After finishing my first build, I was absolutely hooked on computer building. But I didn't have the spare cash to keep building computers. A couple friends were building computer and i helped them pick parts and build advice, but that wasn't enough. So i put my computer up on craigslist. i put ,my build up for 750 originally. Got one bite that didnt pan out and another person low ball me. I ended up swapping out the psu for my old cx500 and selling it for 625, which was a fair price on both ends. So i had my old HDD, a tx650, and 625 for a new computer.
I wanted to pack as much power as possible into this build for as cheap as possible.
CPU: I went with a 8320 because i knew i wanted to overclock and it would shave a solid 50-100 bucks over the a i5-4670k build. Since that's the difference between a 760 and a 770, I decided to go with the 8320 with a 770 over and i5 with a 760.
cpu cooler: only 10 bucks for a cooler that's only 3 degrees under a hyper 212 evo. came with a 20 dollar rebate. http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2658&page=4
Motherboard: This is the deal that made this build. I went to Microcenter for the cpu/mobo combos. I went in and found this board on clearance for only 70 rather than the usual 95. on top of that the combo subtracts 40 buck making this mobo only cost me 30 bucks! i added int he tax from microcenter on the mobo.
RAM standard newegg sale 8gb 1600.
HDD left over from last build
GPU: This is the corenre stone of the build. The 770 is supposedly the 5th best card out there right now. Taking me up from mainsteam level graphics to enthusiast. : ) the frames im getting are great and i cannot be more pleased with this card so far. Price started at 330 5% off newegg coupon code and 15 MIR bring it down to 300. so glad about those nvidia price drops.
Case: has it in my last build and re bought for this one. Such a great case for the price. I don't think there is a better case you can get for 26 bucks out there. bought it as a refurb from newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146133 (looks like they dropped the price a buck since i bought it lol)
PSU left over: great teir 2 psu when i bought it was 70 with 10% off and 20 MIR bringing it down to 43.
I was planning to get the cpu up to 4.2GHz. I dont think i want to push an overclock too hard because i want a 100% stable system I bought the motherboard, cpufan, and cpu around that fact. The 8320 is binned lower than the 8350 but should be bale to get to 4.2. The mobo is still on the 970 chipset but does have a 4+2 VRMs and a big heatsink for the VRMs which should suffice for a stable voltage increase. The cpu cooler isnt the best but it should get the job done for 4.2.
Overall im insanely happy with this build especially for under 700 dollars. The bang for your buck in this PC is insane especially considering i really only spent about 600 on it total after selling my old build for a profit. I just bought a X-Star DP2710 as well and the 1440p looks insane. I dunno if ill ever be able to go back.