Description

Long time, no build!

I recently put a computer up on Craigslist/Facebook Marketplace to sell, and unfortunately, haven't gotten many offers. Today, someone reached out to me who needed a light gaming desktop for World of Warcraft and Second Life. I was able to whip this up with parts I had lying around.

I grabbed the motherboard, CPU, and a basic AMD GPU (not used in this build) for a great deal on Craigslist a while back and I've been waiting for a chance to use it. Sure, this might be a little overkill for a GTX 650, but it's what I had around and it leaves room for upgrades in the future.

Build process went smooth, and I'm happy with the temps although the AMD stock cooler can get a bit noisy. Should be great for light gaming!

Part Reviews

CPU

Good budget CPU in 2018 if you're buying used. 8 cores should help as games use threads more effectively.

Motherboard

Only 1 4-PIN for the CPU and not much cooling on the board. Definitely leaving the CPU stock. Otherwise, quality is good.

Storage

Would normally get an SSD, but I had this lying around and I was on a budget. Boot times into windows aren't too bad and the drive stays decently quiet.

Video Card

Good budget card that stays very cool.

Case

No frills case. Plenty of room for anything you need, airflow is good.

Custom

Customer already had this PSU. There is plenty of wattage headroom, so I'm not too worried about it. The PSU was also cool and quiet under load, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice-price performance build, and I really gotta admire the cable managing.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thank you! I was surprised how well it turned out.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Score one more for FX chips being great used parts builds! Problem I ran into was that it was so useful that I never sold it..! Other than the cooler (yeah, I have some of those floating around) and the PSU (I have a cheap-*** LEPA as a paperweight), only thing I'd nitpick is zip-tying the cables. Other than that, it's a decent spare-parts build. (oh, and +1 for actually plugging in the OOD!)

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  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

Yeah, I definitely would have bought a better air cooler if I had the time. Was on a bit of a time crunch. Will keep in contact if she needs and upgrade.

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