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First Gaming PC: Extreme Coupon Clipping Edition
by Cornholio29
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Description

I've been planning on making a gaming PC for quite some time now, and have been keeping up with the latest in what's good and what's not for about a year. In May I began really keeping my eyes peeled for deals, and told myself I would try to get the absolute best price I could on every single component without skimping out of part quality. I've been playing around with builds on PCPartPicker since February, and have worked hard to stay within my $650 budget the entire time. I think that's the sweet spot for me as far as price/perfomance goes.

Back in May when I began getting parts, my pcppartpicker build looked VERY different, it's amazing how fast the technology moves and prices fall. Originally, it was going to be an R9 270/FX 6300 combo, but that quickly changed once I began saving $5-$10 here or there on all the little pieces. Every piece is brand new; no used/refurbished items allowed.

I think I did pretty well in getting the right deals. I've seen a lot of other "budget" gaming pc builds in the same price range, so I've always had an idea of what kind of computer I could get for the money; and this beats 90% of them spec-wise.

I have two more 120mm fans to install that came as a combo deal with the 8320 (Included in the $110!) that I plan on putting on the side/top exhaust, and I had a great time with cable management. It was strangely satisfying.

Part List
Details
Date PublishedAug. 1, 2014
AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle40.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load-
VisionTek Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate850MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.0GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle45.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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generaltaco19 6 points 2 months ago

Wow this build is just amazing for the price. +1 for you getting a 280X under $650

 
 
xSake 1 point 1 month ago

You can get 280X's so cheap I've never seen a 280X for over 400 actually ahaha

 
 
generaltaco19 1 point 1 month ago

Oh whoops I messed that up. I think I meant $250 but oh well, at least it makes sense.

 
 
Vorago [1 Build] 3 points 2 months ago

I know what you mean about cable management. Going into my first build I imagined that part would be boring or annoying, but I was so wrong! It was very satisfying to gut the case and re-route everything in an optimal layout.

Also seriously good price to performance on this build!!! I would definitely think about getting a cheap air cooler sometime soon. It's not necessary if you don't want to overclock but if nothing else will keep much quieter than the stock heatsink and fan. (:

 
 
Cornholio29 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 2 months ago

I agree! The stock CPU cooler is easily the loudest part of the computer. I plan on getting a Hyper 212 the next time I see it drop down to $20, which happens about twice a year.

 
 
Daisyahoy [2 Builds] 3 points 2 months ago

lol Visiontek has the ugliest oldschool boxes. +1 though

 
 
Zedzer 2 points 2 months ago

Such price, much power, many +1

 
 
xx116xx [3 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

Wow, nice job keeping the prices low on this build. For just over $600, this build is a monster. +1

 
 
Hazarded 1 point 2 months ago

For only $600... +1 and nice case too

 
 
FrostPirate 1 point 2 months ago

You can get 280x's for under 400

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 2 points 2 months ago

Is this a question or what? haha obviously you can get them under $400

 
 
_Pheonix_ [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

i think it would add up to 430

 
 
Cornholio29 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Have you ever been far even as decided go want use to do look more like?

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 3 points 2 months ago

What ...

 
 
_Pheonix_ [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

righhht. dufuq xD

 
 
Daisyahoy [2 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

Hello chaps, allow me to translate. Cornholio stated "Dear sir, have you ever been so far as to decide you wanted to use...nevermind Ive got no clue.

 
 
_Pheonix_ [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

makes a bit more sence

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ProEngPC [9 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

Excellent prices on all parts. +1 . That's the advantage of living in the US. Are you running Linux? I do t see an OS in your list.

 
 
Cornholio29 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 2 months ago

I'm a student actually, so I got Windows 8.1 for free.

 
 
Matt1313 [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

That is what I call really budget building your computer ;)

 
 
terthii [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Damn.

 
 
jacobs4525 [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

really great price/performance ratio, and it looks nice too! +1

 
 
OblivionXBA [4 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

Definitely looks like you've been coupon clipping. Beautiful job! +1

 
 
Echocookie 1 point 2 months ago

Yo dawg heard you like color schemes, so we messed up the entire thing with this blue motherboard. But seriously, +1 because you managed to find an 8320 for 110. Also great part choices :D

 
 
vikingXcore [3 Builds] 1 point 2 months ago

damn, i was hoping it was actually for couponing. My wife is big into that, haha. But damn! Awesome price! And you managed a 280X. Bravo.

 
 
the1andonly -2 points 2 months ago

good but you should add a cpu cooling system and a network adapter

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 2 points 2 months ago

The stock cooler will do just fine if he's not going to be overlocking much and there's no need for a network adapter, just use a LAN line to the motherboard

 
 
Matt1313 [1 Build] 3 points 2 months ago

Yes why would you want a networking card when you can just use your built in LAN??