Description

This was a really quick build for my brother when his Vista powered HP took a dump on him.

CPU: Got this in a trade with my parts guy, was going to use it in my new HTPC, but got a deal on a i5 last minute. And to top it off its a hyperthreading dual core and is pretty damn quick for its price.

Motherboard: I needed a good motherboard and quickly found this one locally and at a good price plus theres the ability to upgrade the CPU to an i5/i7 K sku, if he ever wants to spend the money. Good looking BIOS no issues what so ever, a very nice budget Z77 board. It is an odd size though its very narrow but full ATX length. I have read that Gigabyte will continue to use the tooling for a customer specific motherboard to justify the tooling cost.. Makes sense..

RAM: I had 3, 2gb sticks in my parts box and got 1 more tossed in with the Motherboard deal to round out the full 8gb.

HDD: Just a basic 500gb Seagate, I do prefer Seagate to WD given the choice but would grab either depending on the sale. This one is very quick mainly due to the Windows 8..

Case: Something I had sitting around that never really got repurposed until now, not a bad looking case at all, just older.. That being said it does its job well, it holds all the pieces with no issues, and decent air flow even using the stock CPU cooler.

PSU: The good old CX series is my number #1 go to PSU for the basics, quiet, clean power and havent had a single one DOA or fail on me yet.. And off the top of my head I think I have used 5 or 6 of them personally..

Windows 8 Pro, I didnt really like 8 at first and put 7 on my gaming rig, but the more I use it the more I start to like it, figures..

Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

You should throw in a cheap 32Gb/80Gb/120Gb/240Gb SSD for that O.S.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

My Brother sure can, I should have added it was a gift and parts come out of my pocket...lol

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I would recommend getting an SSD. Samsung has a few cheap models*(840 evo) and they really speed up the system

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't call the Samsung EVO's cheap, maybe affordable...lol I do love the EVO and have a 250gb in my main rig, and a 120gb in my HTPC.. I LOVE the EVO, the only SSD I would recommend by far.. Thanks for the comment!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheap for an SSD i mean to say :p

I have a 250 in my main rig as well, and i'm planning to hopefully add another and do a hackintosh >:)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. Simple. Clean. Plenty of room for upgrade by your bro, well done.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you..

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Are these price right?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Your brother might appreciate a GPU though... That HD Graphics isn't gonna hold any longer.

Since this is a quick upgradable build, may I recommend a 7770? The card might not be the most powerful but it is certainly enough for most of the games today and it is quite affordable ($100).

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

That would be a great GPU, but he does zero PC gaming now, hes a PS4 jockey.. lol..

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

You are a good brother.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

LOL thank you, my brother thought so also..:)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice clean build. Your brother's a lucky man.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, and he is...lol

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the case, I've been looking for a case like this for a while, and now that I've found it it seems to be out of stock everywhere :(