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Originally I started building a PC (for gaming and school work mostly) with the idea of an $800 budget in mind... Didn't happen. Bonus time came around at my job and I was just like "welp... for x amount of more money I could get this!" I think I did that for basically every component.

I built this back in February mind you, I've just now got around to actually putting in prices and taking a couple (crappy) pictures. So, some prices are better than they are currently (like the video card and RAM).

When I built it, I really wanted something current and something that would manage anything I'd want to throw at it. I believe I have achieved that ~6 months down the road. Once I started being real with myself, my budget was to keep it under $2k, I think with taxes and shipping it came to just under $1700.

Looking at the list, you might notice a few quirky things:

  • Kraken X31 was an open box on Amazon. Still had the stock thermal paste.

  • The same memory is going for ~$50 more currently, which I find interesting.

  • OS was free because I get access to Imagine X (formerly Dreamspark) through school, it's actually the Education version.

  • Wireless card and speakers I got from coworkers. Don't really use the speakers that much, but they're there.

  • Absolutely love my cheap Chinese mechanical keyboard. It has clone Cherry MX Blue switches, which are louder/more awesome sounding. The size is right what I was looking for. Only complaint is the typical "gamer" font on the keys.

I've overclocked my GPU thus far, still haven't really done my CPU, but I'll get around to it shortly. Not sure of temps under load because I don't really use any sort of overlay and don't play too many games that are all that strenuous (mainly Overwatch, Rocket League, and Gears of War).

Edit 9/8/17: Just overclocked my CPU to a max frequency of 4.64 GHz per Intel's Extreme Tuning Utility (although I actually overclocked it in the UEFI). Seems stable!!! but time will tell. I added max temps while benchmarking to the left. Kinda new to this so I don't really know what I'm doing.

Thanks for checking it out!

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Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet build dude! I'm interested in that monitor, where'd you find it for $212.99?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah, forgot to mention that. Open box deal on Newegg.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

That window must have been pretty high up to go this high over budget. But these things happen (speaking of throwing things out the window).

On the plus side, you got an awesome build with more 'oomph' under the hood

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, my bonus was a lot more than I expected, so I justified it lol

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I ended up in the same situation.. became quite easy to justify the additional costs!

Great build though!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I did the same thing like that concerning the budget, I had about $800 but I was like, but for this much more, I can get this much better, and it is worth it in the long run, right?