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PROLOGUE: GASP - You mean to tell me that Tiny_Voices is actually happy with the PSU selection?!

All jokes aside, thanks for the recommendation sir:

Tiny_Voices: Antec VP-450 100%. Great unit for the price.

INTRO: My brother in law gave me a call and asked me to recommend a basic home PC from Best Buy in order to browse the web, store photos, access social media sites and manage office documents. My answer: none! Instead, I offered to build him a PC and promised him quality components and greater speed within the same price point. He gave me a $300 budget and I was on my way. I did not have time to wait for some of these parts to go on sale so I ended up donating my spare RAM and cracked open my unused external HDD in order to meet the budget. You will also notice that the price of the chassis is fixed. This is because I had purchased it brand new from a guy using the "offerup" app. He sells several brand new computer chassis at half price!

NOTES ON BUILD PROCESS AND PARTS:

-Chassis does not have any clearance for cable management in the back.

-Motherboard has front USB 3.0 header but chassis does not have front USB 3.0.

-Be sure to wire USB and front headers under the motherboard before installation if you desire somewhat hidden cables.

-Seat HDD BEFORE attaching CPU cooler and fan. Clearance is scarce if not installed in this order.

-This motherboard only has 1 chassis fan header (+ 1 CPU header) so you will need a PMW splitter in order to power single intake and single exhaust. Molex = jet engine.

-When installing Windows 10, PC would get stuck in a boot loop. Windows logo would appear, PC would restart. This happened over and over again until I finally updated the BIOS using the UEFI flash feature.

-Better HDD is desirable given the current speed rating but oh well.

-RAM configuration is a bit wonky but again, oh well.

-Easily overclocked CPU to 4.0 and temps are stable under aftermarket cooler.

-I did my best on cable management and I don't think it's that bad considering the PSU is not modular or sleeved.

Other than that, client build went smooth and everyone was happy. Thanks for reading.

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Comments

  • 55 months ago
  • 5 points

Good job, nice to see other things than $6000 Minecraft machines.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

You mean $7000.. (if you are my friend and he still played MC)

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I love budget builds even though I never get to do them all that often.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Seriously I agree, you only need a flipping X4 860K and GTX 650 to run Minecraft at decent settings. The you see water cooled monsters for Minecraft... $15k Build For CS:GO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xJOhYb9uyA

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  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Better get 2 of those Cards in SLI !!

  • 55 months ago
  • 3 points

M8 my core i8 gr8 m8 And R9 GTX 420 blaze it edition cost $999,999,999,999 and runs MC on 2fps low settings it's a hard game 2 run

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

This finally made me laugh after I finally understood what you were trying to saying lol.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaaha m8 it's the 8 code!!

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

My 750ti runs minecraft max settings 1080p @ >250fps...

LOL xD

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

You mean:

-Dual Intel Xeon E5 2699v3 custom BIOS to 4.5GHz -256GB DDR4 running at 3000MHz -4x Intel 750 Series 1.2TB in RAID 0 -4x GTX TITAN X with a core clock of 2666MHz and a memory clock of OVER 9000 MHz -ASUS Z10PE Mobo LGA2011v3 x2, Octa-Channel RAM, Support for 4 GPUs

This is just for Minesweeper to run at 240i at 1FPS minimum settings, this is just to make sure the system doesn't crash.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, mine is just to keep it from crashing...

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  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great to me! I have been thinking about buying another one of these Pentiums for a while now.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

If you have a microcenter near you, there is a high chance they sell those for $50, so maybe that'll help swing your decision

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

I do actually live 12 mins from one. I just wish they were doing the Z97 PC MATE sale with the Pentium for $90 like they used to. I do not currently have an available 1150 board not in use.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

H97's overclock pentium quite well

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I know. I have overclocked a Pentium on H81 boards. I just wish they were running that deal because it got your a Z97 board on the cheap, even if it was a lower end one.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Especially this board. I dare say that they were made for each other.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Fry's actually has them on sale every two weeks for around the same price.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

YES!!! tiny_voices stamp of approval :p

On this day, let it be known...

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

:P Glad to be of service!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the build, but you definitely should have gotten Windows 8.1 for $10 less and used the free upgrade since it still applies for the first year. Then you could have gotten a better case with (hopefully) an intake fan to cool those components better.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol tiny

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

For that price its a brilliant system, Maybe put another 20 bucks into the case for something that looks a little better, I know that your on a tight budget but still might be a nice touch to add onto this build. +1

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree. I initially thought it was a steal, but the same seller has posted a Rosewill mATX chassis with front 3.0 ports only 2 days after I purchased the case! It also looked 10x better. I was slightly bothered by that but I shrugged it off. The client was happy and said it was "pretty", however she doesn't really know what it could have been either. Oh well.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Very Nice Budget Build ....

Thanks for Sharing !!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

"-Motherboard has front USB 3.0 header but chassis does not have front USB 3.0." how did you fix this ? I'm a bit of a noob and have the same problem

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

If I recall correctly, I used the standard HD audio connection via the USB pins on the bottom of the motherboard instead of using the 3.0 USB port near the SATA and 24pin slots. Picture 14/20 shows it plugged in.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Spycrab. The family is full of pre-teen girls that only browse social media and play flash games so they will most likely never saturate the on-board GPU, let alone a dedicated GPU.

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