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I have honestly ran out of names for computers. If you have any better ideas, feel free to let me know

Sold the last two builds I had sitting around, so I figured the logical route would be to move on to the next one. Set the budget between $350-$500 CDN before taxes. It was either going to be an APU HTPC or a gaming rig. I considered going with an AMD based gaming build, but I have already done so many of them already. Figured an i5 was a good place to start.

  • CPU: In the past I have used pretty well the whole AMD FX line up, a couple i3s, a few i7s and even an older APU, but only one i5. Seeing as how I had an R9 270X sitting around, a new i5 seemed like a nice pair. The Haswell i3 I used in another build ran very warm, hopefully the Haswell refresh has solved the problem.

  • Motherboard: Was originally going to go with the MSI H87M-G43, but it was out of stock. Chose this board for its similar features and price. Lets be honest, you can't go wrong with a Gigabyte motherboard.

  • RAM: Pretty straight forward explanation. 8GB is plenty, went with 1866Mhz because it was priced the exact same as its 1600Mhz counter part.

  • GPU: Took this on trade for a Corsair HX1050 PSU I had sitting around. Solid performer. I didn't list a price because I never really put a value on it. For all intensive purposes it is worth about $180 as it is used.

  • Case: This was not my first choice. Originally I had the Xion 560 in the build but it isn't carried by any local retailers. Considered the CM N200 but it was out of stock and I had already used it before. After working with this case I can say that the lack of cable management options do not make it a bad case by any means. With a little finese I was able to squeeze the cables behind the motherboard and ran the SATA and SATA power through the front of the case so I could have the HDD reverse mounted for a cleaner look. The simplistic look is very easy on the eyes and it is silent. If cable management is important to you and you are a novice builder, consider alternatives if you don't want to spend some time planning.

  • PSU: Best bang for the buck I could find. More than enough power.

  • Case Fan: Case does not offer much for cooling options. Either a 80mm or 92mm on the back aside from the front 120mm. Silent and PWM controllable. Best part is the nice fellow at Memory Express forgot to scan it. I even asked him if he had scanned it and he said he did. Oh well, free $5 I guess.

Benchmarks and temperatures to come shortly.

Comments

  • 67 months ago
  • 7 points

$69 dollar tax huehue +1

  • 67 months ago
  • 3 points

lol I figured someone would notice ;)

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

A downvote. Cute

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

I have a Silverstone PS08, which has an almost identical interior layout to the PS09. My cable management looks like utter garbage compared to yours. Well done!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

"For all intents and purposes."

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

My bad

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

glorious cable management. best looking budget build I have ever seen

  • 67 months ago
  • -1 points

+1 just for saying I have honestly ran out of names for computers. You have 12 builds, lol..... 1866 ram is useless for this build, it wont run faster than 1600.

  • 67 months ago
  • 3 points

lol yea, next one will definitly need some name suggestions.

As for the ram, I know the performance difference between the two speeds is negligible, but the prices were identical. As with most of my builds, this one will be for sale. People like to see big numbers, and if it doesn't cost me any more, so be it.

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