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post #1 of 45
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This is for a guy I work with. He is giving it to his son for Christmas. I think the kid is 8 or 10 or something. Total cost was around $700. I have not, and will not be overclocking it. However, I am running lots of stability tests just to make sure it is stable. I ran 12 hours of Prime95, 16 hours of OCCT, and I am currently going through 200 iterations of IntelBurnTest. I also did 2 hours of ATI-Tool artifact testing.

Specs:
  • Antec 900 Case
  • Logitech Standard Mouse/Keyboard set
  • 22x DVD/CD-RW Samsung SATAII
  • OCZ 600W PSU
  • Western Digital Caviar Blue 640AAKS
  • G Skill DDR2 800 2x2GB
  • Zalman CNPS9700LED (Bought on OCN used)
  • Intel E7300 2.66Ghz
  • EVGA 750i SLI FTW (Bought on OCN used)
  • EVGA B-stock 8800GTS(G92) 512MB
  • Windows XP Professional 32 (I am going to encourage him to skip Vista and get Windows7 if it turns out to be good. I had a copy of XP32 so I gave it to him for free.)

Sorry about the pictures. My camera does not do well in low-light where I tried to get the LEDs to come through. Also, I left the plastic on the window. I will remove it when the PC is delivered on Christmas.

The cable management is as good as it can possibly get. I am honestly disappointed with the cable management presented by the Antec 900 without modification. I was able to run the Zalman CPU fan controller as well as the Power/Reset/HDD Light cables directly underneath the motherboard, but that was about the best I could do to hide cables. Also, I am not happy with this OCZ power supply. The cables are far too short. They may work on a top PSU mount case, but the 24 pin and the CPU are just terribly short. I had to buy an extension cable for the CPU and I opted to just run the 24 pin straight through the case since it would not fit behind the motherboard tray anyway.





Edited by Greg121986 - 12/10/08 at 3:12pm
post #2 of 45
good choices that kid will loveee that build


i woulda got vista for him though :/ kids like the look
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post #3 of 45
Should have gone with Vista x64. No real reason not to, especially with 4GB of RAM.
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post #4 of 45
Since the kid is young, he should start off with vista so he has the most updated OS. He has more to gain from using Vista than using XP. We all gotta move on from XP someday.
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post #5 of 45
Man thats good build.

Im dying for a e7200.
    
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Originally Posted by j0z3 View Post
Man thats good build.

Im dying for a e7200.
How dying?

Nice build - no paint job on the 900?
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post #7 of 45
why would you do 32 bit with 4gb of ram?
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post #8 of 45
Nice build there, wouldn't mind one myself
post #9 of 45
A great build for a spoiled kid (although I am sure he was good this year and deserves it ).
Nice job putting that together for $700.
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post #10 of 45
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*EDIT OP* It has an E7300, not E7200. I ordered it last week on CyberMonday (I think that's what they call it) and got it for $109.99 shipped.

I did XP 32 because I had a copy and I gave it to him for free. He currently has XP on the PC he uses now and is already comfortable with it. There was no reason to spend another $100 on Vista. As I said, I am going to talk to him about getting Windows 7 in the future.

Why 4GB of RAM? Because I got it for $39.99 shipped. There was no reason NOT to get 4GB of RAM at that price.

And no paint job. Again, we were on a very tight budget here and I used every bit of it. I only made less than $50 on this build by the time it was all done. This one took up more time than any build I have ever done. It was a real PITA lol. The kid is going to love it though. I really am happy with the look of the Antec 900 matched with the Zalman 9700LED. They look sick, and the kid is going to freak I am sure.
Edited by Greg121986 - 12/10/08 at 3:10pm
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