Description

I use it for web browsing, light gaming (although now, I may try CoD or Crysis!) home paperwork, watching movies. I haven't even fired it up yet as I have no OS for it. Hopefully the OS will arrive on Monday, June 17th, 2013.

OS installed, computer up and running just fine. Win7 taking abit to get used to but, over all, it has performed as I expected it to.

Temps at Idle: CPU: 35 C GPU: 34 C MOBO: 30 C HDD: 34 C

Highest temp recorded via Speccy, CPU 52 C, GPU 43C, MOBO 46 C, HDD 50 C.

Case has 2 120mm fans. Going to add two more, one blowing on the GPU and another in the case top as exhaust. CPU has the OEM fan installed, going to upgrade that in the future.

The 500W Corsair PSU gets kind of noisy at times, you hear the blades whooshing the air, CPU is the same when running full out. Methinks the PSU is just big enough so it'll be replaced later this year also. Seriously considering a bigger heatsink and fan for the CPU too.

Trying to figure whether or not to CrossFire another 7770 or get a newer, bigger vid card. 7770 has 1 GB and runs at: Voltage 0.825 V GPU Clock 1000.0 MHz Temperature 33 °C Core Voltage 0.825 V Bios Core Clock 300.00 Bios Mem Clock 149.00 Driver version 9.2.0.0 BIOS Version 113-xxx-xxx Memory Type GDDR5 Memory 1024 MB Bandwidth 72.0 GB/s This card is an older version of the 7770. It has just one cooling fan, all the pics I have seen of this card show 2. shrug That's why I am considering upgrading already.

Anyway, the system is performing just fine atm.

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 53 points

Why is this being downvoted? I see this as a great little budget machine!

EDIT: Well, at least it was being downvoted... :P

  • 74 months ago
  • 14 points

one of the better budget builds i have seen.

  • 74 months ago
  • 4 points

Awesome build. I love the 965

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

can this run arma 2

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Like a boss

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  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nicely done, Dave! :) My first full build was in the 200R and I just can't say enough about that case - it's sooooo easy to work with. Assuming we'll get an update and initial impressions after the OS arrives :D

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep. Update coming next week

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Why tf you lying?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job commenting on a build from nearly 6 years ago......

Oh wait so did I

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks 1000 bottun!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol did u upgrade?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

It's funny, this is almost the exact same as my build, but I have a different case and different ram.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Tighten the wiring and tie it in the back of the case wire wire ties and it'll look top notch. Good selection of parts for budget build and have good upgrade path with better cpus and gpus.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this build. Nice tower, good psu, video card can play some games on high or utra depending, AMD love ya for it.Big AMD fan. Overall good build for a 500$ budget. Just noting that that cpu I've seen people go up to 4 ghz.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the motherboard? any problems? I heard online that MSI 970 chipset boards till the G46 had no thermal protection on the VRM's.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

That is correct. I added 4 120mm case fans and my mobo runs around 35C all the time now.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

What is your motherboard temperature considering VRMs lack a heatsink? Does it gets too hot? Any stability issues?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps run from 30C to 35C. No problems thus far. Added a TX3 CPU cooler and dropped my CPU temp to 45C constant under load.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

hows this build doing? thinking of getting the same parts.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

It's all good except the video card. Mine was refurbished. It sucks. Spend the extra cash and get a new one. Good combo's available with PSU and video cards.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I have the same case and PSU!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

cpu and mobo working well? I'm thinking of the same. I've heard rumors that MSI boards aren't so good though...

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the PSU. Did you have to buy any extra cables? I wanna get a semi moudular power supply also :/

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Great cable management man! and great build :)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

get a new card, not all applications are optimized for crossfirw

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Well done. Crazy low price.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows the Mobo?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Doing well. Never overheats, runs with my 7980 vid just fine.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

will this build run bf4 and the total war game series on high graphics at a decent fps?

What upgrades could i make to this set up to make it even better?

I have a budget of up to £700.

Thanks DaveJRum for this upload.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a bit light on the graphics side for that. I have gone to a AMD 7800 with 2g of on board RAM series card and love it

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

When I have this mobo and an AMD FX-6300 in a list, it says it may need a BIOS uptdate. Is this true and if so is it easy? Thanks

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

How good is the motherboard? I am looking to buy the same one

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I lost my password. Just saw this. I am totally happy with this MB.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you put an SSD into this rig?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

A lot of bang for the $ there! Nice.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the case quiet?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. It doesn't bother me when it's time for bed and it doesn't interfere with watching TV/movies on my telly. The CPU cooler is a little on the loud side but, for keeping the unit cool? I'll put up with it.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

It is an okay build, I am just jealous because of the many upvotes, can someone explain?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

how many dollars for this pc?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

After replacing the 7700 series card, about $900

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

you shouldn't even waste your time trying to run crysis on this PC.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Can this run StarWarsBattlefront like the new one or what would you need to play the game?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

No. The video card will run it, only on minimal graphic settings.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

My old 7770 didnt take well to Xfire, Id say grab a more up to date GPU and save yourself the headache of arguing with gag......Catalyst.

Classy as hell choice of CPU homie. How far can you push it, or have you tried yet?

Upvoted, 965 Black forever!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't tried as I am not well versed in over-clocking and if I screw it up, I can't afford to replace it. :D

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice budget build. The one thing you need to improve is the cable management so you can get better air flow.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Can this handle GTA 5, Battlefield, fallout 4, etc on medium to high settings?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

TBH you should get another 7770 and crossfirex them together, I have that in my budget build. Love it

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a testament to how long a good case can be around. Take any GPU from this era. Now compare it to an RX 480. No contest. But the case? still current.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Yah. I'm thinking of upgrading to a liquid cooler for the chip and a more robust PSU along with a GPU upgrade. Also adding RAM. Pulling the old and buying 2 16 g sticks. I love this case. I can add BIGGER fans than what I run now. :D

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

u should upgrade gpu

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Good budget build, I have some similar, I wouldn't go with an AMD Radeon 7770, though I have sapphire edition I don't think there's too much a difference.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry about the lengthy wait. I didn't use that one. I went with the 7900 series which now is a Legacy card. The system I finally built is 4 years old now. I'm thinking of building a newer, much more expensive (because, being 60 yrs. old, I think this next one will have to last for a long time) tower using the latest and greatest hardware.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I said **** it and dropped a little over a thousand and bought an i7-7700k and a 1050 Ti build. worth every cent

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

does fortnite and pubg work

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I love your build and use a Phenom II X4 970 for a nostalgia build.

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

I used to have a Phenom II the stock cooler is extremely loud and sounds like a jet engine

  • 74 months ago
  • 0 points

I love the corsair 200r, also I got the same psu for my brother!

  • 74 months ago
  • 0 points

What is the size of that extra case fan you've got? I'm thinking of using the same case, and I'd like to be sure I'm buying a compatibly sized fan.

Otherwise, awesome, cheap but effective build! Mine is like that too!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

120mm. Came with the case.

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  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

Play TF2!!!

  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

Could this run BF4?

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  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

Lol, CoD is light gaming. Crysis, however, has been known to take an outragously high end build to run on ultra settings at 1080p with 60 fps. As far as the GPU goes, I suggest just selling the 7770 and upgrading to a better card. I don't really like SLI or Crossfireing cards because it adds more power and heat. You can get some good cards for good prices and Christmas is coming up and that mean lots of sales. Be careful not to bottleneck your system either, wouldn't want to put something like a 7950 in with that 965 because you won't get max performance out of the card like that. One more suggestion, an SSD is one of the best upgrades you can do to a computer IMO. You may not think that now, but when you get your SSD and see how fast things load, you'll know. Anyway, great build, one of the better budget builds I've seen.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd put COD around the 'moderate' range.

  • 70 months ago
  • 0 points

You didn't really need the 500w PSU, all you really need is the corsair 430w

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Overhead is usually a good thing to have.

  • 70 months ago
  • 0 points

100th up-vote [:

  • 49 months ago
  • 0 points

Can I play far cry 4 on this and gta 5?

  • 74 months ago
  • -1 points

Nice budget build.

  • 74 months ago
  • -1 points

Nice build, but I would have got a i3.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

I would have gotten an FX 6300. Performance seems to be just as good as if not better than i3 3240, and is quite cheap(~$20 more than submitter's cpu)

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually yeah that sound even better than the i3!

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Then, you got a bad one. Only problem I've had was the MSI Update program quit working.

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  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

With shipping, a little under $610 w/OS. Windows is way too expensive :/

  • 68 months ago
  • 0 points

amen on that brother

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  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated Complete build with specs and performance data.

  • 73 months ago
  • -1 points

Piracy is not condoned or allowed on this site.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Who said he has pirated Windows?

  • 63 months ago
  • -2 points

The comment you are referring to was deleted 10 months ago. He suggested piracy.

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  • 73 months ago
  • -1 points

Piracy is not condoned or allowed on this site.

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  • 74 months ago
  • -2 points

According to all the recommends and reviews I have seen, this cute little set-up leaves Cyrsis crying in the dirt at max res and FPS.

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