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Baller on a budget

by boomiser



Date Published

May 10, 2014

Date Built

May 8, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

79.0° C


First PC Build. Made my wife angry, made me happy. Goal was eyefinity gaming and multi-screen ****, this seems to do the trick.

Parts on this list were found online and local, each part includes any shipping,rebates, and sales tax associated with it.

At the time of writing I haven't got around to buying the active adapter for the fourth monitor display. 4th only works when running out of crossfire, plugged into 2nd gpu.

Tried my best to go with the red/black theme. Added a custom bottom fan to the case by drilling lots of holes to let in a nice breeze. Was able to salvage my old optical drive out of prior pc (not listed in build). PSU didnt have very clean cable ends, got cheap and lazy and decided against braiding wires. Instead got down with some red silicone and vinyl tape to hide rainbow color wiring. Used a red sharpie to color psu lettering from yellow to red. And found good use of the MSI sticker after some trimming.

Haven't had a chance to put the GPUs through the ringer. Played some Dirt 3 average 65 fps ultra settings 4x AA, v sync on, 5760x1080. Bioshock Infinite Ultra settings 5780x1080 average 60fps V sync on, 90fps average V sync off. Top GPU temp 79, bottom 65. Might rig a fan somewhere for more air.

CPU light stable overclock to 4.0ghz. Windows 8.1 not that great but quick, old system had vista so beats that.

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xx116xx 3 Builds 47 points 57 months ago

Yeah, this is totally a budget build.

JuicyNG 27 points 57 months ago

2,500? Budget? HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH! No...

Akut 1 Build 10 points 57 months ago

Hey, a budget is purchasing within a limit. If his limit was 2500 bucks, who are we to argue.

Personally, my GF/wife would have ripped my head off and sold my organs to recoup the losses...

A very nice setup, and GJ with cleaning up that wiring. Not exactly the proper way (resleeving the PSU wires), but electrical tape works wonders.

Dual 280X in X-FIRE are complete monsters. Welcome to multi-monitor HD gaming. Hell, that rig might have enough balls to make use of a 4k monitor and still hold 60FPS solid on ultra + AA + AO in today's AAA titles.

My only complaint is the lack of a larger storage media. Yeah, 1TB is bare minimum nowadays, and I would have paid a little more for a 4TB drive or multiple drives. The V300 series of SSD had a MAJOR problem on first release using a different type of NAND flash memory that would cripple read/writes/4k to less than 100mb/s (standard 7200RPM drives can do up to 80mb/s) I highly recommend you run CrystalMark to see if you're SSD is running the speeds it should be, and if not, Here is the link for the firmware update tool. http://www.kingston.com/us/support/technical/sandforce_ssd_toolbox.aspx

Firmware update may not fix the issue, but after some searching, it has helped many with the issue, while others are stuck with older SSDs that can't be updated.

Other than that, game on. +1

juheebus 1 Build 2 points 57 months ago

The first v300's were fine. Then Kingston used cheap memory and hoped no one would notice. I have one of the early ones (505) and it's working as advertised but I probably won't be going with Kingston ever again.

Possumjones 1 point 57 months ago

4TB drives have a high failure rate, unless you actually need a ton of storage, I would get any mechanical larger than 2TB.

Akut 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

would or wouldn't?

I'd like to see some backup to that statement. I am aware that some manufacturers drives fail more than others, as stated here: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2089464/three-year-27-000-drive-study-reveals-the-most-reliable-hard-drive-makers.html

I still own a seagate, as after two years it is still running strong, so the data doesn't tell you not to buy a certain brand's drive, as the failure rates aren't that dramatic. I assume it would also be true for the higher capacity drives.

Possumjones 1 point 57 months ago

wouldn't. I cant back that statement up, other than, more platters = greater chance to fail. I'm sure there are good 4tb drives, I just would never have a use for it. 2TB is way more than enough for me. meh.

pegotico 2 Builds 9 points 57 months ago

a budget build, 2500, you are lucky your wife just got angry lol

kaidome 1 Build 6 points 57 months ago

Oh no... Multi-screen... Get ready to plant yo trees.

ThatsPoorlyDrawn 3 Builds 4 points 57 months ago

"Budget" +1

ThatsPoorlyDrawn 3 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

And like the guy above me said, my girlfriend would have ripped my head off as well. She nearly strangles me any time I spend money on PC parts. Let alone $2500+

plgdg 1 Build 4 points 57 months ago

Some pretty clever "mods" you did there.

rOjOdogg 1 Build 3 points 57 months ago

Wow wish I had that kind of budget, nice build that looks really good with the theme you choose. I like you custom approach made the build all that much better.

boomiser submitter 1 Build 3 points 57 months ago

The monitors are hanging on 3/4 inch steel pipe, using woodblocks for vesa mounts, tied together with pipe straps. The top monitor just wedge itself perfectly off the lower, mounted the bottom portion using pipe straps, the top used zip ties to link a 2" span from steel pipe to pipe strap for the lean. Total last minute rig had something more scientific in mind but this just worked.

jaggysnake57 1 Build 2 points 57 months ago

i like this build i do, the red maybe a little too much and that sticker probably will fall off because of the heat (its a shame too because it looks really good there) but that DIY sleeving just bugs me especially as sleeved extensions are not that expensive (unless im missing something?)

boomiser submitter 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

Thank you for the tips on the ssd. The Kingston was not my first choice, actually had a 240gb PNY lined up but shipping problems accrued, so I bought the Kingston local on a whim because of time constraint. I will run the update and CrystalMark to check condition. And when I fill up the 1 TB definitely be adding more, case comes with a adapter in the 5.25 bays.

boomiser submitter 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

I can't lie, the taped ends aren't to bad on the small wires, the big ones although better than rainbow really ain't my bag. It probably won't be until winter when I have the time to do a proper job(To busy building homes). And the sticker does have good epoxy 3M adhesive that I used to bond metal body panels on cars, so hopefully it holds.

AlexVsGaming 1 point 57 months ago

Do you need dual video cards for triple monitors?

8BitPhoenix 4 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

No, but it runs alot smoother during gaming

AlexVsGaming 1 point 57 months ago

Cool... I just want to be able to multi task. I'll only be playing games on one screen

tsaunders 1 point 57 months ago

So question how did you connect all the monitors together?

I would like to do that with the monitor that I have once I can afford two more.

8BitPhoenix 4 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

You just plug them all into the ports on your graphics card. IF it only has 1 or 2 ports, you can only have 1 or 2 monitors.

tsaunders 1 point 57 months ago

That's not what I meant. I know how to connect them all to my graphics card.

It looks like they are all connected to one another and the two outside ones look suspended in the air as if they are connected by some sort of brackets to the middle one.

8BitPhoenix 4 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

So glad I stopped by here, I am building an mATX system soon with the 4670k and 2 R9 280X's, how do they perform on other games?

seesamsea 1 point 57 months ago

Sick emblem on the heatsink.. Looks so nice.. why didn't I ever think of that.. haha

averagejoe1972 1 point 57 months ago

I was thinking the same thing. Great spot to put the MSI badge, very creative.

BestNameEver2303 1 point 57 months ago

What is your budget ?

louistaylor147 1 point 57 months ago

Wish I classed this as on a budget :p

pehnquihn 1 point 57 months ago

Just a quick question, how is that 4th monitor hooked up / put on a stand to stay over the middle monitor so nicely?

Overall, nice "budget" build ;) +1

Zedzer 2 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

This isn't 2.5k, this isn't 2.5k, this isn't 2.5 k...UGH IT JUST HAD TO BE. Man those are really good parts. +1

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Itroitnyah 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

If you wanted to go by the implications of what budget generally means on this site, you'd be right, but budget is, by definition, the allowed or provided amount to spend. If his use of the word budget and baller bother you, you can be polite about how you say it, or you shouldn't comment at all.

Ryan721 0 points 57 months ago

my rude remarks are out of subconscious jealousy. I apologize for my attitude. I think it upsets a lot of people that would kill to have a computer like that for him to call it a budget pc.