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This is my first custom computer build. I made the entire thing while watching Doctor Who and felt it fair to name it after the blue box (nothing blue about my box though). Anyway, I only had about $650 on hand after months of saving to buy this build. Right now it has a score of 5.6 due to a bad HDD. Without the HDD the score is 7.6 . Most of the parts were bought new or refurbished off of Newegg and Amazon.The entire build cost a total of $647 USD. I have a PCI wifi card in there that I got from a friend for free. This build will be mostly used for gaming and slight video editing.

I have been using this build for a week now and have not run into any problems at all with the build.The boot

time is decent, the graphic performance is GREAT for a $170 graphics card.The processor hasn't run into any problems either. Later in the month I will be switching out the power for a higher wattage because I am currently using the bare minimum needed for the system. I will also be buying a SSD for the build as a boot drive. I have a few other things to add (better cooling solutions and what not).

Please comment down below to tell me what I did well,what I did wrong, or what I should do in the future.

Any feedback will help me make a better second build.

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Comments

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

You should have gotten a Samsung Spinpoint F3, Hitachi have high failure rate. Just by its name, I can see it sucks xD ( the HDD )

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea when I get more $ I'm going to switch it out all together for a 1TB HDD from Samsung or Western Digital

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

I think a higher wattage PSU (another Corsair) would be a good investment for piece of mind and headroom.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea same here. I will be upgrading to a higher wattage within the month.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

The cable management isn't horrible, but it could use some improvement for better airflow (don't know if you are planning on OCing). Other than the HDD and PSU, the only other thing I would say is that it might have been better to go with the Ivy Bridge, but it's not really a must-do.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

With the money I had at the time it was perfect. Now I have a bit more money and plan to upgrade those few things. For now, I think I'm going to keep my sandy bridge.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Why are you using a dvi to vga adapter? Dvi is way better and your monitor probably came with a dvi cable.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

A dvi to vga adapter came with the graphics card. the card itself is dvi. my monitor for now is vga.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

oh so your monitor doesn't support dvi? if it does and it came with a dvi cable just use dvi

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  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I'm able to run games like Borderlands 2 (not that graphically intense), Arma 2, and Skyrim all on the highest settings without any problems. The temp goes to about 55-60c on a full load right now.(At the moment I am also using a screen that only supports up to 1280 x 1024 so on a bigger screen, the card might preform a tad bit lower.)I haven't Done anything with MSI afterburner to OC the card and haven't oc'd the processor yet either

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