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Earlier this year I built a budget rig with a G3258 and a GTX 960 from my girlfriend.
In April, I found out my company was cutting our salary and running out of budget.
I had a panic attack, went to the hospital and started taking inventory of what I can sell to cover my costs until I bounce back on my feet. Regrettably, I sold my GTX 960 and G3258 and started interviewing for a new job.
Luck struck when I got an offer that was 25% higher salary than my previous company, along with better benefits and work culture.
And then the 1080 announcement happened and 970's dropped in price for a very very short sliver of time. I swooped in on an open box GTX 970 from MicroCenter for $174.99 and grabbed a replacement plan for $20. I found someone who had a 390 and wanted to trade it for a 970 so I jumped on the opportunity.
Combine that with a MicroCenter gift card I had for $100 that I used to purchase an i5-4690k and here I am!
I'm starting to feel like the NZXT Source 210 is a little cramped for this build though. I had returned the S340 because I didn't have a good time with cable management with it, which is kind of supposed to be the main reason to buy it.
I picked up a Source 210 to save money which worked out fine for a stock cooler on a G3258 and a GTX 960.
But now with an EVO 212 and an R9 390 (which is almost as good as an R9 390, I should've gotten a 390), I'm starting to feel a little cramped.
Suggestions on cases would be appreciated!
Some advice to those out there looking to capitalize on deals like this:
Waiting on a 970 deal meant gaming on a crappy Intel integrated graphics for a few weeks. So it's important that while you see that I got a great deal on a 970/390 trade up, I also gamed on crappy graphics for a time. You have to pick your battles and if you're someone who can't stand gaming on low graphics even for a short time, it's going to be a lot harder for you to be patient enough to capitalize on good deals. I would say that the window of opportunity for deals on hardware seems to be somewhere around 2-5 weeks.
Every 2-5 weeks, there's a lightning deal on some essential component.
Before the 970 price drop, there was a deal on refurbished cards at Newegg, and before that it was B-Stock at EVGA.
So be patient, be willing to take time waiting on parts and have anywhere from $150-300 set aside for "deals".

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

Sorry about the job, man. You know what they say, one door closes and another one opens. Glad to hear it all worked out.

Enjoy your rig!

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

The Corsair 200R was pretty good for cable management for me but I see is 50 to mid 60s in cash right now. I guess it all depends on what you want to spend. Oh, unless I missed something, why 2 different kinds of memory? Just wondering.

Very happy you got a new and better job. Good for you! Enjoy your build and gaming.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Congratulations on getting a new job!

You got some good deals on your parts.

When was the mouse so cheap!?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It was a MicroCenter refurbished deal? It's a really really nice mouse. I jumped on it.
Whenever deals come up, I just eat home cooked food for a few days to justify the purpose. "If I don't eat out for X days, that's Y amount of money which is how much Z costs" lol.
For me, the motherboard/PSU were the icing deals. The GPU was a good $100 off, but I saved $40 on the PSU and $45 on the motherboard because MicroCenter occasionally blue tags their clearance items for "additional" 50% off.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn that sounds pretty sh**ty glad it got better though!! Enjoy your new build!!!!!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Good to see your up and running again, I have pretty much the same build and did pretty much the same thing as you. Gaming on my integrated graphics waiting for a deal, luckily I play a lot of League of legends so it wasn't all too bad.

Good news about the job aswell :) and a very nice trade on the GPU, you more than doubled your GDDR5 dedicated VRAM :) ( cough 3.5 cough )

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a question if it's not too rude. What was/is your job?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a software developer, iOS/mobile.
The first company (A) was a start-up that went under. I had little warning or I would've been more prepared.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

That's really cool. I really want to become a software developer. I know I'm asking a lot of questions, Sorry about that. But I go into college soon. I'm just wondering how I could go about become a software developer. It's basically my dream job. How'd you do it?

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