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This was my first build, wanted to build a system for my son to take to school and also something for him to do some light gaming on. Build went pretty smooth, not very smart on this, but did some research and went for it.! Did learn a lot as I went. Small cases make order of installing important! With the CPU Cooler, hooking up drives were a bit of a challenge, not much clearance with that CPU Cooler. Still have some work to do on the cables, but wanted get it up and running first. Will go back and tidy things up a bit. He should be surprised when he see this!

CPU. Went with integrated graphics for starters, reviews had this the best money for performance ratio and since it has been a few years since we have had a new computer, this thinks is a big step up. I am sure he will have a graphics card installed soon, but this should be fine to get started.

CPU Cooler. Nothing fancy, but it fits fine in the case and seems to be doing nice for temps.

Front Fan. Added a 120mm fan for intake. Went with blue to match the LED lights on the case. Looks nice, but running on 12vlts is a bit loud, have the option to switch to a 7vlt cable which reviews say it makes a difference on noise. Will see how temps run under load and then see if that makes sense.

Motherboard. Happy with the price and sizes. Runs great and the BIOS interface is straight forward. Still have some room to upgrade.

Memory. Went with best price, nothing more to say here.

Storage. SSD. Had to get a tray to install in a 3.5 bay. Tried to mount on the bottom of the case but the SATA cables could not connect in that position. Good thing I had a computer store close by!

Case. Went for a game look for him and value was key to selection. I am pleased with the look and quality for the price. Plenty of room for a Graphics card but does make a tight work space and not much room for cables.

Power Supply: Again, went with a good value PSU. I was stumped for a moment on getting the system to power. Took me awhile to figure out I had to connect the 4 pin power cable as well as the 24 pin power cable. Again, learned a lot as I went.

OS: Install went fine with the SSD. However after install I could not see my HHD within the OS. Learned that you need to initialize/format the disk fist. Again, learned something.

Had a keyboard, mouse and monitor already. I did add a multiple memory card reader in the 3.5 bay. Great for SD cards and CF cards for downloading photos. Seems to work fine.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Thats a nice build +1 get a cheap around $50 to $100 graphics card if hes using it for light gaming and work.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd get him a 750ti for light gaming and making the PC run better, or get a slightly cheaper 750 if you whant. I have no idea how the integraded gpu is on that processor.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't give an accurate assessment other than it does much better then the Pentium Dual Core I have to compare it to. I am sure he will quickly let me know.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build but i'd say you get a dedicated Graphics Card like an R7 270X if he's going to be gaming.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, will keep that in mind

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

It may be worth looking into dual graphics, basically crossfire using the IGPU and a dedicated GPU. A 6570/6670 could nearly double gaming performance for very cheap.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Take this to school??? Bring the screen with you every day?????

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

This is an addition to a notebook that he has. It is old, but works fine for doing work, but not a system he can game on.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

(to take to College)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Awwwww Oops I thought the boy was younger!!!

Oops

  • 63 months ago
  • -1 points

Am I the only one who realised that the ssd he got is like the worst ssd ever?? I mean it's no better than your hard drive.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

its really fast actually

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably should have done some more research, but it does seem to be an improvement. Building this was a lot of fun, I am sure I will build another one for the family and will do better with the SSD performance!

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

Yea a little research goes a long way. But i'm glad you had fun.

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

Compared to other priced ssd's no it's not.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Help me out, I am not very smart on this subject. Spec's claim 10x faster than a 7200rpm HHD. Multiple reviews state that they see improved performance. I am sure for the price I paid it is not the best but just want to understand the specs that you use to compare. Again, I am happy to get smarter on this subject. Cheers!

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

Well you see. Specifications don't really transfer over to real world performance. I have no doubt it is faster than a 7200rpm drive. What I am saying is compared to other similarly priced ssd's the performance doesn't compare, The spec sheets say they do. But they don't. Source: Personal experience.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

OK and thanks for sharing your experience.