Build-A-Rig Round 2: The $800 Back-To-School PC Winnersby Daniel Williams on December 3, 2015 4:45 PM EST
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Our Build-A-Rig project is a place where PC hardware manufacturers (memory companies, case companies, GPU, CPU, power supply, storage et al.) are given an imaginary budget and a rough guideline on what system they should build fo that budget. Then we at AnandTech, with our partners Newegg, get the components in, build the system, interview the person that provided the spec list, give a run down of the components, test the system and then offer it as a giveaway to our readers.
This iteration was our second round, featuring Tony Ou from SilverStone Technology and Jeremy Mortenson from Cruicial Memory. The goal for this round was a Back-to-School build for $800. Both systems focused on different areas of CPU power, GPU grunt, storage and form factor.
Follow these links to read the interviews with Tony and Jeremy, as well as the component rundowns for SilverStone's Mighty Milo build and Crucial's Ballistix Bantam. We then built both the SilverStone and Crucial machines, then gave them a good run down in our test suite.
A full run down of both systems is as follows:
|Build-A-Rig Round 2 Comparison|
|Processor (CPU)||Intel Pentium G3258
(2C/2T, 3.2 GHz)
|Intel Core i3-4170
(2C/4T, 3.7 GHz)
|Graphics Cards (GPU)||Zotac GeForce GTX 960 OC||EVGA GeForce GTX 950|
|Memory (DRAM)||Crucial Ballistix Sport XT
2x4GB DDR3-1600 C9
|Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer
2x4GB DDR3-1600 C8
|Storage (SSD)||Crucial BX100 120GB||Crucial MX200 mSATA 250GB|
|Storage (HDD)||Western Digital Blue 2.5-inch
1TB 5400RPM 8MB Cache
|Seagate Barracuda 3.5-inch
1TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache
|Power Supply (PSU)||SilverStone ST45SF
450W Bronze SFF
|Chassis||SilverStone Milo ML08B-H
|Thermaltake Core V1
|CPU Cooling||SilverStone Argon AR06||None|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 10 Home
|Microsoft Windows 8.1
64-bit - OEM
|Extras||None||LG USB 2.0 Portable DVDRW|
After sifting through the entries of what has been another successful round for our Build-A-Rig project, we are ready to announce the winners. This time around each of our winners is receiving one of the two systems. The winners are as follows:
- SilverStone’s Mighty Milo: Patrick Weisgarber of Southlake, TX
- Crucial’s Ballistix Bantam: Nicholas Wood of Carthage, NY
Both winners will be contacted shortly for their shipping details at the email address provided.
Build-A-Rig Round 3 is currently on hold due to external factors beyond our control, but we have plenty of ideas in the running when we're ready to get going again. Congratulations to our two winners, and thanks to all who participated.
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freeskier93 - Friday, December 4, 2015 - linkWhat about it? I'd sooner slit my wrists then use wifi on a desktop.
iLovefloss - Saturday, December 5, 2015 - linkNot everyone has access to an ethernet cable, and the Internet is kind of important. I don't know if you ever been on a college campus in the 21st Century, but you can't exactly hook your shit up into modem. Hell, getting to a electrical socket can be a pain in the ass. Remember, these builds aren't necessarily for you; they're for college (or high-school) students. WiFi is important!
freeskier93 - Saturday, December 5, 2015 - linkI've lived in 100 year old dorm rooms that had wired Ethernet and currently live in a modern campus apartment where each room is wired for Ethernet.
iLovefloss - Friday, December 4, 2015 - linkAlso, you forgot to include the Windows tax! With that, your build would be more than a $100 overpriced. The OS, a Windows OS, is a pretty important part of any semi-gaming machine.
wolfemane - Friday, December 4, 2015 - linkIf we take into account that this is a BACK TO SCHOOL computer, students can get a copy of win10 education for free. MS will ship a disk to you for $1.99 I think, or you can create a USB boot stick from another computer. Its a pretty feature rich OS, good for students.
freeskier93 - Friday, December 4, 2015 - linkAs I said in my very first sentence, students can easily get a hold of Windows for free.
iLovefloss - Saturday, December 5, 2015 - linkNot every college -- and definitely few high-schools -- is going to have the required license for free Windows. That's why the original builds bought the license separately. Look at Leopard_Jumps' builds for something that's done nearly right (still missing the WiFi).
wolfemane - Monday, December 7, 2015 - linkHas absolutely nothing to do with the schools. its all MS. Go to website, signup as a student, d/l or order windows 10 education version on usb.
leopard_jumps - Friday, December 4, 2015 - linkWith Skylake
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/w4N8D3
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/w4N8D3/by_merchant/
CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI Z170A PC MATE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 960 4GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Enermax ECA3253-BW ATX Mid Tower Case ($40.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-04 16:04 EST-0500
leopard_jumps - Friday, December 4, 2015 - linkXFX 550W from New egg is expensive . From newegg EVGA 500B is not costly but XFX TS 550W is of better quality . Of course there are many other