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Got tired of using a crappy old Netbook pretending to be a real computer so decided to build a home PC instead of buying one for the fun and productivity of it. The idea was an office workhorse with no real intense gaming in mind. Heavy web browsing, email, office applications, multimedia with pics, music, office suite etc.

Overall, the build went pretty smooth had it up and running in a few hours. The spinning hard drives are problematic, BIOS and Windows 8.1 will recognize them from time to time, dropping occasionally and then won't be able to format?

Any input is appreciated. Thanks!

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  • 75 months ago
  • 7 points

Everyone keeps saying that this build is overkill but it's really not. It's going to give him room to upgrade, there's a lot of performance for him to use and it's what he needs when he's going to be doing heavy web browsing (which probably means having a crap load of tabs open at once), and some heavy stuff with multimedia things. I think it's quite good and it's what he needs! You guys saying that he could've gotten a gaming pc for this price are right, but its not what he needed and plus he got an SSD, which people typically don't get in gaming builds less than 1000$. I hope you're enjoying your computer!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I do tend to over-engineer everything I build so overkill, perhaps? I will say it is lightning fast with the ssd. Boots in less than 10 seconds. Windows 8 is taking a little while to get used to though.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Overkill in some cases isn't bad and I personally don't think you overkilled and that's what I was trying to get through. Glad you're liking the speed of your computer so far :)

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Very very clean, I like it.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Really OP office build. Gonna crank out text and spreadsheets like nobody's business!

Are you going to get a mechanical keyboard at some point?

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

I mean, for an office PC you don't really need anything above Sandy Bridge/Phenom or mATX motherboards + a smaller case (for better aesthetics).

Also, you should've invested more in a better Optical Drive.

Some things to keep in mind: - Get a mechanical keyboard, WAY better for typing - Get a monitor with fast refresh rates - Consider upgrading the PSU with one that's 80+ Gold, office computers tend to do a lot at once and if a user likes to work and not save his progress an 80+ Gold PSU could save a whole day's worth of work

Other than that REALLY nice cable management, it'll help with temperatures

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm with iiLeGiT on this one. This build leaves plenty of room for expansion if the OP's priorities change a bit.

Also, who even uses optical drives anymore? I ended up returning mine before I even built my rig, instead temporarily popping the one out of my laptop to install Windows.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Aesthetics are moot, tons of space with the office desk. Why not go full ATX?

A mechanical keyboard is on the wish list. Still dealing with the sticker shock so I went cheapo Microsoft wired keyboard and mouse combo.

Agree on PSU. It was bronze, cheap ($20 rebate I need to do still) and modular which makes the cable management great. I've read some bad news about Corsair and CSW OEM capacitors but it seems to be working fine thus far.

Didn't go all out on the optic but really only needed it to boot up.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Only the non-modular versions have Chinese capacitors. The one you have, has Japanese capacitors, so you have nothing to worry about. The PSU is overkill though. You could have got the CX 430M instead, even though that would be overkill too. However, if you ever plan on making it much more than just an office computer, then nothing is lost.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

You might have gotten bad hard drives. Check the RMA on them.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice and clean. Good job, mate.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Really, you could just throw in a low-mid end GPU (under $200 easily) and you'd have a modest gaming system (albeit not max settings). I agree with bladedrummer on the price being a little high for your purpose, but it's still a good build - and very well put together from the looks of it.

  • 75 months ago
  • -2 points

you could even throw in a titan and it'd work fine with a 4570

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

That would likely more than double the cost of the rig. Why the hell, if it's not necessary, would you want to spend that much on a GPU? I could see putting a $100-200 card in there to help if by 'multimedia' the OP's referring to editing, but $1000 on a GPU in a >$1000 build..?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it was more of a point that his rig could handle just about any GPU that you wanna throw in if OP decides to use it for gaming down the road.

  • 75 months ago
  • -1 points

no **** lmao

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

You should update your BIOs.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Why is it recognizing the RAM as 1333mhz?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure..I went into the advanced BIOS and changed to 1600 but on the main BIOS screen it still shows 1333. Any tips to see what it is physically running at?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Are you running the two WD hard drives in raid? If so, which type (0/1) and how's that working out?

Thanks, ms

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I do not think it is overkill I built something similar for my mother's pc when she needed and wanted an at home computer that was not a laptop. I do want to ask about the case because I am currently trying to replace my 922 case and I need something with three things. Aesthetics, really easy and good cable management, and finally good fans and airflow. Can you please get back to me and let me know if this case has and is the case for me.

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

Seems a bit overkill for an office pc. For that price you could have gone for a mid-range gaming rig. Still, it will definitely serve you well.

  • 75 months ago
  • -1 points

if you're experiencing idle temperatures of 77.0° C, i'd take a look at your thermal setups immediately. even if you mistaked it for your load temperature, it's still incredibly high for a non-oced cpu.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

That's in Fahrenheit man, it says next to it 25 degrees Celcius. Nice and chilly!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

whoops, assumed it would default to F not C. The temp is fine.