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It's very powerful. (Totally not a rip off of zSyzygy's title.) (<$1000)
by 8F01C198997
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Description

I started this thinking I would make something with an i5-4670K and two GTX 760s in the MicroATX form factor. It started that way and I even had it working in November last year (minus the GPU and i7) It took a while for me to get the remaining parts and I at one point considered a GTX 780 Ti, but settled on a GTX 770. I ended up using the i5 I originally got for this in a mini-ITX build for my aunt. I will be adding a second GTX 770 within 1-2 months (I already know that the usefulness of this will be relatively limited because of the vRAM, but I still think it's worth it if only to get the Over 9000 achievement in 3DMark). I think the parts selection pretty much speaks for itself but I know some people would rather see a breakdown and some people only skim this description so here it is:

CPU (i7-4770K): $120.70 (post tax + shipping) from Intel Retail Edge. Nuff said.

RAM: Very fast stock speed and quite enough capacity for a very good Shell-Shocker price. I plan to add the 16GB kit later for 24GB total. Not because I need it, just for overkill.

Motherboard: This was the most difficult part. I wanted something MicroATX with SLI capabilities and really liked this board because it has mSATA and mini-PCI-e half height slots. I got the board in October and it worked well through mid November until it just stopped turning on (no fans, just no response to the power button). I had to RMA it and got it back almost three weeks later. Overall I would rate ASRock's customer service a 4.5/10. The board didn't take all too long to get back to me but their communication is terrible. After I got the RMA # and sent it out, it was impossible to get any kind of response from them. I emailed them about five times between one and two weeks after I sent them my board simply trying to find out about the status of my RMA. It arrived one day without me receiving so much as a tracking number. Works well now though.

Corsair H80i: Christmas present.

SSD: Great drive was only 129.99 a few days after Black Friday. I got two and used one in my aunt's computer.

GTX 770: I know it shouldn't really be a selling point for it, but I really like that it is just straight Nvidia branded. I also got it for a good price and I really like it so far.

Fractal Design Define Mini: $50 on craigslist w/ all accessories and in great shape. Came with box.

CX 750M: MIR from Newegg.com. Nuff said.

Intel AC7260: Wireless that doesn't take an expansion slot I could use to SLI GPUs plus Intel WiDi and 802.11ac. I got it for free through a fluke. I ordered one to put in my dad's all-in-one to use with our new AC1750 router, and Newegg sent us a pack of ten. They never asked for them back.

20GB mSATA SSD: Taken from my laptop when I replaced it with a 120GB Intel 525 series. Being used to Beta SteamOS.

I did have to buy some antennas through amazon because the board didn't come with any. Other than that I won't say that it has "taken everything I've thrown at it." It does pretty well but it will drop as low as 30FPS in Batman Arkham Origins in some outside scenes on a single 1080p monitor. At some point I will buy one or two more SSDs (same model) to put in RAID 0.

I can't wait to hear what you guys think about my new build.

Part List
Details
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.05Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate-
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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jteezyweezy [2 Builds] 5 points 6 months ago

+1 for cringing at the "Beast" moniker. I actually dislike it so much that I have down voted some "Beast" builds lol.

 
 
zSyzygy [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Where were you on my build??? :D

 
 
jteezyweezy [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

You too have received a +1 lol

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 4 points 6 months ago

can you explain how the Intel Retail Edge works?

 
 
deathfromup [5 Builds] 5 points 6 months ago

If you work for a company that sells intel processors, Intel will sell you one for cheap in exchange for doing training course for selling the products. So basically you go on the website and a couple hours of online courses and earn points. The more points you get the higher tier you are, and the higher the tier you are the cheaper the processors get.

Intel and the workplaces take reselling of the cheap processor very seriously unfortunately. so you can't pay off someone that works there for one. But if you have a friend that works there and is willing to take the risk it may be worth it lol.

http://retailedge.intel.com/Content/PopUp/2013_ASMO_Terms.html#Approved

If you work at one of these places you are eligible.

AARON'S ABC WAREHOUSE ABT ELECTRONICS ACTIONLINK ADORAMA ALTEX ELECTRONICS AMERICAN APPLE RETAIL STORE ASN DEPOT AT&T B&H PHOTO VIDEO & PRO AUDIO BCOM COMPUTER CENTRE BEST BUY (CANADA) BEST BUY (USA) BEST BUY MOBILE BJ'S WHOLESALE CLUB BRANDSMART USA CANADA COMPUTERS CDW CDW CALL CENTERS CENTRAL COMPUTERS COMPUSA OUTLET STORES (TIGER OUTLET STORES) COMPUTER STOP CONN'S COSTCO CYBERPOWER DATAVISION DELL DELL - MDM DELL EXPERIENCE CENTER DIGILINK COMPUTERS DIRECTRON ELECTRONIC EXPRESS FAMSA FRY'S ELECTRONICS FUTURE SHOP GATEWAY GEEK SQUAD HHGREGG HP HP-HHO HP-SMB HSN IBUYPOWER INSIGHT INSIGHT CALL CENTERS INTREX J&R MUSIC AND COMPUTER WORLD KEHTRON COMPUTERS LA CURACAO LENOVO LENOVO HQ LONDON DRUGS MARKETSOURCE – HP MARKETSTAR – HP MARKETSTAR – SONY MDG COMPUTERS CANADA MEMORY EXPRESS MICRO CENTER MICROBYTES MICROSOFT STORE MILWAUKEE PC MOSAIC – HP NCIX.COM/NETLINK COMPUTER NEBRASKA FURNITURE MART NEWEGG NEXCOM OFFICE DEPOT OFFICEMAX PC CONNECTION PC LAPTOPS PC MALL PC VILLAGE PRIORITY COMPUTER SYSTEMS PURCHASING POWER QVC RADIOSHACK RAKUTEN.COM RCS COMPUTER EXPERIENCE RENT-A-CENTER ROGERS SAM'S CLUB SAMSUNG SEARS SHAW CABLE SONY SONY FACTORY OUTLET STAPLES STAPLES BUSINESS DEPOT SUPERIOR COMPUTERS SUPERIOR PC SYSTEMS TECH ADVANCED COMPUTERS THE SOURCE TELUS TIGER DIRECT CALL CENTER T-MOBILE TOSHIBA VIZIO WAL-MART (CANADA) WAL-MART (USA)

(sorry about formatting, pcpartpicker bug)

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Alright i see

 
 
cecost 3 points 6 months ago

Great job! I love it that you were so cost conscious ... with an eye to best bang for buck. You've definitely done your homework on this build. A few thoughts (just a personal observation/thoughts): CPU: great choice, even better price. Memory: 8 GB is enough for now, I wouldn't add more than 8 GB more myself. Video Card and all else: all great choices ... many I have myself.

On the Intel adapters: what a score! I would throw the rest up on eBay at $20 a pop to fund your next purchase. :)

@fsma92: Intel Edge is an Intel program that sells processors to retail / resellers involved in selling computers/processors to the public. In other words, they offer cheap processors to sales people so that they, in turn, can become more knowledgeable about the processors and sell more to the public. More info: retailedge.intel.com

Cheers, C

P.S. Thanks for the details on the ASRock RMA. Too bad that many tech companies, like ASRock, provide so little in customer service. Good products sell themselves, good customer relations ensure the next sell.

 
 
ironlioninzion 2 points 6 months ago

Wow, I just finished buying all my parts and thought I had an awesome deal for under $1000...but...wow. That cpu was a steal. Great build!

 
 
Harleysmoke 2 points 6 months ago

Same

 
 
Yuan 2 points 6 months ago

Solid Build :D

 
 
PacificNic [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

AS fsma92 said, I'd be interested to find out more about "Retail Edge".

 
 
8F01C198997 [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Retail Edge is an online training program by intel for retail employees that work with Intel products. They offer chips for learnig activities that can be redeemed for prizes like a intel branded pen for 2500 or a EVGA GTX 760 for about 200000. They also have Summer and Winter deals where participants can purchase i7-processors and sometimes other things (this year it was a 180GB 530 Series SSD for $135).

 
 
PacificNic [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

So you get points for participating in learning activities? Do you have to be working in retail or can you just be interested in learning about all that stuff? Thanks!

 
 
8F01C198997 [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

You have to work in retail.

 
 
martyyp 2 points 6 months ago

i7 for only $120.70? where?!

 
 
8F01C198997 [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Intel Retail Edge Winter Deal.

 
 
LeMonarque [3 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

About Intel Retail Edge, OP probably works at Best Buy :) (the literally reference 770 and it's a retail store that participates in IRE).

 
 
8F01C198997 [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Yup.

 
 
Electrospeed 2 points 6 months ago

That i7 price is insane, but 8gb of 2400 RAM for $60?! Holy... For less than $1000, this is amazing computer.

 
 
SumanIV [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

Beast build.

 
 
nada190 [3 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

Damn dude, those prices...making me mad man.

$120 for the 4770k! I got mine for $290! ERRRRRRRR...

Awesome build and boy do you know what it means to save money.

 
 
Mr6you7me [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

I love the title of the computer! I really hate the word "beast" in computer titles as well. I'm thinking of naming my future first build "Catharsis". Catharsis means purgation, so it'd be purging me of my crappy laptop!

Love the choices you made! I would've gone with ATX instead of mATX personally, and gotten a bigger HDD before getting an SSD, but everyone has their reasons for everything.

 
 
8F01C198997 [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

What reason would there be for me to go full ATX, though? MicroATX is so nice and compact and just as functional.

 
 
ReDnAx1991 [6 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Full ATX commes with higher amount of features at the same pricepoint of MicroATX cases, I thank that is what Mr6you7me tries to tell you. But if you don't need any of those features you might as well buy an MicroATX.

I love the build and keep on with the good work ! +1

 
 
cooperred [2 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

+1 for the name lol. There must be hundreds of "Beast" builds by now.

 
 
zSyzygy [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

Wow you definitely didn't steal my title O.o :D

 
 
8F01C198997 [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

Sorry, I didn't realize I wasn't being original. Is it too late to change my title?

 
 
8F01C198997 [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 5 months ago

Fixed.

 
 
zSyzygy [1 Build] 2 points 5 months ago

Hahahahaha you don't have to do that man. You probably skimmed over my build and your subconscience hung onto it :p

 
 
zSyzygy [1 Build] 2 points 5 months ago

Hahahahaha you don't have to do that man. You probably skimmed over my build and your subconscience hung onto it :p

 
 
leftyrojas430 [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

Where did you get that card with the does and don'ts?! I love your rig, it is going to be very similar to mine that I will get early May after my birthday.

 
 
8F01C198997 [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

It came with the GTX 770.

 
 
user_Oats 2 points 1 month ago

how the flop did you get an Intel i7 4770k for only $120.70! The lowest I'm seen it at now is $260.

 
 
8F01C198997 [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 1 month ago

Intel Retail Edge. And I've actually recently replaced that 4770k with a 4930k that I spent $204.05 on. I'll be posting the new build as soon as I get a new CPU cooler.

 
 
bastille 1 point 1 month ago

Is the graphics card able to do 4k?

 
 
8F01C198997 [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 1 month ago

I do not, currently, have the means with which to test this feature. I have seen benchmarks showing a GTX 770 will do alright (~30FPS) on most games at 4K. The card listed in this build has since been returned in exchange for a 4GB EVGA FTW GTX 770 and I plan to add another; I anticipate this combination will perform quite admirably at 4K resolutions.

 
 
bastille 1 point 1 month ago

thanks for the feedback though

 
 
sgtyummybuns 1 point 12 days ago

Damn that gpu is sexy. . .

 
 
8F01C198997 [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 11 days ago

The one I replaced it with is even sexier. I've actually almost completely redone this build. You wouldn't even recognize it. Soon it'll be finished and I'll post the finished product.