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UPDATED: Now with decent quality internal photos/cable management!. (Nikon V1 has no flash but a max brightness iPad screen did the lighting :P)

First build in a loooong time. I only built this because I need something with a graphics card that isn't an integrated piece of crap (OpenEmu runs old skool games fine on my Mac with an Intel HD 3000 & that's all that mattered!).

This is only for playing the Sims 3 & an expansion or two at a time. Sims 4 in the future & maybe SimCity. I'm not a PC gamer.

Notes: Prices are Australian. CPU, Mobo, GPU, RAM from MSY. PSU & Case from Scorptec I already own the monitor & speakers that will be shared with my Mac mini. Already had the KB/Mouse/SSD spare. The case is actually BitFenix Prodigy White w/blue border. I only brought the RAM because it was pretty. girl

The lazy cable management is because I just zip-tied it all out my way for now, I still need to buy/install a Bitfenix Recon fan controller at some point & get some less annoying sleeved cables!

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

some well informed choices, it's a bit unfortunate that the costs had to be so high

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

I've been so out of the loop PC hardware/Windows wise that I spent the last 3 months lurking this wonderful site for inspiration & too see what worked well together. I did have $800 cash for this so I think I did ok considering the Aussie prices.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build (and that pony xD). Any plans for an aftermarket CPU cooler? If yes, I suggest you to go here to see the best aftermarket heatsink CPU cooler.

  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

No real point to get an aftermarket with a locked cpu.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh. I see.

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

It's not bad to have a aftermarket, but the stock cooler will be "enough" not great.

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

Well I obviously don't care about overclocking & the stock fan seems fine enough to me.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Hah, didn't know that individual parts came with those little stickers that say stuff like "Intel Core i5 Inside", I thought those only came with pre-built computers/laptops!

Pretty good build, especially since AUS prices are ultra inflated comped to USD. Hope you enjoy playing Sims on this! Also, good choices not getting overkill stuff like a 7870 or a 4670k

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I think everyone is normally like "stickers? what am I 5?" because they want nice clean cases to show off I guess. I didn't want to spoil my pretty case either but then I'm a Mac user & haven't had stickers to play with for like 7 years. :p They are out of view under my desk anyway.

Oh yeah I was well informed that I didn't need overkill for just Sims. I wish I knew the requirements of Sims 4 already but I think I'll have a GTX 660 by then.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

I highly doubt that Sims 4 will be demanding, hehe

And frankly, I think it'll be cool to put the stickers on, then if you keep re-using this case, it will get covered in stickers! So then eventually it will have a "Core i5 inside" sticker as well as a sticker boasting a Skylake chip that has a different name than the i3/i5/i7 lines. Or, you don't re-use the case, and you just keep it. Then a few years down, you look at it and go "Man, I used an i5? Those things are crap compared to now!" It's just small novelty

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

How you likin those speakers? thinkin of getting them.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

love them! highly recommended.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 67 months ago
  • -2 points

Wow Downvote