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The Micro Center Clearance Table Build

by bourj



CPU Clock Rate

3.8 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.032 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4 GHz


So this was my first build. After spending far too much time stressing over each component I would buy for my first build, I decided I needed to just drive over to Micro Center and dive into it.

I decided to go through the clearance areas and pick up items that seemed to suit my needs; as mentioned in my first forum post, I was really looking for a machine that could handle general daily use, as well as smoothly play 1080p/60fps footage from my GoPro camera.

The mobo, GPU, and monitor were all open-box clearance items. The case was a surprise find that a salesman led me to; they had a huge pallet of them in the gaming section of the store, and were all marked down to $25.

So far, it seems to be running everything I have thrown at it quickly and smoothly. I admit, doing my first build was rather nervewracking; after I started trying to do cables, I got incredibly confused and had to walk away for a bit. I'm sure I probably could have made some better choices as for the components, but I figured if it didn't work out, I'd just sell it to my brother :P

So...how do you think I did? Any opinions/feedback/constructive criticism welcome.

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zypherstones 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

For about 650 bucks (Excluding monitor and OS), this is a really good build for the price. +1, and if I could, +2. EDIT: And excluding the Blu Ray drive, about 550, great price to performance.

bourj submitter 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

Thanks! I'm glad to hear I didn't completely overpay on this. I thought of salvaging the optical drive from my previous PC, but it was not blu-ray. The monitor was an impulse gift to myself to replace the ancient one I was working with.

zypherstones 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

Well, seeing as you saved yourself about 80-90 dollars off the original final price, I think you did an extremely good job. :p

jrtriker12 1 point 69 months ago

Interesting approach. Should do well for most general tasks.

Krazeee 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

I just put every item here in to a separate build and you came out about $130 ahead. Well done. All the parts you picked are solid as well, no off-brand randomness to make me cringe. For grabbing the clearance items at a Micro Center, this is fantastic. I hope you enjoy your new build and learned a lot from the experience.

tyabbott 1 point 69 months ago

Wow great price to performance, I'm wondering how the cpu and gpu compare to something like the A10-6800k with fast ram. If you're not planning to play games that might run better in general daily use.

Sprocket30 2 Builds 1 point 69 months ago

+1 , More pics when you have a chance ?

bourj submitter 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

Sure, added a few more. I realized that I never posted any pics with the cabling done.

And yes, that is a vintage Max Payne promo mousepad. I just can't bear to part with it.

jnewegger23 2 Builds 1 point 69 months ago

For what what you paid and how it looks in terms of cost I think you made yourself a pretty decent pc! Good job! I hope you are having fun learning what you can do. What software are you going to use to play blu ray? Or does Lite-on provide you with one. I bought an ASUS blu ray player and had to buy powerdvd ultra 13.

bourj submitter 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

No, Lite-on doesn't provide software (or at least, not with the one I bought). I'll probably use PotPlayer until I am ready to cough up more money for PowerDVD.

jnewegger23 2 Builds 1 point 69 months ago

Yeah, I didn't think about that either and was a little frustrated but not so much bc I just watched blu-rays on my ps3. It's nice having both though! How are you enjoying your new build btw?

JPKaizer 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

how's the GTX 650 Ti? how do the games play, any problems since its open box?

DerekPDX 1 point 69 months ago

Very nice build! Looks like you have the memory in the wrong slots, you're gonna want to have a space between each one so you can work in dual mode.

bourj submitter 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

Really? I had no idea you had to separate memory chips. Thanks for the catch!

DerekPDX 1 point 69 months ago

yep, thats why they're different colors. You should see a nice boost in performance.

Samcaldwell 1 Build 1 point 63 months ago

What emits the blue light? I would like the same effect in my build. Also, Have you tried any games on that computer? How did they perform?

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bourj submitter 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

Yeah, there is a $10 MIR on it, and another $10 on the mobo. But I realized after the fact that I probably could have held out and gotten the PSU even cheaper.

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