It was time I finally moved back up to a desktop system, my 2006 VelocityMicro E6600/8800 had died a year and half go and had been reduced to gaming on a Laptop (HD3000). I decided to build a low end system since I now live on a reduced income/limited budget and don’t really care if I can play games at the max settings or online. I generally play old-school single player/FPS/Action/Adventure games and am now faced with the task of moving my 310+ GBs of games over to it. My last build was 12 years ago and to my surprise it booted the 1st time (with Hiren's Boot CD), luckily I haven’t any had problems yet. I got most of the parts from Newegg, a couple at Microcenter, GPU at OutletPC and the KB from Staples. So here is my build and why –
CPU: I don’t plan on doing any over-clocking and performance wise it is close to the 4670 for a cheaper but solid build.
CPU Cooler: Summers get hot here and I originally had planned using the HD4600 graphics for a while. My laptop gets pretty hot (up to 90 C) when playing certain game even with a cooling pad and an external fan plus I’ve experienced over-heating issues on some of my previous systems.
Motherboard: As I see it you don’t upgrade your MB like you can most other parts and I may have over spent on this but wanted the best H87 MB. I originally had planned on the Plus version but this came along at a lower price.
Memory: This was no brainer – got it with a $10 discount with my CPU purchase at Microcenter!
Storage: What can I say - every computer needs storage so it got a cheap HD. The SSD will come later…
Video Card: Ok, I know I could have got a R7 260X/265 for the same price but I happen to like Nvidia and the GTX 660 cost a little more. I would have got the cheaper EVGA card but needed 2 DVI ports for my LCDs which don’t have HDMI inputs. I wanted something that would run fairly cool and can always upgrade when the funds are available.
Case: This was my 1st mATX build and has all the front panel features I need plus it was on sale at a good price. I will say the space is limited and the cabling posed a little challenge (3 tries) and still may block some air of the front fan but I am happy with it.
Power Supply: This PS provides more than enough power and connectors with some room to upgrade parts in the future. My only regret is I should have got a modular version to allow better cable routing in this small case but it was a lot cheaper.
Optical Drive: I was a little disappointed in this drive, not for its lacks any feature but is rather how noisy it is but I need it to support my collection of CD’s (Games, ISO’s, Archived info).
Operating System: I know some of you will say I should have got the latest Windows but I always like to wait sometime after an OS release before I jump into the next version. I’ll move up to Win 8.1 when I get around to getting a SSD.
Keyboard: This was a late addition to my completed build as I already had a MS mouse and a Creative KB from my last system. I don’t know if I would consider an upgrade but like the idea of having wireless connection as my system will sit a few feet away from my monitor when I complete my setup and it was on sale.
Total: $798.33 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) Estimated Wattage: 243W