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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!

Comments

  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

I just love how publishing my build undoes the order in which I had my pictures set to. -.-'

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Hoorah! Nice build, (where's the 212?). I also don't like how the organizer changes the order of the pictures. Good build.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

My brother ran out of money! XD But when he wants to overclock, i'll get him one for sure! And yes, I am unsure why it does that. Re-organizes the pictures, that is.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

2 suggestions on an otherwise decent build.

First, get a DVI cable to run a digital monitor like that. It can sometimes make a huge difference in color clarity, screen noise etc.

Second, it seems you're not running the memory as dual channel. Does that ASRock Z77 have a funny memory slot organization? On most mobos, you put one stick into channel A on the left pair of slots, and the other stick into channel A on the right pair of slots. It means the RAM sticks should have 1 empty slot between them. It will work the other way too, but is faster when operating as dual channel.

Seems like a nice PSU - I like Seasonic. +1 on the SSD. Agility 3 is not known to be the most stable... Case, PSU and mobo all have good future expandability options.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a VGA-to-DVI adapter, but I am not sure that counts?

It does support duel channel. At first, I figured to save my brother some money at the moment, he could use the old WD hard drive with Vista on it but it's corrupted and didn't work (Vista) and so before coming to that conclusion I was testing everything to make sure it all worked. I threw the RAM into my rig to check it, but then I thought one of the DIMM slots was bad. Anyways, that picture was taken in the midst if it all :)

They're in the correct DIMM slot now (A-1, B-1) and Windows 7 on the SSD. :)

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

VGA to DVI adapter still means analog conversions at each end of the chain, so no further ahead. I'd seriously consider a $5 DVI cable on fleabay.

Re: DIMM slots, glad you got it sorted out. Based on your other recently published build, it seems you know what you're doing!

+1 (actually +10) for Win7. Vista's not worth the plastic it was printed on.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it really isn't, but I was trying to save my brother a little time to save up money for it, new SSD or hard drive and GPU. Oh wells :)

I might have an extra DVI cable laying around...maybe.

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow you have sexy cable management stay sexy my friend

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, my cable management isn't that good, but thank you :)

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

compared to mine that is beast!

  • 88 months ago
  • 1 point

Why an i5 instead of an i3 + basic GPU?