Description

Basically this guy I work with needed a new computer. He was running an old Dell desktop with a Pentium 4 and on-board graphics, DDR2 spec memory, and a pretty awesome PCI Creative Labs sound card.

He had saved up about $400 for a computer that would "Play Age of Empires, Command and Conquer, Facebook, and Youtube," so I told him it could be done for a little over $300. He gave me the cash, and a week later he had this sweet little powerhouse perfect for him.

I definitely gave him room to expand his game library, as he came in a few days later and told me "I loaded up Age of Empires and its so fast I had to slow the game down." Hopefully he buys some games from this decade sometime soon.

BREAKDOWN:

CPU: - AMD APU with R7 on die graphics, for only $90? Yes please. I don't care if the stock cooler idles at 40C, this is going to be a doping cheetah on steroids compared to that Pentium 4 drowning in a whole tube of Arctic Silver 5.

(Yes the CPU in the old computer had a WHOLE 3.5g TUBE APPLIED TO IT. I'm surprised it survived that installation. I would have taken pictures but, if you've ever handled Arctic Silver 5, you know that that stuff does not mess around when it wants to get on everything.)

Motherboard: - ASRock is by far my favorite brand ever. This cheap little board offered everything a guy like Jerry could ever hope to upgrade for, and as an added bonus, it has blue heat sinks. Take a look at any build ive done, and you can see I really like blue. A lot.

Memory and Storage: - I used a moderate gaming class memory module for him because the price didn't really matter. 4G of quality ram will generally run $30. As for storage, no need to go crazy with an SSD or Caviar Black when all hes doing is isometric turn-based strategy with maybe a grand total of 50Mb of assets being read at one given time.

Power Supply: - 500W model was same price on Amazon, so I bought that one instead.

Case: - Jerry likes black gunmetal cases, he likes sleek yet bold design, and his keen eye for antithetical flow leaves only the best of the best to be worthy of him.

Not really. I thought he would like it because of the brand name. He did.

Comments

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Maxed out Age of Empires at a pristine 1024x768 resolution? This dudes balling. Nice build.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahhhh good old age of empires at 1024x768 how I miss you!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't really understand why corsair makes that RAM like that, it doesn't look that cool and usually in iTX builds, blocks the heatsink.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Corsair Vengance Pro is much better. The rifles in the top are supposed to be for heat I guess, but they are a tad tall.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

There is really no difference in RAM it is all about looks. That is like saying a GTX 970 reference performs worse that the 970 Twin Frozr

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

That is, if the mhz is the same

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean Vengance pro looks and is shaped better.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Ohh, that's opinion I guess. It's not my favorite but probably because of the inability to use it in a lot of builds.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

This moba supports vga displays right?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it does.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much Im a first time builder so I needed to check I have the build but since im only 15 its gonna take a while because of money I have 90$ out of the 370$ that im gonna need. So I guess all I have to ATM is to learn how to put a PC together

  • 55 months ago
  • 0 points

Dont you need 2 sticks of ram , so you can use the full 128 bit bandwith ?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

It will definitely not improve much from using one RAM stick. It only makes a difference if you are doing insane multi tasking and even then, it doesn't change that much.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

If you knew Jerry you would know that he would never really need more than 4gb at any point

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

IGPU performance is bottlenecked by memory bandwidth. There is even a significant performance gain from 1600mhz to 2133mhz let alone single to dual channel, if he has gaming performance problems definitely throw another stick in before upgrading to a dedicated graphics card.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I wasn't even thinking of this !! He does need to upgrade RAM to 8gb of 2400mhz to get maximum performance from the iGPU

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

The dude is playing isometric strategy and tile scroller strategy games. If a PowerColor Raedon 9200SE video card and Windows XP could play his games on his old system without hitch, there is no need for him to ever have to need to upgrade to norms of today's computers, i.e. SSDs, dual channel DDR3, or full dedicated video cards.

  • 55 months ago
  • 0 points

Get another 4gb of ram and a ssd for his next upgrade

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  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

I wrote it at 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning... I dont remember half of what I wrote

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

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