Description

This is not a gaming box, although the performance of the Core i3 4330 might support light game play. Built this box for everyday use (web surfing, office apps, YouTube, etc.). It's probably overkill for this use, but having an available system resource pool to avoid lagginess or slow performance is important to me.

The Xigmatek case is cheaply made and I would avoid it in the future. The included hardware (what there is) is crap and I had to use on-hand screws to complete the build. The aftermarket cooler may not be be necessary for light-duty use, but the CPU temps don't climb past 40 C, with anything I have thrown at it.

NewEgg service was sterling with parts ordered on Sunday and delivered on Thursday. Building this box was easy (except for the dented, crap case), and the ASRock board is quite nice with updated drivers readily available.

Installed Windows 8.1 in record time, as the 8 GB of dual-channel 1600 RAM and the very speedy Core i3 made the job a snap. Overall, very impressed with the Intel Core i3 4330 part (outstanding graphics on the Asus monitor).

Overall, a fun build that resulted in a machine that should offer outstanding service for some time.

All parts ordered from NewEgg with the prices at the time of order listed below (including instant savings & rebates).

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems like a pretty solid daily use build.

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Probably overkill for the use, but the Intel CPU is solid and for what I paid, about half of the cost of the Sandy Bridge rig I built 3 years ago. My pal said I could have purchased a Chromebook or small tablet and hooked it to a monitor...he is probably right!

Bottom line: I like to build!

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you doing anything that involves large files? Because you probably could have gotten an SSD instead based on your description...

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope...all loaded there is 800 GB left on the disk.

I wanted the SSD, but spent enough already. With so much available space on the HD that she will never fill, I will back up all files from my computer onto this one (and also in the cloud, and on external hard drives, etc.). I have burned by failing hard drives and non-readable 2-year old DVD's in the past.

I agree with you, this will likely be my last platter-based hard drive. The WD Blue 1 TB is about $50 bucks and that is hard to beat!

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

One question, Why did you choose to build a pc, instead of just buying a laptop? At this price point, and the potential that this pc has, wouldn't have been more convenient to just buy a laptop? Anyway, it's always funnier to build a PC

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Good question. I like to build, don't get to do it very often and this box should perform well for several years.

This replaces a 2007-vintage laptop that that was chronically low on resources (2 GB ram, 5400 RPM hard drive, Win XP). I wanted a machine that would allow for online video with no stutter and enough system resources to never again hear the wife say, "I am waiting for the computer to do something"!

You are right...we seriously considered a laptop. Choosing parts and rolling my own is a thrill. Thanks to PCPartPicker and the community...long-time lurker, first-time poster.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

We like to build, that's why! Sorry for that question it's just that I've never thought about it, before with other builds... Well, quite an upgrade you made there! I honestly liked your build a lot, nowadays you often see the same thing over and over again, and you need something refreshing like this.

Thank you for sharing your experience!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Why would you consider this PC to lack potential? It's got space for a decent high end single graphics card, and things don't have to be replaced all at once. There exists no fair comparison between a last-gen mobile ULV i3 part and a new Haswell-DT i3.

That laptop is Ivy Bridge. The i3-3217U is incredibly underpowered compared even to regular-TDP mobile i3 and i5 parts, the screen is terrible, and the drive is also terrible. When most of the drive is free, the WD Blue performs excellently in boot up speeds and regular usage. I don't see how it could hold a candle to this PC in terms of performance. The i3-4330 is not weak.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I will ignore your overeacting and go foward to explain myself better. As you can see I never said this PC had a "lack of potential", so please don't put words in my mouth that I've never said. The laptop was just an example, and yeah you're right the greatest thing about PC's and the main reason we are here, is building our pc's so we can uprade later on. But if you could read the description, you'll see the OP says and I quote > This is not a gaming box. Also, a "decent high end" graphics card would be a little offset to the i3, altought as you said the i3- 4330 is quite a beast.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a solid build, toss a graphics card in there and it should be a pretty solid gaming rig for mid end games and ever the hard core stuff on modest settings.

The case looked to be physically damaged, even if its a garbage brand that looks to be a shipping or manufacturing defect; I would contact who ever you picked the case up from for a replacement.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a shame about the case, 10 or 20 bucks more would have bought you a decent case with good cable management. Put it down to a lesson learnt.

Rest of the parts look solid

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  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Read the description: First line says, " This is not a gaming box."

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah...a box for my wife to use and she is not a gamer. She writes letters in Word and "watches TV" online (YouTube, Netflix, etc.).

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

The monitor he bought was about 190$...... Plus the build isn't for gaming.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Monitor was $119 from NewEgg...not bad for a 24" unit. Not sure how that big money number ended up in the parts list...can't afford that and woudl have used the difference for an i5!

Certainly could have gone with an AMD part and lesser components all around to save money. Could have also purchased a Lenovo ready made box from Amazon for $350. Add in the $100 monitor and you have about the same budget. $579.00 - $100 (gift money) = $479.00. No cost (on-hand) items included mouse, keyboard, Win 8.1, Arctic Silver thermal paste, etc.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Total overkill for everyday web surfing and letter-writing in Word. The lady of house rarely uses the machine for anything other than a glorified "electric typewriter". The build was fun and I use my own overclocked Core i5 2500K for anything hardcore.

The dollar figure listed above is not correct: Total cost at the time (including rebates and percentage discounts) was $579.00. Love NewEgg for dangling those 10% instant coupon codes "today only" to entice you press the "Buy" button!

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