Well, Finally a client said ok to pictures. Yay! Now, onto the build :)
This specific build was a semi-budget Father-Son build. I worked together with these fella's to find stunning deals in their budget (Computer end sub $800 CAD). The idea was for a slight upgrade path, small form factor and something to make the school bud's jealous. This is the end result. Hope you enjoy and sorry about lightness on photo's. I was absent minded during build due to a technical installation issue that I nearly had an aneurysm and forgot to pull the camera out.
All Parts outside of Kijiji specials were purchased via Newegg to keep it simple and delivery streamlined. Cost's are what was paid at time of purchase.
I hope to be posting many more builds on here in the future. I am not the greatest builder, but every build I pride myself in every PC i put out. This is no exception and I helped assist someone build something of their own.
Either way, enjoy the review and hope you enjoy this! The client surely does ;)
Quick Little Quad core, more than hearty enough to handle raw gaming and non intensive multitasking. Gave it a wee boost to keep it up to snuff. My personal benches put it right in line with the i5-2400 in capability, a fine processor even in the modern age. Went FM2+ for reusability. This setup after eventual upgrade can then be paired with an APU and used for an HTPC, least that is what was discussed with the Father
Quiet, worked with it many times. Does a great job cooling sub 100W but in this "case" specifically caused me some grief on the AMD mounting. Big hands... Little case. Even ramped up with the rig right next to us on AIDA it was drowned out by the blower on the 760
Good layout, intuitive BIOS, On-Board Wifi works very well and keeps a clean background for all components to sit on. As I said, TX3 was a royal pain but it sits well on it now that it's on. Used AS Rock almost religiously and have only RMA'd 2 boards in 48 builds (H87, H81)
Single DIMM for now. upgrade to 16GB is a cheap and quick future investment. Good, Reliable and tightened it up to 9-9-9 without a hitch.
Originally thought the Barracuda, Newegg ran out at time of purchase. Luckily this was on sale and really is my preferred HDD for Budget use. Plus the Blue Label looks better with the Alchemy's.
Picked it up on Kijiji for a steal with the Dual Monitors (1680x1050) for $150 CAD for the pair. Basically a 950 with a real 2 GB. Only issue is it seems to over thrash when running any games outside windowed mode. Windowed mode will play all day long but in Full Screen will give a driver detachment BS error. I attribute it to drivers so far, but customer seems satisfied we found a bypass. This will be replaced with the MSI R9 380 (which will be the R(ed)part) Shortly as he is selling this to his friend who is also building a personal rig.
So, we picked this up, the customers looked at the parts, then this, then stated, "This... is fitting... in there?" Yup. With room to spare, Cable management was alright, not my most stellar performance (ATX cable, USB 3.0) but all in all was fairly effortless. Looks slick on his desk, and the fact that it's shorter than his monitors and easy to move around (soon to go to college) makes it perfect for him. Has the B(lue) element with the 12 cm Alchemy's
CX hater's gunna hate. TDP is right around 350W down to 90W~, so we are at sweet spot for efficiency at max load and barely spinning on idle. Gets plenty of air and frankly, for the money of this PSU I will buy it again and again as out of 9 I haven't had one fail yet. Semi-Modularity helped as well to keep this a clean little system. Plus it was on sale
Win 7 is my go to.... just remember the front USB doesn't install when all drivers aren't on board... cough
Not the real monitors, our's are actually a Staples special 1680x1050 21.5" That as said above were a combo with the GPU. Fairly crisp, clear and running as they should. One monitor has a hard to notice whitened blotch, has to be in just the right spot to notice.