Hey all, it's Sassy here!
I built a rig for my brother, whom has a low budget, but with my help, I was able to get him a system up and running that has a lot of potential.
CPU: I sold him my i5 3570k. I bought myself an i7 3770k with promotions and passed all savings onto him. I sold it to him for 200, plus he got a 15 dollar promotion card for newegg. I do not like how the stock fan cools this CPU at stock voltage. Last night it was running at 40-52C on idle. I had this thing overclocked to 4.2 and my load temps (on the cooler cores) matched this. Although I was using the Cooler Master Hyper Evo 212.
Motherboard: The quality of the board is pretty good, but I wished I had payed maybe 10 bucks more for the Extreme4, as the quality of materials used do differentiate. Going in I knew that the driver disk Asrock includes a lot of crap so I was picky about what I installed and no problems thus far! I was able to buy this with promotions and a combo with the i7 3770k I bought for myself, making the SSD free of charge, and a negative 13 bucks.
RAM: It works. Clocked at correct speeds. Keeps cool. Nothing else to say. Very happy with this ram, I use it in my own rig. Base price was 45 bucks, then with a promotion I got it for 9 dollars off.
SSD: I am unhappy that THIS was the SSD that the motherboard came with for free. It has a high failure rate, especially over time. It is working currently right now, and thats all you can ask for. It was free :D Windows 7 boots up fast, but with the small storage, it's not going to be holding much else. I 100% expect this thing to fail. Waiting for the next big "deal" on a good SSD.
HDD: As you can see in the pictures, there IS a hard drive! this is from an ancient Acer that I had in my rig when I first built it. I have since then added an...(I think I'll be quiet about my own build now and just update mine haha) Anyways, my brother has this 320g storage drive now. it's temporary. He will probably be purchasing a Seagate Barracuda. Someday
Case: Very basic, with everything you need, but little else. my brother is happy with it that's that! Was 60 dollars, but combo'd with...either the ram or the optical drive, I don't remember which, but that pulls 15 bucks off.
Power Supply: I like this thing. It's a pretty simple little power supply. Enough power to run a single big bad graphics card in the future. base price is 80 dollars, but with promotion I got 12 off.
Optical Drive: Works. Got it for 14 dollars. (on sale!)
Windows 7: Got it from trinitysoftwaredistribution.com on sale for 69 dollars.
The ratings are my own personal ratings, not my brother's.
Total spent for the rig is: 552.73
Another, in my estimate, 300 needs to be spent for better storage and a GPU. (100 for an SSD, 200 for a GPU)
Intended use is school first, play later, but he would like those reversed :) Runs Aion (his game of choice) ok, not perfect and not on max settings, but ok on low resolution (1440X900 I think that monitor is). The monitor is obviously a hand-me-down. He doesn't care about resolution very much, so it'll be just fine for him for now.
That's it for now. Any questions, comments, anything i'll be here!