Description

I wanted to keep the price of my computer around 800. Titanfall and Battlefield 4 run pretty well on it.

My reasoning:

CPU- I picked the 4670k because it was about $80-90 cheaper than the 4770k. If I need hyperthreading I'll get it then.

MOBO- Cheapest one that came in the bundle at the Microcenter

Ram- Only 8GB stick the Microcenter had. I didn't want to wait 2 days for parts so I just bought everything at the Microcenter.

HDD- 1TB for games and such. I'll probably get as SSD within 2-3 months.

GPU- I really wanted the EVGA GTX 760 with the blower fan, but this is all the Microcenter had in stock. I just prefer GeForce over Radeon.

PSU- Cheapest semi-modular PSU in stock. I originally was going to get the Corsair CX600M, but I didn't think it was worth the extra $25 (especially because it was still semi-modular)

OS- I like Windows 7 more than 8. I don't want UNIX as my primary OS.

Case- I needed a case that is less than 18.5 inches tall and 20 inches long so that it would fit on my desk. I liked the way the H230 looked (in white). There are two things I don't like about it: 1- the plastic front 2- only had mounts for 4 120mm fans.

Monitor- I like the small bezel and the matte screen. I didn't include it in the price because my dad took my monitor for his work, so he paid for this one.

Keyboard- I needed a wireless keyboard because the desk in my apartment is built in and has no hole for cables....it's kinda stupid I know.

WiFi Adapter- Already had it.

Mouse- Already had it.

The power supply cord wasn't long enough, so it had to cross over the GPU. There isn't any physical stress applied on the GPU (at least from what I can tell).

Please let me know what you think I should add/change for the future, this was my first complete build.

Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 6 points

People who live near 10-6centers must feel like gods addressing us mere mortals who have to pay exorbitant prices for components. THE DEALS ARE INSANE.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly! I live in Hawaii, shipping is bi*** for us here since we don't have a microcenter or any other computer retail stores -_-

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Allegedly Staples will honor ┬Ácenters prices (have not heard about combo prices) but I get the feeling they might gouge you severely to ship anyway.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

We really need a computer store here in Hawaii. I remember there used to be a store called CompUSA but I fon't remember what happened to it.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Doesn't CompUSA = Tiger Direct?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah they went out of business 5 years ago :|

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Here in the UK prices are absolutely extortionate! Especially on graphics cards

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Puff ALL the hardware is overpriced here in Mexico!, Things like cpus gpus cost around 100 dollars more

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  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get the MSI Z87-G41 motherboard for $39.99 at Microcenter? It is $69.99 with the combo. $54.99 if you mail in the rebate. I think Microcenter posted the wrong total price for the combo on their website.

I heard OCZ filed for bankruptcy so it's risky buying a power supply that might not be under warranty anymore.

Besides those things that I noticed; great build for the money.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

OCZ did file for bankruptcy, but I got the Microcenter 2 year replacement warranty for $6.

And good call, I just went by their website for the CPU and motherboard, but you are right.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Ocz is owned by toshiba now

  • 69 months ago
  • 0 points

Your motherboard is the cheapest core component in your build. I know it's a MicroCenter combo (which I love by the way) but that would still make me nervous. Since there aren't many reviews out there, can you tell us how it's performing so far? Any overclocking? (since you bought a 4670K)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

It's only been a week 4 days since I've had my PC up and running, but so far it's good. I haven't overclocked yet; I'm waiting a few weeks so that I know everything is running fine and so I can get some additional fans.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds good. Aftermarket cooling could give you some headroom to push the CPU as well. Just watch your VRM temps if/when you do decide to overclock. I'd love to hear the results, I have almost this exact config in mind, maybe a 770 instead though?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

So after adding a Xigmatek 120 mm fan and overclocking it 4.2 GHz the average CPU temp is 42 deg Celsius idle and 59 deg under load. The GPU temp is 42 deg idle and 48 deg under load. I only had this running for about 4 hours though.