Description

Wife's computer had its mother board dying a slow death, so it was time to put something together on a budget. Her old computer had a fairly recent video card upgrade, so I used it in this build to save some money.

I also had a Sandisk 128 gig SSD that I had used in my computer and since upgraded to a larger SSD. I installed it for Windows and World of Warcraft, which is my wife's game. Windows loads in seconds, much faster than from a regular hard drive. I think I paid under $40 for it at Best Buy. If I had to do it again, I would install a bit larger one, but this was on hand at no added cost.

I found some better prices by using Amazon Prime (no shipping cost brought it in line with what others were charging + shipping.

I spent under $475 total for parts, plus $5 for an extra SATA cable.

I looked at a shop that builds custom computers. The wanted $699 for essentially this same build, but with lower end parts and a cheap/ugly case.

Part Reviews

CPU

Seems to run well, close to the same performance as the i5 processor in my computer for much less money.

Motherboard

Easy install, came with good documentation. Only downside I see so far is that the video card covers the expansion slot that I had planned on using for a wifi adapter.

This was the only part that I ordered from Newegg and their shipping held the build up for a week and a half. If I bought it again, I would buy from Amazon. Newegg shipping was poor at best.

Memory

Good RAM from a company with a solid reputation. Origionally I was going to use Kensington RAM to save some money, but it was out of stock so went with this.

Storage

It's a hard drive. Good price, I payed less by using Amazon Prime.

Case

Good looking case, feels solid and well made. I liked that the front tilts forward, as it made installation of all the components really easy.

Only downside I saw is that cable management is difficult because there's not a really good place to hide all the extra power cables. I ended up tucking them under the front fan, where they are pretty well out of sight.

I am going to add a rear exhaust fan, as I think it needs a little more ventilation.

Power Supply

Works well, easy install, plenty of outlets.

Optical Drive

Inexpensive, looks good, seems to run well.

Operating System

It's Windows 10.

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Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the gpu in the picture??

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

gtx 750

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

K thx

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

why did you buy an apu if you have a gpu? , you can get better performing athlons for cheaper

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't see that graphics card you mentioned in the description, where is it?

  • 39 months ago
  • 0 points

gaming computer with no video card

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I take it back. What's that video card in your build?

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

GTX 750. Not the newest, but has pretty good performance.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

didnt read the description? i see you did now, but just curious to the fast post and correction

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

shame on me for that

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