So this build started out as a almost free thing that i did because i had acquired a few of the parts for free from people i had helped opgrade their pcs and what not.
I had to buy the motherboard, ram and GPU brand new. I had 4gb og ram lying arround but it wasnt gonna cut it for games, so i ended up buying the 8 gb new since ram is pretty cheap.
The case was bought second hand dirt cheap since it was missing quite a few things that i had to find myself, the PSU is from a friend who thought it was defect, so he gave it to me, and i found out it was fine. I replaced the fan on the GS700, because the fan started doing some weird ticking noises whenever it startet to turn, and since the PSU is semi passive at low loads, it started happening alot while playing a game and doing other stuff that would make it spin. When i first took off the PSU shroud, i found a fan that had 7 wires (!!!) which confused the heck out of me. Im no low voltage engineer, but im no stranger to the basics and soldering stuff, but this made me lost. Anyway, i kinda took a chance and guessed which was phase and ground, and soldered a stock corsair 1000 rpm fan i had laying around on to the connector that fitted in the psu. And it worked (No overheat yet so all good).
This build started out in a Fractal Design Core 1100, but i wasnt satisfied with it since i thought it was too big, and it didnt really complete my HTPC thing. I then changed it to the Silverstone GD05. My the GTX 960 Strix wasnt able to sit in the new case because it was too tall, so i got the RX470 instead.
I started out using a GTX 745 i got from my friends pc that i upgraded to a 1070, but it wasnt really cutting it for games (and i got upgrade fever) so i got a GTX 960 2GB second hand which was just getting the job done. I wanted to play Forza Horizon 3 on my TV, and this game eats vram for breakfest, so i had to upgrade.
The goal was to make it quiet and cheap, which i have accomplished. The cheap part is starting to be diminished as i keep upgrading it lol, but overall i think i did okay!
Upgrades in the future: SSD, CPU Cooler, and maybe 16gb of ram.
Thank you PCPP for all the help and inspiration from lurking all of your builds! Sorry for any mistakes, english isnt my native language.
Great CPU, got it for free. Runs fine for what i need it for.
The actual board is an P34, but it wasnt in the list. Great little (dirt cheap) board. Gets the job done, and seem to be staying okay cool. I was concerned at first that the VRM circuitry would be getting too hot, but i seem fine when i put my hand over them. Only has 1 controllable 3pin fan header, which isnt really practially anyway, so i ended up using resistors to quiet down the fans.
Its ram, gets the job done. No problems so far.
Awesome card! Im used to only having semi high end cards like 970 when the 900 series just came out, but this card really impressed me in every single way possible. With almost no airflow in the case (fans running 5v) the card sits at 77 degrees C while playing Forza Horizon 3, and is really quiet. Im super noise concerned, and im going nuts from the smallest noises, so i think i can say that it indeed is quiet. It performs on par (almost) with my 970 strix for like half the price i gave for mine a year ago. Great card, recommended.
Great case. Its pretty big i think, but is nice. I think they should have made the case a tiny bit taller, so i wouldnt have to force the side panel on, and forcing the 6pin PCI-E connector down, but it works.
Hmm, its mixed feelings with this. Its semi passive feature is nice while the fan works, but once it starts to make weird start noises, it gets annoying. The voltages isnt as tight as i think they should be, the 12V rail shows 12,3V in the bios. But it works, and it works well after i changed the fan. Has lights and sh*t with the stock fan if youre into that.