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The Unexpected Commander

by xx116xx

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30 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 26, 2014

Date Built

Aug. 24, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

900 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.6 GHz

Description

Hello again! This is my second build, this time for a friend.

I named it the "Unexpected Commander" because when we visited Microcenter we only thought that we were getting a few parts, but we ended up getting them all there and building it the same day.

This will be mainly used for medium-heavy gaming for extended periods of time. His budget was $570, obviously we went a little bit over (the final price actually ended up as $666). We could have saved some money by waiting, but for convenience we bought all the parts at once at Microcenter (AMAZING store, by the way). Unfortunately, taxes.

AMD FX 6300 - Went over to his house and tested out a few games. Seemed very responsive and quick, couldn't be more pleased.

Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 MicroATX - Motherboard was free with the processor at Microcenter. I listed it as $10.00 because he hasn't done the mail in rebate yet.

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 1600MHz - Cheapest 2x4GB 1600MHz RAM at Microcenter. It works.

Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM - He needed lots of space for games and couldn't swing an SSD with the budget, although he will get one eventually. Came with a SATA connector, unlike my WD Blue. Step it up, Western Digital!!!

Sapphire R7 265 - This is a strange card that lies in-between the R7 260X and the R9 270. I was looking at the former and asked fellow PCPP user Skemble what he thought. He led me to this, and Microcenter was able to bring down the price a little to match Amazon's. We tested out a few games (Crysis 2, Battlefield 3) and it ran smooth as butter on max settings. Very surprised and delighted with this card.

Thermaltake Commander Ouch. This case was a PAIN. Barely any cable management room at all, and the expansion card mounting system is weird. Also, the screws and screw holes suck. I hope to never build in this case again.

EVGA 500B Have this in my own system and it works. Not bad for the price.

Windows 7 He doesn't like Windows 8, which I guess is understandable.

Overall the build went ok. I spent about a half an hour trying to figure out why it wouldn't power on, only to find that I had plugged the power switch in the wrong place. DERP.

Funny story, because he didn't get an optical drive we had to install the OS using an optical drive while it was still in another computer (because we couldn't get it out). See the last picture.

Also, sorry about the low resolution photos. I took them with my iPod.

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skemble 24 Builds 4 points 55 months ago

Really solid lower budget build! Really solid prices on some of those parts. I wish I had a microcenter close by!

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 3 points 55 months ago

Thanks! It is a really nice resource. Prices are consistently low, which is always nice.

BluezCinema 1 point 55 months ago

Lucky you that MAssachusetts only has 6.25% tax. Here in Ontario, we have 13% :(

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 2 points 55 months ago

Ouch!!!

Some0ne 1 point 55 months ago

and where i live i cant order from amazon but only amazon uk and there is a very limited number of parts and the tax is 25%

Mercider 1 point 55 months ago

If 6.25% is the state tax, than what's the tax at the city level?

alex591 1 point 55 months ago

In my country we have 23%. So,you are lucky.

mrsimplycrazy 1 point 55 months ago

Where are you from? The Soviet Union?

alex591 1 point 55 months ago

I am from Romiania. This is a BAD country to live in. And it is not 23% it is 24%. Just looked it up. The computer parts are expessive here. EX: In Amazon the EVGA GTX 780 costs 500$.In here the same product costs 717$.

mtriaszin 1 point 54 months ago

Just a historical correction. The Soviet Union had no sales tax and an income tax of 12% (and i'm not protecting the Soviet Union just correcting you, plus anyway i'm an An-com so i hate states in general)

AdjacentMist 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

hey i have that case siting under my bed lol looks nice but is rather crappy for cable management ....... lol solid build non the less getting the mobo for 10 bucks really helped the budget.

edit:if you would have waited a little bit it would have been worth getting a r9 270 for almost the same price for much better performance.

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 2 points 55 months ago

Well, since he was on such a tight budget and we were already going over we couldn't swing the 270. Plus, my build still has to be a LITTLE better than his ;)

ivan134 1 point 55 months ago

For that price, you could have gotten an R9 270.

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Not at Microcenter. For some reason they were really over priced there ($209.99)

ivan134 1 point 55 months ago

Wow. I live in MA too, so thanks for the info. Why didn't you buy online then?

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Wanted to build it today, so he decided it was worth the convenience.

ivan134 1 point 55 months ago

Meh, lol. The 3-5 day wait would have been worth it.

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 3 points 55 months ago

Well, it wasn't my system so I wasn't in a place to make that decision.

candy 2 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Good parts list and choices. Nice seeing a build from you again ;) +1

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Thanks! I love building. Helping another friend on Wednesday, so look out for that! (It will be on his account though.)

tabascosauz 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

No surprises about the R7 265. It's a HD 7850 with more oomph. Should be able to match or keep up with GTX 660 performance at all times.

Nice build for the price.

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Thanks! Yeah, I have pretty high hopes for it, seeing that the 7850 was a great card back in it's day.

Under_Score 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Weird choice of build photos. Doesn't really show anything...

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 2 points 55 months ago

Sorry. Was in a hurry and didn't have time to snap good photos. I'll grab the DSLR sometime and go get some better ones.

The_MuffinMan 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Nice build +1

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Thanks! :)

The_MuffinMan 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Welcome :)

friedfacekkk 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

+1 I live in massachusetts too. Great part choices. The r7 265 works excellently with the fx 6300.

xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Fellow Masshole! It really does.

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xx116xx submitter 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Only a few hundred :P

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