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Client Build - Office Machine (Athlon X4 740, 4GB GSkill NS, GTX 550 Ti)

by actechy

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28 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 23, 2014

Date Built

Aug. 20, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.2GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

900MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

4.10GHz

Description

Client needed to upgrade an aging Dell office machine running XP, so this is simply a budget office machine. I didn't want to deal with any rebates this time around, so that's why some of the prices aren't crazy steals.

CPU: Thought about going with an APU, but I had an old 550 Ti sitting around, so I went with the X4 740 to keep it cheap and didn't want less than 4 cores on the AMD side...of course the day after I bought it an A8 series was the Shell Shocker with quite a bit higher clock. Oh well. (Amazon)

CPU Cooler: Probably the item I could've cut for the budget, but I really hate noisy stock coolers, so I went with the T2, since it was pretty cheap. Super easy install (one of the things I like about AMD builds). (Amazon)

Motherboard: Basically the least expensive FM2 board available that doesn't have butt-awful reviews. I like all the SATA3 ports, nice to have options. (Newegg)

Memory: I waffled between 4GB and 8GB, but went with the 2x4GB because I really don't think the user will utilize 8GB anytime soon, and it was, obviously, less expensive this way. GSkill is good stuff, and wanted to go low profile in case the T2 had clearance issues (it ended up not being that big). Speed isn't an issue in this scenario, so 1333 is fine. (Newegg)

Storage: Cheap, reliable, loads of space. (Amazon)

Case: Settled on the Challenger because a) it's decently built for the price, b) cable management options and c) I don't have to buy any extra intake fans, which saves a few bucks. No USB 3.0 is not a problem. (Amazon)

PSU: I usually stick with Corsair CX units for budget builds, but got this EVGA on decent sale, and it has better reviews at a higher standard deviation than the CX430/500. It's not a gaming/editing rig, so it won't be stressed at all, so I think it will work out just fine. (Amazon)

Graphics Card: Obviously, it's overkill, but it's been sitting around without a home for a few months, so it need a PCI slot to call home. (Recycled part)

OS: Got a Dell branded OEM Win 7 Pro download for cheap; best OS for current network infrastructure. (DiscountMountain)

Other thoughts: For putting a micro-atx into a mid size case, cables turned out really well in this case (ba dum ch). I was able to run a lot of stuff up through the mobo cut-out and under the motherboard (4-pin, fans, etc); really helped keep it clean. I appreciate the PSU intake fan filter on the case and the decent cable management options, though would've been nice to see more at options at the top. Overall, it was a fun build to layout and work at keeping clean.

Cheers & thanks for looking!

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skemble 24 Builds 4 points 39 months ago

Rock solid budget build! Pictures are great too. Good work OP!

actechy submitter 7 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Thanks! I enjoy your builds as well.

skemble 24 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Thank you! I have to say your work with the little mesh covers is legendary!

actechy submitter 7 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

haha, all in the name of good cable management

skemble 24 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

What is bad cable management? ;)

WhosYourBossNow 3 points 39 months ago

I really like this, great cable management, reasonable price choices, I'll gladly give it a +1!

The only thing I see wrong is you forgot to screw the GPU I/O bracket into the case PCI-E slot.

actechy submitter 7 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Good eye indeed! Realized when I was plugging in the DVI, but got it sorted now. Thanks!

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Dr.DickPebis 1 Build 3 points 39 months ago

Your client must have saved your building from a burning child, because you really hooked them up in the best way. You hit the three b's: Budget, Brains, and Beaufificity. Wonderful job ninja.

actechy submitter 7 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

haha thanks!!

fnapoli 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

That heatsink is ADORABLE!

actechy submitter 7 Builds 3 points 39 months ago

haha right?

friedfacekkk 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

+1 Haven't seen an Athlon build in ages.

Igorzchannel 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

nice +1

actechy submitter 7 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Thanks!

PolishXlion 2 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Funny how the most expensive part is Windows :P nice build

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks!

ProEngPC 8 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Nice build, good value. Where did you get windows for $75. I can never find it for under $95. I usually don't include recycled parts in a client build, but if they're aware of it and you're willing to warrantee it, it's fine I guess.

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thunderdan602 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

Great little budge office build. Great budget build period. Love that cable management.

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks a lot!

thunderdan602 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

You are welcome.

_Pheonix_ 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

i purchased the same mobo from asrock and mine doesnt work with a ethernet cord i downloaded the latested drivers. I was going to rma but it was for my 5 year old brothers minecraft addiction so i purchase a usb connecter and everythings working

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

that's a bummer, I'll definitely watch out for that, so far so good on this one though. Cheers!

12345678 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

21 pictures and you never see the front of the case...

Anyway, nice build!

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

oops

ValetTheGamer 1 point 32 months ago

How is your cpu fan?im planning to get the same, is it efficient and does it makes noise?

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

So far no problems at all. It's not as quiet as a 120mm cooler solution obviously, but it's really not bad.

YourNoobyPCBuilder 1 point 23 months ago

I'm thinking of building a PC similar to this one, and around the same budget ($400). What games do you think this could run at 30 fps?

actechy submitter 7 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Depends on the video/graphic settings...on medium settings, you might get ~30fps on current games. But I can't say, never gamed on an Athlon. I'd recommend an i3 for a lower-end gaming-capable CPU.

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