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Belle's New Computer.

by Tellement



Date Published

June 25, 2014

Date Built

June 14, 2014

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I (Telle) helped my friend (Belle) build a new gaming/web surfing/stream media computer for her to use. She will be using this computer to do anything and everything she wants. She wanted a powerful computer so I picked all the parts for her to buy. She wanted a great computer and I think we nailed it. She wanted pictures of her building it so she can show them off. She did a great job! Booted up with no problems the very first time we turned it on. Once I installed all the drivers and all her software it ran perfectly.

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SuryaM 9 Builds 6 points 39 months ago

You are really nice to make a PC for girl friend! Nice build!

Jesso2k 7 Builds 5 points 39 months ago

Love the 350D. Might I suggest taking the SSD drive bracket and clipping it right underneath the DVD bay housing. That will open up a nice lane of airflow for your fan to penetrate.

Bellemorte777 2 points 39 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion. I did choose to place it there. This weekend I am adding in wireless adapter and another fan (cause I am paranoid about overheating) so that will give me an opportunity to tweak things!

drusso5 2 Builds 4 points 39 months ago

What ever makes the girl smile doesn't matter how much money you can save. :D

Rajenator 3 points 39 months ago

Nice build! +1

MylesRawr 2 Builds 3 points 39 months ago

Fantastic build, good job on the pictures too. +1

eugenius 2 Builds 3 points 39 months ago

absolutely a +1, looks almost identical to my build :) Let me know how the wireless card works for you.

Kazeike 2 points 39 months ago

That looks a lot like the build I will be doing in about a month. Motherboard and everything worked great first time? +1

Bellemorte777 2 points 39 months ago

Thanks for the positive comments. This was my very first build and I did the wire management without any help!

I wanted to clarify that I do not just game with this computer. I stream in HD all the time; do a lot of research online needing several windows open at the same time and make communication systems for my patients that can not speak.

Telle was kind enough to give me choices of parts explaining the pros and cons of each part. I usually choose quality of parts over saving a little cash because I plan on keeping this computer a long while.

And well, I am very happy with it and that is what counts!

jackophant 1 point 39 months ago

Nice build, I'm in the process of gathering similar parts myself. However, I'm slightly confused like other by the i7/760 pairing, but more so the overkill PSU. I've specced mine with a more power hungry GTX 780 and only use a 650W PSU. Am i missing something?

Tellement submitter 3 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Yes we could have gone for i5/760 and saved a few bucks. You're not the first nor last that will point that out. I don't see what is so confusing about it, there is no down side to having the i7/760. You probably wouldn't have gone that route, so don't for your build. :) This is her computer, it has a wide range of capabilities with this setup. As for the extra power, its a 80 plus platinum certified for more stable power plus it allows for upgrades to a second 760, a 780, two 780s or some newer GPU in the future. Thanks for commenting xD

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Smk54 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

It is interesting to read comments (and what seems like criticism) as the suggestions leen toward using minimum components for one's use. You would be OK with 8 GB of RAM, but 16 is much faster. I have 32 GB in one of my machines, and would never use less than 16. RAM is relatively cheap and should not be a limiting factor. Same with CPU. If you can afford to, get more than your minimum requirements. You will get more out of your rig and it will serve you longer. IMHO.

As far as your build-great job!

srs922 1 Build -3 points 39 months ago

Why an i7 rather than an i5? If all she is doing is gaming an i7 is completely useless and could have gone with a cheaper i5 for the same exact price and spent the rest on a better GPU, although a 760 isn't bad. And why overkill on 16 gigs of ram rather than 8. Again, if all of you are doing is gaming 16 gigs is useless. Could have paid cheaper for same, if not, better performance.

Ninjadudewhat 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

780 at the VERY least???? Why??? there is no point, plus both belle & telle have both stated that this is not merely for gaming. not overkill, because not just for gaming.

jacobs4525 1 Build -4 points 39 months ago

The i7/GTX 760 was a bad choice for a CPU/GPU combo. An i5/R9 290 would've been a WAY better choice. Remember, gaming relies on strong single thread performance, so the hyperthreading of the i7 won't help. Even in games that can take advantage of hyperthreading, it will only bring a performance boost of about 5FPS, where an R9 290 or another better GPU could've gotten you more than 20FPS higher than the framerate a you get with an i7 and 760. Sorry, but I gotta downvote for strange part choice.

Eschaton 6 Builds 7 points 39 months ago

hyperthreading could be quite useful for web browsing and/or streaming, depending on the software in use. Each Chrome tab is a separate process due to sandboxing, so web browsing can become thread-dependent quite fast.

jacobs4525 1 Build 0 points 39 months ago

I doubt it. I do some pretty hardcore chrome tab abuse on my i5, and I do stream occasionally, and I never have any issues. As for RAM, even with BF4, chrome (10-20 tabs or so), MSI afterburner, origin, steam, and a few other programs (IL-2, Gapa Gamma, etc.), I haven't ever gotten to even 7GB of RAM, so 8 is enough. also, that motherboard is pretty hard to justify. I would've just gone with a Z97-A. The description was edited, as it initially stated that the build was only for gaming, but even with streaming in consideration, I still would've gone with at least a 280x or 770.

Eschaton 6 Builds 7 points 39 months ago

just a quick note - threads are not the same as RAM use.

I did a quick test on my Xeon, which has 6 cores and 12 threads. With 8 Chrome tabs open, Spotify, Steam client, Windows Task Manager, and EVGA E-Leet Tuning Software (incidentally this exactly equaled 12 active processes!), I began to see some significant usage of the secondary threads on each core when switching around between these processes. So yes, hyperthreading does help with heavy multitasking on a Windows 7 desktop.

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EA 10 points 39 months ago

Selling the girlfriend right? Not the pc?

skemble 24 Builds 3 points 39 months ago

Damnit EA, go fix BF4 ;)

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Tellement submitter 3 Builds 7 points 39 months ago

APU isn't good for a gaming computer. I got the CPU because she wanted a powerful computer, how is having the i7 a bad thing. As far as the GPU goes the 760 is an awesome card for the price. I run every game I own on ultra graphics setting or custom for max settings and the 760 preforms beautifully. Maybe down the line upgrading to a second 760 or upgrading to a 780 if she feels she needs it.

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comptech0408 7 points 39 months ago

Not every build is for gaming.

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RyneSmith 7 Builds 7 points 39 months ago

Be a little more constructive instead of bad mouthing. That way you don't look like an A**.

plgdg 1 Build 5 points 39 months ago

She might stream or something, which could easily explain this choice (and also the 16GB of memory).

Ninjadudewhat 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

exactly. she actually said she does. but yeah.

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Ninjadudewhat 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

780 at the VERY least???? Why??? there is no point, plus both belle & telle have both stated that this is not merely for gaming

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