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The Little Engine That Could

by gunfart


This is a great little build and really easy to put together. The only issue I had was finding memory that would clear the aftermarket CPU cooler but that was the only thing. Quiet and enough power to keep you in the gaming mix for a little while. And I chose a different case a Raijintek Arcadia chassis which is a mid-atx tower I got at newegg.com for 30 bucks.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Had a little trouble with the directions but thank God for youtube. It keep the cpu very cool at about 50 F


A solid board for the money. No USB 3.0 headers on the MOBO but it does what I need and the BIOS is easy.


Some of the best money I put into the build. Plugged it in and it loads like a champ. Windows 8.1 in 5 seconds.

Video Card

A great card. Quiet and enough power to run most games at 60 FPS. A little worried about the GPU temp as it idles at 120 F. But I'm told that's normal.

Power Supply

Also money well spent. Quiet and enough power that I don't have to worry about upgrading for a long time.

Operating System

I like 8.1 and the installation and subsequent updates were easy. Very clean and I'm glad I paid for this OS.

Comments Sorted by:

lilshatespug217 1 Build 3 points 48 months ago

Nice budget build! The PSU is overkill, though.

ziggurat666 7 Builds 3 points 48 months ago

Better to over than under. Plus gives him crossfire room, audio, etc. Nothing wrong with too much power, unless its a bad model... then it's lots of bad power :P

lilshatespug217 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Fair enough

forestcool 1 point 47 months ago

The PSU is total overkill. This build has a maximum power draw of 309W. You could get a great 400W PSU for $60-$80, which still leaves plenty of headroom. Then get a SSD boot up drive with the money saved.

Firecheetah13 1 point 35 months ago

His boot times are 5 seconds he says. And if he is looking to crossfire, than 850w will be enough. And to add, you cannot get a GOOD boot drive for $50. Mail-in-rebates don't count, as it isn't really giving you a "discount".

injourney 1 point 13 months ago


MAXXHEW 4 Builds 3 points 48 months ago

An amazing CPU, fast and reliable... AMD never fails.

RobertT313 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

agreed... nice build

gunfart submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Thanks for all the comments.Still need a course in cable management but it's not too bad.

RobertT313 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

No it's not to bad. Plus it appears cable management can be a little tougher depending on the case that you choose, with some cases leaving more wires exposed. The case that I used for my first build hid all the cables behind the motherboard and hid the PSU, so you would only see a few cables through the side panel display.

Wisdomteeth 1 point 46 months ago

im making a 170 dollar build with this motherboard