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Notes: I picked up all these parts from my local Microcenter store, which is why my selection may be odd. He needed it built same-day.

I got a 500gb HDD because he did not want a hybrid setup, and his previous HDD size was 250gb. He only used about 10% of the space on his 250gb HDD, so a 500gb HDD worked out perfect. He's getting a lot of games now, which is why I didn't get a SSD. I didn't go with a terabyte because he will never use a terabyte, and it's extra money that could be put towards something else (Like the SD card reader).

The z87 board was the best one at Microcenter that I could find for the money, and had the best reviews. I would've picked a different board if I were purchasing online, but he needed this PC same-day.

Went with 700w PSU because the 500w PSU's were cheap-quality, and I did not want to run the risk of frying the mobo.

I went with Nvidia because I've had bad luck with AMD products in the past (Overheating & failing within a year, even with the proper cooling), so I didn't want to risk his gpu failing prematurely.

My really good friend's PC recently died on him (Broken PSU, PC was around 7+ years old), so I built him a new PC just in time for Christmas. Plays all the games he wants at max settings without any lag (Skyrim with HD texture pack, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Battlefield 3, and F1 2012.)

Used the Windows 7 key from his previous machine on this one.

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Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

i have some questions about this build and your intentions.
1) why a $130 board with a locked cpu. you could have gotten a h81,h87 or b85 for much cheaper that would be perfectly capable of doing what you need.
2)why a 500gb hdd when the 1 tb is literally the exact same price?
3)why the 650ti? you could have gotten a 7950 for about $20-$30 more.
4)why a 700 watt, $70 psu?? estimated max wattage is 314. there is no reason to go over 500 watt unless you planned on going sli but that board doesn't even support it so that is really confusing.

For the money, you could have done a ton better. i am not trying to be mean but it is true. maybe do some more research next time.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points
  1. I picked up all the parts at Microcenter, that was the best one they had for the money.
  2. Went with the 500gb HDD because he specifically said he didn't need a lot of storage, and he didn't want a terabyte.
  3. I'm not one to judge, but I've had a lot of bad luck with AMD products, which is why I prefer Intel/Nvidia.
  4. The 500w PSU's at Microcenter were cheap-quality - I went with the 700w PSU because it was higher quality vs. raidmax.
  • 76 months ago
  • 6 points

Even if you have had bad luck with amd with this budget it would have been so much better.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

I just don't get the hdd part. That's like going to the store for cereal and there is buy one get one free and you are like **** it I only need one.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

It's because it wasn't buy one, get one free - the difference between the 1TB and 500gb drive was ~ $50 (Remember, this was a same-day build, so my options were limited.)

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

We're talking about in-store pricing, not online pricing.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

True. Amd has terrible reliability. I had a hd 7970 and it lasted less than an hour.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

That happens occasionally, but my AMD build has been lasting me for around 7 months now without any problems, besides the XFX psu, which was doa.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

ive had my amd build for 2 years and it has held up well im getting ryzen soon though

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

The friends impatience cost him better parts for the money. You still did a good job +1

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

I agree, I would've ordered the parts online to save money/get what I actually wanted, but he had a writing assignment due the next day, and he didn't have a working backup PC, so I had to rush build this. All-in-all, he's still really happy with how it turned out.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Reasonably good build, a little funny that you chose a z87 chipset for a locked CPU, and a 700w psu? otherwise, good.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

The mobo was the best one for the money that I could find at Microcenter, where I picked up the parts (Excluding the graphics card and SD card reader). Went with the 700w psu so he can add another graphics card later on if he wants to.

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

but he can't unless he gets a new board....

  • 76 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah, I just realized that, lol - I thought it supported SLI.

  • 76 months ago
  • 0 points

Should also clarify, another reason I went with a 700w PSU is because the lower wattage PSU's are dirt cheap & had bad reviews online, I don't want it failing anytime soon.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

In the description you said that you will use the extra money gained from going with a 500 gig hdd, but the 1tb is the exact same price. I don't think you can buy anything extra with $3.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Microcenter was trying to upsell the 1tb HDD - going with the 500 saved me around $50.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're friend were a bit more patient, he could have gotten a much better build for the money. Still a great build.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

After a year of service, this machine has been tragically lost in a house fire that was caused by a faulty dishwasher.

RIP - 2013 - 2014 http://imgur.com/FgABf40,q9qKFnB,NSKItam

  • 76 months ago
  • -1 points

Get a better cooler bro, I'd go with a Hyper 212 Evo if I were you.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not overclocking it.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

It's cheap, reliable and doesn't offer much argument against it. You don't need to be oc-ing anything with it. Just a suggestion :-)

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

If I run into issues with the stock cooler later on, I'll be sure to look into it - thanks for the advice :)

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

:-D

  • 76 months ago
  • 0 points

So...?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

So what? I'm happy with the stock cooler currently, I'll change it if it fails/starts overheating.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

It makes a gaint difference in temps, and it's only $30. http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/cm_hyper212_evo/4.htm

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  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

Funny thing is that I've got a spare core 2 duo in my office, lol.