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I decided to build my significant other a PC for our one year anniversary, mainly to have someone else to play games with, but also to get him off of his Chromebook and onto something that can actually handle some intensive tasks. A friend of mine generously gifted me the case, power supply, and storage that I used for this build as he was moving and didn't want to deal with the hassle of moving it with him. Thusly why all of these components have a price of $0 attached to them! I managed to pick up the GPU for the low price of $75 as, although the 970 is a great card, it's starting to show its age and it was completely caked in tabbacco that required some strenuous cleaning. Fantastic price for performance card though that will run any game my SO will be playing on the sweet 22 inch 1080p monitor I managed to pick up in like new condition for $55 because of a few very minor dead pixels. As far as the motherboard goes, the cheapest M-ATX am4 motherboard I could find at the time happened to be this b450 one from msi at a local shop near me for the price of $45, again used but practically like new. I knew I wanted to go with AMD as their Ryzen platform has such great value on the low end of the price spectrum, so initially I was planning to pick up a Ryzen 5 1500 but when I went to order it was sold out. A little bit more searching later on led me to the Ryzen 7 1700 that I picked up for a little over $100 which was right about the same price the Ryzen 5 I was eyeing went for. An easy upgrade that will very handily manage video editing and university workloads for years to come. As for ram, I picked up a generic single 8gb DDR4 stick at 2400mhz from the same place as I got the motherboard as it was a solid price and I can pick up another to get 16gb in the near future to make this computer absolutely perfect. There's no good Ethernet at our place, so getting a WiFi card was a necessity, and the one I picked up new from Amazon does the job just fine. The Cooler Master q300p is definitely not my favourite case to work in, but for a case I got for free it certainly is damn good. The inclusion of RGB fans makes it stand out well enough, and though being M-ATX in form factor, its overall stature is that of a full ATX case. Wouldn't be a recommendation knowing what other cases are out there, but it's also not the worst case in the world.

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Very cool, congrats on the one year! Just did my build last week and my SO is already tired of hearing about it/seeing it lol. You definitely got a good priced build.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a great build to me. You did everything right. This will do just fine for many years to come to play games. Just remember there is no rush on that second ram stick. prices for this stuff only goes down so the longer they are fine with it the cheaper it will be when you remedy that.