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My best Budget PC | 3930k | GTX 970

by et-studios


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Date Published

Nov. 17, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

52.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

91.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.114 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C


I started doing builds about 3 years ago but never had the money to go for a system with new parts. My first build had a Q6600, 775 motherboard, a GTX 650 and 4GBs of crazy fast 800Mhz RAM. This cost me in total, around $70 which to me seemed like a pretty good deal.

Last year, around September a friend of mine told me he had an old system lying around with a dead PSU and motherboard. I asked what CPU it had in it and to my surprise he said it was a 3rd gen i7. Then even more to be surprise he gave it to me for free. A few months later, around Christmas I had most of my parts and then got a GTX 970 as a gift. I build the PC into a Sharkoon VG4-W originally and the specs where pretty good, considering the total price (including approximate costs of gifts) was around $500. It had a cheap KingSpec SSD, GTX 970, i7 3770, H77 motherboard and a 650W PSU.

However, I do a lot more content creation now and the 4 core 8 thread locked CPU wasn't really handling it. So I looked out for options on a new CPU, of course, still with a low budget in mind. Ryzen was appealing, but a kit of DDR4 cost more than my graphics card and I wasn't willing to pay that. So older intel chips became more appealing. I wound up after about 5 months, of searching for non-existent X79 motherboards, finding a perfect deal on an Asus P9X79 Pro and 3930k for $180, perfect. A new case and cooler came shortly after. I managed a small OC to 4.2Ghz on all cores and it has greatly improved my rendering times and timeline performance. Gaming has been great although I do plan on getting a new cooler to keep this CPU nice and cool, so here is the final build:

Notes: It is a Raidmax Cobra RGB 120 not 240. It is a Kingspec 120GB SSD not Kingston A400 It is a WD Blue 2TB not Red The power supply came from a mining rig that never saw any work, technically for free so I just set half price. I had to do some weird stuff to mount all 3 hard drives into the case, why do no budget options
have more than 2 bays

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FurryJackman 3 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

That CPU will benefit vastly from a Coolit AIO, like the 280mm H115i Platinum that was just released.

Be very careful bumping up VTT and System Agent when overclocking these CPUs, as if you feed too much of those voltages (Never above 1.25 actual VTT and 1.05 actual System Agent) CPU degradation can happen within WEEKS of your overclock.

et-studios submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

I haven't given it any extra voltage, being very careful until I get a new cooler

FurryJackman 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Vcore is more durable than the VTT, and VTT is more durable than the System Agent. System Agent is the one that rapidly degrades the CPU.

Zirf 1 point 4 months ago

Wow I have never seen that cpu before.

et-studios submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

lol, it is a bit on the old side

Zirf 1 point 4 months ago

but it still has that high core clock with 6 cores. I wonder why this cpu is less known than the 4790k?

DarTroX 10 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Nice to see another X79 system!