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EDIT: okay had to add this in so ppl stop ASSUMING, this system is nearly (or more than) 5 years old, but the case is 8 years old!! the PSU was a gift from an Inlaw 2 years ago, cause the cheap ass 400W psu i had died!, and my original GPU died (it was a 550Ti, where i live gets really hot, and i leave it running 24/7 cause friends and family contact via Skype, so the GPU fan died), and as for Graphics card upgrade!, since i don't/refuse to play alot of FPS games, i don't really need a super B.A. GPU

1st of all, couldn't find the cheap case i use

As for use, just a gaming rig, LOL, SWTOR, D3, WOW, TES3:Morrowiond (MGSO modded), X3: Albion Prelude.

Will eventually do the upgrade list i have on here so i can more easily record/stream some of my games! but this old dual core struggles, major bottleneck, not bad for nearly 4 years old!

a few reasons for the upgrades im looking at, 1: CPU, come on need i say more, need more coresssss 2: The cooler, reason im going for that Zalman unit is that the NB on my mobo runs super hot under load, about 70c, i know its normal for them, but rather some sort of cooling 3: The Case, my case is soo old and dated, its from like 6+ years ago, no top vents, still has funnel style vent pipe from the side, only like 3 hdd bays, no cable management area! 4: the HDD, couldn't find my HDD on there so i used to next closest, my HDD is actually a SATAII

3dmark11:1226 CPUID: http://valid.canardpc.com/7nyrxi

Part List
AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.6GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle35.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load53.0° C
Gigabyte GeForce GT 630 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate820MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.04Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle45.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load60.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP1226
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MrImnotMLG 5 points 9 months ago

700w is OVERKILL. At this price I would've gotten a cx430, saved $50, put it towards a 260x instead of those horrible graphics cards.

Xantosh [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Xmas present last year! cost me AUD$0

xx116xx [3 Builds] 4 points 9 months ago

That awkward moment when the PSU is the most expensive thing in the build...

AustinTheTimelord [1 Build] 3 points 9 months ago

Maybe Hopefully, OP plans on upgrading.

Xantosh [Submitter] [2 Builds] -1 points 9 months ago

it was an Xmas present last year, so it was the cheapest thing ;)

ESPM400 [1 Build] 0 points 9 months ago

You're still going to want to consider replacing that thing. The Thermaltake TR2-series PSUs aren't known for their steadfast build quality (they're more well known for frying parts). You could probably get a low watt Silverstone ST-series unit for around $50.

Since you're losing parts due to the heat, perhaps you might want to consider upgrading your cooling solutions. I know how expensive parts are down there, so you might want to spend a bit more on cooling now, and save a lot on nuked parts later.

xBlood_Monkey [8 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Instead of upgrading, I would suggest selling everything and starting over. If you can find the right person, you might be able to sell this for $550-$600. And with that, you can get an FX-6300 and R9 270.

Swish2000 1 point 9 months ago

He would get a much larger return I think if he sold the RAM, PSU, maybe HDD and Motherboard on /r/hardwareswap :)

Xantosh [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

don't need to sell everything, mobo is more than enough, upgrading cpu and HDD, and maybe graphics for now, would be more then sufficient! and rather get FX-8320, even though my mobo can just handle the FX-9370!

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AustinTheTimelord [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Will we get any pics?

Xantosh [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

not till i can get a better case, im using a basic case that is like 6+years old! and i don't do fancy lighting or anything! so nothing special!

iamwildbear 1 point 12 days ago

Hah Alucard.....Cant wait for OVA 9 and 10

DownloadMoreRAM -2 points 9 months ago

Nice budget build man! Enjoy!

shapaza [2 Builds] 3 points 9 months ago

Lol seriously? He could've gotten a lower-wattage PSU from a better brand name, and he could've gotten a way better graphics card like a 7770 (for a budget build)

Mediciu5 [2 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Maybe I'm missing something but he references two time frames related to his build. 4 years ago and 6 years ago. Was the 7770 out and affordable 4 years ago? Or were the drivers still crap?

On the flip side, the OP should remove the pricing data and mark the hardware as purchased to avoid new/old build construction.

Xantosh [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

still new to this site, so still trying to understand all the editing options

Thankyou, didn't see the purchased parts option, if i can find all the old paperwork, i would put prices up, bought most from a computer store that was closing down!, 6 years ago was the case only, everything else is like 3 to 4 except vidcard, old vidcard died this year, so i picked that up for about AUD$100 (that is cheap considering how overpriced **** is in my town!)

DownloadMoreRAM 1 point 9 months ago


AustinTheTimelord [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Yea I got my CX500M for $40 and my 7770 graphics card for $109 but I can run Skyrim on Ultra surprisingly well. I just checked and my graphics card must have been on sale when I bought it because it's $135 now .-.

Xantosh [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

or he could have got the psu for nothing, because an inlaw via family had a spare one sitting around! also this system is nearly 3 years old!

shapaza [2 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

And this is why I need to read the descriptions.

Sorry about that OP.

Xantosh [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

i added an Edit at the top,that way no more confusion!