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xpost from reddit - http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/22xmz5/build_complete_gaming_tower_555/

My last PC, for 10 years, was a DELL - Pentium4 / Core2, 2GB, 80GB HDD / 64GB SSD, XP

Decided to upgrade 3 months back. Wanted the Cheapest + Best tower.

First, I looked for Used PCs :

  1. Searched cragislist for keyword "gaming"
  2. Plugged those specs in pcpartpicker and asked #reddit-buildapc & /r/buildapc if it was worth it.
  3. Repeat for 2 months

Found many computers, from $400 - 800, but none matching all desired specs/price. Most folks on IRC were, in principle, against Used builds, which irked me, but they saved me from a few poor deals which I thought were good. Also pointed me to a nearby Microcenter's cpu + mobo bundle, which was not listed on pcpp since the vendor hides website prices. That was the last straw..

Now, I looked for New :

  1. Searched microcenter, newegg, tigerdirect, toms-hardware, anandtech, IRC, /r/buildapc, /r/hardwareswap, /r/buildapcsales, slickdeals, google etc. for parts, reviews, prices, deals & rebates
  2. Bought CPU, MOBO, CASE, USB from Microcenter (in-store pickup with mail-in-rebate & price-matching), PSU & RAM from TigerDirect (online with mail-in-rebates), GFX from Craigslist (unused & warranty-transferred), SSD from Rakuten (online with coupon).
  3. Added SSD & DVD from old PC. Installed genuine Windows 7 (Free, from my Student License program)

I present : 'Budget Beast'

Positives:
- Small case. Could also remove 2 metal HDD enclosures - one beneath CD drive, and one on bottom, and affix both SSD's on the back board itself.. giving lot of room for working & airflow
- Lucked out on fast but cheap gfx card - No item at retail price - all with some rebate, coupon or discount.

Negatives:
- Cable management - less room at back of case for cables, couldn't close cover easily.
- Boot up time is 30+ seconds inspite of fast SSD. 17 seconds just for BIOS Post to complete and OS to start loading. Tried different settings in vain. Any ideas ?
- Stock cpu fan is bit noisy

Comments

  • 68 months ago
  • 9 points

Nice build. Only thing I will ask is if you were ever scared of electrostatic discharge as you had your parts on carpet.

  • 68 months ago
  • 8 points

Lol The first thing I thought!

  • 68 months ago
  • 6 points

I was thinking the same thing, my jaw dropped to the floor.

He is so lucky nothing got killed by it.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

i don't think it's that big a deal.. i touched the carpet, the metal case and the mobo-edge before placing it down. it was only on it for the photo-shoot, other times in or on the anti-static bag. it worked fine on the first try.. guess I should be ecstatic ?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Should be, you are lucky nothing got zapped.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

have you personally experienced , or heard of anyone, where parts got zapped cos they placed it on carpet ?

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Parts are more resistant to static these days from what I've heard. I know the motherboard claims to have static protection.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Still, I stood one a wood floor when I built mine. Constantly touched the case while building it too.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

his first build maybe he didn't know about it xD

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm happy that he didn't kill his parts but I will not be taking the same risk :P

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah many on reddit said the same thing as well.. it was only on the carpet for the photo-shoot, but mostly in the anti-static bag.

i was not scared because there is rarely any build up at my home when i'm touching metal door knobs etc. i touched the carpet, then the metal case, then mobo's edge before placing it down. i honestly feel this 'OMG CARPET !' reaction might be truth mixed with paranoia.

but i was definitely ecstatic when it powered up on the first try

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

I love that case!

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Man I love Student Software programs, you get win7 pro & win 8 pro & 100 more software for free! Perhaps more if Adobe gets on the boat.

My only pet peeve for ya is that mobo, with that RAM, that is most likely the reason to your slow startup time. Personally I'd go for Fx-6300 & Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+. That way you are future proof for another 5 or 6 years. That mATX tower is great but limits to to mATX line.
I'm rambling, but these are some very similar builds you would be interested in:

Cheers!

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Ffs man you put it on a carpet, you luck it even works.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

it worked fine on the first power up

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

things are usually cheap WHEN YOU DON'T PUT IN THE PRICES!!!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

did you SEE the parts list ? the prices are listed.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

What should have been said: "Things are usually cheap when you don't have to pay for half of it."

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

let's see what I got for 'free' : 64 GB SSD (old PC), DVD (old PC), Windows 7 (student license).

all of them are 'extra' features.. meaning, even if you remove all these:
- the build has a 120 GB SSD for which i paid 75
- most builders don't buy DVD drives, so they don't include the price for that
- most builders pirate windows 7, so they don't include the price for that

and the motherboard was part of a microcenter bundle with the CPU.

In short, i paid for all required parts, as compared to other builds seen here.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, personally I don't have a problem with the fact that you just so happened to have these things. That's what makes it a budget build. nhall.bob just seemed to have the misunderstanding that budget meant the same thing as cheap. so I described "budget" with cheap. Also, obviously you bought them but as you even said you didn't necessarily pay for each part. I never said you stole them like the people who pirate windows 7.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

And this, gentlemen, is a budget build. +1

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build :), how do you find that XFX cooler on your graphics card?. I am looking at buying it, but can't find any reviews.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Bodget beast, never heard that before.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Falling in love with this case and iunno why... LOL Very good build.. I don't know what is so alluring about this build but I def wanna make something like this

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Heyyyyyyy... I have like that same monitor. It's nowhere to be found on this site and bothers me.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

On Carpet Realy??? {Staic Electricity}

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

GET OFF THE CARPET..... MEHHHHH

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I love that board other than the fact it only has one fan port. How you like it?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah the 1 port was a pain. i wanted to plug in both fans to avoid getting another cable from PSU. also it doesn't have SATA3 (6GB), that i realized after buying.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

good build, love the case. Are the psu cables original or aftermatket?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty nice. Apart from you nearly destroyed some of your parts by putting them on a carpet. :/

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  • 68 months ago
  • 0 points

Why mobo's don't affect anything from what I understand. The higher priced ones have nicer heat sinks for overclocking is about it. Agree?

  • 68 months ago
  • 0 points

While you are right about better heatsinks and o.c. they also determine ram speed, CFX and Sli support, and have better chipsets. His o.c. ram speeds are 1333mhz, about $30+ more he could bump the speeds up to 1600mhz without having to o.c.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmmm most people don't sli, just cheaper nowadays to sell off old card and upgrade. Ram speed is a kind of a meh difference.

Whats CFX and better chipsets do? (Also thanks in advance)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

CFX-Crossfire/Crossfire X, and from what I can tell the chipsets are for raid setups with the sata ports. Someone more knowledgeable might explain chipsets better than I can.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Trust me there is a difference from 1333 and 1600 and also depends on cas timings and such.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

i got it FREE as a bundle with the CPU in microcenter.. and i don't want ATX mobo's, don't SLI, and my RAM speed itself is only 1333

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll answer your question about boot times here: Your mobo only has Sata 3GB/s and no 6GB/s ports so the bandwidth is significantly lower

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

the boot time is < 15 seconds for the OS

it is the BIOS POST that takes 17 seconds..

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  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

craigslist - i mentioned it in the description