Mar201822

Last year I wrote a post about the fact I was gonna try to build a new computer to replace my old one. Sadly I was finding it very hard to save up the amount needed living paycheck to paycheck. So I opted for Crowd Funding using a site called Go Fund Me… Sadly after 3 weeks I only raised $5 (Thank you, Sonya). However the other day a close friend of mine saw my update and offered to help finance the remaining funds needed to get a working system up and running. So with the use of my tax refund, a little bit of crowdfunding, and a lot of help from an old friend, I managed to get all the parts I needed to get a fully working system.  Here is my progress compared to my old list.

Again Red items are for future purchase and were not needed for the system to work, they are still needed, but I will get them later on.  ($Prices) are the original priced {$Price} are the retail prices of the items if bought individually. But I saved $30-ish as most everything was bought in a combo except for the video card.

  • CPU: AMD – Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($228.99) { $239.99 }
  • Motherboard: ASRock – X370 Taichi ATX AM4 Motherboard ($239.50)
  • Motherboard: ASRock AB350 Pro4 AM4 AMD Promontory B350 { $119.99 }
  • Memory: G.Skill – Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($180.99)
  • Memory: G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 { $272.99 }
  • Memory: G.Skill – Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($180.99)
  • Memory: G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 { $272.99 }
  • Storage: Samsung – 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive ($179.99)
  • Storage: Western Digital Black 1TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk { $98.99 }
  • Storage: Western Digital – Gold 2TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($141.75)
  • Storage: Western Digital – Gold 2TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($141.75)
  • Video Card: EVGA – GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB GAMING Video Card ($349.99)
  • Video Card: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 192-Bit GDDR5 { $454.99 }
  • Case: NZXT – Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99)
  • Case: Rosewill ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case with Side Window Panel { $49.99 }
  • Power Supply: Corsair – TXM Gold 750W 80+ Gold ATX Power Supply ($109.99)
  • Power Supply: EVGA 700 B1 100-B1-0700-K1 80+ BRONZE 700W { $79.99 }
  • Optical Drive: LG – WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99)
  • Operating System: Microsoft – Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit ($172.75)
  • Monitor: Asus – VP228H 21.5″ 1920×1080 60Hz Monitor ($129.99)
  • Monitor: Asus – VP228H 21.5″ 1920×1080 60Hz Monitor ($129.99)

Now you will notice a lot of things were crossed out.  Most of them were replaced with other parts, some less expensive, some more, but it averages out.  For instance the video card I chose was more expensive by $105, however, this choice allowed me to use my existing DVI monitors, so I saved $154.98.  I also eliminated the Optical drive, as I can do things via USB.  And I eliminated the Operating system as I will be moving a disk over from an older machine (via Sysprep) and saving the license there.  I also eliminated the two 2TB hard drives, I may change that later on when I get the SSD as the case only supports 2 HDD and 2 SSDs.

So the total paid out, Taxes and shipping included was just over $1380 and I should receive all the parts by next week sometime.  I still have about $500 in upgrades (shipping and tax included) which will be the Ram upgrade to 32GB and getting the SSD for the OS.  But that will come later, as all I needed was a working system, and that is what I will have once it’s delivered.

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