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Ultimate Budget Build($695) (Beats out GTX 770 or 7970 on i7's OC'ed in*GAMING*)
by ImJJames
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Description

Hey guys I made this build specifically to show that you can have low budget $700 budget and still outperform most high end single GPU setups in GAMING! (Specifically GTX 770 and or 7970 w/ Intel i7's <--Even @ OC'ed levels) GTX 770 GPU & i7 CPU alone will cost as much as my whole setup, just my food for thought.

FX 6300 Oc'ed at 4.62 Ghz @ 1.428 Volts Prime95 stable 24/7 Stable (100% Load Prime95 for hours on end temps never exceed 60C)

7850 Crossfire Setup

1: HIS HD 7850 2GB Max OC @ 1205Mhz Clock -- 1450Mhz Memory @ 1.225 Volts (5800Mhz Effective Memory) 24/7 Stable (Full stress test load temps never exceed 65c)

2: Asus HD7850 2GB Max OC @ 1135Mhz Clock -- 1300Mhz Memory @ 1.210 Volts (5200Mhz Effective Memory) 24/7 Stable (Full stress test load temps never exceed 55c)

Remember when on Crossfire setup slowest GPU card will downlock your highest GPU clock card to equal levels. (I did not win the silicon lottery with my Asus 7850)

FAN SETUP

2x 120MM Exhaust (TOP) 1x 120MM Exhaust (Rear) 1x 120MM Intake (Side Panel) 1x 120MM Intake (Front)

NOTE: All price listed were exact BASE prices not including taxes or Mail in rebates. Remember I did wait weeks to get best deals, http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapcsales/new/ will help a lot for people looking for best deals.

Cable management is not good because its impossible to hide all my extra case fan wires, also the case itself doesn't have enough holes to hide the wires properly

All TEMPS were monitored using latest HWINFO64 version, I have it running on backround 24/7

Asus HD 7850 I bought off craiglist for $100. Asus Motherboard purchased OPEN BOX @ new egg Intel SSD I already had laying around from years ago

Total build cost $695

Part List
Details
AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.62Ghz
CPU Temperature While Idle10.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load60.0° C
HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.14Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.3GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle25.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load65.0° C
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CheyTac [4 Builds] 14 points 12 months ago

But high-end single cards have more stable FPS. Nice build tough.

 
 
Electrospeed 10 points 12 months ago

YOU LIE!

$695!!??!?!?!!!1!?111/!?/1!?

IT'S $697.95!!!!!!!11!!!111111!1!1

jk. this is a pretty good build.

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

lol thanks

 
 
xx116xx [3 Builds] 4 points 12 months ago

Looks so weird with the different style cards, but awesome setup you have here.

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

Thanks!!

 
 
gabegabbert [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Beautiful build. cable management could possibly get some help, still well done though.

I've always been told you should have more intake fans than exhaust to keep pressure inside the case, otherwise hot air will just continue to circulate in the case, but I'm not 100% on that.

How'd yoou get that 7850 for 100 flat 0_o great price.

Overall Well done!

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

Yeah unfortunately you can't really hide case fan wires. And the cable management area on the case is little poor, not enough holes to hide wires.

And thankyou bro

Asus 7850 @ craiglist $100 HIS 7850 was priced at $134 based price few months ago on newegg, but since has increased.

 
 
Matryoshka [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Are the temps correct? Any reason you didn't go with Evo over the Plus?

 
 
fnapoli [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

i highly doubt those temps are correct.

 
 
ImJJames [Submitter] [1 Build] -3 points 12 months ago

temps are 100% correct, I have HWINFO64 running in backround 24/7. Because EVO will only get you 1-2C difference tops. At the time the EVO cost about $15 more. Just remember my MAX TEMP only reaches around 60C when running prime95 stress test for hours on end. For daily gaming CPU temps never reach pass 55C

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 3 points 12 months ago

Actually, idle temps are not correct. But it's not your fault. It's a known fact that AMD temperature readings are inaccurate and inconsistent at idle. Your CPU is still safe, but it's definitely not running at 10C idle.

 
 
Harleysmoke 2 points 12 months ago

Dang dude nice!. You should try doing a 2k build for myself.I have one posted but I gotta wait to get it though.

 
 
jfleg97 2 points 12 months ago

Wow you got a great deal on that graphics card from craigslist!!!

 
 
SethMatrix 2 points 12 months ago

Nice. I like 7850s. So overclockable.

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

Yeah I wish my Asus overclocked as much as my HIS and I would get beast benchmarks!

 
 
jokermike [3 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

not bad at all bro.. most of the time peoples cost are up for their builds because of cosmetic choice and brands...lol im guilty of that myself +1 for the build though. not a fan of rosewill or HIS but meh im sure this budget rig serves its purpose :)

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

I am actually also not a fan of Rosewill PSU brands, but after researching there are some good reliable Rosewill models. One is Rosewill Capstone models and Rosewill Greenseries 630W http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-Green-Series-630-W-RG630-S12-Power-Supply-Review/881/10

And thanks man

 
 
deathfromup [6 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

on my rig i have my CPU cooler pointed towards the top, is having point towards the front better for cooling?

 
 
Catharist [3 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Yeah, looked at your build and I would point it to the front of your case. Air would gets sucked from the front fan, through the heatsink cooling it off and then pushed out of the case through the back exhaust fan.

<--|F--<--HSF-

I hope my little stupid drawing makes sense, you should check to make sure you're fan on the cooler is set the right way, there should be arrows on the fan to indicate which way it would push air.

 
 
deathfromup [6 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

thanks for the reply ill look into it.

 
 
subzerosaul [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

if you don't know which way it flows: then definately check that out. make sure the cpu cooler shoots the air toward your exhaust. it will help a bit.

 
 
stopher99 1 point 12 months ago

How the f*** did you get an SSD for $0.00 ?!?!?!

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

Stole it from my old laptop I had laying around

 
 
phoxwithme [4 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

how did you like that gamma? I'm thinking of buying one for my cousin. Nice build btw!

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

Thanks bro, the gamma is perfect for budget builds, but the cable management on case is okay not to good if you're nit-picky on that type of stuff.

 
 
phoxwithme [4 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I am for my builds lol. but for his I can live with it lol!

 
 
phoxwithme [4 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

also I'm a girl!

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

lol sorry, thanks mam :)

 
 
phoxwithme [4 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

man?!

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

mam :)

 
 
jamiesinn 1 point 12 months ago

It is logical that a dual gpu setup will beat a single gpu setup..... However, a titan w/ i7 will cream this config. Nice pics and choices tho.

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

A Titan($1100) and i7($330) alone will cost $1400+ I would hope so :)

 
 
MrBeastshaw [14 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Pssh. Two 7850s for $230. Somebody's selling two for $140 in my area.

http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=218&ad=27374929&cat=21&lpid=&search=7850&ad_cid=1

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

Nice I would grab it even if I wasn't using it. Easy resell for profit.

 
 
scottfinger [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Not gonna lie, it's one of the uglier builds I've seen. I like it though. It's all about power on a budget. Nice one.

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

lol thanks

 
 
JoeyThePCNoob [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

The title is a little misleading...

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

Changed title

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Very nice deal hunting! And a very good lesson for those who want great gaming performance but have a limited budget.

A note on your statements though: an i7 isn't meant for gaming anyways. They literally have infinitesimal amounts of performance increase vs. i5's, so that's what I would compare to.

Since the comparison is literally a gaming comparison. I could just as easily say that an i7 beats the snot out of an FX-6300 in terms of price:performance - for Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Maya, AutoCAD, 3DSMax, etc. When comparing things, if you don't stay within the purposes of the parts you're comparing, it can make you look biased or uninformed.

It's like comparing the digging performance of a power shovel and 20 Mustangs with shovels attached to their fenders. The machinery are meant for different things.

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

Thanks and changed title

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

What I was getting at is it makes more sense to put i5 in the title than i7. There's no point using an i7 for gaming in the first place. It is literally i5 gaming performance, just $100 more expensive.

That extra $100 is for features that benefit professional content creation applications. So a price comparison when the test is gaming doesn't make any sense.

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

That is true, but the extra threads in i7 does help in games like Crysis 3 :) Thats why 8350 crushes i5's and i7's(In some games) in high CPU core usage games.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4et7kDGSRfc

 
 
Spencer1012 [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

This is kind of like what I did.

I went ultimate bargain-shopper mode and got some stupid deals and got a similar build for about $30 less. (albeit quite a bit weaker on the GPU side with a single 660 Ti) I also spent almost 3x as much on the case and an 8320, which cost more than your 6300.

Isn't it amazing what you can do if you are a cheap ass bargain shop?

Nice build.

EDIT: Don't feel bad about your OC on the Asus 7850. My old XFX one I sold only got to 1000 Mhz, a whopping 25 mhz OC, and it ran smokin hot. >:(

 
 
Wataweasle 1 point 8 months ago

You did what I could not. I just had to have my parts color co-ordinated and of a certain aesthetic. This is Bang-for-the-Buck all the way! +1

 
 
AustinL [1 Build] -1 points 12 months ago

I would hope this beats out i7's on 770's because you have 2 x 7850 a good oced processor and a ssd with high frequency ram

 
 
ImJJames [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 12 months ago

770 GPU with i7 CPU ALONE will cost as much as my whole setup, and just to add SSD will not affect FPS in games(Only load times)

 
 
AustinL [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Your Point? So they are expensive. Just cause i have a i5 and a 760 does not mean it can't perform as well as a 770 and i7. 2 x 7850 and a good AMD processor OCED will beat it bro.

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

The point is a system that cost $2000 suppose to outperform a $700 build.

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

In gaming? You don't build that $2000 system just for gaming. That's a mismatched comparison.

Have you compared a $700 build against a $2000 build in professional editing, rendering, or heavy compute?

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

Well I said it if we were to just compare gaming performance.

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

And I'm saying that just comparing gaming performance doesn't make sense.

 
 
AustinL [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Don't go off price, Go off Performance.