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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.

Comments

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Man those are some great deals. What's up with the ssd price tho? Did you trade it or something?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

It was one of the spare parts and paid for long ago!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice budget build, you found some great deals. Great work!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure why you got slammed for inaccurate pricing. As used goes you are right in the ballpark of good deal hunting. The $100 470 is a steal.

Good buil have my +1

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

eMachines monitor. Nice
Also the RX 470 is vastly more powerful than a GTX 960 (about 52-56% better compute, and 16% better gaming performance according to userbenchmark) but the blower fan will will exaust the heat generated by the GPU direcly out of the back of the case, versus blowing hot air allover the place like the openair cooler of the GTX 960. This will mean that the RX 470 will not need to rely on the case to exhaust the heat it generates, whereas for the GTX 960 the case needs to exhaust all the heat, making the RX 470 / blower fan cooler better for tiny cases like the one you are using. Epic deal on that RX 470, i3-4170, and ssd.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed, the blower style cooler rocks! It's a slightly overclocked reference RX 470 and works great! My boys play PVZ: Garden Warfare a lot and this is way overkill. It also doubles for a back up if a friend needs a rig to play on when hanging out.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I was the same as your kid when I was younger, except my brother built it and it was an HTPC ;(

Killer deal on 470! Now I feel as if my 1050Ti is overpriced as hell.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Check Reddit Hardwareswap: RX 470 was $100 shipped! They sell for $120-130 shipped, all the time! RX 480 as low as $150. Be patient, I found a few day old post that appeared to have sold but was never completed. A quick PM and it was mine!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

The fact that you managed to get a Haswell i3 for $25. Good hunting man!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you fit a standard 120mm fan into the GPU area? I see you have a slim 120mm fan for your CPU area , I have a question that if a non-slim(standard 25mm) fan can fit in GPU area

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, standard 120mm fans do fit between a 2-slot height GPU and case. The fan in the CPU area is a slightly modded 140mm fan.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for letting me know

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