Description

Prices as purchased in CDN dollars.

This PC is a mish-mash of new and used parts. The Ryzen platform is from a used PC I bought locally but used the original case and GPU in two other builds that I have shared on here.

OC Settings

  • R5 1400 @ 3.8GHz 1.35v w/ Wraith Spire

  • G.Skill Ripjaws 2x4GB @ 3000MHz 1.36v CAS Latency 16

  • EVGA GTX 970 FTW @ Stock Settings

I dialed in the CPU OC on first-go and it was stable with a max load 75C on the Stealth so I didn't bother fine tuning it. I had a spire on hand so I ended up using that to tame the temps. I did not Memtest the RAM but it gamed fine for the few days I used it. I let the buyer know of the OC settings and gave him a tour of the bios so he knows how to reset everything to default settings if anything starts going wonky on him. Knowing Ryzen, I have a feeling the RAM OC might eventually cause problems/instability.

Out of all of my flips this one took the longest to sell, mainly because I turned down an offer I should had accepted the first week I posted it. I ended up selling it for a little bit less than that offer and it took another 3 months to move. A lot longer than what I'm used to with my build quality.

Nonetheless, it's a great performer at 1080p. It stays cool and looks cool to boot. I'm a big fan of dual chamber chassis' and decided to grab the Cullinan PX on sale. It originally came without the accessories kit so I had to return it and get a replacement that actually came with the accessories ... Also, the tempered glass is not the best cut. The grommets for the glass are loose as well and I had to model glue them onto their respective mounts. I wanted to use my MSI RX 570 Gaming X but it ended up being too wide! It would have looked a lot cooler with the red/black theme.

Having bought the CPU, platform, and SSD as a combo it already had an activated version of Windows 10, which is nice. Overall, I think the best deal was the EVGA B-Stock GTX 970 FTW. For just $175 Canadian dollars it was a good deal 3 months ago and still would be today. Let me know what you think about this rig.

Onto the next one!

Mr3Pik

Part Reviews

CPU

I liked the 1500X better :P

Motherboard

Mediocre at best. Worth considering if you are going with a SFX build with a red theme, otherwise I think there are better options.

Video Card

Great AIB model for a GTX 970. Good chip and cooler. Only 3.5GB of real VRAM, still more than enough for 1080p gaming though.

Case

Dual chamber, looks good and comes with three fans. Open style chassis so air-flow is good at the cost of dust-filtration. It does NOT fit wide GPUs like the MSI Gaming X line. The tempered glass and accommodating mounts are sub-par.

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Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

How many computers have you flipped and sold (regardless of profit)? I love building machines and used to have a huge collection of parts (where I could probably build several spare PCs). I'd be interested even if I was at $100-$200 a loss per machine just for the ability to keep endlessly building :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I take a loss on almost every pc made of old parts lol Simply because they are too old to hold any real (market) value. But I am just like you said, for endless building!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I've flipped only what you see on my profile. I aim for a minimum $100 profit. Its not hard to make a profit if you know the value in older used parts, and know your target market.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Bought a PSU from Evga lately and it cost me almost 2x the expected price, thanks to Canadian taxes. 20$ usd for the psu, but total ended at almost 48$ CAD because I had to pay 4$ taxes on the 20$ psu + the UPS broker fees (and the exchange rate was nearly 35%). Not gonna happen again, no more b-stock for me.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I live on the border so I have a US pick-up address 20 minutes away. No tax, no duty.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm too far for that option :( The only Black Friday related deal I saw this year would have been that Evga gtx 970 from the b-stock / mid-week madness at 99$ USD. Too late for me!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

It's super useful when trying to make overhead on a unit, a lil'arbitrage here and there makes it worthwhile on my parts and others. Same goes for everyone else with a hobby around here.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you pull that 500GB drive out of an old laptop?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure did! lol