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Awesome FULL SETUP for $900!!!! I call it - FORGE
by jchamb49
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Meet FORGE, he's gonna show you the real meaning of BIGGEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!

This is a kick-butt pc that I will be using mainly for gaming, video editing, and maybe 3d animation. It is my first pc build, and I'd have to say that I managed it pretty easily!

I bought all the parts right in the midst of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals. That's why all these prices are so low! If I were to buy them now, it would have costed me an extra $200!!! See guys? Black Friday IS worth it. AS long as you only shop online! ;)

Anyway, let's get to the guts of this beast:

CPU: Gotta love 'dat 3570K! it runs at 3.4 GHz, but I can easily overclock it up to 4.2 GHz; it runs fast, powerful, and can easily hammer out CPU-intensive games like Planetside 2 on High/Ultra settings!

CPU Cooler: I went with a fairly cheap aftermarket cooler, because I was planning on OCing. But I was pleasantly surprised with how well it performed. It gets the job done, its not too loud, and I'm sure it will last me a good long time

Motherboard: I was deciding whether or not I should get this one or a cheaper one, but, when the deal for this came on, I pounced at it like a tiger! It is very powerful, looks nice with my Black color scheme, had very good labeling and gives you lots of SATA3 ports.

RAM: The main reason I got this RAM was because it was on sale, I had my eye on a corsair, but the price would never drop. Eventually I decided G. Skill was a better brand anyways, and I went for it. The 1866 speed is very nice, i must say.

Storage: I didn't get an SSD with this build, because, you know, I weighed pros and cons, and the cons won out for me. (comment away on that one ;) Plus, I wanted to stick to my budget of under $1000 no matter what. This HDD works well for me! maybe I'll consider getting an SSD in the future though.

Video Card: I got this when it was on a major sale, and it totally kicks butt! I can play tons of good looking games at High/Ultra settings with no problem!

Wireless Adapter: Fast internet, good looking, very sturdy. You can't go wrong with this one!

Case: I chose this initially for its low price. It is surprisingly sturdy, very roomy, comes with two excellent fans, and looks awesome! It doesn't come with all the colorful LEDs and odd-shaped shells, which is something I like! It looks very professional! This is probably your best case for the price!

Power Supply: very nice. Love Corsair's PSUs Was going to go with 500W, but I decided to get this. It was on sale, too!

Optical Drive: went with a cheap one. I don't really use it except for installing drivers and games, so I didn't need anything fancy. It goes very well with the case though!

Operating System: Went with Windows 8.1, which I think is awesome (say what you will) It boots fast, looks very smooth and modern, and I can transfer it over to a different motherboard if I want to upgrade! You couldn't do that with windows 7.

Monitor: This Dell is AWESOME!!!! IT is WAY bigger than I thought! no dead pixels, very nice light, and all for just $100 dollars! This was a steal!!! I got from OfficeMax on Black Friday. (ordered online)

Headphones: This was a hard choice. I didn't know if I should go with this one or a more expensive one. I setled for this because, it was within my budget and had good reviews. It doesn't disappoint. The sound is way better than I thought, and the mic is good too! I also decided to get this because, if I was planning on upgrading someday anyway, i might as well save a few bucks here, and upgrade to a $100 one later. Instead of a $50 - $70 one, you know?

Speakers: I got these speakers off of Amazon, and they are AWESOME!!! they are very small, but pound out sound like there is no tomorrow!!! I got really cheap ones, because I was going to be mainly using my headphones.

So that's it! What do you guys think? This has everything you need to build a pc and get busy with it!

(Oh yeah, and for the keyboard and mouse, I got those at my college's inventory surplus for $2 each!!! they work awesomely) :)

Part List
Details
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle33.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load39.0° C
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.05Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate4.8GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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Firecrackers [1 Build] 6 points 12 months ago

This is such a great build. The 3570k/4670k/8350s are purely perfect for gaming.

Great deal on the RAM! $52 is very good. And same with the GPU. I have an r9 270 under the tree, basically a 7870. I might put another in crossfire, and they are just the greatest bang for buck cards! (And for $145, that's just awesome).

Yeah, the SSD isn't needed. It helps you boot Windows up and your games a bit faster, but it doesn't help performance, so a 1tb is great.

Love this, instantly +1'ed this when I saw it.

 
 
jchamb49 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

thanks! It took me 4 months of planning and watching deals until I got to this setup! :)

 
 
Firecrackers [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Months well spent!

 
 
jchamb49 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

:) sure were!

 
 
PickItApart 2 points 12 months ago

Upvoted cuz you put up a description unlike the other lazy people.

 
 
candy [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

A true bang for the buck +1

 
 
jchamb49 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

I know, right? I got all these during the black friday sales, so yeah. :) Thanks, for the +1!

 
 
DeathClap 1 point 12 months ago

Good build you got here :).

 
 
jchamb49 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

It sure is, I've been playing games on it all day today! XD It's been able to handle them all at High/Ultra Settings!

 
 
Zakpearle 1 point 12 months ago

Windows 8

 
 
jchamb49 [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 12 months ago

yup, well actually 8.1. I consider windows 8.1 to be an entirely different OS than Windows 8 because of all the changes and stuff. Btw, I love windows 8.1. I too was a former windows 7 junkie, but not anymore, windows 8.1 is the future!

 
 
goME2448 1 point 3 months ago

+1 yes it is!

 
 
aludka 1 point 12 months ago

Nice build. But I would pay 400 not to have to go out on black friday and deal with all the BS.

And I may be wrong but Windows OEM (7,8,8.1,) are all the same in regards to transfer. It tied to the original make/model motherboard.

 
 
jchamb49 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

ah yes, you are right about the Black Friday madness. But, that only comes if you buy from brick and mortar stores. I bought all these while sitting comfortably up to my laptop. And I still got as good a deal as everyone trampling over each other to reach the last item in the electronics aisle at Walmart! ;)

 
 
aludka 1 point 12 months ago

Well done then sir.

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jchamb49 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

agreed, but that would have ran over my budget, unfortunately. :( I do plan on upgrading in the future though!

 
 
Camboy05 1 point 11 months ago

Nice build! You seem like a really nice dude. How do you like that case, by the way?

 
 
jchamb49 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

HAHA Thanks :D

I actually really like the case. It's tough, looks nice, pure black, and feels like a professional case! I'm not one for all the flashy lights, neon colors, and odd shaped cases. I really love the simple - yet sleek design of this case. Only tiny issue is that the power button feels a little loose!

Overall, I love it! $50 seems like a steal for it!

 
 
Gamerdude105 1 point 10 months ago

Very good build, how ever, that graphics card will really limit your game's quality. Like most people say, instead of spending $300 dollars on your CPU, and $100 dollars on your GPU, spend $100 dollars on your CPU, and spend $300 dollars on your GPU.

 
 
jchamb49 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

yeah, i thought that too. Bu tI mostly play and record minecraft, and that's not even GPU intensive. But the GPU I've found handles lots of other games at high/ultra settings (like planetside 2).

 
 
ITneto 1 point 9 months ago

How is that case? Does it come with dust filters?

 
 
jchamb49 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

No, it doesn't. That was the only downside I found with the case, so everything else is good!!!

 
 
ITneto 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you!!

 
 
MicahL [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

This is almost the same as my build just one gen older (i5 4670, R9 270x)

 
 
Reconmidget [1 Build] 1 point 2 days ago

how's the cooler?

Might use it cool an Xeon 1230 V3

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jchamb49 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks, nice build, btw!

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jchamb49 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

yeah, but then, it wouldnt be completely set up to use right when you build it. And don't get me started with AMD processors. My budget was $900 and this Intel fit in it, AND its a beast of a CPU, so it's a win-win! But thanks for the input! :)