Description

These parts were a 2012 Christmas gift to my son, who is 12. The Monitor he got a few months later for his birthday. We built this together, and he had hands on nearly every step. It replaced a Core2 build from 2006. The Antec case is left from that build, as is the power supply, keyboard, and mechanical HDD's. He chose to utilize ALL the case badges!

He uses this for school work, gaming, and basic video editing.

Comments

  • 75 months ago
  • 4 points

I hate that case xD Good build though, any reason why you got a 560?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

At the time he only had a 20" 1680x1050 monitor. And I was trying to stay within mom's holiday budget. This was, at the time one of the better cards for the price. And he just always had a thing for classy ultras ;)

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah the 560 448 is closer to a 570 with a little tweaking. gotta love the clean look of evga's reference cards :D

  • 75 months ago
  • -1 points

I wouldve gotten an i3 and better gpu. i3s are still pretty good in gaming. Also, im doing a $700 build with i3 and radeon 7770.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

for 700 bucks and i3 and a 7770 are realy low grade get an i3 and a 7850 or 0 r7 270 or r7260x

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

my build was from october 2013. R9 series didnt release yet and i got a 7770 ghz edition.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I understand buy you say "he", so you're the mother writing this?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I'm the dad. But my wife was concerned about equal spending on both of our kids. Makes sense sorta.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I understand, does make sense, nobody wants any fighting xD I do have a question about that case though. From the outside it is very aesthetically appealing but the inside is very dreadful, was it hard to work in? Also you have those cables, by now you must have cleaned them up, right? I know there isn't much cable management room though xD

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Cases have come a long way since this old 900. Cooling performance is good but there's no concept of cable management built into this case. To avoid stringing power cables across the motherboard I added the 2 large holes in the back. There's not much room behind the back panel either. We did what we could to keep cables in order but they're all there with no place to hide. I did a build for someone a few years ago using a 902, it sports many improvements but there are still far better cases out there.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

i only started getting into pc's a little after the release of the gtx 600 cards. what was different about the 560 ti 448 other than a little more vram?

EDIT: you should also consider a new psu, if its from 2006 it seems to be a good idea

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

the 448 had more processing cores (448 of them of course). with a very slight overclock it had the performance of a 570 for ~$100 less. I currently run one at 2560x1440 and get at least 30 on ultra settings (max settings bioshock benchmarks got me 50+) even with it being pretty old at this point.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

wow, quite the card

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

it really is. at this point i want to upgrade, but i don't think a 760 would be a big enough performance boost to justify the price, and the 770/780s are just too far out of my budget :/

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

it doesnt sound like it would be to me either, i doubt my 760 would get near 30 fps at 1440p maxed out, hell, it isnt maxing out guild wars at a consistent 30+ frame rate at 1080p

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

The thing about video cards is that it's all relative to the price you pay compared to competitive cards at the time you purchase it. The prices are always in flux and you just have to do your research to get what works best for you for the money. Have I seen better cards for less in the months following that purchase? Heck yeah! But that always happens. In my house it's pretty typical for the kids to get parts that are 2 more generations old and/or hand-downs. But it's not bad for a 7th grader.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, i agree with you there

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

why did you a stick a core 2 duo badge on ur case?

  • 75 months ago
  • 3 points

That's just left over from the first build in '06. Just shows the heritage of the case I guess. It's better than some of the stickers he used to put on his case.

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

If you're going for Price vs Power, AMD cards give more bang for the buck, especially in the lower end.

But whatever, what's done is done. In the end, not a bad build.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

At the time of the build, NVIDIA PhysX was something he really wanted. It was prominently featured in Borderlands 2 release. Neither of us were into trying to achieve this with an AMD card.

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