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CPU was purchased at $180 with the Mother Board $207 - $40 combo, pickup only. The CPU Cooler and Optical Drive were purchased together using a Visa promotion -$15 from listed price. SSD came with Far Cry 4 and Graphics Card came with Borderlands the Pre-Sequel. The Power Supply was $119 - $20 rebate along with equal PSUs with lower voltage being at the same price (650W-750W-850W =$99). The Operating System was purchased through Microsoft using: 8.1 pro student edition.

I saved so much just by being patient! I bought everything in a five month time span and bought most with the exception of one or two at the lowest price as shown in the price graph...and those other items were just a tad bit more than the minimum price.

I made this build because I was tired of dealing with a horrible gaming experience and because I wanted to learn more about computers. My tip besides taking advantage of price trends--summer deals, new releases of similar product, black Friday, Christmas deals--is to take advantage of Paypal credit. They offered me max $500, $0 payments, and 6 months no interest if paid in full.

I based the build off of the best graphics card I could buy which was the 760/770 but the 780 lowered in price significantly almost the same as the lower models because of the release of the 970 and 980. Then I settled on a case which is colored "gun metal" and really liked the color scheme given that I had loved the Dominator Platinum dimms from Corsair. I chose the best CPU that got the job done without overkill, so the i7's were out the window to start. Given that I planned on overclocking, I bought a better thermal paste and CPU Cooler. I had the option of buying a $30-40 air cooled cooler but killed the aesthetics of the case since it has a clear section on the side panel. SSD was a must because of the frustration I've had from cluttered Hard Drives. Originally planned on SSD for OS and HDD for storage but decided to pay about the same for one SSD. 16GB RAM is overkill so I got 8 with the option of upgrading up to 16GB later. I wanted a monitor with a Display port but I settled for the one that matched my color scheme. It's still a really good buy; I got the monitor for -$80ish from BestBuy.

The only problem that I faced was creating a bootable flash drive for installing the digital copy of the OS. I was doing it right except that the software didn't want to work properly. Luckily it magically started working after a few hours. Cable management was also annoying because the rubber edges around the large routing holes were extremely easy to take off and difficult to keep on. In addition to that, PSU cables were especially tough which created some difficutly.

I still haven't over clocked. I have only booted, assigned fan speeds, XMP profile, and downloaded essentials. I will be testing it over the course of the week before I do any overclocking. Should get up to around 4.6GHz and 1.22-1.35V.

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  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

Part choices are great minus the GPU. If you paid $400 for it then you could have got the 970, which outperforms the 780, for less money. Outside of that great build.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

do you live in a church? nice build though

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

I was thinking the same exact thing lol.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

So more pictuires of the COMPLETED BUILD? On the second picture there are no PSU cables and you don't have a keyboard or a kouse connected on any other picture.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build :D and i would of went with a 970 or 980 instead of the 780.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, a 970 would've been your best option for the $400 mark

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Still a good build tho (:

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah it is, but could've spent his money a little more wisely with the GPU :)

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

When someone doesn't get the best graphics card possible, it is considered a mistake. When someone does, they are considered to be 'overpowered' for their tasks. I'm not judging on the 780.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't know that I have ever seen anyone on PCPP ever get chastised for getting the best graphics card. I think the point people are making is based on his part list he spent $400 on his card. The 970 outperforms the 780 and costs less than $400. The 780 is still a really great card and if he was to get it for cheaper than the cost of a 970 then I think it would be a great buy. This does not seem to be the case here though so it is seen as a mistake.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

When is anything considered "overpowered" gfx card wise? I have never seen anyone have thier build called "overpowered" because of a good choice in price/ performance gfx card wise. It was just a bad choice on his part, no ifs ands or buts, unless he REALLY does not want a powerful gpu (or a good value one) for... reasons, so I do think he should be called out on this.

As seen here: http://gpuboss.com/gpus/GeForce-GTX-970-vs-GeForce-GTX-780 the 970 outperforms the 780 by a slim amount, and are around $50 - $75 cheaper.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

For 1757, this build could be a lot better. I feel like too much money was spent on aesthetics rather than actual performance, but that is the case for a lot of builds.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a feeling the way they look at it is if I am spending this much money i want it to look good.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

It is fine to throw the $1757 out there, but you have to consider that a lot of builds on here don't include OS or peripherals on the site. For a fair comparison, I always remove those.

Taking out the keyboard, monitor, and OS it is actually a $1292 build, which is quite a good price point for the performance.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Even still, 170$ for keyboard, 170$ for motherboard? 116$ for 8gb of RAM? You have to admit some things here could be improved

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Ejo is that Latin correct? I think it has to be Novum Argentum ?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the monitor?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build but OC to 4.6Ghz may not be at 1.22 -1.35V as you wanted +1.

  • 64 months ago
  • 0 points

I would've gone with an R9 290 if I were you..