Description

Just a small build I made for my brother's friend. He had 3 XBOX's in his house and wanted to play a little Steam action after the summer sale.

Budget was around $450-500 after he purchased the graphics card from my friend for $160 (total budget of ~$650). Windows 7 Pro was provided by me.

He has about 20 games after the Steam sale so he's ready to go.

  • CPU = awesome little guy, can do a whole lot just as a dual core
  • Mobo = was a little surprised at how narrow it was, but for what it provided for his needs it was fine
  • RAM = boss as usual from Corsair
  • HDD = tried to convince him to get a SSD boot drive but he didn't have the budget, so we settled on a 1TB
  • GFX = bought from my friend for $160 after he RMA'd it and decided he didn't want the replacement, not bad for 1080p
  • Case = really nice case to work with, I'm pretty sure all future builds from me are going to be Corsair Obsidians or Carbides
  • PSU = Modular ended up being easier to work with, but still ended up using all the cables
  • ODD = it's a disc drive, what else can I say about it

Comments

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

He spent $160 on that gpu? What a ripoff.

Edit: Was a 650 ti. Fixed, now a 660. Makes more sense now.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Fixed ;)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Whoops, card is actually a 660, gonna change that.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Good price for the gpu! :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

For his gaming needs, 660 was fine. He only wanted to spend $150 on the graphics anyways, so we planned on a 650 Ti. Luckily my friend was RMA'ing his 660 and decided he didn't want it anymore so we scored on that deal.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I own a 660, best graphics card I've ever owned.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Me gusta 200r

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

this was gonna be my budget build! you have it almost exactly (motherboard is off) But then i got a budget increase :D

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I like the overall build but I was so surprised by how narrow the board was. I knew it was ATX format, but it was just tiny.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Asrocks boards are usually smaller. (from what i've heard)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that carpet? If so you may want to tell your friend to turn the PSU around so it isn't a $650 dollar vacuum cleaner. Also beware of static discharge. Spooky stuff mate.

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

It is, that picture was taken at my house, though. He has hardwood floors I believe, but I think it'll be alright. I told him to blow it out with a compressor every few months to keep it dust free.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, cool alright. Was just making sure so all your work was for nothing. Cheers :)

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you run in to any problems with the gpu and power supply? (Apparently the minimum for the gtx 660 is 450 watts, you have 430.) I got the same gpu, cpu, and psu and was just wondering if i was going to run in to any problems? :)

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, they give you minimum requirements because power supplies at that wattage usually will have a matching minimum amperage on the 12V rail. For the Corsair CX430, it had 32A. The card needs 450W and/or at least 24A on the 12V rail.

You could possibly even go lower in wattage, so long as you keep the 12V above the minimum. But no, no problems whatsoever in games or Furmark/Futuremark/Unigine. =)