* Mail-In Rebates:
I started this because of well, I've got Too much time on my hands and I love building pcs. What started this off was the i7-3770. I was working on a clients rig that took a dump. It turned out the motherboard was fried. They decided to move on to a newer socket cpu. I re-used the case, hard drives, dvd drive, pretty much everything but the cpu and mb, and ram. They asked me if I wanted the cpu, umm ya! I tested it and the cpu was fine. Now on to the rest of the components. I needed a motherboard and with 1155 boards harder to find I went on eBay. I settled on a Biostar TH67+ picked it up for $55 and it has 4 dims, two sata III, it was also brand new in the box, done. I also got the ram from that dead motherboard as it was ddr3 and the client went skylake and ddr4. Four 4gb sticks of ram, plenty and it was free. I went with a SilenX EFZ-80HA3 for the cpu cooler, I used it before, it works fine and its cheap. The power supply was something I already had, its not the best but for what I'm using it for it's fine. I also had the Intel SSD already from a laptop I upgraded so it was a no brainer. Now on to the case and my biggest regret. O the case, it SUX! I got it because it was super cheap, I think pcpp shows $34, I got it for $25 shipped. This thing is a POS. Super sharp edges, I put a 2" cut on my thumb. The front panel is harder to remove then I've ever seen. Zero cable management areas. I did replace the back case fan as it was noisy and did push much air, I used a SilenX red fan that I had and it matches the cpu cooler. Depending on your cooler good luck getting hard drive in the hard drive bay and connected. Buy something else, buy ANYTHING else. After dealing with the case and the build frustrations, the case looks ok from the outside and the hardware works great. I haven't done that many bench tests, but Windows 10 installed quickly and is up and running. I did run a stress test and it had zero issues. I bumped the base clock up to 3.7ghz. Temps are good, idle is 32c and at full load its 59c. I've had it built for about a month now and its been running good.
Update Sold! On to the next project with some cash in pocket!