Building a system on the cheap

    • Building a system on the cheap

      My sister-in-law's husband asked me to build him a desktop system. He is an architect and specializes in log cabin style houses. He has been using a computer that is around 10 years old and wants a more powerful system to run modern CADD software. He does have a budget and didn't want to spend over 1700 Euros.

      Here are the parts I picked out for him:

      - Display - HP 27" EliteDisplay E272q, 2560x1440
      - CPU - Intel Core i5 7500 4x 3.4GHz
      - CPU Cooler - be quiet! Dark Rock 3
      - RAM - Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4-2400 16GB (2x 8GB kit)
      - Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-z170-HD3P
      - Video Card - Asus RX560-4G
      - DVD Drive - Asus DRW-24D5MT SATA
      - SSD - Samsung 850 Evo 250GB
      - Hard Drive - WD Blue 2TB
      - Case - be quiet! Dark Base 900
      - PSU - Corsair CS750M 750 watt modular Gold
      - Keyboard - Cherry Strait USB black
      - Mouse - Logitech MX Master wireless black
      - Speakers - Logitech Z313 2.1
      - OS - Windows 10 Home 64 Bit

      Total price...1620 Euros

      I'll be building it sometime this week and I'll post a photo from the build.
      CPU: Intel i3 3.5GHz / Ram: 16GB DDR3 / Mainboard: Asrock H97 Performance / Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 7790 / HD-SSD: 1x 256Gb SSD, 3x 1TB internal drives, 2x 2TB external drives / Drive: LG DVD burner / PSU: bequiet 700 watt Gold / Case: bequiet SilentBase 800 / Displays: 1x Samsung SA650 27", 2x Eizo S1910 19" / Mouse: Logitiech G500s / Keyboard: Logitech K800 / Tablet: Samsung Tab S 10.5 LTE
    • This is the build. I didn't hide the cables as much as I would have done in a case with a window.

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      That's a really nice case from be quiet!, but there were a few issues during the installation. The first problems came up when I tried to install the PSU. There are three small panels in the back of the case that have to be removed in order to attach the PSU to the bracket at the bottom. On one side the screws were easy to remove, but on the other side I swear the manufacturer used a torque wrench or something to drive those suckers in. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get them loose. I even ended up stripping one of them. Luckily two panels came off and I had just enough space to attach the PSU. Another issue was two non-removable screws at the bottom of the bracket. They were too long and protruded too far into the inside of the bracket. The PSU wouldn't slide in and I had to use heavy wire cutters to trim them. The last issue was the door. There is one push-to-open magnetic lock at the top of the door, when there really should have been one at the top and one at the bottom of the door. The door rattles a little when the case is moved. I guess it's not really an issue, but more of an observation and a little annoying. Besides all that, it's a good solid PC.
      CPU: Intel i3 3.5GHz / Ram: 16GB DDR3 / Mainboard: Asrock H97 Performance / Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 7790 / HD-SSD: 1x 256Gb SSD, 3x 1TB internal drives, 2x 2TB external drives / Drive: LG DVD burner / PSU: bequiet 700 watt Gold / Case: bequiet SilentBase 800 / Displays: 1x Samsung SA650 27", 2x Eizo S1910 19" / Mouse: Logitiech G500s / Keyboard: Logitech K800 / Tablet: Samsung Tab S 10.5 LTE
    • A few days after I built the system, my sister-in-law dropped by and gave me a few presents.

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      The text circled in red translates..."good against burglars". :evil:
      CPU: Intel i3 3.5GHz / Ram: 16GB DDR3 / Mainboard: Asrock H97 Performance / Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 7790 / HD-SSD: 1x 256Gb SSD, 3x 1TB internal drives, 2x 2TB external drives / Drive: LG DVD burner / PSU: bequiet 700 watt Gold / Case: bequiet SilentBase 800 / Displays: 1x Samsung SA650 27", 2x Eizo S1910 19" / Mouse: Logitiech G500s / Keyboard: Logitech K800 / Tablet: Samsung Tab S 10.5 LTE