Description

A minor refresh to my first build, Helga, before handing it off to my parents. The i5 3570K is still a very capable processor and the 16 GB of RAM will be more than enough for web browsing, managing spreadsheets, and some video projects here and there.

All parts got a cleaning and the CPU and GPU got some new thermal paste too. The power supply had 4+ years of dust caked inside it. I know your not supposed to take those things apart, but I did anyway and cleaned it out :). It now runs much quieter.

The Deepcool TESSERACT is a very nice budget case. It has tons of tool-free drive cages and has a decent amount of room behind the back panel to stuff all those cables from the non-modular power supply. It also comes with dust filters and zip ties.

Part Reviews

Thermal Compound

So much, and so good.

Case

Very good budget case. TONS of drive bays, and a good amount of cable management behind the motherboard.

Case Fan

Good, quiet fan. Cable could have been a bit longer, but other than that it works perfectly.

Comments

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build, I have a soft spot for the Tesseract, as it was my first case. Built an i3 2130 system with a 1 gig EVGA 650 back in 2015 or so.

It's currently sitting in my closet, with an OEM Dell AM3 board awaiting a new CPU, PSU, and ram. One day I will finish it.. maybe..

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build here, I hope your parents can get as good of use out of this as you did.

+1!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Ive got the same i5 and same 660. its doing me good with the games I play

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

They are both really nice peices of hardware! The 3 gigs of vram helps get a little extra out of todays games too.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Aw no I have the 2 gig variant

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  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

The last picture has some bad lighting, but they are still in there. The slot covers have to be punched out on this case so it'll look kinda meh if the graphics or WiFi card ever get removed.

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