Description

I started this build with no real budget in mind but instead with certain parameters. I wanted a smaller foot print considering I was coming from a "desktop replacement" type laptop. I wanted something fast, up-gradable and with plenty of storage (though I will probably never use more than 20-25% of it). I do not game much (though I did purchase a few older games to try out with this system (Spec Ops and Shadow of Mordor)) and the computer will be mostly used for daily tasks (finances/school/some take home work) and messing around. I feel I accomplished what I set out to do.

This all started with the recent passing of my brother who was in his mid-thirty's. We grew up being opposites in likes/dislikes but stayed close. He liked Star Trek and Star Wars and I liked Sports (to put it into basic terms). He had a passion for computers and we always talked about the latest and greatest technology and that one day, I like him, would build my own. He had built many "powerhouses" and loved his hobby. After his passing, I was moved to finally but my money/time where my mouth is and build a desktop. I used his OS and Ram from an old system of his, so that was free for me. I had a lot of fun doing this and plan to build another in the short term future with my son over the summer.

CPU- Chosen for price/performance and not needing an overclocking beast

CPU Cooler - was originally the 212 EVO, but someone on this site recommended the H7 and I couldn't be happier with its performance.

Motherboard- Originally bought a B85 chipset board, but found a deal on this one.

Ram- Free

Storage- SSD for OS and Mechanical for backups

Graphics Card- Originally bought the R7 360, but wasn't too thrilled with the performance...for $40 more I got a better card, though for $40 more than this one, I could get an even better card.....this can go on and on and on.

Case- It was this or the Node 804, but I liked the versatility and functionality of this case (can rotate the front ports or the case for that matter, any way you want; just about). Only thing I do not is the cable management system....there is none.

Power Supply- Very quiet and supply's more than I need; 5 year warranty.

This build was done in two stages (as you see in the pictures)...I bought the R7 360 first and decided to switch it out for a GTX 950 and add a 1TB WD Blue drive. From first part purchased to the finish build was approx. 3 weeks. I did not have any real issues during build and installation and the system is fairly quiet for the case being as open as it is (only solid panel is the window).

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

This PC is a bang 4 the buck, dude.

+1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Same motherboard, love asrock motherboard,but you sou should buy a better video card,if the cpu should cheaper then the gpu!but it's your choice anyway.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I was hesitant at first due to bad reviews on most of Asrock's mATX boards. This one came down in price and has received overall favorable reviews. Would definitely buy another Asrock board since I've had this positive experience (originally I went with a Gigabyte B85 board that only had Sata II).

I've been getting the itch to look for a better card since I started messing around with benchmarks and OC'ing. Honestly I don't really game or have the time to (I would like to though, so maybe I will make some time and then get a better card).

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

ok cool

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

My condolences to your brother, I am glad his passion for computer building may carry forth with you.

This is a nice machine you have put together, looks like there is plenty of space left in your case also to house a more powerful (and longer) GPU if you so desire :)

+1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you and it seems like it has; I'm already thinking of my next build (I really enjoyed the challenge of finding (components), building and testing).

Thanks, I'm looking forward to what new GPUs are on the horizon and thinking of how I will upgrade (not much of a gamer or in need of a powerful graphics card, though I do like to tinker, benchmark and test).

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the bios? can you control the fans?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I apologize for the late reply, but I think the BIOS is great and yes you can control the fan. They have set custom settings or you can make your own.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Makes sense...I have been eyeballing some of the GTX 970's, but thought at that price point I might as well wait a little bit as I was able to overclock the 950 to perform a little better than a stock 960 (according to Passmark tests). Would the 970 be worlds of a difference? or worth the extra $100-$130?

Seems like IEMs/Headphones work the same way...anything past $300 seems to be little gains...but $80 IEMs vs. $200 IEMs is a world of difference.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Though I do agree with you to some extent the "benchmarks" report something else (using compared like systems) In real world performance prob not too close to the 960; though you could just as easily overclock a 960 and then a 970 and so on and so forth. People will always go high end just to say they go high end and/or because they want to play a game at 100fps when 50-60fps will do; want to play the latest game at the highest settings. The price comparison to the 950 or 960 is about $40....what would be the point of buying a 950 if it performs nowhere near the same as a 960 "or could" to only spend $40 more.

I honestly think in this price category ($135-$175) you might as well go for the 950 or spend another $120 for a 970.

Just my opinion.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I get that, but your comparing stock to stock....I have overclocked my card to run stable in 3DMark/Passmark/Komboster 3:

Core Clock: 1,297 MHz Boost Clock: 1,493 MHz Memory Speed: 1969 MHz

Compare that to a stock GTX 960....I think they would run similar....though you could just overclock the 960. I'm not saying a 950 is better than a 960 in any sense....I'm saying, with overclocking the 950 they are comparable.