Description

This will be general rig for my grandpa who does nothing but play some solitare and games like that, uses exel, quicken, and a few other basic apps. He didn't need a discrete GPU so I figured I would get the best integrated I could get and I was choosing between the i3 3225 and the i5 3570k and I chose the 3570K because of it's popularity and the 40$ more was worth it for him in terms of lasting a long time. The motherboard I'd heard nothing but great things about and it lived up to my expectations. The HDD is the HDD... great things. PSU is really nice and cables were plenty long and flexible. RAM works awesome as well although probably could have pulled it off with 4 gigs (and a 500 gig HDD). The OS installation went super smooth and I don't think the build could have gone any better. Absolutely nothing went wrong during the build and everything went well except for near the beginning the screws that came with the HDD were too short to get through the anti vibration mounts on the case so I was a little puzzled but then I found screws that came with the case for the hard drive that were plenty long. I never really did know in which direction to put the CPU cooler on but I was either right or I guess it doesn't matter because the temps are pretty normal. The case was also awesome and since this is my 1st build, I can't really compare to others but I thought it had great cable management and it came with loads of zip ties which I used generously behind the mobo tray. I'm planning on building a custom water loop rig of my own in the near future and I thought this was a really good experience for me to have before going into something more complicated. My vision for this rig was to have a long lasting, dust free (because he'll never go in there and clean it), and reliable build and I feel I think I met those requirements for him. Some people might call this complete overkill for his needs, but his budget was 1000 and it came out to a total of 887 so I was pretty much on on target for the price. Happy New Years!

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Comments

  • 87 months ago
  • 6 points

Great build and I liked seeing such a good job with cable management. Thank you for sharing this with the interwebs ;) ~ IamApropos

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! The cable management system is great in the case which I mentioned in the description.

  • 87 months ago
  • 3 points

I would've saved him the cash, went a bit more compact, and tossed in a 240+ GB SSD. 4GB of lo-pro ram again for space reasons, and maybe a pentium g-series. The left-over cash could be used for protecting his investment, or emergency parts, or what have you.

Nice build none-the-less.

  • 87 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm his cousin and went over this build with Oliver, and this is basically what I was trying to tell him, but you worded it much more convincingly and concisely than I did :P Then I got the flu while he was visiting, and they went back home before I got better. I helped him choose the case though, for the dust filters! On behalf of my cousin, thanks for the feedback.

  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem. I appreciate when I receive constructive criticism, and I appreciate when the constructive criticism I give is well taken. Having just purchased a 256GB SSD w/ 560 Read and 520 write for $160, the cash save on a more economical CPU, just makes sense in my mind. Unless he stores a lot of pictures/videos on the PC, the space wouldn't be missed, and a secondary drive would be added if it was needed. Selling PCs and fixing them being my day-job, I understand the need to protect your data and your investment over having absurd power that you can't make use of. <br><br> Dust filters are great, even better is having a little bit high CFM coming in than going out. Positive pressure in a case will prevent most dust, and while it does tend to not do as well on cooling, I don't think it's something that will be noticed.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Why would it allow me to comment on my own build? Happy New years!

  • 87 months ago
  • 3 points

so you can reply to comments people make

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice work.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I think this is a bit overkill for what he does. Anyway, not trying to discourage you from building, but I bought the same thing from those devil worshippers over at dell with a few upgrades for $500. If you can get past all their bloatware, you can save a few hundred bucks.

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  • 87 months ago
  • 2 points

That's what he said so I tried not to take advantage of it but still get him something good.