Description

This one is for my father who means the world to me for all he does for our family.

Starting all the way back in 2003 he purchased a Dell Dimension 8400 for his business. This took place when I was only 14 and just started high school. I thought the new computer was the most powerful thing on the planet, 128mb of Radeon graphics and all! We used to play some flight simulator games and of course Halo!

Fast forward 13 years and that machine is still running, (amazingly) but we definitely noticed its age when it came to watching videos on YouTube and other misc applications he would use on a daily basis. I told him I would take his old trusty Dell and give it a new SSD to replace the RAID 0 160gb Sata drives for his birthday. I told him it would take a few weeks for the part to come in, which gave me time to build this beauty. Completely new, no old parts used, this was a total office makeover if you will. I decided to surprise him on Christmas day by building him a new PC with all the included goodies that were included when he bought his Dell. (Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers)

The reason for the name "Couponeer" is because I was on a strict budget due to the Christmas holiday and every part you see was bought either on sale, with promo codes, or gift cards from my birthday. So I decided for a cross between coupon shopping and pioneering into a new realm of budget shopping. Enter: Couponeer

I wish I could've gotten a picture or video of his reaction when he opened this giant tarp covering his desk with all the new stuff underneath. It was absolutely priceless! We were in tears for a bit before he started to really appreciate what had just happened. Fast forward about a month later and he loves it! Uses it everyday and couldn't be happier with the performance. I showed him how to play American Truck Simulator and once all the invoices and billing for his company is finished for the day he likes to drive around the trucks and do some long hauls.

Thank you PCPartPicker for providing the best community!

Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 4 points

Nice 1080p setup!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It runs pretty much anything I have in my steam library at 60 fps :)

  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

Dang I love the clean and amazing look of the build. An amazing build for the price! +1

Edit: I want to give you a +10 because the story is amazing. Merry Christmas to your dad and hope he loves it.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you very much! It was truly a fun and emotional Christmas! I'm pretty jealous myself of how clean it came out. :D

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome story, awesome build, and wow did you make it look pretty. my only issue is the clearance from the gpu to the psu, I'm sure it runs fine but that has to add a couple degrees to both parts. +1

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank You! And you're right it does add a degree or 2 on the GPU but since the PSU is fan side down it's pulling air from outside the case instead of directly from the GPU. IMO the one or two degree difference doesn't matter to me since the card and the entire PC for that matter runs very cool anyways :)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

This an amazing build! Sorry for my nooby question, but how is the cable set that you bought better than the one that is provided with the PSU? I am still kind of novice and I don't understand the difference.

  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks for the comment! The cable kit I purchased is no better/worse than the original cables that came with the PSU. The only difference is the cables are individually sleeved rather than bunched together in a single larger "sleeve" and of course they are all white instead of just black. It is a direct replacement kit from EVGA's website.

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Where are my coupons??!!

That's what she said

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

HAHA!

p.s. its what my wife tells me all the time!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm lonely! What's it like having a wife (I'm also a kid!)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

wow that looks great

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Building something similar with a 6100 and a gtx 1060 3gb. Was looking at the Nano S but how are the GPU temps with the small gap between the PSU and pretty much half the GPU?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly they are better than I thought they would be. Under load playing ATS at ultra settings at 1080p the GPU gets to about 58-60c, which is exactly when the fans turn on to cool down, IMO its perfect since the system is pretty much silent. Take a look at the ASUS GTX 1060 Turbo card. That one is black/white with a blower style cooler.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I would suggest you go with a G4650 (Or whatever that Budget King of Kaby Lake is)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Neat story man (not to mention build is clean af)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it's clean! Makes mine feel dirty af... hahaha

Thanks!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Your setup looks clean and cozy, nice job!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

The OG Harmon Kardon's from one of his old Dell's I love it

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep!! He loves those things and will probably never get rid of them.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and a great story but can i ask if you are experiencing any bottlenecks regarding the i3 and rx 480. +1! Also are those evgas own cables?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I don't find it has much if any effect on gaming performance. Probably in very demanding games I might notice it more but since it's my dad's computer I don't play anything supremely demanding. Yes those are EVGA's cable kit!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the story.The most cleanest build i'eve ever seen! +1 from me! BTW how hot does the GPU when running load??

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It sits around 58c, its surprisingly good considering the gap between the GPU and PSU. The two front fans I believe help it out the most.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the noise?

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

The noise is near non-existent. Setting my head right next to the intake vents I just barely make out the fan noise. Once I move back into the chair I cannot hear anything.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I just need a flippin itx motherboard then I'm good to go. Biostar is the only option atm, and it's not out yet here.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow this is almost exactly the build I'm putting together! Just waiting for Ruzen 5. Black/white theme looks stunning! It sucks that I'll pay double what you did, even with sales prices here in Italy are not as convenient.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I couldn't imagine having to pay some of the prices people over seas have to pay. Power to ya!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

What an awesome budget build! Looks pretty spicy and the i3 6100 + RX 480 is unstoppable. And that keyboard looks real nice, I might buy it. Also glad for you to do such thing for your dad!

Hmmm. Seems like I'm forgetting something tho.

Oh right. +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha! Thank you! It really is an affordable combo.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

this is so sweet dude +1 :D

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!