Description

I have never built a computer before but I decided I wanted a little project to do over winter break so what better than learn how to build a computer? I also never did any real pc gaming (besides runescape back in middle school; okay maybe a little in high school too) and thought it would be something I would like to try. As a college student, I do not have a very high budget and was trying to stay around $500 but knew I would go over a little. Once all was said and done it cost me between $700 and $800 (thanks mom) with windows 7, new monitor, mouse, and keyboard. Besides a little internet browsing, I have not done much on it yet since I just got done installing all the software; therefore, I do not have much to say about the performance rather than its fast internet browsing speeds.

Comments

  • 84 months ago
  • 3 points

nice build. The cable management could use some work.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice budget build, I don't think I would change anything apart from the motherboard, enjoy it :)

  • 84 months ago
  • 3 points

why what is a good motherboard? just curious for my own purposes.

  • 84 months ago
  • 0 points

Er, Biostar isn't the biggest motherboard company, the quality of their boards doesn't really match that of other bigger brands like asus, msi, gigabyte

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Out of those three brands, I'd reccomend Gigabyte, reeeeeally relliable

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it loud?

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build overall, only thing I would have done is switched the motherboard to a Z77 and made the RAM dual channel.

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

No, you will get no benfits of Z77 over H77, other than the ability to split a PCIE and overclocking, which are both useless in this scenario.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Oliver- What is dual channel RAM? Im new,sorry if its a noob question but im working on putting together my first build.

  • 84 months ago
  • 5 points

Dual channel is not a property of RAM, it is a property of your CPU. Basically it means the memory controller on your CPU can handle two different streams of memory at the same time. This is due to the two 64-bit memory controllers on the CPU die. 1/2 of the RAM slots connect to one of the 64-bit memory controllers, and the other two RAM slots connect to the other controller. So "dual channel" RAM just means the RAM kit comes with a # of RAM cards to the power of 2 (2,4, or 8 cards) so you can use both of the 64-bit controllers. The motherboard recommends which slots the RAM should be put in first to use both of the controllers for maximum bandwidth. Don't worry, everyone makes these mistakes :).

the way this works is if you had 2x2GB cards as opposed to on 4GB card, you would have had double the bandwidth, thus increasing transfer speeds

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the Sabertooth Z77, and the cpu is a 3570k so does it have Dual channel?? Thanks

  • 84 months ago
  • 5 points

yes,the 3570k (like all Ivy-bridge and Sandy-bridge CPUs) has a 128-bit memory interface, which means it has two 64-bit memory controllers, which means it has two channels. :)

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

epic cable management lol

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

why did u pick an i3? wouldn't an amd-fx give better performance in terms of gaming since they're quad-octa core?

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Not necessarily. Not many games are coded to make use of multiple cores.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

they will be in the future though. games such as crysis 3 and battlefield 3 are multi-threaded and having more cores helps with multi-tasking.

  • 76 months ago
  • -1 points

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