Description

I built this PC for a co-worker with a few teenagers in the house who only play casual games, so the performance needs weren't too high. I tried to focus this build at a little higher performance level than her current needs so it would serve her and her kids well for the next 5+ years. She's had it for about two months now and compliments me every time I see her on how great her computer is running. The only thing I was able to salvage from her old PC to use in this build was a Western Digital 1TB 7200RPM hard drive. I could've gone with a low-end SSD here, but I didn't want the price to go above $500 and I honestly don't think she'd be able to tell the difference as this system is already so much faster than than the seven year old Dell she had previously (that her ex-husband "sped-up" with all sorts of crapware perf utilities, LOL).

Overall I was very pleased with the snappiness of the system given that it's really a budget/entry-level system. I also offered her a config with an i3 in it, but the price difference to go to the faster i5 and the extra longevity she'll get out of it was worth the few extra dollars (hence this build being titled as "Performance" vs. the other config which was called "Budget Build").

Comments

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

I wouldn't have been so surprised with the snappiness of the system because you went with a pretty high end locked CPU. How come you chose to go with a motherboard that has features for over clocking when the H77 series would have probably suited you better for the needs and actually saved quite a bit of money? maybe something like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1084390

Overall decent build.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I chose this mobo because of the additional USB ports and the inclusion of the HDMI output. As I stated, I wanted to make sure this would be able to meet her needs for a long time to come, so the extra connectivity options were worth the extra ~$15 in price vs. the H77 model you linked. Both boards are very similar, with only the extra I/O ports that I could see as the differentiator.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I love seeing builders make wise decisions on why they chose things, YOu have great reasoning on why you picked the board you did. Great job!!

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice solid build for the price.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build overall. But the choice of motherboard raises some questions... you bought a locked CPU but you bought mobo thats great for overclocking. I think you could have saved some money on the motherboard but other than that it seems like a good pc for general use.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have got the 3220 and a lower end gpu. It's gotta be better than hd 3000 right? Then again this one is capable of updatability.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you be willing to sell this case if you still have it? I have a certain vision for each build and I can't find this case anywhere...