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This is the first computer I have ever built. I ended up putting more into the mobo and less in the cpu and vga because I assumed they would be easier to replace down the road than the whole MB. Anyways, I had a ton of fun building it and I want to build more... just not with my money ;)

Overall it took about 6-7 hours of build time. A good bit of that was trying to re-route wires once I figured out better, more efficient ways to route them. And also doing the external test build, because I was a little nervous about putting too much pressure on any of the components. I imagine the first thing I'll upgrade in the future will be the cpu with new case fans, and a new video card.

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  • 89 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm, subbing the cost of the monitor/windows/mouse in my head to see how you did value-wise.

My gripes here:

  • P67 mobo, and at such a high price. I've seen Z77 ones that have been priced much better
  • Celeron I understand it's a budget build, but the money you could have saved on the mobo could have went to a more powerful CPU
  • GPU not horrendous at that price; but it seems like you could have went with an A10-5800k or something and had better integrated APU. Down the road your build is very upgradable, so props for that at least.
  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, some of the prices are a bit off, because there was a sale that ended just after I bought everything.

But before, I did this build, I literally knew nothing about computers and what was considered "good". So all of the parts were just based off of good reviews, that I felt were in my price range.

For future reference, what would be a good replacement cpu at a reasonable price?

  • 89 months ago
  • 2 points

If you're looking to spend a lot more: i5-3570k

If you want to spend a bit more, but not too much: i3-3220

Just using Newegg for example; may be cheaper elsewhere.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

sweet thanks! :)

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

You REALLY need to upgrade that cpu and gpu. Since it seems you're on a tight budget, I would recommend an i3-3220 (if you have an updated bios to support ivy bridge on that p67 board) and a 650 ti or 7850 for your gpu, both are great value parts.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool, thanks for the advice, I read some pretty decent reviews on the cpu I got and I figured it would be a pretty good starting point. But I will definitely be on the eye out for any deals on cpus/gpus in the near future.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

I was planning on building something like this. Was going to buy a good mobo like you and also a good PSU, a good case, and then cheap out on everything else. Upgrade later as needed.

But as things went on sale I started buying parts based on how much money I saved and ended up with something that's not very upgradeable. Oh well.

So how much did you end up spending on this system?

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

With tax and shipping, it ended up coming to around 600. Not too far off from what is listed above. I cheaped out a bit on the case haha. I just recently bought two fans and the front fan was a pain to install XD. But overall, I think the case I went with will work well for any kind of mid-grade build. Otherwise, once I start putting in some more power/temperature intensive components, I would probably upgrade the case as it only has two spots for case fans. I'm already on the lookout for a new gpu and cpu though. :p

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

I spent about the same for my build: Poorman's Gaming System ($500) My build is currently better than yours but it's not very upgrade-able. Once you add a better CPU and GPU, like the ones suggested here, your build will blow mines away.

Keep an eye out for the deals. If you're not already, I would try signing up for newegg and tigerdirect's e-mail newsletters. You might find some good deals on what you're looking for.

Also, since you intend to upgrade the CPU and GPU anyways, why not overclock them as far as they can go? That's what I would do if it's possible. While you're waiting for the deals you can get a little more performance out of them.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a good point. I'm signed up with newegg's newsletter but not tigerdirect's. I'm hoping to get some kind of deal on either a gpu or cpu on black friday. I'm keeping an eye on the 3570k and a the geforce gt570. I saw on benchmarks it is pretty high quality for a mid-range price. I'm also keeping an eye on the 650 ti and 7850 as mentioned above.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Also check if you have a Microcenter near you. I've seen them offer $50-$80 dollar discounts on high-end hardware. I found one an hour drive from where I live. Definitely worth the drive if I were in the market for the cpus and graphic cards you mentioned.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I've seen that they had the 3570k for about 50 off but the nearest one to me is about 5 hours away :(

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

why a intel celeron processor

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

how is the system doing in modern day?

  • 89 months ago
  • 0 points

What were you planning on using this for? Pretty decent cable management btw.

  • 89 months ago
  • 1 point

I built it for my girlfriend as just an internet machine for the most part, but with the intentions of eventually upgrading it to play some games at medium settings hopefully. Also, I use a lot of 3d programs so I want it to be able to handle a pretty heavy workload for that eventually.