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Update 08/19/16 So the original psu was too loud so I got a corsair cx500. Then that one broke and i rmaed it and corsair sent back a semi modular cx550m so go corsair!

Also found a cheap but cool looking case the diy hero sites case. end update

This is a build for a friend who gave me a budget of $500. I went over budget to get the after market cooler(I made up the difference). If there is one thing I have learned it is that cooling is worth the cost. I had a 128gb ssd from a broken surface pro 3 lying around so i got a 2.5 enclosure and gave my buddy that along with the full win 10 pro os. He might not fully understand what he is getting but i will be happy to have put him behind the wheel of something i think is well worth the 500 I will charge him. So I am happy

Also made sure to get him a mobo that could cross fire for future awesomeness!

Part Reviews

CPU

I had the 6100 of this CPU for five years on a stock cooler so I expect this one will be just as sturdy.

CPU Cooler

Seems like a good cooler for the price to me. Runs quite and keeps the cpu from over heating even when over clocked in the catalyst control center.

Motherboard

Very happy with this board. Good size, lots of headers and sata ports, as well as cross dire capabilities.

Memory

Ram is ram is ram. love the price for the speed, cool heat spreader too.

Storage

Always liked the Barracuda storage.

Video Card

Fantastic look(wish i could get better pictures) great performance and cross fire capable. With 4gbs of ram i think this card will go pretty far.

Case

This is a DIYPC case so i cant complain about its simplicity and lack of ready to go options. If i could complain i would say i wish it had front fan mounts and 2.5 mounts. Even so this case came with a quite rear exhaust 120mm fan.

Power Supply

Gets the job done for this build. Not sli ready for current cards (only two six pin pcie power). Fans on this wine. It does not bother me much and when gaming it will be unnoticed.

Comments

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

I hope that grass was dry O_o

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Of course ;)

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

What are you doing putting that on the lawn, man? lol

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Had to take advantage of that out door over cast lighting. makes it harder to see the bad quality of my camera :P

thanks for the comment ;)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Makes no sense, you chose a terrible psu because there was a budget, so $23 for a psu, yet you spend $30+ on a aftermarket cpu cooler he won't actually need if it's not being overclocked....

Ok. ...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

The aftermarket cooler was a gift to him from me. I just wanted to make sure everything would stay cool. Also the PSU has already been replaced. I cant remember which one we upgraded to though. I think it was a corsair 400w semi modular. also given as a gift.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

REPLACE THAT PSU. It is completely junk and WILL damage this PC. It is the single most important part of a computer.

It is Not at all a 575w PSU. It is a 300w unit. and it is rated at peak, not continuous. It has no ATX certification. It is 10000% junk. it WILL fry this PC.

  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

I can always count on you tiny to point out the obvious flaws that are so easily missed. thank you so much for your insight and infinite wisdom.

  • 51 months ago
  • 0 points

Glad to be able to help!

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Agreed, get rid of that PSU.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't normally hate on PSU's but this is one of the PSU's that is best avoided. I would replace this as soon as you can, especially with the total wattage of this system.

Less the PSU you have a good looking clean build.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man. Yeah I know the PSU is not a looker but I need to stay in budget. I chose this budget one because I have used this same PSU for over 4 years with no issues in a previous build. So this should get my m8 off the ground at least.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

you should be able to get a good overclock with that motherboard that is the only 970 micro atx motherboard right now

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I think my buddy will be okay with stock speeds. Plus the cooling in this system is below average I would say.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

For starters you should upgrade that WD hard drive. 250gb is low now a days and can get 3tb for $79.99 on newegg right now.I know there is a budget but well for the micro atx board and everything else i dont think you should of gotten that 380(unless your friend is a hardcore gamer)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I got it because he will most likely never upgrade this thing, due to lack of knowledge of such things. With this in mind i wanted to get him something to last a while. I will need to help him when it comes time to get some more storage however. along with the 250 hdd he will also be receiving a 160 hdd and a 128 ssd. So with his level of gaming this will last him quite a while. thanks for the comment.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Quick question, if the barracuda drive was so great why didn't you rate it 5 stars?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Because it is not near my highest expectations for a spindle drive

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

why is that?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Load times on applications are effected.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

oh ok, you should mention that load times arent amazing in the review though.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I just thought that was common knowledge i guess

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

what's with your ratings of the products? lol

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Remember this is a budget build and my buddy wanted better components over looks. I do not think you would want to do LEDs in this though because there is no side panel. Of course if this was my build I would have taken my dremel to this case and modded the crap out of it. thanks for the comment

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Simple, I applied about three water drops size amounts directly on the center of the CPU and then placed the cooler on it. I will have to get back to you on actual temps, I took it apart so my buddy could have the experience of putting it together.

The temps will be acceptable though I know that for sure. I had the 6100 CPU with a stock cooler and was able to get it to 4.2Ghz. So I expect similar to better results with this 120mm cooler. hope this helps.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd recommend the TX3 or Cooler Master 212 EVO if your worried about temps.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

It did work right out of the box for me, but you never know which bios version your board will have. So it is always smart to update them asap. Good luck!

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