Description

Once upon a time, in the desert land of Forniacali, lived two boys full of wonder and sunshine. The two boys loved to play games together and for a time they also worked together in a shop among the clouds, high above the mountains, that made cyber-universe games.

Sadly, a storm had been brewing at the horizon for some time. One day a great evil wizard named Ceo came and struck the two boys down from the clouds, condemning them to live among the downtrodden populace of their homeland.

Times were rough, and the boys had to live by their wits, surviving day by day. It was a bleak and dark time for the young boys, but they would not give up hope. Eventually, after some hardship, one of the boys started working in another shop among the clouds while the other made a living nobly minding the village's younglings.

Happier times followed and, while their piggy banks were still wracked, they missed their time together in the cyber-universes. Determined, the two boys set out to real cyber-space in the quest to build a new hocus-pocus neural ganglion machine able to simulate cyber-universes for adventure.

Some time later, after delving deep into the darker side of real cyber-space, they emerged victorious. I bring thee the results of their trials and tribulations.

The End.

Hello everyone, a friend and I used to work together, got laid off, went through a rough financial patch, and finally got employed again.

While still on a tight(ish) budget we wanted to get my friend a gaming PC so that we could play together. We were going for performance/price but also wanted to build something that looked cool so he could show it off and enjoy it. Here's the tricky part: for a couple months I followed a sub-reddit where they sell PC hardware. Some of it used, other brand new but no longer wanted.

Note: the card in the build is an EVGA GTX 670 FTW edition! I could not find it in the parts lists so I had to pick a generic GTX 670.

For this build I got the following deals:

  • CPU+Mobo+Video Card = $400.
  • CPU and mobo were actually brand new in sealed boxes!
  • The GPU was used for about three weeks.
  • PSU+H80i+120GBSSD = $170.23. The odd price came from adding shipping costs and a bit of haggling. =)
  • Everything was brand new in sealed boxes!
  • The HDD was brand new, never used.
  • The NZXT Hue was used but in perfect condition.
  • I got a cheap Win 8.1 Pro license key through work.
  • I bought the Disc Drive and the Case from Fry's Electronics.

All prices are final and include shipping+taxes where applicable. I think we did pretty well and this rig packs quite a punch for its price point. Sure, a nice i5 might have been a little better, but all in all I think we did alright. Feel free to ask me any questions.

Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 5 points

Love the case, just used it in a build for a client. personally would have gotten the 8320 for a few more dollars to get a great cpu and ability to OC like a monster. other than that good choice

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I understand what you're saying. However, the CPU+Mobo+GPU was a combo I got off a forum. They came together for $400 which was a pretty good deal imo. Oh and yes, I loved that case as well. It's not as nice as the fancy ones, it feels a bit flimsy, but for that price it's unbeatable and has a lot of the frills that the more expensive ones have. Lots of room, cable management options, fan filters, and all.

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Very nice story telling young lad, also a very nice build and even more awesome that you built it for a buddy, good on you.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Ty, sir.

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Best description I've ever read. Great build.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad you appreciated it. I felt like our standard matter-of-fact description was only telling half the story here. =)

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

2nd time getting a build to 50 +1s...

feeling boss

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

nice

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow that's great hunting young boy the same ssd costs140$ Alone +1 for great build and price hunting

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

This sir is a fantastic looking build. You did an amazing job. I love the cabeling and how clean it looks. One of the best budget gaming builds I have ever seen. Yes you could have gone I5, but for a super tight budget, AMD is usually the way to go.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, sir. Yeah, for the price point that case has amazing cable management options. Even more importantly, that PSU is absolutely amazing, would recommend to anyone. Fully modular and the cables that come with it are actually decent looking.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice work on a really decent budget! +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

nice colors!!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the amazing budget build!!! And one question is the graphics card worh it?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It really depends on the price. When I built this the GTX 970 wasn't out yet and the 770 was around $400 so this was a killer deal. If you can find a used GTX 670 FTW for ~$200 I still think it would be worth it. It performs close enough to a GTX 770 (the cheapest one is still $250). However, the best price/performance at the moment is the GTX 970 (imo). That said, the GTX 970 will still run you ~$320+ so the price is significantly higher. I would not buy a new GTX 670 right now.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the Case and CPU Cooler as I'm thinking of getting the same nice build! +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

They're both pretty nice for the price. The case looks good and has good cable management options. However it is a bit flimsy. It's not like the $100+ steel cases. The H80i took a little tweaking to get it working properly on Win 8.1. Hopefully, Corsair will have fixed the issues by now. There was some registry editing I needed to do to get "Corsair Link" (the H80i software) to work.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

OK thank you

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, feel free to message me if you have a hard time with Corsair Link. I have a link explaining how to do it somewhere at home.

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