Description

Greetings pcpartpickerians. Here's another build to quench your thirst of that daily fix of PC viewing pleasure. First off let me say that this site, slickdeals, /r/hardwareswap, /r/buildapcsales, and my local classifieds (KSL) are my weapon of choice when trying to find deals. I build and sell PC's on KSL as a hobby so I am always looking for deals on parts and tend to stock up on things I wont be needing for months on end lol. It's kind of an addiction. I target most of my PCs to gamers so that's what I kept in mind while ordering parts.

CPU: Got a pretty good deal on Amazon. Used several in the past and have had nothing but awesome experiences with this chip.

COOLER: Got for $59.99 after two MIR ($10 from TD and $10 from Corsair) at TigerDirect. Stock fans are kind of noisy but nothing too bad and CPU stays very cool.

MOBO: This was my best deal by far but caused me a couple of headaches. Bought used on KSL. I knew that this revision more than likely would have to have the bios flashed before I could use the 8320 on it. The previous owner said he ran a phenom on it but said that his friend used one of the newer FX CPU's but couldn't remember which one. I ended up taking the risk and buying without checking the BIOS version. Turns out my fears were right and I'd need to flash. Luckily a kind soul on /r/hardwareswap traded me an old Phenom processor for some games I got with a couple different GPU purchases in the last few months. CPU arrived with bent pins but I was able to straighten them out and get the bios flashed successfully. Haven't had any issue since. Mobo didn't come with the I/O shield so I had to order one of ebay.

RAM: Gotta thank slickdeals on this on. Sale lasted maybe a whopping 5 minutes. Underclocked nicely to 2133 CL 9.

HDD: Does its job and stays pretty cool.

GPU: Got for $420 shipped from a user on /r/hardwareswap. He shipped from Canada and was a pleasure to buy from. Card destroys everything I've tested and stays crazy cool.

CASE: Used the white version in my last build and quite liked it. Put the 200mm fan that was on the top on the side panel to bring in fresh air to the gpu.

PSU: Great unit. Only complaint is that the PCIe cables are pretty short. Theyre pulling the 780 down a tad bit from lack of slack.

Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 6 points

any build that has a GTX 780 and a ROG motherboard that doesn't go over $1000 is great in my eyes, even if it doesn't have an SSD with it. overall, you managed to save almost $150!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks it only took refreshing a few tabs on my work computer several times a day to get some pretty good deals lol. Unfortunately SSDs add like no value to computers in my area so I just stick to HDDs and deal with slow boot and app load times.

  • 69 months ago
  • 5 points

Crosshair V Formula for $110 and 780 for $420? You sir, are good at finding deals. Not to mention the H100i.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Where did you manage to get a 780 for only $420? Just a local deal or something?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Reddit baby! There's a sub called hardwareswap where people buy, sell, and trade hardware. Most of the people there are pretty stand up. Only had good experiences with it so far.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a saggy GPU!!!

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Even worse than saggy you know whats!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

You got a 780 in a $1000 build. Amazing! Hats off.