As I mentioned in my last post, my laptop has not been working properly anymore so I needed a new computer. Instead of another laptop, I decided I wanted to get a desktop computer this time. I wanted to get a computer that would last me longer than 3 years before starting to crap out. I don’t know a lot about computers so I’m lucky that my husband is a total computer geek! I say that with love 🙂 His nerdiness came in handy! He has built a few computers before and they have always lasted a long time so I decided I wanted him to help me build one. We spent almost an entire day picking out parts on Tiger Direct and Newegg. Finally we had what we needed and I paid for everything. Luckily I didn’t have to buy everything. Ethan had an extra monitor and graphics card that I could have. A few of the parts I bought were on sale AND had rebates so I got pretty lucky with the total price!
Case: Rosewill Blackbone midtower – $29.99 (after savings of $20.00)
PSU: XFX 550 Bronze – $25.99 (after savings, including a rebate, $54.00)
CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 (bundled with motherboard and RAM) – $309.99 (after savings, including rebate, $134.00)
MB: MSI B85m-P33 V2 mATX
RAM: 8 GB DDR3 1866 Kingston HyperX Fury
Hard Drive: Western Digital 1 TB Blue, 7200 RPM – $54.99 (after savings of $25.00)
Tiger Direct Discount: $15.00
TOTAL: $405.96 Total Savings: $248.00
I originally got my keyboard, speakers and surge strip from Walmart but have since returned the keyboard and speakers. The keyboard had a TINY backspace button and that just didn’t work for me. The speakers I realized were the same ones I have at work and I have had nothing but problems from them. The surge strip was $19.98.
I got different speakers from Target that were $24.99. They are much better quality! I ended up getting my keyboard on Amazon. It is Microsoft brand that has the right sized backspace button AND it was $2 less than the crappy keyboard from Walmart! WIN! Ethan ended up buying the wireless card for me on Tiger Direct after we found out that Walmart doesn’t sell cards anymore, only dongles. That was $14.00 on sale. We had an old copy of Windows 7 to put on but found out it was only 32-bit. That would have been fine except 32-bit has a limit of 4GB of RAM and I have 8GB so that would have been wasting RAM. So we ended up upgrading to Windows 8.1. I was not looking forward to having Windows 8 but at least I can make it look more like Windows 7 by switching the screen to desktop mode instead of the modular screen. We got the Windows 8.1 upgrade from G2A for $15.00.
I already had a mouse, mousepad, monitor and graphics card so I saved there as well!
So all in all, my total was around $487.92! I looked around for a desktop that came already built with similar specs and found I spent less than half than many of the options out there!
I’ve been using the computer for a few days now and I love it! Everything is so much smoother and faster than my laptop. I’m now able to play Sims 3 again without it crashing! I want Sims 4 really badly but after spending almost $500 on the computer itself, I think I should wait a little while before shelling out more cash.
Here are a few photos from the build on Saturday!
Ok! So now that I have a working computer, I won’t disappear for so long. Now, it’s time to go play with my new toy!