NP. PM if you run into any snags or questions.
I use this for my computer on carpet
I love living room setups. Have you perhaps thought about using Kodi to maybe clean up the look a bit? A classic windows desktop on a TV makes me cringe. I have a nice HTPC setup with Emu/Roms incorporated as well my modern games through steam and other launchers. If you're interested I could give a couple of pointers on where to start.
What features does unraid provide that interest you over FreeNAS? I use unriad in my home server setup, but mines a simple Plex/Kodi setup, no VMs or cloud storage...
If memory serves correct you might be able to unlock that Athlon to a 4 core.
Is that a Cygnus X-I reference from Book One: The Voyage?
Agreed that it is a bit much. But if they are playing single player games one could use software to install games onto the RAM for very quick loads times. Results vary but my cousin swears by this method for Elder Scrolls titles.
Possible upgrade for 220$...
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Any RAID going on and what OS you using?
Love everything except the monitor. Good call on the under-volted GPU, especially with no case fans. This build really exemplifies AMDs price/performance capabilities.
Maybe a little late, but I'd like to point out that there are other options available to get connected to the internet other than wifi. Powerline networking offers a way to "hard-wire" your PC to your router, without the need for running cables. I use this option in lieu of my wifi adapter due to the fact my office is very far from my router with a lot of walls in between so the signal isn't as strong.
EVGA Powerlink would help clean those GPU cables up a bit.
Yeah just googled it... I was using phenoms and athalon x3/4
If memory serves correct that dual core maybe a working 4 core with just 2 cores locked. I've had mixed results but it's worth a shot.
What monitor do you plan on using?
As for the build my only recommendations would be a fully modular PSU, and while 550 is absolutely enough, I prefer a tad bit more power under the hood for any potential upgrades, that's just me though. Maybe a NVMe drive for OS and a bigger/multiple ssds and scrap the HDD, just getting nit picky, none of that is "necessary".
How do you like the monitor? Good color and viewing angles? If so that's a good price to performance you got there, well the entire build really is a good example of p/p. Well done sir, would have liked more pictures and description but +1 nonetheless
ROMs can take up a lot of space, especially if you are emulating WII or PS4.
I like the budget builds, they have character, and this is a job well done for sure. Only issue I have is GPU upgrade... and what I mean is that you shouldn't rule out those mid tier RX series, they have good price to performance and you can use Free-sync if the monitor supports it at no extra cost.
I would also recommend some sort of RAID redundancy type of array. You got an important part of peoples lives stored in one place.
If you haven't already I would highly suggest re-applying thermal paste to the GPU. In the past year I have dealt with two separate cards from that line that desperately needed it.
Unless people see a side by side comparison it is hard to budge people to go from TN to IPS. I will never to back to TN, the nasty blue filter it puts on everything is intolerable. I also feel the IPS/VA have achieved respectable, some may even say more than adequate, response times in the past couple of years.
I think you misunderstand me. It's not that I do not like Ultra-wide, I do in fact. However, I do not consider it to be a determining factor when decided on a monitor. Whereas resolution, refresh rate, and panel type are qualities that I have a base standard for and won't compromise on. If for you UW is one of those qualities that's cool too.
He said he had problems with SLI... also seems like he changed the CPU cooler as there is a picture with a beQuiet AIO. But yeah the build is +2500$ more than what is stated.
Got those HDD's in any type of RAID?
I too have experienced these "Can't go back" type of events, and while I disagree on the ultrawide being one of those; the 1440p and IPS are two features that are minimum standards now for my monitors.
~10$ EVGA Powerlink adapter should help tidy those GPU cables up a bit. Nice build +1
Reminds me of my old 6 core phenom I turned into the houses media server. Unraid, kodi, and plex running two televisions and any mobile streaming (local and away). Was kind of a pain to setup but it works well now.
SSDs are on the cheap right now. I would suggest getting a 250 gig for the OS and the couple main games you play...
Have you considered a EVGA powerlink to re route those GPU cables to the back of the card? I like the angled route you have as it looks nice with the tubing bends, and maybe the powerlink would be a bit obtuse, but something to consider.
I don't know why but I have an awful time locating cheap skylake/kabylake chips on ebay.
I don't know why but I have an awful time locating cheap skylake/kabylake chips on ebay.
Because most people sell their old CPUs on ebay after they upgrade, and most Skylake/Kabylake users don't upgrade either because of minimal performance gains by staying on their current chipset or require both a new mobo and cpu so again the price to performance just isn't there.
Just did this to a friends R9 280X. I thought I'd see some charred thermal paste when I cracked it open, however, it looked as if none was applied at all. Never seen thermal paste evaporate away like that, but some grizzly brought temps back to acceptable levels.
Well you don't really need to upgrade in my opinion. Tis a shame that the monitor does not support G-Sync, although according to Linus you could plug in a cheap AMD card and pass-through Free-sync. RAM speed is kinda slow, but with RAM prices the way they are, the amount you already have, plus it being DDR3 (can't transfer to newer rig) it becomes a moot point. You could get an unlocked chip and OC it... but the performance gains to cost may not be worth it.
No, it re-routes the power cords for the GPU.
Let me help you start you journey through cable management and suggest this nice little 10$ upgrade.
8$ to mount that SSD properly, plus room for one more.
I'd hate to see your HD fail and you too lose all that data. Any thoughts of a RAID setup for the future?
It comes in clear or black
This makes no sense.
Nice build. Throw an ssd for boot drive and a inexpensive GPU and you're golden. I find great deals on Offer Up for used graphics cards.
The thing I love about your plan is you'll have plenty of spare parts to Frankenstein another machine in no time. A lot of my builds are old parts left over from upgrades combined with online deals to fill in the gaps. I also ask people for their old computers; my wife has asked me to stop doing this.
First of all nice budget build. Secondly, please get a inexpensive SSD like this or even an M.2 such as this. Another thing to note is that APU's (especially their iGPU) run better with faster ram speeds. Currently there are some 2666 DIMMs for slightly above what you paid for,
Steal of a deal on that RAM price. Where did you find such a bargain?
Well has he never heard of an SSD? With that 5400rpm I'd say a solid state is a must.
Just built my friend a HTPC using an AM3+ and FX6300. The AM3+ offers great budget friendly components and still gets the job done and then some. +1 indeed.
Very nice, like every single part you purchased. Do you use only Plex or a Plex/Kodi setup? I also assume you have some external HD as part of your setup?
Not so. Etheriums decentralized apps could change how a lot of market places work. If he is a part of that community then he's helping pave the way for a lot of great things to come. Not everyone is a content creator or gamer, and opinions as to what is good for humanity are subjective. Kudos to the builder for a clean efficient build. With that said I'd still love to see GPU manufacturer and sellers impliment some form of control to help stabilize the market.
I just completed a build (not posted yet) with this case, and I thought the cable management was good, not great, but adequate. From your pictures I'm going to say your cable problem is user error and not a fault of the case, but that is just my opinion.
Smoking deal on the RAM, especially the way prices are in the market now. Where did you pick it up?
My three year old would absolutely love this. There are two colors in her world, pink and "not pink".
Great budget build. Nice of your friend to pass down that R7. Just make sure your GPU upgrade wont bottleneck that Ryzen. I just put together a build similar to this to replace the computer at work. Since I didn't have a GPU I went with the A8-9600, which has an R7 on die.
Like the build. You could use a new monitor, maybe something with a higher than 1080 resolution for some added desktop real estate.