Description

Most of these parts have been either salvaged, or bought refurbished online, which brought the cost down to about $300. The system runs with a three-monitor configuration, and is used for things like programming, surfing the net, some 3D gaming, and video editing.

I had a few problems getting this setup to work. Firstly, the motherboard can only control the speed of two fans via PWM, even though it has three sockets for fans. The Deepcool CPU cooler that I bought actually came with two fans, so I ended up with four fans in total on this system. I managed to control the CPU cooler using a cable splitter.

I tried to minimize the cost by first using a scrap power supply I had laying around. Well it turned out that it couldn't keep a stable voltage, which resulted in a lot of noise from the CPU power filters. I bought a new power supply, and that reduced the noise.

If there was one thing that I would change, it would be the video card. While I did get the card refurbished at a very good discount from eBay($50), I wished I saved up a bit more, so I got right into the video card "sweet-spot" The FurMark test is about 16FPS on the 720p preset. Quite low, which is why another graphics card would be awesome.

I can play Dead Space, BF2, BF3, BF4, LFD2, and Fallout 3+4 at around 40FPS at medium settings on one monitor. If I want to play on all three monitors, I have to lower the graphics to low or very low usually in order to achieve 30FPS. BTW, the GeForce 740 does not come with Nvidia's multi-monitor software, but third-party utilities like SoftTH usually work well.

Oh and also, overclocking was a pain for any of the components. The graphics card OC was unstable, and the BIOS simply refused to overclock. Never got OC working.

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Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Gimme those three monitors c:

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Random Question: Is it you SuperVladimir (minecraft) and also, I feel like your build is under-powered for any sort of triple monitor gaming, specifically the graphics card. You should get an rx 480, 470, or 460 when they come out. If they are out of your budget, at least look into a 750ti or something of that price point.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, haha, although I used to play quite a bit of Minecraft as well. And I agree with you, but as I said in the description, I got this card at a really low price. I'll look into getting a more powerful card later on. But the 740 can handle low quality three monitor gaming. It's more of a perk than something that I actually do all the time.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the GT 740 with the three monitors!

BTW, those Deepcool CPU Coolers are the best for the price :P
  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll upgrade when I get the $$$. And yes!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I like how the SSD has more storage than the hard drive.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

can i bye this from you

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

good bye

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Good budget build, though I most likely would not have gone with that GT 740 even for $50 lol. Still a good budget build. If you are wanting to update your GPU since you are having some issues with it I would shoot for something like an R7-360 or 370, you can find them around $100 on sale.

Good build, cheers mate!!!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, like everyone has been saying to me, the video card is the only thing that is lacking lol. I'll keep that in mind! Thank you!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Setup is beautiful only problem is the junk on the desk unless its need. Also i would try to mess around with the cables so they wont be all over the place just to make things simpler in case you upgrade. Other then that +1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build... Good for you. I purchased an evga 740 SC 4gb card for $60. Just sitting in my closet. Probably going to use it on someone who needs a light budget build.... Love this site.. People always telling you what you should of bought. It's 'your' build haha. Glad to see I will be able to use the 740 for a build. +1

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

im just curious about the case you used since im working on a build with the same case. i dont like is the location of the power supply since its up top...i guess i just dont know how i feel about it being up there. the V03 has it on the bottom of the case and i wondered if there were any issues you had with the case and the power supply or if it would be better if it were on the bottom of the case...?

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

oh god... the video card...... why.......

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Because it was a good deal.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Like what? I know it's underpowered, but it works.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Wel it's more like 3 monitors on a single gb of vram...

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