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$660 Gaming Rig +$240 for dual-monitor setup for general work.

This is my second build; my first build was a mediocre barebones kit for my family. I'm not a huge gamer by any means, so I chose to invest money in a dual-monitor setup instead of buying a more powerful CPU/GPU. I think that I could overclock the 6300 later (and get a CPU cooler), and maybe even upgrade the graphics card in a few years without changing anything else around. The silent power supply is really nice, but the stock cooler is ruining the moment with its relative loudness.

I salvaged a hard drive from my first build, and Windows 8.1 is "free" with Dreamspark. I already had an external drive, so I didn't bother getting an internal. Also, the 260X came with AMD Radeon Rewards, meaning free Thief and Deus Ex: Human Revolution!

The build process went well, although I have no idea if the cable management is correct. There were some problems with getting Windows to realize my two monitors were, in fact, two unique monitors. It seemed to think there was only one monitor because they are both the same model. So far, Civ V, Deus Ex, LoL, Portal 1 & 2, and most importantly, Super Hexagon, all run smoothly at highest settings. I'll see how Thief runs when it is released.

For some reason, the LED fan (placed as back exhaust) was running twice the speed of the two other fans (front intake), so I switched the placements around and now they're running around the same. The sad part is that the LED fan isn't visible anymore, but I don't really mind. There is a LOGISYS Sunlight Stick (white light) along the top-inside of the case and also custom ambient backlight for the dual monitors, which is as simple as white LED Christmas lights strung carefully to be invisible.

I spray-painted the Shinobi case mesh strips gold, which surprisingly needed only one coat on each side without any primer - I was worried because other people had sanded, primed, and layered several coats. This whole setup is a custom standing desk, kindly provided by NewEgg (i.e. the shipping boxes), reinforced with legendary duct tape.

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Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

great all purpose build. Should serve you well. I've always been a fan of the 2 monitor set up, and now i can never go back.

Also i love the color accent on the case and your monitor stand ingenuity lol.

Only comment would that it looks like your computer is sitting on carpet. It will suck carpet dust through the PSU if you cant get it off the floor. I went to home depot and searched through the scrap wood bin to find a piece to sit my computer on off the carpet. Cost me about a dollar and will do wonders for your PC lifespan.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

In the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd pictures it is on a stand either attached to his desk or next to it.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

ahhh derp. Yeah there was one pic where it was on the carpet where he was probably building it, my bad.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, I assembled stuff on top of my motherboard box before putting it into my case on the floor for installing. It's on the same desk as everything else now.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice... I LOVE that case.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get that Power Supply so cheap? Great build anyway +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

NewEgg, "Shell Shocker" deal. I knew it was a bit overkill for my needs but the value was just too good. All modular is brilliant, and it's silent most of the time too!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow good job

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

How do those two monitors work for you?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

The only complaint I have of them is that the stands are pretty mediocre. They tilt a little sometimes, but it's sort of like fixing a crooked picture on the wall... tug a little and it's alright. Otherwise, great monitors, and I don't think you can find a better IPS at that price.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome background

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

what kind of vga splitter did you get to run the dual monitors?????