Description

Hello again fellow builders!

Instead of using extra funds I set aside for a future upgrade on my system, I decided to use those funds and put together a budget build for a deserving kid that visits our local lan parties, sans computer. With Rudy being such a great and humble kid, I didn't hesitate to make his next lan party visit a more memorable one.

I wanted to keep the budget very modest, somewhere around the neighborhood of $300 dollars, so I hit up some of my best gaming buds and they happily donated a few extra parts they weren't using to help complete the build.

Donated parts

CASE: Cooler Master Storm Scout

GPU: EVGA GTX 570 HD

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB

DVD-RW Optical Drive

OS: Windows 7

Purchased Parts

CPU: AMD FX 6300 (O.C. to 4.3 Ghz)

MB: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970

RAM: Kingston HyperX FURY 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 1866MHz

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

PSU: Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-550

Highlights

This was my first time using the AMD FX 6300 and was pleasantly surprised on how easy it overclocks, especially on stock voltage. Hard to beat this budget CPU for price/performance.

What a great PSU by Rosewill. Gold Rated, Tier 2 and less than $40 after rebate! Even though it's non-modular they didn't go crazy with any unnecessary extra cables with molex connectors and the such. And it came included with extra zip ties to boot!

Found the 8gb set on Amazon for less than $50. Cha-Ching!

Disappointments

If I had a gripe it would be that I'd forgotten how long the load times are when using a mechanical drive as your primary scratch disk compared to SSDs and even SSHDs. But the drive was free and it's Western Digital black, so no real valid complaints.

Final thoughts

Overall I'm very pleased with the outcome of the build. I've used CM's Storm Scout a few times on previous builds so I knew what to expect in terms of cable management as space behind the motherboard tray can be tight. Having a built-in handle is handy for transporting to and from your favorite lan party.

I am hoping to do another build in the near future for a deserving kid who has a passion for PC's and computing as I found the process very rewarding. So until my next build, thanks for taking the time read and I appreciate any constructive comments and questions you may have to offer.

-Hans

Comments

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

Awesome build Hans. I'm sure Rudy will appreciate this a lot. What a nice thing to do. +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you I appreciate it! Rudy is having a blast right now so it was well worth it.
Can't wait to do it again.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

That is awesome. I wish you great karma on this spawn and the next.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you. Good karma is always welcomed!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

He will enjoy this build very much! 1+ from me

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you install the Hyper T4 sideways? I have the same motherboard and CPU cooler. I have that same motherboard but I ended up installing it so it blows air to the top of the case.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

All I did was follow the directions as the diagram shows how to rotate the mounting bracket for either horizontal or vertical placement of the cooler. And the cooler on this build is the Hyper 212, not the T4, but I'm sure they both similar in terms of installation.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I had help from an expert... thank you!

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

That's awfully nice of you to say, thank you very much!