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The Work in Progress

by InsertNameHere²

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18 Comments

Details

Date Published

March 28, 2018

Date Built

March 25, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

42.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

980 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

Woot, first actually ******* good gaming PC!

Best computer I've ever had in my life and it still isn't done yet.

Everything marked 0 bucks are stuff I've gotten for free. I am borrowing the i3 from an IRL friend.

I am borrowing the monitor from my school, I am planning on buying the exact same one from eBay when I can, it's an amazing monitor!

The GTX 670, yes I really did get it for 10 dollars. I made a post on /r/hardwareswap asking for a card for 40 bucks. I was then PMd about a GTX 670, so I went through with the deal and nearly **** myself when he offered 10 dollars and insisted on it in person when we meeted. The card works flawlessly and is silent. The PCB was blue, but I painted it black to match the aesthetic I'm aiming for. I do have it undervolted and underclocked a bit to help with temps, and it's still damn good!

My list of upgrades are in this list here:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $40.00
CPU Cooler ARCTIC - Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 45.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler $18.19 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI - H61MU-E35 (B3) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard Purchased For $0.00
Memory G.Skill - Value 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory Purchased For $0.00
Storage Crucial - M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $0.00
Storage Hitachi - 750GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $0.00
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card Purchased For $10.00
Case Cooler Master - N200 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $40.50 @ Newegg
Power Supply Enermax - 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $49.99
Optical Drive Lite-On - iHAS224-06 DVD/CD Writer Purchased For $0.00
Wireless Network Adapter Edimax - EW-7811Un USB 2.0 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter Purchased For $7.99
Case Fan ARCTIC - Arctic F12 74.0 CFM 120mm Fan $4.19 @ OutletPC
Case Fan ARCTIC - Arctic F12 74.0 CFM 120mm Fan $4.19 @ OutletPC
Case Fan ARCTIC - Arctic F12 74.0 CFM 120mm Fan $4.19 @ OutletPC
Monitor Dell - E2011H 20.0" 1600x900 Monitor $59.99
Mouse Logitech - G300S Wired Optical Mouse $19.99 @ Best Buy
Headphones Etekcity - Scroll H5GX Headset Purchased For $0.00
Other AUKEY Mechanical Keyboard with Blue Switches, 104-Key Keyboard for Typing and Gaming, USB Wired Keyboard $36.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $296.21
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-03-27 21:34 EDT-0400

Part Reviews

CPU

Great old Sandy Bridge processor! If you're wanting to do some light - medium gaming, even dabbling in some AAA titles, this processor is pretty capable!

CPU Cooler

It's pretty good for the price. It is compatible with 775, and all 115x processors, despite what literally everywhere states. The box directly states the compatibility as 115x/775.

Downside is the fan is a sleeve bearing, so anywhere past 1200rpm, it's audible, even with the side panel on. It's the loudest part of my system, seconded to my PSU. Oh also the sticker fell off randomly, most likely from the heat, lmfao. Not a con, just funny.

If you want a better-than stock fan for a locked CPU and don't care too much about sound, this is a great cooler for the price. If your case is choked for air and has a large and hot card though and you don't like sound, I'd look elsewhere.

Motherboard

Damn great budget 1155 motherboard!

I got this for 46.99 on eBay with the IO shield. (which is beautiful, thick, and uses vinyl) It supports both Sandy and Ivy Bridge, which you can overclock the unlocked ones! (I'm serious.) It has 2 system fan headers which though are 3 pin, the motherboard allows you to control the fan speed anyways! 6 USB ports with 2 3.0 ones, no header though. VGA / HDMI / DVI for integrated, PS2 combo jack, and pretty damn good audio setup too! Looks modern too.

Hugely hugely HUGELY recommend this board!

Memory

I have Klevv sticks which are literally identical to these.

Great, basic, black, 8GB sticks. 10/10 Would reccommend.

Storage

I got this SSD from a friend for free, and it's my first ever SSD!

Great SSD, fast and other SSD stuff.

Storage

Came out of a broken laptop from my friend, which he gave me the drive since I've needed one.

It's silent, can't hear it even with my ear on the thing. Good drive.

Video Card

I literally got this card for $10 bucks.

Amazing card, great for 900p and 1080p gaming. It's pretty much silent under 75c, especially with a custom fan curve. Great card, can be ran on a 450w power supply!

Case

Pretty good budget case.

It has a m a z i n g cable management for the price. Plenty of space behind the side panel, cutouts next to the motherboard, giant cutout near the front, cpu power cutout, everything you'd need. Comes with 2 fans with the 120mm having both 3pin and molex, and room for 3 3.25" drives (one ontop of / inside 5.25" bay) and 1 2.5" drive (more if you can hide them somewhere.)

Downsides. - Completely choked front intake, next to no air at all. - Snap off PCIe brackets except for one, but it's cheap so eh whatever. - You need to dremel off the side HDD bracket if you want to use a video card larger than 8 inches and PCIe slot wide.

Otherwise though, on a budget for a small low power system, GET THIS! You can cable manage freaking OEM power supplies in this case, lol!

Power Supply

I'm no expert but I think this is a good unit. Semi-modular with black ribbon cables, 8pin cpu and 2 6+2 pin gpu plugs, along with a lot of sata and 3 molex + hdd plugs.

Knocked off one star for the fan, my good lord is it loud! I'm replacing the fan asap, can't stand it since it's louder than my sleeve bearing CPU fan at 2000rpm.

Optical Drive

Not exact to what I have but it's a basic drive, quiet for one too.

Wireless Network Adapter

It's alright. If you plan on downloading files larger than 2GB on WiFi faster than 5Mbp/s, look elsewhere. This card overheats easy.

Monitor

Oddly great monitor! Can be found cheap enough, has support for the Dell AX510 speaker bar, has DVI and VGA input, great color and menu system too! I could swear this is a IPS matte screen, even though it's only TFT!

Keyboard

BASIC. That's all I gotta say.

Headphones

Budget headphone king! Microphone with quality as good as a Blue Snowball, (pm me for a sound file to prove quality) and good cans if you have a software based equalizer. Stock, the sounds are muddy as hell. Tuned though, it's great.

Speakers

Great, boomy speakers.

Other

Trash.

Plastic is painted and is grippy in a bad way. Side buttons are flipped (top is back arrow instead of bottom being that), clickers are mushy and different from eachother.

I only have this since my friend gave it to me.

Comments Sorted by:

sptogl 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

If I was you I'd go with a 1080p monitor, but otherwise it's a great value for money build

InsertNameHere² submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Eh honestly I'm fine with 900p. The resolution to me looks good and the monitor has a great panel, that and 900p is easier to run so win-win!

Thanks!

macetotheface 1 point 11 months ago

Remember, you can buy a 1080 monitor and run it in 900p, but you can't run the 900p in 1080.

InsertNameHere² submitter 3 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

I can also buy a 900p monitor and not care lol

Skultrix 1 point 11 months ago

Nice job brov, I hope you're having fun with your brand new PC!

InsertNameHere² submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Hah I definitely am, thank you!

ThriftStoreRaider 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Hey! I recognize you from the Budget Builds Official Discord! Nice build, I can see why you are using older parts. +1

InsertNameHere² submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Hiiiii, and thanks!

Yognaught_Ace 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

man good ol Dr. Thunder lol, not even joking though I buy that stuff like all the time cause its so much cheaper then Dr. Pepper, granted Dr. Pepper is my favorite, I have to bargain sometimes

InsertNameHere² submitter 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

lol yep Dr. Thunder is great, best offbrand imo

Yognaught_Ace 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

right there with ya

Flika1999 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

+1, It's not bad soda.

Flika1999 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Nice build! I love how it looks on the desk!

InsertNameHere² submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Ayyy, thanks!

antonjetpack 1 point 11 months ago

i love that build, turn it into the ultimate sleeper pc plz

InsertNameHere² submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Haha thanks, and I'm already wayy ahead of you! I love sleeper office-looking gaming computers!

DevanshDixit 1 point 11 months ago

I was about to say "Upgrade to a better graphics card," but then I saw you go that for 10 bucks! Wow! Also I agree that later you should get a 1080p monitor, trust me. It would work very nicely. The build is great +1

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InsertNameHere² submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Ayyyy, thank you! I spent like an hour and a half on the pictures, lol.

Definitely, first upgrade though will be the case, the airflow is terrible and can barely keep my parts remotely cool. Afterwards though, I'll get a new CPU and cooler!

I found a 670 so cheap just out of luck. I made a /r/hardwareswap post asking for 40 bucks for a low end card, someone offered me the 670 for 10 dollars and I accepted. The i5's regularly go for 30 - 50 bucks.

Thanks!