Description

I built this for my girlfriend for office/school work and light gaming with an upgrade path in mind. After 7 years the old E5200 just wasn't going to cut it anymore so I decided to build something from scratch that she would like leaving room to expand.

CPU: g3220 -- very impressed with this cheap chip, will likely upgrade to an i7 in a year or so

MOBO: msi z87-g55 -- great board for basic set up, OC options are there for the future

RAM: g skill 8gb 1600 -- it's ram, should stay decent for a few years

HDD: seagate 500gb -- enough for now, will add an SSD later

GPU: radeon 5450 -- ok this is just temporary, will likely add a GTX 650 for mid range gaming

Case: nzxt source 210 -- love the simple design, I don't have any USB 3.0 devices but I can always upgrade

PSU: thermaltake 430w -- will upgrade with GPU but I have had no problems with it

Monitor: lg 27" -- big screen with clear picture

Fans: corsair white led 120mm -- this was overkill but I was going for a white/blue theme, will replace one with blue LED and swap the other 2 with 140mm for the top

Any feedback or comments are appreciated and if you want to see more pics PM me.

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Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

Anything is better than a Radeon 5450 including the crappy Intel HD Graphics from the Pentium.

  • 71 months ago
  • 12 points

First off..."When commenting on a completed build please keep your feedback polite and constructive, particularly if commenting on part choices and possible alternatives."

And second..."GPU: radeon 5450 -- ok this is just temporary, will likely add a GTX 650 for mid range gaming"

"ok this is just temporary"

"just temporary"

"TEMPORARY"

Apparently you cannot read.

  • 71 months ago
  • 7 points

My comment was very polite. Sorry if I offended you.

I read the initial description. It's a good thing it's temporary but my point is the integrated graphics is better than the Radeon 5450.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

No offense taken, I got this card a few years ago but as the computer isn't really used for gaming it's not immediatly essential, but after getting a 650 I realized how much I was missing out on with this.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Intel has many chips going by the name of "Intel HD Graphics". Maybe the 5450 is able to beat the Sandy and Ivy Bridge version but not the Haswell GT1

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

The 600 MHz / 1.6 GHz from the 5450 is SLIGHTLY better than the 350 MHz / 1.1 GHz from the integrated graphics, but that's nothing to brag about.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

It doesn't work like that. For exemple a GTX 760 has 1.0Ghz frequency but it has like 10-20 times the power.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess it depends how you set up the IGP in BIOS but what I have read a dedicated GPU performs better than low end integrated graphics. I just can't find any benchmarks to compare these two. Regardless I will be upgrading soon.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't bother getting a GTX 650... get a 750/750 Ti instead.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

I already have a 650 and this will only be used for occasional mid gaming so no need to buy another card right now, but when the time is right I will upgrade to 760 or 770 I think (years?).

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Years from now, you won't be upgrading to a 700-series GPU... you'll want an 800 or 900 series...

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the slight glow those 2 top fans give on the board. Not a bad lookin box for school and office work. +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Once I saw those fans I had to get them. I will be replacing the exhaust fan (non-LED) with a blue LED and see how it looks.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't believe that build got so expensive!!! I build my PC for 800 and I got a GTX 770 and other awesome parts inside. Instead of an I7 upgrade I would just throw in a cheaper I5, they run games great and most apps too. Nice build! Have fun with the PC!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea it got a little expensive with the $225 monitor, $100 OS and $42 in fans but the core parts are just under $415 and I have a nice upgrade path, i5 or i7, and may not even need to change the RAM.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess I didn't see hat! (My bad) I woul've gone with an AMD for this price range

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I have no experience with AMD and I have a lot of Intel parts and computers on hand. Wanted to leverage my existing inventory while allowing myself room for higher Haswell in a year or 2.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess that is a way too but if you wanted more power now and maybe a bit less power later AMD is great, I have AMD and it seems fine, I actually like their CPU Cooler mounting more.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

That $120 motherboard and $70 pentium bothers me...

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

I wasn't sure if it was worth it but thought I would give it a try. I plan to upgrade it in the future and I will be able to have a back-up LGA 1150 chip as I have 2 1150 builds currently.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Good base for future upgrades. The 650 and an i5 or i7 in the future will work great.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

You can play BF4 at High settings using the integrated graphics and the CPU power to get 19 FPS. (Saw that on a benchmark)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are looking at getting it temporarily then I would say do it. I installed Windows, MS Office Suite ($9.95 with school/work email) and a bunch of other stuff and it was quick. The chip was stable and temps were good, plus you can always keep it for a back-up 1150!

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Make sure the CPU cable from the PSU is long enough as the 8-pin connector is a little south. Took me almost an hour to finesse the cables in place, but I have a lower end PSU. The bios is awesome, same as the gaming version MOBO I have, good for OC, and the board has command center where you can set fan speed seetings or other configurations. Also I recommend checking the MOBO site for RAM compatibility as MSI and G Skill don't always get along. PM me if you have more questions.

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