Description

So a buddy had a desktop that he bought from Best Buy a couple years back. It was starting to give him trouble and so he asked me to make him a new one. He plays League of Legends, Diablo 3, and things of that sort.

CPU- Not the top i5, but he doesn't plan on overclocking it. Doesn't know how really. He just wants it to be quick and work.

RAM- Not bad for the price. Matches the color scheme and leaves a spot for another one if need be.

HDD- It's a hard drive. He turned down the SSD... :(

GPU- Went with the 4GB version hoping that would add longevity. Threw a 780 at him, but the price difference was about $100 to step up to a 780, so...

Case- Decent cable management at a decent price. The stock fans are ok, but you can do better.

Fans- I ordered these but they sent me the 140mm version and they don't fit. So as soon as I get them I'll put pictures for them up. I plugged one of the 140mm in to see how true it was to the specs and was very pleased. The stock fans are rated around 18dB and 40cfm. The Cougar fans are 64cfm and 16db.

Total damage with shipping and tax: $1087.06

Comments

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did you go with that mATX board in the ATX case? Also, why that PSU, those components would have been just fine with a 500/600W PSU. Not saying it's wrong, just want some justification, please!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess he only wanted a cheap board which I can understand a H81M is probably fine for someone who is not using 40 case fans, 8 graphics cards and 6GHz overclocking, the micro-ATX boards are cheaper I think.

I agree with you on the power supply. That power supply is not the best either even though it's efficient it's only in tier 3. He could have a got an XFX 550W ProSeries.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheaper board that had everything he wanted to keep cost down. As far as the power supply, it's a little overkill but would work better for upgrades later.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with you about the motherboard, and yes, mATX boards are cheaper, but so are mATX cases, so if he was on a tight budget, he should have gone with one of those.....

  • 68 months ago
  • -1 points

I like. Would be a bit more stable and a tad faster if he for 2 sticks of 4 GB RAM instead of the one 8 GB stick.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

You probably wont even notice the performance change.

  • 68 months ago
  • 3 points

I thought about going for 2x4GB of RAM, but by going with the single stick, if he needs more for some reason, there is room for expansion without wasting the old stuff.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

about 5% increase in performance, not worth sacrificing that last slot on the Micro ATX board for 5% extra performance.