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This was my first build in 10 years, replacing my college purchased pentium with Win XP. I am also planning on salvaging the Seagate 500 gig IDE hard drive from that and the USB 2.0 card reader, but don't have those in yet. Build went really well, everything fired up and working. Haven't gone back in and done cable management yet based on still needing to add scavenged parts. Will also be using Dell keyboard and mouse from old computer. Scouting for a new monitor.

The goal of the build was to replace my Win XP machine on a spouse approved budget of approximately $1,000. My big wants were a decent video card to play World of Tanks and Battlefield 4 (only occasional play, not hard-core gaming, the two preschool age daughters limit play time) and a SSD for boot-up as I hate waiting for spin-up on a standard HDD.

I like the NZXT case, lots of drive bays, good working space, good cable management space behind MB tray, easy and inexpensive. The only issues I had are that the fan power cables are too short and there is no 2.5 inch bay for the SSD, so I have to find a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter to fit the SSD drive.

Also the first time I've used a semi-modular PSU, love the Seasonic, hope it does me well.

Also impressed with how quiet the machine is, the case fans, PSU and video card are all very quiet.

I did overpay for the Seagate Barracuda 2TB but was shipped the wrong drive so I returned it and drove down to Best Buy and bought the drive so I could get the assembly done without waiting. I offset some of that by finding my Win 7.0 in the UK for $40 less than US.

Will follow up with pics and details of how it runs with the scavenged parts.

Comments

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this build. My only issue is that you got a non-overclockable CPU and a motherboard with a chipset that supports overclocking. I would've gone for this motherbard. I'd love to see pictures of the internals when it's all completed.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Could've saved a couple of bucks by choosing a non overclockable motherboard ! People tend to upgrade and change other parts too often , but no one changes a CPU so fast , unless you dont put a "K" series CPU you wont be able to unlock the board's true potential.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

can your video card play battle field 4 max settings ? just wondering ?