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Little brother started middle school this school year so I decided he finally need his own computer. Finished about a month ago, and surprised my brother before christmas. Basic needs are microsoft office, internet, light gaming. I didn't really have a budget other than to spend as little money as possible. All parts were bought used except the cooler, ram, and hard drive.

G3258: Bought from r/hardwareswap and overclocked to 4.5 @1.281. Stays nice and cool with new cooler.

Zalman Cooler: Actually have the cnps 7700 model but close enough. Bought from amazon because it was cheap and was supposed to have a blue led (was red). Oh well, keeps the cpu under 65c even after hours of prime95. Pretty loud at full speed though.

ASRock H97M Anniversary: Bought from tigerdirect thanks to r/buildapcsales. Was actually supposed to be 40 but I never sent the rebate. Solid board, no complaints.

HyperX White 8GB:Bought from amazon at regular price because I got impatient waiting for a deal on white ram. I don't remember why I even wanted white ram for this build.

OCZ Vertex 90GB SSD: Bought from ebay. All test show near perfect health, using as boot ssd. Does not disappoint.

Barracuda 1TB: Bought from Jet thanks to r/builapcsales. Fast and havent had any issues.

GT 730 1GB: There were far too many options for gpu's on r/hardwareswap but i finally settled on this one. Overclocked 200mhz core/ 300mhz memory without touching voltage, temps never over 68c. Runs rocket league on performance settings at around 70fps, Titanfall on low in 70's as well. He doesn't care about graphicsyet so this card is solid for him.

Antec 350W: Was from my first build but had complications with the setup so I ended up getting a different one. Perfect wattage for this build. Can't even tell there's a fan, it's so quiet.

Windows 7: Simple, easy to use, free fro me (college student).

D-Link Wifi Adapter: Mom found a bunch of them at her work and they didn't need them. 3mb/s max which sucks but he can just install a long cable when he wants to download a big game (have 25mb/s internet).

HP Compaq Case: Our old computer from who knows how long ago. Had an old pentium 4 in itithink with a 30gb hard drive and two sticks of ddr2 ram totaling 1 entire gb. Tore everything out and cut a window and fan hole with a jig saw and a drill. Having a dremel would've made it immensely easier. Also had to rewire the power/reset/led cable to fit the pins on the motherboard. Still haven't figured out how to use the front usbs because the connector is some weird two in one that i cant find an adapter for.

Monitor: Bought from an old man on craigslist, met in an empty church parking lot. He actually had it set up in his trunk so that I could see that it worked so that was cool.

Desk: Also from craigslist but from a lady that was running for president of her square dancing club or something. She seemed pretty excited about that so I entertained her and got $5 off.

Afterglow Controller: Bought from a friend who can no longer use it because he has an xbox oneconsolepeasant

That's pretty much it, was a pretty satisfying build. Benchmarks will be uploaded in pictures. First set is without oc and gt 730, second is with overclock/without gt 730, third is with oc and gt 730.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build!

But that monitor sniff sniff it just sucks so much.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

well, 10 bucks is 10 bucks. I still run a 1280x1024 monitor. feelsbadman

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Luckily my little brother doesn't care about all them fancy textures and resolutionsyet .

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

haha well its actually got 75Hz refresh rate so thats kinda cool.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, really? That's pretty crazy

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

That Unigine score doe... I love lower end builds. Keep up the good work!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Same, will do!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Are those the right RAM slots to use on that motherboard? It looks like it would be the colored slots...

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what I thought, but as far as I can tell it's correct. Also the performance difference is probably marginal anyway.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Weird.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Good looking little budget build. May want to check your ram placement, looks like it is not in dual channel setup. Any who +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Pretty sure it's correct and if not, it won't make a big difference anyway.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya not really, its like a 10% boost or something in that area. Manufacturers normally color code the slots, i.e. 1a/1b will be one color and 2a/2b will be another. But as you said it is not a huge deal in terms of performance.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that tape covering the wires, Its a first for me to see that ??? I hope it will not get too hot

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It's pretty common to wrap wires in electrical tape, the wires don't really get hot at all.