Projyct: Sloo Vearn! (slow-burn)
Wanted to be cool like everyone else…so threw in a wacky name with variation of “Project”.
Last December my 5yo son asked me briefly if I could build him a computer like his older brother. I started my hunt. Low cost would be the biggest factor in his build as I now have a budget and computer builds are nowhere to be found. I started with about $50, bought and sold a few parts to help Projyct funding. I manage to work in some more cash along the way too. It was a mix of eBay, Craigslist, spare parts, and Reddit to bring it all together. The process took about 5 months total which is way different than previous builds like Uranium, which I threw money at , hence the nickname “Slow-burn”. Haswell was a no brainer as the other three PCs in the house are Haswell based and interchangeability was a must.
I am satisfied with the finished product. Projyct is used as a HTPC/Gaming machine and is replacing the decrepit PS3. The PS3 was used mainly for playing “Ratchet and Clank” yawn and Streaming content. PS3’s HDD failed once and we swapped it for a questionable 1TB drive from my wife’s laptop. Popped a 120gb Evo in laptop to boot!
Originally, I bought a EVGA GTX 660 then swapped it for my oldest sons GTX 960. A little more time and parts selling netted a sweet deal on a RX 470 4gb. Craziest part was the overall build cost was about a third of my previous build StarBurst with better specs.
Disclaimer: I posted this on Reddit before and got slammed for inaccurate pricing on a few items and this is a bargain hunting build not scratch. Please take it as such. I did have a lot of luck on Reddit Hardwareswap and do suggest using it for great deals on components.