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Build this for a friend who was gaming on a Gateway or eMachine using some kind of integrated nVidia gpu. I guess he will mainly use it to play Civ V, CS:GO, and other new games, and browse the lastest dank memes too.

CPU: Got the FX-8320E for only 109.99! Plus shipping and handling. Got it from Directron, took them 10 days to deliver lol. First we were thinking about getting an FX8350 but since we couldn't find it for less than $145 it was way out of budget.

CPU Cooler: I don't like the coolers that come with AMD cards, they look so... bland. and got the GeminII from Amazon Warehouse (Damaged box) with a 15% discount during Prime Day. Switched out the fan for an LED fan because why not.

Motherboard: Didn't need something too fancy but at the same time couldn't go for something too cheap, so got this one. It was on sale in Amazon (New) and has 4/5 stars.

Memory: Got these for $90 (plus tax) pretty standard price. One of the sticks is bad so we'll run 8GB for now and replace it before the 30 day return window. Currently running PNY RAM on two computers and have had no issues, so I can't complain. Stuff happens.

Storage: Got it during Prime Day from the Amazon Warehouse with the 15% discount. It was not used, it only had a damaged box. 1TB is enough for now and didn't buy an SSD but if he wants he might end up buying one.

Video Card: First though was a GTX 960 but since the R9 380 is better, AND newer we went with it. Price was $229 from GPU Shack but we got the $10 Peasant Convertion discount. They are refurbished but have 2 years warranty so why no :)

Power Supply: I found some good-ish PSU for around the same price but they had Mail-in-Rebates. Since the budget was tight we couldn't simply spend more and wait months for the rebates to arrive (I'm looking at you, Corsair and Thermaltake rebates from 3 months ago, where are you?!) This was a refurb from Newegg (39.99+tax). The unit arrived in original box, with all accesories and no signs of wear. It runs silent and doesn't seem to have any issues. Maybe the guy didn't plug it in right.

Optical Drive: Its Blu-ray; got it from /r/HardwareSwap used it for a couple months and didn't have any issues. 10/10 Would buy new.

OS: Popcorn tastes good.

Case: Never heard of these guys before. I gave him options from cases I thought looked nice, and threw in this one as a joke thinking he wouldn't like it... Case came with 3 fans, cheap fans. An 80mm fan came mounted on the side panel that can hold a 140mm fan. It looked so cute :3 The case is compact for an ATX case and fit everything in nice and cozy. Unfortunately only 2 drives for the HDDs are usable with a GPU and the cable management was a bit difficult. The cables HD AUDIO and USB3 where not long so it took some "reorganzing" for them to reach their ports and not stick out. But the HD AUDIO was a lost cause, I had to leave it awkardly running over the GPU. I would personaly not buy this case but for $35 its good-ish

Case Fans: Had to take out the cheap fans, reviews said they were loud. Plus they looked cheap so I didn't even bother trying them. Switched out the CPU Cooler fan for an LED Cooler Master and the front fan for a BitFenix LED too. Removed the front fan filter since it was touching the fan. Fans were not included in the final price because they were a gift from me. They would probably add up to about $17

Afterthoughts: It is a good $690 build and can handle multiple dank memes at the same time.

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Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Its a shame the case has no window (given that you are not into modding)...it has nice insides...+1

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I currently own a windowed case on mine but he didn't want anything 'fancy'

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Huh ok...I thought windows were the basic necessities...(ugh!! been in the enthusiast club for too long)

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Although the grill (I guess that what it's called) on the side is big so you can still see the parts and all, so it is like a window but not really a window... a Windogrill

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

pny and pqi have notorious fail rates for ram and usb drives. if you can return both still and exchange for a different brand, i would suggest doing so for better peace of mind in the long run.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

an old build of mine used pny ram, and it worked just fine, but then again i would suggest using corsair, gskill, or kingston/hyper x

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

i've replaced 5 sticks over the past few years at my job(changed out with gskill), and had usb's fail out of the box from pny. it's just not worth the hassle anymore to save a few dollars by buying from them.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

:0 yah, im glad i dont use it anymore

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! i too have a 8320e but it is batch PGS (yours is PGY) and got mine to 4.8ghz at 1.42v.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the cooler perform? Story time. If it's at all decent you should overclock.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

supposedly it is slightly better than the good ol' classic 212 EVO. He'll probably overclock it soon, running it at stock right now and making sure everything is working alright

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello there...dont know if you are still replying to this post but i am planning on purchasing the MSI R9 380...what are you thoughts on it so far? Is it good/ with the money?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

The build was for a friend. So far he hasn't had any problems, drivers were easy to install, performance is great, beats the GTX 960 and its about the same price. The R9 380 performance is on par to the R9 280X, so if you don't mind having an older generation GPU I would go for the R9 280X since it beats the R9 380 in some benchmarks, it will be DirectX12 Compatible and goes on sale for ~$20 less

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I have duplicated this sweet 8320e ($140) build, with a newegg refurb Saphire 7950 dual X boost ($140), and one of those old-school gigabyte microatx boards with the ide lol. but 4 ram slots! (version 6.0) for( $35), Rosewill redbone case ($40) USB 3.0 x4(2 on mobo + 2 on case) SATA-E ON THE OUTSIDE? awesome! tons of slots for storage! 600b evga psu $55 (2) of g-skill ripjaws x (red) 2x8(16 gb) at 1600 cl 10-10-10-30 (32gb and 8 cores for slap yo mama video rendering) standard tachi 1tb hd 32,7400, or 750gb. ($29) +35 shipping/tax

It's all in the mail stay tuned.

I want to add ssd's, an OC boss mobo, and good liquid cooler in the future. Try to push little e to 5ghz.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I like people who can do some amazing camera work to showcase their builds and parts.

+1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

******* nice photos and pc meeen +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

I have to ask why you went with the 380 in this case. If you were buying refurbished you could have easily picked up a 290/290x off of ebay or gone with open box cards at Newegg (which are open box not used) or maybe gone with a brand new 280x. Just some food for thought, other than that nice build! But why not the CM 212 Evo? its cheaper and is a classic

  • 57 months ago
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Card: Considered the 290/290x but lowest was about ~270 on Newegg (open box) and with taxes it would have ended up at around 300, I am an nVidia card guy so if I had known the the 380 was just a rebranded 280x I would have purchased the 280x lol.

Cooler: Went for the Gemini because I wanted to be completely sure the cooler would fit in the case. Since the cooler clearance was not listed for the case I got the Gemini. It also looks nice :3

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

very viable reason lol, thank you for quenching my thirst for knowledge

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

According to benchmarks the geminII is slightly better.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

as BigAll said, the geminII is slightly better. it also comes with a 120mm Silencio fan and fits 140mm fans. It is a lower profile too. The design allows it to be mounted over the RAM to help with cooling it. It does have a higher price than the 212, but with the discount it was a no brainer.

Just make sure you get version 2, because 2 > 1

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

He says he might do some light overclocking

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