Description

I was tired of my laptop that was running games on low at 30 fps, and my mom needed a new computer. Because of that, me and my Dad built this baby (my first). It works beautifully. Building it was a breeze other then the case (I'll get on to that in a minute). Also, I'm also going to knock this down before it even comes up, yes the cable management is terrible and I'm fine with it because it cools just fine.

CPU - (i5-3350p) The other thing I know everyone will complain about. "Why did you go with the 3350p over the 3570k?". It's cheaper. About 70-150 dollars cheaper. First, if I'm going with the 3570k I need to get a overclocking motherboard because I'm overclocking that baby. Add ~50-100 dollars. Second, If I'm overclocking, I need an aftermarket cooler. Add ~30 dollars. Third, add the 20 dollars for the CPU itself. Too much money. As for the 3350p, it works great!

Motherboard - (ASRock B75M R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1155) Works perfectly. Has EFI BIOS and has all the plugs I need. During installation, we missed a standoff because of a sticker that has nothing to indicate that it should be taken off. Not having the standoff caused no problems because it is at a corner of the board with no expansion cards hanging off it, only cables. When we put the cables in, we put our finger in between the tray and the mobo.

Memory - (G.Skill Ripjaws X Series (2 x 4gb) DDR3-1600) No complaints, and they have heat spreaders.

Storage - (Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM) Runs fine, fast for the price, and boots in about 20 seconds (minus me putting in my password).

Video Card - (Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB) I love this card. It is amazingly fast for the price. It is overclockable, and runs cool and (almost) silent. Under max load (furmark) and with a moderate fan curve (58% fan at 72c), it is a optimal setup. Though keep in mind that it is very long (10.5 inches) so if you have a small case, it might not fit.

Wireless Adapter - (TP-Link TL-WN722N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0) Great adapter, serves me well and comes with a base which allows it to be put on a desk. Only problem is the drivers don't kick in after you wake the computer from sleep. There is a fix to it, though I can't figure out how to install it.

Case - (Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower) Got what I paid for. The case itself is fine, but installation was difficult. Screws for HDD bays and ODD bay are hard to get to. There are not enough holes for wires to go behind the motherboard tray, and there isn't enough room for what wires you can get back there (24 pin mobo connector comes to mind). Also, for a first time builder like myself, the instructions were not clear enough that we had to pull the front off to get the ODD shield to detach. However, it has great cooling even though my wires are a mess.

PSU - (Rosewill 650w ATX12V / EPS12V) Amazing PSU for the money. I know it is overkill for the computer I have, but the 650w version was cheaper then the 550w version. Go figure.

Optical Drive - (Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer) What can I say? It works.

OS - (Windows 7 64-bit OEM) It's Windows 7 and I like Windows 7.

Monitor - (Hand-Me-Down Dell Monitor (1280x1024)) It works, and supports 75hz. And, yes I am going to get a 1080p monitor to match my rig soon.

Keyboard - (Dell Mechanical Keyboard) It's a standard issue, PS/2 keyboard. I've had it since I was 2. It's still kicking.

Mouse - (Logitech G500 Gaming Mouse) I've had it for about 2 years. It works well and is programmable.

Benches: I don't want to benchmark YET as I do not have a 1080p monitor and would not conform to standards. So as a consolation prize you guys get a link http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-760-review-gk104,3542.html.

That should be all, if you guys have any questions or comments please leave them below.

Happy Building,

Sirflankalot

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems like a ghost or really, really tall person took one of those photos! Lulz. Love father/son builds! Seems nice too, and good call on the "K" series and how it really does run up the price. You said this was for your mom, so I'll bet mom doesn't care too much for overclocking. :)

Starlana +1's you!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry, I wasn't clear enough, I wanted better gaming performance, and she needed a computer with working USB ports (she has my old old computer) so I built this one for me and will give my old one to her. Also we have a 2 story apartment with an atrium. (My mom shot the pics from the top). As for overclocking, I don't think she knows that it can destroy a card, as I have my 760 overclocked (see specs). XD

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

no cpu cooler? other than that its a great budget built if you aren't doing any high performance gaming +!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Surprisingly with Prime95 running Large FFTs the highest it got was 60c!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting, and also is there any management room at the back/bottom? the wires don't really give room for the front fan.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

There is...but barely enough for the main motherboard power cable back there.