz. There is an available slot if he wants to upgrade in the future. The G.Skill Ares was on sale and I liked the blue heat-sink to match the motherboard and fans.

PSU was another Newegg deal that I had lying around. After much research, I found a quality 430W would support the GTX 660 and this build.

After trying to get the customer to upgrade to an SSD, he insisted that a basic, small hard drive would suffice for him and that he really couldn't spend any more. (I had already cheaped out everywhere else to keep him under $600). The drive was a refurb at that, but worked fine :).

The parts were $470 after rebates, and I charged the customer $600 total. I saved an additional $20 from the American Express, Newegg offer.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The cable management is eh, but i'm guessing that case didn't leave much room for it, along with using a non-modular PSU. At least you have all of the wires bundled out of the way. Did you stress test the GPU? Does the windforce stay pretty cool? You've gotten some pretty good deals on parts. Was any of that from previous bulk purchases?

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I literally just threw it together late last night. I installed the OS and the base motherboard drivers. I'll stress test it tonight or tomorrow and try to add more "stats". I surprised to hear that my cable management was "eh". I thought i did great with what I was dealt, but if you have some tips for me, I welcome to hear them so i can do it better in the future. Thanks. I never buy parts in bulk, I just keep an eye out for deals throughout the year and do plenty of research before I buy. PC Partpicker helps, but isnt always up-to-date, so i end up on newegg and can find better deals sometimes.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm sorry, that is better the eh. I didn't realize what little room that case has on the backside. Cheap cases and non-modular PSUs don't leave a lot of options. The only thing i see to improve, if possible, would be to tie the excess wiring bundle to the backside of the drive cage, like this: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/gkYJ7P However, if your GPU is getting enough air as is, then it probably doesn't matter. It's still far better than what I've seen from big companies' (Dell, HP...) assembly, and your customer is likely to never open the case.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I think your cable mangement looks fine given the case has no grommet holes

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree Ark with little to no room behind the mobo that's about the best he could do

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

i will be the guy to point it out

in the picture, the GPU box you have the card on top of says it is just a 660, but it is listed in the parts list as a 660 ti and in your description you called it a TI. explanation, por favor?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, thats right, I forgot... PC Part Picker didnt have the 3GB version of the 660. I'm not sure if it will let me change it. I should have put the 2GB version of the 660 and not a 3GB Ti!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

okay thanks for explaining :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

SPAGHETTI MONSTER!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

your crazy man...

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management is actually pretty good for this case. I hear this case doesn't really offer you the "BEST" cable management as other cases. I'm building my computer this weekend and i'm using this case, any tips?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Make sure to buy 1-3 extra 120MM case fans (depending on your needs). I relocated the fan that came with it to the front and added two exhaust fans to the back and top. If you have a Micro-ATX board, you can use the raised ATX standoffs to tie down the cables with zip ties. Install and bundle the case header cables first, then plug in the PSU cables from the top of the case and work down. Then bundle/zip-tie/tie-down cables from top to bottom, including SATA cables if possible (or bundle them separately with each other). Otherwise, its a decent case. keeps the plastic on it until your done to protect it from fingerprints, etc.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome thanks for the reply, and i'll make sure to get some fans i have some from my previous build. But it does come with one pre installed fan right?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did you go with the i5? It seems like it took up a disproportionate slice of your budget.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Based on my research for iRacing, I found it is CPU intensive and that in future releases, it will take advantage of 3 or more cores. Since I already had the MSI LGA 1150 motherboard, I just followed suit.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice basic gaming build. You did a good job on those cables, given that you had to work with that kind of case.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks