Description

This is my first build for myself. I am a programmer (dipping toes into hardware) who dabbles in media-creation and gaming, and thus wanted something for home-use besides my aging VIAO. This was a project of born of thriftiness and consisted of two months of watching, waiting and considering options. I'm a cheap college kid, just beginning to spread my wings, so I had a limited budget. Luckily Black Friday gave me a hand (despite how much as I am beginning to hate that day... so overrated and vicious).

The idea of this build was to give me something decently powerful for under $800, the further under $800 (without serious cut to performance) the better. I wanted parts that were nice enough that I would want to keep them around for a bit, and thus an decent upgrade path. I want to eventually dabble in water-cooling and (in maybe a year) over-clocking (since I'm equal parts chicken and crazy busy), so this will eventually become a practice build (when I'm a bit richer). I wanted none of the parts to be so expensive and that to replace them would make me cry, and a case large enough that I would never really be limited. Plus, the THOR V2 simply looks glorious - not cheaply flashy, but not the boring boxes in the office.

The hybrid drive was a bit of an uncertainty for me. A classmate gave me a good review of his, so I thought I'd give it a shot. An SSD is the obvious upgrade in my near future.

If you want a tale of my money-saving ways, the GPU is my proudest moment. I was going for a (relatively) cheap GPU as it would be an obvious future upgrade and I really don't need too much power right now. This was listed at $214 on Newegg at the time, but I nabbed it from online from TigerDirect, with promotions, for $137. It came with FarCry3 Blood Dragon, which I sold to a fellow classmate for an extra 10 bucks. So $127. Oh yeah.

The processor came with a free download of Assassin's Creed 4 which I didn't subtract from the price, and one of my friends gave me the OS because he never planned on using it. He's a great man. Though, I occasionally buy him pizza and beer, so it probably figured out in the end... ugh, friendship can be so expensive. Heh.

Even excluding the game and the free OS, I think I cut down the cost of this build by (incl rebates) a touch over $200. I am shamelessly proud of this.

Anyways, thoughts, suggestions, and everything else would be great.

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, balanced build for what you are using it for, really nice end price, an original name, good description, and pictures. Might want to work on that cable management a little, but other than that it looks pretty sweet.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I just got the same motherboard for my build, how do you like it?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a motherboard... really, it seems pretty decent. Haven't played around with it too much yet, but I'll get back to you.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

how much power u consume ? I mean compare to a I5? I'm worried that I saved buying a amd and end up paying same for power :( Thank's

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Ten months later... I still want to reply just because so many people whine about it. Youtube: the TekSyndicate FX8350 OC vs i5 OC comparison video. They calculate it's about an extra $10 to $17 per year with overclock, and that's gaming 3 hrs every day.

I didn't notice the hit.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

10 months later all the way from Transylvania ( europe, Romania ) I still read this post. Thank's for the replay. I finished the build I wanted... but not really helps me a lot as I multibox and the gpu goes a little hot :(.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management is ok as it is but it might be worth it to redo it when you have a free weekend or something. This is an awesome build for the money! Nice job!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, have to Dremel the case a touch in order to route the CPU cable through the back. That's the day in which I'm going to tweak.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice budget build. I suggest adding a better cpu cooler, like an Hyper Evo 212. Won't break your bank and gets the job done way better than the stock one. It is a bit of a shame not to overclock that little beast of a processor. :D

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Certainly. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the price you payed for the 660, you could have went with a 7870GHz edition for the same price with a little more power. I also believe you could have gotten an 8320 for a little cheaper and just manually overclocked to the same speed for the same amount of power. Lastly, I feel with that kind of CPU speed you might in the future want to get yourself an aftermarket cooler, it will make your processor last long and be quieter.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

GPU wise, a 7870GHz would've been about $70 more than I paid for this. The 660 Sig.2 does typically lag behind that 7870, but only by a few fps. And I hear there are a handful of games that the 660 out performs in, like Battlefield 3. So, it was that $70 off that made it for me.

As for the 8320 vs the 8350, that was a debate for me. The 8320 generally runs about $160 (though I'm sure I could've waited and got it for $140). Still, whether you call it a $10 or $30 difference, I was well under budget. Since I won't be overclocking just yet, the 0.5 clock gain seemed decent. And when I do overclock, the 8350 can go a little further.

But definitely on the cooler.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

I was just throwing my opinions out there, it really is a good build! Congrats though! I hope you're enjoying it!