Description

This is my first custom build. Started with a budget of $500, and ended up slightly over. Couldn't be happier with the way it turned out!

Main goal was to save money on each component. Hence the name, "Cheapskate."

This site served as a great source of information, and will definitely come back when it is time to build again!

Log in to rate comments or to post a comment.

Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

i defintely would have added a GPU best budget = 270x or 750 ti

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I really do not think I need a GPU. Will not be doing any gaming with it. Thanks!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

What will you be doing with it?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

.Net and Android programming, web browsing and Office tasks.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

You really didn't need an unlocked CPU since you don't have an overclocking board.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree - could have gotten a regular i5 for cheaper, or maybe a bottom-shelf i7 for about the same price

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

It looks like he got a really good deal on that CPU since they usually sell about $60-70 higher than the $180 he listed. I'm guessing that's why he went that route.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I had seen threads mentioning overclocking ability with the board, and I also poked around in the BIOS and saw the option. I haven't enabled yet, however.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

So did the overclock go well?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Bravo on not going crazy with the RAM :: I see that all the time... But why the aftermarket cooler? You won't be doing any overclocking on that board; could have saved yourself $30 there. And, as lohjiahung mentioned, you have no need of an unlocked CPU. Could have gotten a locked i7 if you transferred the cooler money over... Oh well: Excellent build for the budget either way! +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe that H97 board can overclock. Not all H97s can, but I believe this one can.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Asus enabled overclocking on the H97 chipset boards, but I don't believe ASRock did... I believe MSI also made some H97 boards that enabled overclocking.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Overclocking appears to be enabled. Have not tried it yet. Bought the Evo becuse the used processor did not come with the stock HSF. Also, thought would be nice to have for future build, and/or upgrades to this build.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! It's gotta be really super fast!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Love the speed so far

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems good, personally I would have gotten a 100$ i3 and then a cheap graphics card. Like an r7 260x.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Personally I couldn't justify spending on a graphics card. I never intend to play a game on it, and may use GIMP once or twice a year.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I just see a case....

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not i3 or AMD APU/FX ? HDDs in Raid 1 ? Stock cooler is enough for most apps.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I prefer Intal due to better single core performance. Last PC was had a AMD Phenom X4 9650, and I couldn't convince myself to go back to a dual-core, even though it would have crushed the old 9650.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

THis is just the picture of a Pc case, more pics please

[comment deleted]
[comment deleted]
  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I am running Windows 7. All parts marked as $0.00 (including OS) were scavenged from PCs that were given to me in the past. I will try to add more pictures today.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the update on your Part List! Also, that makes sense on the Hard Drives and OS. Looking forward for internal pictures.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with you there, more internal photos would be nice please and what the OS is. I think he or she has the "0.00" because it's been used and therefor it's being re-used. Or somehow, someone has already paid the components for them. Of course, who knows since I'm just taking a guess here.