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My friends PC's HDD died on her and rather than just change that part out she opted rebuild with how antiquated the rest of the build was. Her old rig was ageing too much. It had an FX6100 and an HD7770 GPU. The Case, DVD drive, and PSU came forward from the existing build.

I battled for a good while on going for LGA1150 or LGA1151. In the end I decided on LGA1151 was best. She is wanting the PC to hold up for years to come, and with LGA1151 still being current it will be easier to upgrade with new (currently unreleased) CPU's going down the road. For about $600 I don’t think we did too badly on the parts list. The GPU was a simple choice, she needed 4GB of VRAM and this was the cheapest GPU that offered that.

The benchmarks that I have ran show a huge difference. Passmark went from a 1386.3 on the FX to a 3870.9 on the i5. So I think it was worth the money for a 200% performance gain. In Firestrike, this PC pulled a 4732. I have not run Firestrike yet on the FX build.

The case was an absolute nightmare to work in. No cable management and pour placement of everything. In the end, I got the cables tucked away as much as I could, and I am ready for the berating of PCPP on the cable management. (The 8pin CPU was not long enough to run anyway other than across the board and I will not have the rig long enough to order an extension.)

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  • 48 months ago
  • 4 points

You need to check out a video over on you tube, done by Linustechtips. They ask "Yes, good cable management does looks awesome. But does it actually increase the efficiency of your CPU or GPU cooler?". The short answer is no it doesn't help at all. I'd just show her how to clean the dust out and all will be good!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I love watching Linustechtips. Myself I think of a PC as a work of art if you will, taking time to color code things, getting the lighting right, getting the proper case for the esthetics. Granted some PC's are simply just to work, and that is more what this one falls in to. But I really do wish I could have made the wiring job look better for my own vanity's sake. Any who thanks for the logical comment, very few people see past opinion and too the facts.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm pretty sure that is a Raidmax Cobra case.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The front grill is not the same, it definitely looks like a raidmax case but I'm not sure if it is a Cobra. Unless that line has changed its looks a lot over the years.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I actually have the same problem with my case, being that it sucks. Maybe I should've spent a little more and purchased an NZXT S340.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I love NZXT cases, cable management is a breeze. Unfortunately I did not have much of a choice on this build.

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

the build looks good, though i would have gone for a r7 370 2gb cause in no game with the 370 I think you use more than 2 (maybe just maybe GTA but I dont think) and the money saved to buy an i5 6500 which has 3.2GHz base clock. still 1080p very playable nice