Description

This is my first computer build. I've always enjoyed working with electronics and was in the market for a new PC. I have been day trading for the last year and my Gateway GT5040 wasn't quite cutting it anymore. I've been using that with 2 monitors alongside my laptop for trading. I had a few friends help me with the build, and I think it should suffice for the time being. I've also recently gotten into streaming my media from my PC, so I will be running Plex on this computer most of the time. I know not everything is top-of-the line, but I tried to stick to a budget and will upgrade as the budget allows. My first step is a CPU cooler, dvd drive, and media card reader. After that a second 2TB drive to mirror the other TB drive, and eventually 1-2 21"-24" monitors. I pulled the 250gb HDD from the gateway out and am using that as well in this machine for extra storage. I re-used my Gateway and Hanns G monitors(got them free along with the computer from my parents years ago) as well as keyboard, speakers, and wireless USB mouse. So other than day trading, streaming media, and occasional internet browsing by my wife, that's all this computer will be used for. I am not a big PC gamer anymore, but eventually may add a graphics card to incorporate more monitors/take some load off of the CPU. Anyways, enjoy, and ignore the scissors in the pictures, obviously they were my wife's idea. **Edited 1/30/14 - Added Coolermaster N520 CPU fan, 2 pictures of that and then a picture before and after with the fan temps. This fan is 3 pin and runs at 1800 rpm constantly. I have had all my trading stuff running plus streaming plex on the computer and my ipad and the temps stayed under 100 even with the CPU occasionally hitting 100% usage.

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 5 points

them scissors area fabulous

the computers alright

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

I want to build something similar to this, but I think you left a few parts off your list that will prevent me from doing it. Most notably the rhinestone scissors. Anyway, build looks good! +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

LOVE those scissors! Rock 'em, baby. Lots of folks'll probably recommend you ditch that power supply and get a higher tier unit (http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx to see the tiers). That said, it looks like a good build. You did well with cable management, for sure.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I will look into that guide. When I first decided to do my own build I was so overwhelmed with all the different parts, numbers, and options for a build. I definitely would like to upgrade the psu down the road. I got $10 off my case and powersupply(each), as well as $10 off the ram. This thing is leaps and bounds better than my previous pc, if I find something slowing me down I'll certainly entertain upgrading to take full advantage of it.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Grab a $50 GPU and you'll be good to go. nice build..ohh

EDIT..That PSU has got to go. Its a bottom tier one. http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good, love the scissors.

The build is nice too. ;)

A lot would criticize the part choice, but I'd say it's good for your purposes.

One thing though, you mentioned wanting to upgrade to a GPU to "take some load off the CPU"? The integrated graphics portion of the CPU is actually completely separate from the CPU portion of it, so if you added a graphics card and connected your monitors to it instead of your motherboard, it wouldn't lighten the load on your CPU, it would just disable the iGPU. So it's really pointless to add one unless you need more than 3 monitors.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah ok thanks, thought I read that somewhere. Again, still a lot to learn for me with building computers. As of right now I'm only using 2 monitors(3 if you count the laptop) but could easily see using 4. Guess I'll cross that bridge when I get there!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Since the integrated graphics gets its graphics RAM from your normal system RAM sticks, adding a dedicated card would allow you to free up a little bit of RAM, but depending on your usage that may or may not be needed. Also, speaking of RAM, your motherboard has four RAM slots, so you could just as easily add two more sticks of RAM too if you find yourself needing more RAM. But if you're wanting that many monitors, having some kind of dedicated card might be the best option (I've never used that many monitors so I can't elaborate further.)

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