Description

Before you comment and complain about my part choices, let me explain. My friend asked me to configure him a build that was 700$ and at the time this build was 700$. Of course, (my luck) he buys it without consulting me several weeks later, meaning he had to pay the price of inflation.

CPU - CPU was good, great budget processor I had in this build from the start

CPU Cooler - Also was in from the beginning, stays reasonably quiet, and most importantly was cheap. For some reason it doesn't cover the entire surface of the CPU and leaves a tiny bit of its corners exposed, which seems a bit inefficient and strange...

RAM - The RAM I initially suggested was sold out when he bought it, so he decided to click on a related item and buy it. It's fast, which doesn't really matter, but that + the sexy LEDs on it almost made it worth the extra 20$

Mobo - I am biased towards Gigabyte's boards. They work well, and they don't have bloatware. On top of it they are more durable than titanium, which is good for my friend because he will be using this in many different places.

HDD - Normally I would have suggested a 1tb Blue drive for 60$, but at the time it was 70$. Also the smaller drive means less noise/vibration. It's WD Black so it's also pretty snappy without an SSD. As for 320gb, I know it's not much, but I doubt he will break 200gb.

GPU - Asus has outdone themselves, they are pretty much at the top of the industry for graphics cards. Sorta like the Noctua of GPUs. For 180$, this card was a steal.

Wifi Card - He needs a good wifi card, he has half a meg of download speed on DSL, and he needs something that will work well and at all ranges, so again, Asus has worked well

Case- Had my eye on this one for my personal build. Looks great, cable management is easy, and it stays cool and dust-proof.

PSU - Pretty standard but not modular. As you can see, I went all out OCD on his cables. Glad I did it, looks pretty good. I mounted it upward facing because he will be using this on a variety of surfaces including gasps carpet.

BDD - Before you ask why, read. He doesn't have a proper TV in his house (Unless you count a 10 year old tube TV running analog) so he will be watching all of his movies on this computer. The monitor is a 1920x1080 IPS panel, and it's what he will be watching movies on, so this was sort of required. Not something I'd normally put in a build, but he will be using the Blu-Ray capabilities enough that it was worth the extra 30$ from a standard drive.

Everything else is pretty self-explanatory, build went well and everything came together nicely. If he had asked me right before he bought it, this is what I would have suggested instead. Installing drivers will probably take overnight to download and install with his internet. He does plan on upgrading his mouse and keyboard sometime soon, which is essential imo. Price is not including the monitor

Pictures aren't as good as I'd like, but hey, they were taken with an iPod

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice. I have the GPU and PSU in common with this build, and they are both great.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

I think you could have done better for a $700 build. Maybe an FX cpu and you could have gone with 1tb of HDD. Everything else seems OK. If the budget included the monitor then it still could have had a better processor in my opinion. But it's still a nice build! Good choice of parts.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Read the description for my excuse for the 320gb HDD. I didn't go FX because I wanted him to have a future proof build and the FM2+ platform is going to have more processors released for it in the future unlike fx. In addition if he had consulted me right before buying he might have a better build for the price. Keep in mind he wanted a blu ray drive and he bought the wrong ram, which didn't help

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

For a Cpu that's not overclocked, its running way to hot.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I know... but it stays relatively quiet and he's not planning to overclock so it should be fine for now. Also that temperature was with Prime95 running for a while and I don't think he's going to be pushing it that hard

Also the cooler seemed a bit weird, the bottom of the cooler didn't cover the entire surface of the CPU, which seems a bit odd to have the corners of the CPU exposed. Worst comes to worst, he can just buy another cooler and throw it on.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

It may be worth it to pick up a hyper 212 evo, only $35 although you can usually get it for $29 if you look around. That 48c at idle is kinda concerning. My 8350 doesn't get that hot while gaming with a hyper 212 evo.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe I didn't spread the thermal paste enough. Did you spread your thermal paste so it would cover the entire surface of the CPU? (I'm using some PK-1)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

No i just put a grain of rice in paste and then let the cooler's weight spread it when i just it on.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm... maybe the cooler just isn't very effective. ATM it isn't a problem, and just because it has a high idle temp doesn't mean anything bad. I have a 750k and it idles at around 44 degrees, and under load 65ish... but that's with water cooling and a cooling block that covers the entire surface of the CPU

Edit: Never mind, I just remembered that my friend, not knowing what to do, set the cooler with the part that goes on the CPU on a tablecloth and we forgot to clean it. Lol that can be fixed in the future, but it's not really important right now...

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

yep mine runs at 58c with prime 95

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :P