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So what I wanted to do with this build was keep the total price (including the taxes) under $1000. This was my friends budget so the choices were pretty clear, as much as I wanted to get the new Haswell I5 for him it couldn't work, but the 6300 is still good. And at the time we got the 6300 and the 970 MOBO for in a combo deal making it even cheaper.

For the ram there isn't much to say ram is ram and the Corsair is pretty reputable and they look nice. For the hard drive I just went with Seagate Barracuda it's a good price and runs well for storage and boot. I would have loved to have picked up a SSD for the boot though but wasn't able to squeeze that into the build :(. The MSI GTX 650 Ti is still a good card even though it's outdated and is still able to play current games no problem and is very reasonably priced. For the PSU I wanted to have a Corsair since I have used many of their products and they all worked flawlessly and they have nice sleeving on the cables. The 500 watts is fine and left a little wiggle room for maybe later down the line.

The Rosewill Challenger was my friends choice he really liked the look and the cool LED fan that came in the front of the case. I had no problems with the case it had a little space for cable routing in the back plate and it had screwless HDD bays and was pretty headache free.

Conclusion: I think this is a pretty solid build he wanted Win 7 over 8 and I used my Artic Silver I used in my previous build. The heatsink that came with the fan literally just clipped on and didn't feel really tight and is loud as hell I would probably remove that get a aftermarket heatsink to reduce the noise since the other fans are pretty quiet. I wasn't able to cable mange since there was very little space. The case is windowless so it doesn't matter a whole lot as long as the fans can push the air around without the cables getting in the way of them.

(He picked up a 24' Asus Monitor and a new keyboard that was also part of the $1000 budget)

Thanks for reading leave some comments and let me know how I did and check out my previous build I did for my self ($1800 build)

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  • 76 months ago
  • 6 points

U gonna overclock that cat?

  • 76 months ago
  • 7 points

Not without aftermarket catnip ;)

On a more serious note, it's a good build considering you had to fit everything under 1000$. Some people have the luxury of salvaging parts from other builds, but when you have to buy the monitor & OS, the "net" budget takes a hit! Good job :)

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Had a similar talk on my previous build about OC'ing my cat but without adding additional cooling to him I don't think I will crank him up anymore

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you referring to a computer or real cat in this comment? (real or humor?)

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Humor

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Well then OC him! Just give him a bowl full of catnip every time he starts to get lazy!

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

Gpu should have gone with amd

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

In this case I agree. He could have gotten a 7870 or if he stretched the budget just a little bit he could have gotten the 7950 or perhaps even the R9 270x

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Couple of things 1 he couldn't go over $1000 that is how much total after taxes we came very close to that mark with everything the 7870 is more expensive and the 660 TI from what I read and seen in benchmarks out preforms it. 270x is $200 and the TI is $159. Also the card wasn't out at the time of making this build. Budget man

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

It says you purchased a 650ti not a 660ti. And a few weeks ago the 7870 was about $175 if not less.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry that was a mistype I didn't catch. Anyways the 7870 was out of budget you get some 2 companies that sell that card for that price other wise it's $+200

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

That coupled with the fact you had a bad experience with radeon cards, I can completely understand your decision. And by the way I just have to make sure that you know the 7870 does indeed offer more power than the 650ti boost.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I respect you choose nividia but it didt pass 1000 and are you going to include monitor and mouse and keyboard?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

total price for everything came in just under $1000 (high 900's) I am unsure of the exact model of Monitor and it was a Rosewill keyboard that cost like $30

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

We live in Canada and pay high taxes for everything so I think we spent like 150-200 just on taxes. If you're from the States I am sure you will have more lee way

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

oh ok

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I have had bad experiences with Radeon cards I guess I have just been unlucky but that bias has already been driven into me. On that note I have only had good experiences with Nvidia so that's what I went with

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

GPU to top slot?

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

You should probably work on the cable management. If there isn't anything in the case, just organize the cables a little bit with some zipties.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I cable manged a bit better than what was shown in the picture but apparently it runs cool and everything is half decent so all is good

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice PC! congrats

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, people are complaining about that card, but I own it and it runs great. 60-70FPS running BF3 on high, and all other games I play run good. BF4 is not as good, but it is still able to be run. Good build, except the cables could have been managed better :P

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