Description

This rig is the end result of three months' research, patience, and $800. Most prices shown are Black Friday and Cyber Monday prices from Newegg after successful rebates. rebates.

The benchmarks are from 3DMark 11. The "Under Load" Temps are taken from CPUID Hardware Monitor (running during 3DMark).


Specific Details:

  • CPU: Works very well. It's a great upgrade from my last computer (which was single core at 2 GHz)

  • CPU Cooler: Also works very well. It does not get super loud, but I haven't been able to put anything under heavy load yet.

  • Motherboard: I got an excellent deal on this board. It has everything I need, and it handles nicely.

  • Memory: Works and looks pretty. 10/10, would recommend.

  • Storage: It's a hard drive. I might add an SSD later, but that won't happen anytime soon.

  • Video Card: I also got a great deal on this card. It keeps cool (< 60°C) too, even when the front case panel is open.

  • Wireless Adapter: I have a great connection with this card only when I'm in an area with minimal interference. I would not recommend this adapter based on my experience.

  • Case: I love this case, and it was a great deal. Everything about this case is lovely. It's rock-solid, and the sound-dampening works wonders. The case fans are also excellent.

  • Power Supply: The only downside is that it isn't modular, but it still works very well.

  • Optical Drive: It works well.

  • Monitor: This monitor seems great until you try the built-in speakers. Also, you can probably find a nicer 23" monitor for the same price, so I would recommend going with that.

  • Keyboard: This is the best keyboard I've ever used. It isn't mechanical, but it is very well-built. The red LEDs are a bonus.

  • Mouse: I got this mouse from Best Buy using some gift cards I received from relatives. I personally love it; it serves as a transition from gaming with a controller.

  • OS: I got Server 2012 through Microsoft Dreamspark, and it's pretty much the same as Windows 8.1. Using a computer loaded with Server as a workstation is somewhat tedious, so I'd recommend "normal" Windows for anyone who doesn't specifically want Server.

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 9 points

how many watts is that cat?! very nice choice in cat. will you be overclocking it?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know, it's a friends'.

  • 72 months ago
  • 4 points

Banana for scale, thank you it helps ;)

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

The razer deathadder seems to be a popular choice among gaming mice

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol good build for the price. That looks like a hyper 212 plus though, not evo. Whatever. +1

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Whoops! I'll fix that. Fixed. Thanks, I didn't realize I hadn't switched that back.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Could i ask you about your opinon about the keyboard? I´m thinking on purchasing it, is it loud? Sorry for my English :/

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

I also use this keyboard on my build http://pcpartpicker.com/b/IZu The keyboard is quiet, & has software to set up the gaming modes included in the box. It also has red LED backlit keys that have 3 brightness settings for when you type in the dark. The cord is long enough to reach across a large desk. My son is 9 with kid sized hands, I'm 37 with XL hands & we both like this keyboard... really an excellent multimedia/gaming keyboard for a low price.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, a lot. I´m thinking on getting it if i go to the States or if my mum go there. Sorry again for my English

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it (the lights work very well), but it is slightly loud. It's not as loud as some mechanical keyboards, but it is not as quiet as some rubber keyboards.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :D

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Whoa! How the hell did you get your video card for $130? I'm picking out my parts for a future PC, and the card is selling for $200

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

He said it was Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the description.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh...whoops. I'll admit, I sort of skimmed the description.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you flip that power supply so it pulls air from the bottom/outside of the case? Currently it is pulling hot air off your GPU.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I would if I start to get into high-intensity gaming. Right now I'm not pushing my system hard enough for that to matter.

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