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well i had my old pc and i wanted to do an upgrade without spending too much. first i thought i will give a try to OC my old phenom II x4 810 so i decided to buy a cpu fan. with the evo 212 it keeps the 810 OC @ 3.1ghz at 34C average. Decidin to kkep the cpu i needed to upgrade to a newer MOBO with DDR3 since my old one only handled DDR2. so i went with the cheapest option the asus m5a97 that had every thing i needed. with the ddr3 capability i bought the necessary ram to run games and do stuff at the same time 8 gb in one stick thinking to upgrade to 32 in the future. i wanted to try the SSD to shorten boot time and it went well with the cheap kingston 120GB SSD. finaly y wanted to be capable of some gaming no really AAA titles but indies and smaller games so the 730 was the cheapest and enough option. finaly i used my old 1tb HDD and my old 600W JAguar PSU to save some money including the case wich the cover doesnt fits anymore beacuse of the 212 any way i was very happy with the results. Im new in this build your PC thing so coments and sugestions are welcome.

APR2015 i bought two corsair 120mm fans to put on my evo 120, it looks great.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

welcome to the world of upgrades, reuse and pc build!

to sum it up: you kept the cpu and the rest is new (except salvaged hdd)?! Dunno how much you spent for all of this so I can't tell if it was the best option in the end.

but you have my vote for the effort and for doing it!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I also salvaged my disc unit, the case and the old 600w PSU, in the end i invested:

-90$ MOBO -40$ Ram -40$ SSD -25$ Cooler -70$ GPU

265$Total

Thanks for your coment!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice reused build!

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

U r welcome m8 r8 l8 8/8

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! Having a good upgrade path is super important, I've been upgrading mine for 3 years (http://pcpartpicker.com/user/eventfulgalaxy/saved/rrpXsY).

If I were you, I would probably save up like $70 for a case, it's not the most important thing, but it'll look way better, and better airflow. Most cases now have pretty good cable management in the back paneling.

Another thing to think about is your GPU.. Low End GPUs are really not worth it. The price over performance is pretty poor for low end cards. I would try and save up like $130 and looking for cards more around that range, or if you can get it used, that would be great too! Here's an example of why low end cards are not worth it -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRrOVRa1Ot4

I realize it's on a tight budget, and nice job on fitting a CPU Cooler and SSD in there, but I would focus next on a GPU or Case. Upgrades are always fun, enjoy it.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! yes im planning to change the case soon and then the gpu eventualy since i dont do lots of heavy pc gaming i didnt cosidered that but thank you again for the sugestions.