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Just Another PC

by Oliver

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My moms pc died a couple weeks ago, and my dad asked me to build a cheap new one. Simple as that! There's not much to the build and most of it's pretty self explanatory. The only thing weird was that the CPU cooler I don't think was officially compatible with the socket, so for some reason or another, the fan blocked the ram so I had to put the fan on the other side which screwed the entire airflow up, so instead my last picture emphasized the airflow setup I created. The back fan is actually an INTAKE, and the heatsink fan is pulling air from that intake into the heatsink, and the roof fan is the only exhaust. So even though this is a fairly non traditional airflow, it works fine, because the CPU is the only thing that really needs active cooling like that, so for the minute heat produced by the chipset, it will be drifted away by the general air movement, from all fans (including PSU fan). Compared to my last build "Magnum", this build was a breeze for me (took about two hours)! Thanks for looking, and I'd be more than happy to answer any questions in the comments below!

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DannyVekslender 1 Build 15 points 65 months ago

Lol, I read the first line accidentally as "My mom died". Nice build, but I'm not a big fan of this case. Still, +1 to you sir!

MasterOfPC 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

LOL

gamingnoah 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

I lol'd

jaredt 1 Build 3 points 65 months ago

Amazingly balanced, great part choice in quality and price plus all done in $350... You sir did an amazing build and i wish i could give more than +1

Oliver submitter 5 Builds 2 points 65 months ago

Thanks!

jbown 3 points 65 months ago

You seem very smart with computers so im going to ask for some advice, ive been looking for a fast desktop for gaming and i dont really know what to look for, i have never made a computer and im planning to have this be my first build. im into a game called League or Legends so i need a fast processing computer with a high graphics card. i dont really know much but i was looking at this build, http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1UvhJ and my price range is around 800(American) but i can go over. also would like a cool case that has some led lighting. thank you show much to anyone that can help.

Oliver submitter 5 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

That design would be fine for LOL, but I might recommend windows 7 over windows 8, unless you personally prefer 8, because usually 7 is more liked than 8.

12345678 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

You can play LOL just fine with a Pentium and radeon 6570. It actually isn't that intensive when compared to other games

Frostbyter 1 point 65 months ago

You made a semi menial build look good! Very nice :)

+1

Oliver submitter 5 Builds 3 points 65 months ago

Thank you! I thought, as long as it;s simple, why not make it look as nice as I can!

fnapoli 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

This is a fantastic build! $350 well spent!

Oliver submitter 5 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

I hope it will last her as long as I expect it to, I have to admit, I did grab some good deals!

fnapoli 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Are the HDD temps ok? There's no real airflow over the drive. Not sure if that's a big deal or not?

Oliver submitter 5 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

Well, honestly I haven't measured them, but PC hasn't crashed yet, and I can put my hand on it without any pain!

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

How do you like the case? Building a computer around Christmas in that and wanted to know if there's anything I should be concerned about. Also, nice computer!

Oliver submitter 5 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

Thanks! The case is probably the best case of it's price area. It's honestly not the easiest to build in (a little cramped), so I would recommend fractal design cases. If you can afford it, they look similar to this, and they are an easier build for around 40 to 50 more. If you can't stretch your budget, this will work absolutely fine!

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

Alright, thanks! It will be my first build, and I don't really want to expand my budget any more (already pretty tight), plus I really like the looks of this one. I shall take up the challenge of this case!

Oliver submitter 5 Builds 3 points 65 months ago

After all, there's no fun without a challenge!

ThePCguy2013 1 point 65 months ago

dude, r u some sort of pro pc builder?

Oliver submitter 5 Builds 4 points 65 months ago

Nope, just your average 16 year old highschooler, looking for every opportunity he has to build a computer, his favorite thing to do! Why do you ask?

ThePCguy2013 2 points 65 months ago

You have 4 builds posted, which is 4 more than me. My dad used to build pcs and he build <100 of them, but he dosen't want to spend more money, so I'm stuck gaming on a dell optiplex until I save up money.

Oliver submitter 5 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

Only one of the builds is mine, and I've built 4 over the course of 2 years. I've gotten lucky that My mom's died, my grandpa needed another one, and my dad needed a faster one for his office, but I just look fo r any opportunity I can get, and offer my service no charge, because I enjoy it as a hobby, not as a job!

Matryoshka 2 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

The cooler itself is a little low sitting, so it wont be very compatible with ram that has a high heatsink. It's something that a lot of coolers do, it doesn't mean socket incompatibility, though. You also could have gotten the 212 Evo for roughly the same price, and it's higher.

Oliver submitter 5 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

I wanted the cheapest I could get, and I was about to go with stock, but I saw this, and at the time the EVO was 35, so I went with this.

Radio_Memories 6 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

Very nice build for that price and your pictures are really high quality.

Apach3 3 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

you could've mounted the heatsink fan in a pull configuration. that's what i had to do to make my Hyper 212 EVO not interfere with my Tactical Tracer memory.

nonetheless, i like your arrangement, and great job on putting together a decent all-around PC for $350. too bad you couldn't wait for Steamroller :(

Oliver submitter 5 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

I actually couldn't have easily done that, because the fan only on one side had mounting points to the heatsink, so that forced the airflow one direction. I could have unscrewed it, but since I thought of this solution before I thought to unscrew it, I went with this.

Apach3 3 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

ah, that is a bit of a bummer.

still, it's an excellent system for not too much money. i'm sure your parents are happy with it.

Oliver submitter 5 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

They are very happy.

chowsownsomepizza 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Very reasonable. Thumbs up. Your mother would like it!

Oliver submitter 5 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

She doesn't know the difference between an ethernet cable and wifi, so as long as it works, she's happy!

chowsownsomepizza 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Wifi is ethernet without wires. Simple as that.

Oliver submitter 5 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

My point exactly.

Tshootz 1 point 65 months ago

I had the same problem with my cpu cooler. Still cools just fine, haven't broken 35c even after a 5 hour gaming marathon while streaming music. Baby should stay nice and cool for you.

Oliver submitter 5 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

Comforting to know, thanks!

Tshootz 1 point 65 months ago

I did have to switch the fan around so it blows out the back of the case instead of blowing from the back into the case.

Oliver submitter 5 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

So you have the back case fan blowing air outwards, and the cpu heatsink fan blowing air into the heatsink? Wouldn't that make some competition for the air between the two fans?

Tshootz 1 point 65 months ago

No I switched the direction of the fan on the heatsink. It is pulling air through the heatsink I stead of pushing.

illinklined 2 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

Great Photos, what kind of Cam are you using?

Oliver submitter 5 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

Thanks, I'm using a point and shoot Nikon Coolpix L120 with just a flashlight as lighting.

illinklined 2 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

flashlight? hmmm need to try that

Oliver submitter 5 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

It was a weird flashlight that had the effect of a floodlight, like the ones on your ceiling. Never the less, it was very unprofessional, and worked, so I'm sure there's many other ways that will work as well!

illinklined 2 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

learned something new today, nothing like a bit of ingenuity to make things better at zero cost. Awesome tip.

johndebeer 1 point 64 months ago

is it possible to run a computer with no software because its not in the list.

EpicGrass 1 point 58 months ago

Did you do any gaming on it?

Oliver submitter 5 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

Nope. :)