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Orbital ( <$500 First Build Computer + 2 Monitors)
by GreenOrbs
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Description

Hello! Thanks for checking out my build.

I'm very happy with how my setup turned out for a first time build. I've just recently got a better paying job and so I wanted to reward myself a bit and put together a computer in my spare time. I also really love hunting for bargains and so this was really a fun project. All components were new and all prices are after tax, shipping, rebate etc etc (basically out of pocket cost).

Not all items were purchased directly at the listed price but is rather the total amount it cost in that category after all my buying and selling. Let me give you an example, the Powercolor 7950 was purchased at $130 after rebate but the final cost has the profit subtracted from when I sold off a 7850 I bought first for $105 but decided it wasn't quite good enough. I also sold the free games reward to a friend for like 20 bucks and had 5% cash back from my credit card.

I really wanted to stick to a smaller form factor so I decided to pay full price for a BitFenix Phenom M case even though there were some drawbacks. There are a lot of useless drive mounting options that I just removed and I slightly modified the location of the hard drive brackets from one panel to another. I also switched them around so I don't have to take all the wires off every time I want to open the case. If you want to Crossfire or SLI the case is no good but for me it was perfect.

Overall, I'm very happy with the new computer build. Plays games like Tomb Raider on three monitors at 40ish fps on high. I also love RPG games like Skyrim, Fallout, etc so this rig work perfect for my needs. I didn't include the 3rd monitor in the price as I've had it for 5+ years and its not even listed on PCpartpicker anymore. Thanks for reading all this!

Part List
Details
AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate880MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.25Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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sqielyr 3 points 12 months ago

That mobo?

 
 
ImElkay [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

8gb of RAM for 7 dollars? +1

 
 
a2242364 2 points 8 months ago

WTF THOSE PRICES DOE. I'm so jealous :(.

 
 
treyman484 [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Where did you get those monitors at those prices?!

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

Newegg for the IPS one--It was a pre-black Friday sale. Crazy cheap I know. The 24 in Dell is currenlty available for $120 at Staples. I had a $30 coupon though that I got for free from them messing up shipment of RAM. I stacked that with a $20 off 100 email code they sent me to get the final price of 70ish (tax minus credit card cash back)

 
 
Toat13 [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

How did you get the FX-6300 for that cheap?!

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

Like I said, the prices listed are my final costs in the category. Bought an FX + mobo combo from Newegg for $120. Made an impulse purchase of an i7-4770k when it was on sale for $200 at microcenter. Decided not to upgrade so I sold it on ebay for a small profit. Basically I've been putting this build together over the last two months--keep changing my mind but making small profits on each step! hehe

 
 
Robert_Skywalker -1 points 3 months ago

Why not upgrade? i7 would wreck that 6300.

 
 
That1Guy 1 point 12 months ago

What about your OS? How much did you get that for?

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

OS was free. Got a copy I didn't use from before I graduated college last year.

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CancunMike 1 point 11 months ago

Hi GreenOrbs, I love your build. i'm putting together a build based on this case. Question,...Where does the optical drive go?? Seem to get compatibility issues on any optical drive i choose in the PCPP list.

 
 
epicfacecr [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

The Phenom M doesn't have a optical drive, but you could always use an external one.

 
 
TeodrosKing 1 point 8 months ago

Hey I was wondering, was that motherboard any good for the price of39.74? It has rised up 20 bucks and I hear good things about it, then I hear bad things about it, more like the heat sink or it says SATA 3 but it is SATA 2 or an SSD is not supported, I am only planing to have a Western Digital Cavier Blue 1tb, do you think it would affect me in any way if I were to choose this motherboard? Do you know your gaming FPS like BF4 or FC3?

 
 
epicfacecr [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

It wouldn't affect your hard drive since hard drives don't even use the full potential of SATA 2 yet.

 
 
username22 1 point 7 months ago

This is amazing, how you can get everything for so cheap.

 
 
bpopbpo 1 point 4 months ago

you are a price wizard

 
 
linkomega [1 Build] -1 points 6 months ago

The free game is illegal to sale. You might want to take that part down.

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GreenOrbs [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 11 months ago

I would have loved to have 3 of the same monitors but <$500 for monitors and computer combined I can live with it!

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philip [Staff] [9 Builds] 3 points 12 months ago

To get more feedback, try posting in the forums (under part list feedback wanted).

 
 
Primusmulti [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Take out the thermal compound your aftermarket cooler comes with some and get a cheaper psu with more wattage, you don't need a platinum lol, bronze is still very reliable other that it's good (: