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After 8 years on my old PC it was finally time to build a new machine. I wanted to get back in to PC gaming and also speed up my work in Photoshop and Premiere. The other motivating factor in some of the decisions were to keep the build quiet and lower power (and thus cooler) since I have a home office that doesn't have any AC in the summer time.

Built this at the end of July and the real total came out to $1038 before $30 in rebates.

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  • 81 months ago
  • 4 points

nice build, the 660 is very overpriced for how well it performs, a single 7950 costs less and destroys it in benchmarks. I hope you built this before the 700 series came out.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Could've saved money on the RAM and SSD and put the savings to a 700 series GPU.

However this is still a great build and looks great, nice to see the SSD mounted where it should be!

Edit: that price is actually good on that Corsair SSD so I withdraw that statement

  • 81 months ago
  • 3 points

Gaming & Graphics PC he might have needed the 16gb of ram for his graphics work.

  • 81 months ago
  • 3 points

I never said anything about downgrading from 16gb haha I simply said there are 1x8 gb modules that run less than that

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh I thought you were meaning he could have got 8gb, maybe it was on sale or something like that around the time he ordered it.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

haha no sorry for that confusion!

And ya I don't know how much RAM was when he bought it so the prices might have all been around that but I know there are some 1 x 8 modules right now that run under $60 if I'm remembering correctly

Long story short though this is still a great build and I don't want to take away from it

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

In the end it probably didn't make much difference but the RAM I got was slightly better performance than others and they were $70 each.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Why would the ssd belong where it's pictured?

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

And a stupid question here. Why should I include a ssd in my new build?

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

haha not a stupid question so no worries. Many cases now come with SSD mounts on the back side so they can be hidden away.

Also the reason people get SSDs is because they are much faster than normal hard drives. They allow computers to boot up and load programs faster. However it is not a necessity so don't worry you don't HAVE to get one they are just very nice to have!

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

So how would you go about setting up a SSD along with standard hard drives. You got me thinking that I may want to do this after all.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

It's really not hard! You plug it up and your computer should recognize it

Once you boot up your computer and go to install the OS I would install it on the SSD. I'm sure there are videos on how to do it but honestly you don't need one just make sure you select the SSD drive when you go to install the OS

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

might wanna change the extreme score for 3dmark, looks like a copy of the entry score

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Fixed, thanks for the catch

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

i'm assuming those HDDs in the picture are recycled from an older build; if that's so, then props to you for making an exceptional system for only $1000 not including the OS.

+1 for fantastic clean cable management.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I had a 500 GB and 1 TB drive from my old system that I brought over. Thanks!

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a similar build. Was wondering if your 212 Plus cooler would block any of the RAM slots on the motherboard? I'm using the Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) RAM, exact same motherboard.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, there is still lots of clearance for all the RAM slots. I think you'd only need to worry if you were trying to get some of the RAM with the crazy big heatsinks on them.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the SSD on this budget?

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Just added more of a description in my build around my motivations on the build.

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