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Cheap as I can get it
by scuryvsailor
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I built this to replace an old Dell Inspiron 1520 that has served as my "desktop" for the past 6 years. So it will be used for school and some gaming as life permits.

I took a gamble and bought an open box powercolor 7870 xt off newegg and so far it has paid off. It came in the original packaging with all the accessories so who knows what happened to it in its former life. But it runs a little warm but that's standard for these cards. 32 at idle and 63 after about an hour of unigine heaven.

Got the ram in combo to save some cash so that's why I didn't get 2 sticks.

Will definitely be having another go at the cable management game but I'll probably wait until whenever I put a new cpu cooler in.

Part List
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load60.0° C
PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate925MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.5GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load62.0° C
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fsma92 [8 Builds] 9 points 11 months ago

Wow that's a pretty solid build for the price. I don't know how you managed to get those prices but damn that's awesome for you.

You'll see the 7870 XT destroys I love that card.

How did you get the ssd for that cheap?

Sad thing is you could of gotten the corsair 200R for 30$ and saved yourself another 20$

You sir are one lucky dude!

scuryvsailor [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago


Yea I took quite a gamble and bought the 7870 xt as an open box from newegg. I think I bought one of the only ones too because went out of stock right after I ordered mine. The ssd was refurbished as well.

So to say the least I was pretty ecstatic when I had a successful post. It was a glorious beep.

fsma92 [8 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

You got it from newegg I doubt they would of sold you non functioning hardware.

I can't seem to find the section on newegg for the combo deals could you link me?

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


That's the current promotion, but the exact combo I got doesn't appear to be on there anymore.

fsma92 [8 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago


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

Took a gamble and bought the gpu open box, ssd is a refurb

tried to buy everything on sale

and all those prices are after MIRs

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Enlyten [1 Build] 3 points 11 months ago

They don't come much cheaper than this... You did a very good job though, considering your budget. I can't really think of anything I would have changed personally. Good job finding a combo with the RAM, even if it isn't dual-channel... It was free :) +1

houkama [1 Build] 3 points 10 months ago

Budget builds are probably my favorite thing to see on this site and yours is tops.

bode927 [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

This should be a fun little build

BiGUNMAN 2 points 11 months ago

Wow this is probably the best build I've seen for the money but I personally think a better CPU would be good and an HDD for games of 500gb would be essential

fsma92 [8 Builds] 3 points 11 months ago

He has a HDD, saw it on another of his posts.. He was asking for advice.. :)

Good thing with that motherboard is that he can upgrade to any FX series processor.

That CPU is almost as good as a FX 4300. For 86$ you can't beat that CPU. The 4300 is an extra 30-35$

Divdor [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Nicely done on your budget build! Very impressed with what you have.

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CbassFishin 2 points 11 months ago

The only thing i'll upgrade in the future is the ii x4, still a good cpu!

Rshunter99 [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

There isn't much choice left with the CPU on that socket, so you'll have to buy a new motherboard as well... Otherwise you take a Phenom X6 xxxx, that's the highest upgrade you can get on that socket...

TestBuilds 2 points 11 months ago

Is it just me, or does AMD's stock cooler seem a bit nicer than Intel's?

edman545 [10 Builds] 4 points 11 months ago

They have to be nicer because the chips run hotter. 125W vs 77W (i5-3570k). To be fair, it's a much older design though. The original 965 ran at 140 watt.

Black5Lion 2 points 11 months ago

Need I say anything? It cost you less than it cost me for my pc, and it obviously beats it. (Also have an old 1520 collecting dust)

radicalrey 2 points 11 months ago

Awesome budget build that performs high end! 10/10!

FokMaster [2 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

Sometimes open box might mean that Newegg took them out of the box tested them did a review on it and put it back into the box and sell as open box.

computersbykrishna 2 points 11 months ago

Amazing, can't believe it is that cheap! One suggestion for others, OCZ is not the best SSD manufacturer, but they are amazing for the price. If you have a bit more money to spend, I would go with the Samsung 840, probaly the best SSD out there. There is also a Pro model that has faster read and write times. I have the 128GB Pro model in my PC, it is amazing, very fast!

corey0407 2 points 11 months ago

dang bro! nice build! im a lot jealous of this. you got some outstanding deals. very solid

ollieoxenfree [1 Build] 2 points 2 months ago

Nice build. The only thing I would have done different is stayed away from the refurbished SSD as you don't know how many write cycles is has been through. To those wondering: 965 is more than enough for a gaming rig and I bet he won't utilize 100% of that CPU for any game he runs. +1 for budget gaming. You built an xbox one that can do a million other things too.

gtmsnba13 1 point 11 months ago

Decent build for the price. Though I question how you're going to survive with a 90GB SSD.

miniclipgamer [2 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

He has a HDD, saw it on another of his posts

mesin95 [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

How is the wireless pci card coming for you. I'm thinking of getting the same one.

scuryvsailor [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

It's ok but I've heard bad things from some other people with the same one. It works for me but might be worth it to pay another couple bucks and get something a little nicer.

hkhan194 [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

the tp link network adapter, how is it working for you? any disturbance in network signal or anything?

scuryvsailor [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

its been pretty solid, I've had to reset it a couple times but I think that is due to my network and not issues with the adaptor itself.

AzureMarrow2 1 point 9 months ago

hey i was looking at that motherboard and i was wondering how many case fans it can support?

scuryvsailor [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago
AzureMarrow2 1 point 9 months ago

thank you for answering my question.

Jagdeep 1 point 8 months ago

This may be the most retarded thing you have ever read but what was the point of getting a cpu heat fan if there was already one already in the phenom box?

scuryvsailor [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

the stock cpu fan is really loud under load and most decent air aftermarket coolers are a whole lot quieter as well as cooling more efficiently.

1337h1pst3r [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Anyone happen to know how the Phenom ii x4 965 black compares to the athlon ii x4 750k for gaming?

Jared.ditto 1 point 7 months ago

love the board choice. I think the 7950 would have been worth shelling out the extra 25 bucks, but it likely wasn't on sale when you built this.

josephp617 1 point 6 months ago

Amazing build for the price

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Cees10 -1 points 7 months ago

Hey man nice build.. 1 question, im building a pc but can a ATX mobo fit in a ATX mid tower ??

gregkolodny 1 point 2 months ago

You, my dear sir, are extremely rude and ballsy asking this in the comments. Your question belongs in a forum.

skyfox64 [1 Build] 1 point 2 months ago

Let the troll be. #lmgtfy