Description

Oh where do I even begin with this build ...

Initially I had an old dell optiplex 990 that I was planning to soup up with a 960 and a new PSU to send of to my friend as an upgrade to his current rig I built for him a year ago however that turned out as a wash as I realized that the case would not fit any 960 that I could find for sub $250. I came to the conclusion just to cannibalize the system for parts and build a computer from a mix of new and old components.

Purpose of this machine: Essentially gaming and lasting a long time this will be the last upgrade he gets for a long long time ...

What worked: Installing an Intel CPU was a harrowing experience since I was not used to the fact that there would be a hell of a crunch every time you set the cpu down other than that it went smoothly

Problems CPU cooler install: I messed up with the cooler in where I was not putting enough pressure on the clips and not securing it properly figured out about 20 minutes of fiddling with it

GPU install : This card was a real pain to try to put into the case as the card would not be able to fit with the mobo installed since the PCI E slot was in the way so it was about an hour of trial and error trying to get the damn thing to click into place. It was a hell of a tight fit and I latter added a paper spacer to keep the fan from bashing itself on the case

OS install: Found out that USB 3.0 drive didn't work very well had to create a USB 2.0 boot drive

Part Reviews

CPU

I7 sand bridge blows the socks off my own athlonX4 it's fast ... very fast o,...,o

CPU Cooler

Pros: Adorable little cpu cooler gets the job done and fits the case

Cons: Intel push click mounts requires alot more force than I feel comfortable with

Memory

Salvaged RAM it's good enough

Storage

Snappy boot drive surprised how fast it boots even when compared to my own AMD rig's SSD good value for the dollar

Storage

Scrap drive for "stuff" I think there's something wrong with it but it hasn't died yet ...

Storage

My friend has had this drive since june 2014 still going strong

Video Card

For $220 Canadian this is one of the best deals I could get locally for used parts it'll last him for years to come

tahitiFTW

Case

Lovely case to work with looks nice and cute sitting on the table :3

Power Supply

Modular and lots of juice can't complain about it :)

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Nyuuu~ :3

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nyuu~ <( °ω°)>

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job using what you got. Nice case, was looking at those.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Great case for the dollar ... I would build in it again ... assuming I get a smaller GPU next time

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha, we got the same case and processor.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

hey do you have the video of building this one ?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry no I don't have video of me building in this case. I'm not very good/fast/ experienced at building . However I would say the case is very novice friendly.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

any bios update while installing this card ? and tell me where can i buy this same motherboard and graphic card ? tell me or send me the link ,and thanks

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I did not need to update any bios it was pretty much plug and play.

The Mother Board I bought on new egg http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131878&AID=10657534&PID=3

As for the R9 280X I bought locally via Kijiji

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man ..... where r you from ? india ,usa or uk

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Canada :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

oh canada... a big country in size North america ,will you tell me about , your games ,i mean gta 5 and far cry 4 and others, is it more than 50 fps ?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

All I have is Fallout 4 as a fairly recent game ... I'm kinda broke for anything else at this point however I'm fairly certain there are videos out there to that have benchmarks for this card

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEWABNJi6Rc

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes they all are even the bottom one

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

in the photos is currently in it's stock configuration I have since swapped the clear plastic side-panel to the HDD cage side to improve airflow.