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Extreme bargain hunting from a poor *** college student. All parts were bought between Black Friday and the week of Cyber Monday.

  • X4 860k CPU+ A78-E35 Combo - $91.43 (after $15 rebate)
  • G.Skill 8GB DDR3-1600 ram - $59.11
  • 128GB SSD + N200 Mini Case + CM R4 fan + Sabrent Memory reader Combo - $72.64 (after $15 rebate + $20 coupon)
  • PNY GTX 750 Video Card - $44.99 (after $50 rebate + $150 in currency credit sold for $15.00)
  • LEPA Vortex Case Fan - $0.00 (after $5.00 rebate)
  • EVGA 430W Power Supply - $9.99 (after $20.00 rebate)
  • Cooler Master Devastator Mouse Keyboard Bundle - $20.09 (after 10.00 rebate)

  • Total Cost of Build w/o Keyboard - $278.16 ($428.15 before rebates and coupons)

  • Total Cost of Build w/ Keyboard - $298.25 ($448.24 before rebates and coupons)

Update: Occasionally in games, I'll get a display driver error saying that the display drivers have crashed and have recovered. It is kinda annoying in games such as League of Legends. If anyone knows how to fix this, comment in the section below..

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  • 66 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow. Much wow. Very wow

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  • 66 months ago
  • 3 points

There is nothing to be pissed about, you had a plan and went with it. You cannot control the fact that new sales always happen, this is what upgrading is for. Your 128gb SSD should do fine for a little while so long as you don't store many games, I would suggest upgrading by adding HDD for storage; the HDD will be a cheaper upgrade and you will get more storage for your money (the SSD for the OS and stuff you want fast, the HDD for everything else).

Very solid build for the price.

The only change I would make is I would have gone for an R7 instead of the GTX, this would allow you to use crossfire-x when if you decided to upgrade to an A10 or something like that. What OS did you go with?

+1

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

at that price? I would think that he did great at $44.50.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

True that. Except I don't really plan on upgrading anytime soon until 2017 when I get my BSN. Well I mean aside from an HDD, fan controller, and other small things potentially free things.. haha. My SSD and 2tb external should be fine for the meanwhile.

There were a couple that went on sale around ~$70, but I opted out with the gtx 750 because of the price. It was too cheap to not get when it retails for more than double the price! I was also concerned about the power usage of the graphics cards, so that also lead me to buy the 750 since I knew the Maxwell series are known to be extremely energy efficient with great performance.

I went with Windows 8.1. I got it free (Shout out to Dreamspark!). Its not as bad as everyone says it is. It is a bit confusing to use and a bit proprietary to Microsoft based applications though.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Great prices m8.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks brah. I'd like to give a shout out to slickdeals, fry's, and reddit's buildapcsales for helping me find all my parts.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Great work, I'll be doing some bargain hunting next month

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow.

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  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Ermahgerd. Wow. Such Prices. Very cheap. Wow.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate. I found most of my parts using slickdeals, the frys ad, and reddit's buildapcsales.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow cheap. Very Prices Low. Such great. Wow.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks I try. Cheap *** Asian reporting in!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

You got a SSD in that Build!? I do think those prices will rise to about $425-450 by January though

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, I figure since I have a 2tb external hard drive already, I'll keep all my pornz and music and stuff on it and keep it plugged in to use as my storage drive.

The actually HDD comes in when I find a 7200rpm 1tb HDD for $40 :P.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Now this is a budget build. Great job. Your cable management does leave a little something to be desired but all in all very nice build.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't know where else to put the extra wires from the power supply and there wasn't much room to work with behind the other panel o.e. If you have any suggestions, that'd be great! I got the rest of Winter break to work on this bad boy

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you get the CPU/MOBO deal at Fry's? If so, I bought the exact same combo!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup! Same exact deal! Fry's also had the EVGA 430w power supply on black friday which I also bought xP

So how do you like it? Have you overclocked it yet?!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't yet, I haven't found a CPU cooler I like enough to buy and install, can you recommend any?

BTW: I'll upload my build sometime this week. Suffice to say, I spent way more than you did, but I think $510 with an R9 270X is not too shabby either.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm hoping I can get to 4.2ghz on the stock cooler. I've read a couple of people have done it. But we'll see. Its running ~35C idle and ~50C under load.

I can recommend you this one, however, this isn't by personal experience. I saw a slickdeals thread(?) on it and people were raving about it. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&cm_re=cooler_master_hyper-_-35-103-065-_-Product

Its the Cooler Master Hyper 212 for $20 after a $10 rebate. It has over 4000 reviews at 5 stars on Newegg so it must be good.

Nice! I'll have to check it out. $510 is still pretty dang good! You won't be itching to upgrade any time soon haha. Plus that graphics card is a beast! I think I might be itching to upgrade my graphics card in a year haha along with adding a HDD

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

That right there, certainly makes me feel like I wasted a lot of money.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't sweat it, its my job to bargain hunt aka being Asian :p

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm Bulgarian! I guess I left my country for a reason. Not a true Cheapskate.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the performance?

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Runs great! I'm coming from a 2nd gen i5 laptop with a 5400rpm hard drive and this blows it out of the water! I spent twice as much on that laptop too.. (~$600).

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

cable management is fairly good just needs some work. other than that great job a better job than my first budget build I did and a lot cheaper

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you suggest I do? I really don't know what else to do with the extra cables from the power supply D:

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

dat storage is eeh for me

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, I was thinking of doing a similar build, but I have heard you sometimes have to update the mobo's with the 860k, did you have to?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty nice setup, other than that high priced RAM

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, kinda weird how ram dropped in price after year. That was the best deal I found on ram at the time, but now it's half the price. Go figure haha

  • 66 months ago
  • 0 points

A console killer for sure.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I simply tried making this as cheap as possible. Originally I was going to go with an AMD A4 CPU and spend maybe like $50-$60 for the CPU+MB, but then there kept popping up deals and somehow I got all the way up to $90 for the combo! Glad I spent the extra money for such a huge increase in performance!

  • 66 months ago
  • -1 points

I would have swapped the ssd for 1tb hdd personally but other that solid build

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll definitely be adding one in the future. The only reason I got the SSD is because I really really didn't want slow *** speeds like that of my 5400 rpm hard drive in my laptop.

So far the best deals on 1TB hard drives have been around $50 this season. I hear they get down to $40 certain times of the year. My SSD and my 2TB external should be good for now though.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing. I run my friend's GTX670 easily also :)

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late response, but no compatibility issues so far. However, I do feel as though I have screwed up my motherboard messing with the bios or something of that sort. I keep getting the gfx card drivers crashing all the time. It's not unbearably bad so I haven't gotten a new motherboard yet. I've troubleshooted that it wasn't the power supply, gfx card, or ram already so I'm guessing it's the motherboard.

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  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe if I can find one FAR xD. Lowest I've seen is a DVD burner for ~$10!

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