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Gifted Parts Build

by Mindcrome



Date Published

Oct. 28, 2016

Date Built

May 1, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

2.8 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

990 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

73.0° C


So a friend of mine knew I needed a PC to do some gaming and recording and was very nice to give me some parts to help me out. Turns out he gave me most of the PC parts and I bought what I needed on a tight budget. I spent about $300 on PC parts and $100 on audio equipment. I ended up replacing the RAM as the one I got with the parts was miss matched, and in order to get the max ram to read on the Motherboard I needed a matched pair.

List of parts gifted:
Intel i5 2.8Ghz(3.2 Turbo Boost) Quad-Core 4440-S, CPU Heatsink cooler fan, Asus H81M-A Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard, 8 Gb 1600 Mhz Ram, Asus Strix R9 380 4Gb DDR5 VRAM, 2 Tb Segate 7800rpm hard drive,

List of parts I bought from Fry's in my town: Zalman Neo Z9 Mid Tower (White),
Thermaltake TR2 600W Power Supply, LG 22" HD Monitor, LG DVDRW Dive, Various PC cables,
Kensington Keyboard and mouse combo

From Newegg: Cosair Vengeance 8Gb X 2 1600Mhz Ram

From a private seller at my girlfriends job: Sony STR-DE925 5.1 surround receiver, Advent (JBL) 8" Powered Subwoofer,
Advent (JBL) x2 2" Satelite Speakers, Advent (JBL) 4" Center Channel,
Yamaha x2 3 way Floorspeakers,

And I already had: CAD Audio MH510 Sessions Headphones (Gaming Headphones suck IMO), and a RockBand USB Mic (It surprisingly sounds good)

This small build fits my needs for gaming (Elite Dangerous, DOTA 2, Fallout 4, Skyrim) and recording just fine. No issues really. In the upcoming year I will upgrade the CPU and Motherboard so I can run all games with out a issue and bypass the Motherboard's DAC (I need a optical output) and use the receiver's DAC

Comments Sorted by:

towerdivermp 2 points 26 months ago

Looks pretty sick with the white and blue!

Mindcrome submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Thank you. I had no Idea what the color would be until I turned it on. I liked it! When I ordered ram I made sure that it was colored blue. And the 360 controller I had that I use sometimes is clear and lights up blue.

gukkelak 2 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Hows that cpu cooler? ive been looking at it for a while, and theres not a lot information out there. Is it quiet?

Sick build btw. Love these budget ones.

Mindcrome submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Well the cpu cooler I put on my parts list is not the exact one I have, it just looked like the one I had. There was no option for "generic pc cooler" haha.

But with this build I have not had any heat issues at all and under a heavy load. I think the cpu got as hot 74 Celsius. It all so runs really quiet. When I first turned it on I thought I did something wrong because it was so quiet. Much more quiet then the build for my girl friend (which I will post soon).

It helps that I am using a MATX board and that puts the cpu cooler right next to the back case fan and there is a lot of air flow. Thanks for the nice comments.

Jjleavs 2 points 26 months ago

So are you using a stock Intel CPU cooler? If so that answers

Mindcrome submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

I guess it is stock. I am really not sure. When I got the parts the cpu, heatsink fan, and ram where already on Motherboard. I thought about replacing it but decided not too. Rather wait until I can get new cpu.

DonWD3 2 points 26 months ago

I love builds like this. Giving new life to parts. I'm excited to see how you change it over time. +1

Kardude77 2 points 26 months ago

Very nice build! And a very nice friend! Congrats! +1

FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

How's that 4440s performing? :-)

Mindcrome submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

You know quite well. I was able to run Forza 6 Apex without much of a issue. No Man's Sky has some problems but that is not really the rig's problem I think.

Shameless Plug: You can check out my youtube channel to check out the performance. My videos are only in 720p because of the editing program that I am using. (Because it is free) My channel is @: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC9MqsHsv4EW4PL9BLK-XXXQ

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

$400 on a complete i5 pc is great. Congrats. You've got a good friend.

Thumbs up.

Mindcrome submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

It was really awesome of him to do that for me. I think he felt a little sorry for me because I put in allot of money into my girls computer a few years back (and so did she) and still did not have my own.

Hers is a: i7-4820k 3.7 quad core, Msi Z97 military class Motherboard, EVGA 980ti video card OC, Cosair Vengeance LP 16Gb Ram, Cosair X860 Power Supply, Cosair H80I Liquid Cooler, 1Tb Westgate HHD, 250Gb Samsung SSD, Cosair Vengeance C70 Mid Tower, Hello Kitty Mouse

She plays the Sims and Minecraft mostly

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Man, her pc is awesome.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Weird. I got downvoted for praising your build and friend.

Mindcrome submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Is that point thing on the side. Maybe my fat thumbs hit on my phone.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Yeah, but if it went from 0 to 1 then it definitely wasn't you. If you upvoted one than you downvoted it changes it by 2

Mindcrome submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

I think I fixed it.

FascistPancakes 1 point 24 months ago

I say keep the processor and upgrade the gpu to a GTX 1070 or a 980 Ti.