Description

This build is for the average computer user who wants something modern on the cheap. Using the Phenom gives the user more than enough power to last a few years, and since it is built on the AM3+ socket it can be upgraded later to a FX series chip. The power supply is my only concern when it comes to upgrading the machine, but for now it more than handles the power draw from the components. The case/psu combo makes this build extremely affordable, yet I was surprised at the solid nature of the case and steady voltages from the power supply. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a setup for your average enthusiast...it's a little tinny and underpowered for that, but the average PC user will find something like this to their liking.

Things of note - I used a stock AMD cooler I had laying around, as you see in the pictures and the CPU is actually a Phenom II x3 B73, which has the same clock speed as the 720. The processor is currently on sale at Micro Center for $40.

Comments

  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

Very well rounded build. Good for browsing the web and watching videos. If you add a HD 6670 it could become a light gaming build. It has been seen running on 300w psu's. That would be pushing the limits of your psu though. Also, why 8 gigs of ram? 4 would of done the job of watching videos and browsing the web fine.

  • 88 months ago
  • 3 points

I go ram heavy on my builds because I use software called fancy cache to use system memory as hard drive cache...it's a huge performance increase and lets face it, memory is dirt cheap.

  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh, that makes sense then, and totally agree with you about the ram. But if i may make a suggestion, a SSD as a boot drive would better performance than a hdd with that extra cache. 60 gig ssds are pretty cheap these days and their performance are excellent. Im saying all of this from experience of course. But other than that, A 5 star every day build _^

  • 88 months ago
  • 2 points

Agreed on the superior performance of the SSD, but ram is the cheaper way to go and this is a budget build. 60GB SSD would find its way into one of my midranges.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you like the case? I am planning to do a cheap gaming build and was wondering whether the case has a decent amount of room and is good quality?

Thanks Simon

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

It's of surprising quality for the price and room wasn't an issue at all. I would be wary of adding a graphics card to that power supply though.