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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.

Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting approach. Should do well for most general tasks.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 , More pics when you have a chance ?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

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?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

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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  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

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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