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A build for a friend

by kwill1429



Date Published

Aug. 3, 2014

Date Built

Aug. 1, 2014

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate



I built a budget computer this weekend for two reasons. Being nice and trying my hand at over clocking. It went together alright, the only problem was that I had to take off the top of the case in order to access one screw.

CPU: Pretty good for $70. I got to 4.6Ghz @ 1.325 before my friend ran out of time and had to home.

CPU Cooler: Cheap and it did it's job. I can't imagine having only one person to put it on though.

Motherboard: After reading around I feel a bit cheated about this. $100 for not many special things when I could have gotten a $50 motherboard and get the same clocks. Oh well.

Memory: Standard ram. Told him to add another 4gb as soon as he gets $50 more.

Video Card: No complaints. It works.

Case: A decent case I'd say. It has pretty good cable management but I was limited on time. Had to unscrew the top of it to get at the upper screws of the mobo. I forgot to take pics but it has a nice red led fan in the front.

Power Supply: Good, trusted, semi-modular power supply

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XxAnimaxX 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

HOW did that cpu cooler fit

Hazarded 1 point 40 months ago

Corsair designed all its cases to fit even the big cpu coolers.

XxAnimaxX 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

so that cpu cooler will fit in my spec-03

SPIGS_123 1 point 40 months ago

The maximum height of the CPU cooler for the SPEC line of cases (according to Corsair's website) is 157mm. The EVO is 159mm. It should bump against the side panel.

kwill1429 submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Sorry, I was not aware of replys. The cooler just barely fit in the case but it fit none the less :D

PCMag 1 point 40 months ago

Decent however the price could have been MUCH cheaper for the same [or slightly better] part features and compatibility potential. Decent build overall.

kwill1429 submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Mind linking to a build? I know I bought an overpriced mobo and there have been sales on the 270x but other than that did I miss anything?

Stomish-PCs 1 point 40 months ago

Nice budget build!

RiotWyatt19 1 point 40 months ago

Hows that motherboard? Im planning on getting the m version and overclocking the same cpu.

kwill1429 submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

For the same cpu, I would say don't bother with this board. Lots of people have had success with some msi h81 boards (getting to about 4.5 ghz vs 4.6 that I get). Not to mention it has pretty limited ports so I don't feel it's worth 100.

DodecPCs 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Is the mobo serving you well? I want to get the same thing for a friend, and the reason I am getting the Z97 is because I can upgrade in the future and this mobo can handle higher frequency RAM. The only thing I don't like about it is no SLI or Crossfire support, but oh well.

kwill1429 submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Technically, it is running well but for $100, you should be able to get something quite a bit better. My biggest problem is that it has no output ports other than hdmi and it isn't that great of an overclocking board (or at least my processor didn't get too high).

Xeddicus 1 point 38 months ago

You said it hit 4.6 before even trying to dial it in more. Sounds pretty good to me.

And for a Z97 board it's one of the cheapest you'll find. If you don't care about that then yeah, can hit clock speeds on cheaper boards.