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I'm still building this, as I can't afford the 650 Ti Boost yet, but ive got everything in.

Sorry about the terrible cable management, I left all my zip ties somewhere and i need to pick up some more later.

So with this build I was given a budget of around $600ish dollars. I bought a couple of the parts early when they were on sale, I just got the rest of my stuff in on 2/5 and finished building it last night after throwing in a salvaged 8600 gts (which actually works better than I was expecting..)

Usages for this include running sample libraries out of Kontakt, running a few different heavy VSTs and general music production, as my laptop was getting too sluggish for Live 9. I dont think ill be doing anything too cpu heavy, so im just using the stock cooler for now..

Im planning on buying an extra stick of the kingston blu to have 16gb of ram, and a corsair liquid cooler so I can overclock a little bit. I also plan on buying a 650 ti boost so I can play some games on a higher quality, even though gaming isnt my first worry.

I salvaged alot of these parts from an old dell pc from around 2007/08, like the gpu, disk drive, a couple of different cables, and a 320gb caviar black.

I get around 45-70fps on warframe with low settings, 40 fps on high in WoW and those are the only 2 games ive been able to bench so far..

Yeah. First build as well. Pretty excited that I didn't short anything out and everything works.

PS Sorry if this is scrambled and badly written, writing thing at midnight feeling very exhausted..

Thanks for reading!

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  • 75 months ago
  • 3 points

Like your build man! I love the Prodigy case, but you could of gone with a 4670 if you don't plan to overclock (not sure what you're doing in the future) other than that I hope you have fun with your build! +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't think im gonna jump into overclocking right away, but it cant hurt to have the option! Seeing as how long the older versions of the i5 lasted, I should have this thing for a while.. Gonna pop a corsair h60/h100 in it when i get the chance

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Eather a h60 or a h80i if you can fit the thick 120mm RAD

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I should be able to. I could rip the 5.25 drive out, since I only needed it to install my WiFi driver since i couldn't get access to hardwire right away. If not, it already runs cool enough with stock, so any decent cooler should do.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Note; I also plan on buying a few molex fan splitters and a couple of blue led accent strips so it matches the hdd indicator and overall color of the case.

One fan in the case was DOA but it didnt really matter because the mobo only has 1 fan header, so i just had to put the front fan on the back.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Go get a 7850 for that price and it will outperform the 650ti greatly. The HDD is overpriced too.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

dude, it's a hybrid it has a ssd part of it i think.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Anyway, i'd rather buy one SDD and one HDD. I would be much cheaper.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I would've gotten one each, but I was on a very tight and awkward budget. I would get lumps of money at a time and it wouldnt be enough to buy certain things but certain things would go on sale that I wanted. I think i picked the sshd off at like $70 or so

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

SELL EM hahaha

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, for the 7850, which brand would you recommend? Im only finding the directCUII's and the like for alot more than I have at the moment.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

There are two version of the 7850 boards. One with 1GB GDDR5 and one with 2GB GDDR5. Mostly, the only difference in the GPU of different brands is the cooler and sometimes the base clock speed is raised in certain GPU brands. If you plan to get an aftermarket cooler for your GPU than any brand would do, but if you want a stock cooler go with Saphire GPUs with Duo-X. More cooler and quiter than the directCUII although temperatures varies very slightly.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Are those prices right?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm guessing you're gonna go for 16 gb ram?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

for sure. I think its $80 for another 1x8 of the hyperx blu. And 16gb ram cant hurt!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

it wouldn't maybe you should report the doa fan? or get a new one was the ram issue already written? if so well **** hahaha

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Im unsure on how I would report the DOA fan, I guess i could call their support and have them send out a new one or something. It currently runs pretty cool, no issues with just one exhaust fan on the back. I do keep the side panel off though, just for more airflow.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

good luck with that

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, +1 just for 8600 master race - I used to have two of those in SLI - still got them around and use them as baseline graphics when I'm powering up rigs with no integrated graphics for the first time. I'm shocked that card is getting you the performance you say it's getting you on Warframe, though; totally awesome.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I get some frame rate dips on some more intense action areas, and when I have to use a flashlight, but its better compared to the 1.7 ghz core 2 duo and 335m that im used to!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

You can definitely get a better GPU for that price. The Radeon HD 7850 is a pretty good option right now.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Ill look into it, thanks! Only concern is that i only have a 430watt psu... I know radeons tend to suck up more juice, and im not to clear on whether or not im close to the limit of this thing or not.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

The 7850 has the same TDP as the GTX 650 Ti Boost, so you should be fine.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright. Ill probably throw that in then. Looked around and yeah it is much better than the ti boost! Thanks!