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Totally jealous of the 12 year old that is getting a 920 for christmas. I am getting a phantom and new PSU, plus an extra 4gb of ram.
While he may say it is for his 12 yr old, he is doing it because he wants to fold on it, and his wife won't let him get himself another, right .

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I like the build but I can't say I like a logisys psu.
Yea, not the greatest, but he already has it and he is no where near stressing it as of yet.
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Your an awesome dad
I got my dad into computers when he was 50, he got me into auto mechanics when I was 4
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This is really a nice present! The only little thing that bugs me is that psu... I know this is a really tight budget but you cant cheap out on the psu. Even though that system won't need more than 200w, you never know what a crappy psu can do... I suggest getting something a better like this one, for example, even though it's 15$ more. It is a much better quality psu, so it wont fail right away. That's my only comment. Here's the link:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16817171046
Good luck
EDIT**Oh just reread the OP, you already bought everything... It's a nice present though
Edited by polm - 12/18/10 at 2:57pm
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post #24 of 55
The PSU should be fine. He has more than enough power to power this rig and it's just a cheap build.

Good job! Your daughter will be happy
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Originally Posted by polm View Post
This is really a nice present! The only little thing that bugs me is that psu... I know this is a really tight budget but you cant cheap out on the psu. Even though that system won't need more than 200w, you never know what a crappy psu can do... I suggest getting something a better like this one, for example, even though it's 15$ more. It is a much better quality psu, so it wont fail right away. That's my only comment. Here's the link:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16817171046
Good luck
EDIT**Oh just reread the OP, you already bought everything... It's a nice present though
I know it is a low end PSU. I figure since I already have the unit and this computer won't be used for anything even remotely power consuming, that it will be fine. I have been eying an antec basic 350 though and quickly rewrap it.
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While he may say it is for his 12 yr old, he is doing it because he wants to fold on it, and his wife won't let him get himself another, right .
Well I have been caught. It will be a folding rig when my son is not gaming.My wife actually does not mind if I build a new rig or not as long as it does not come out of my pay check.

BTW the Antec is a better choice.I installed a cheap psu in a buddies build and just waiting for him to call with it dead.Some times you can not tell some one to spend a few extra buck on a psu.Either way both would work fine for your build until you get her that 480.
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Why one stick of memory? (No dual channel = immense loss in performance) And why ripoff generic memory? Assuming a budget of $200...
CPU: x2 250, $40 on Craigslist
Case/mobo/HDD: Get it from Geeks
Memory: Corsair XMS 1600 9-9-9, $50, 40 AR (better RAM is worth the spendings, just cut out on some other things such as fans instead)
Fans: With such a budget build I would get cheaper 120MM fans... in fact I would get the cheapest possible. You won't need THAT much cooling with an Athlon II x2 anyway.
PSU: I highly recommend you switch this around to a better one.

EDIT: Damn, just realized you've bought everything. Oh well, ignore your ripoff generics and crummy performance!

Edited by xd_1771 - 12/18/10 at 5:31pm
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Why one stick of memory? (No dual channel = immense loss in performance) And why ripoff generic memory? Assuming a budget of $200...
CPU: x2 250, $40 on Craigslist
Case/mobo/HDD: Get it from Geeks
Memory: Corsair XMS 1600 9-9-9, $50, 40 AR (better RAM is worth the spendings, just cut out on some other things such as fans instead)
Fans: With such a budget build I would get cheaper 120MM fans... in fact I would get the cheapest possible. You won't need THAT much cooling with an Athlon II x2 anyway.
PSU: I highly recommend you switch this around to a better one.

EDIT: Damn, just realized you've bought everything. Oh well, ignore your ripoff generics and crummy performance!
No worries. I already am planning on the second stick of memory. I know it is basic stuff, but my daughter wont know the difference. Also, the egg sells it in single dimms so I can get a second next month when there is $$ in my account. Also, when I bought this ram was a bit more than it currently is. Oh well.
As far as the fans are concerned, these were the only orange LED fans that I could find. I know she wont need the cooling, but I wanted a bit of bling for the build to keep her more excited about it. She has no clue about any of this. Also, this comp will be in Indiana with her (as a scype system), so I figured the cooler the better.
For the psu, I know its a cheepy, but I do intend on upgrading that within the next few weeks (before it gets shipped). Same as before, just waiting till after the holidays for $$. The ex. takes quite a large chunk of my monthly
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No worries. I already am planning on the second stick of memory. I know it is basic stuff, but my daughter wont know the difference. Also, the egg sells it in single dimms so I can get a second next month when there is $$ in my account. Also, when I bought this ram was a bit more than it currently is. Oh well.
As far as the fans are concerned, these were the only orange LED fans that I could find. I know she wont need the cooling, but I wanted a bit of bling for the build to keep her more excited about it. She has no clue about any of this. Also, this comp will be in Indiana with her (as a scype system), so I figured the cooler the better.
For the psu, I know its a cheepy, but I do intend on upgrading that within the next few weeks (before it gets shipped). Same as before, just waiting till after the holidays for $$. The ex. takes quite a large chunk of my monthly
I know exactly what you mean about the EX taking the money.I have my son every other week(he lives 12 miles from me).It still is $600/month even though I have him half the year.I'm sorry to hear your daughter lives so far from you.Keep up the "Great Dad stuff" and maybe you might get to be the one to let the EX have her for visitation.
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Ok, huge update time: Everything opened on Christmas day, but left for San Francisco the day after to visit more family. Started assembly on the 30th. Took more time to finish as all wires were wrapped, and case was painted.

Oh yeah, switched psu to Xmigmatec 400 as it was rated well and sorta fell within my budget ($35 shipped w/out any MIRs).

Getting started (case already painted, just need to remove tape)



Wrapping wires (i did the first and she did the rest)


Mobo with CPU and x3 450 stock fan (artic 5 compound)


Inside all wired up


Firing up for first time



System started and posted to os install screen. Hit error on os install. Ran memtest to check for bad memory and no errors (on a side note, 1066 ddr3 in single channel only runs at 503 mhz , will be adding a second stick very quickly). Gonna try to reinstall the os from a new burned disk.
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