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3770 "Budget" Build

by hitek


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CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

61.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate



This is my first real build, though I've added and removed tons of parts on previous pre-built PCs I've owned.

Fry's had a sale on the 3770 ($165 +tax), but my local stores were sold out, so I price matched it to Best Buy. I originally wanted to get an i5-3450 they had on sale for $125, but neither Fry's nor Best Buy had them in stock.

The SSD, HDDs, ODD and OS were transferred over from my previous PC.

Nearly everything else was purchased from Newegg. I tried to get the absolute best deals possible. I think I did pretty well. I splurged on the 27" monitor through a sale from Amazon.

The last item in my build was the video card, which I received last night. Everything else has been running for about 3 weeks with almost no problems, except I feel my CPU temps are too high, and the CPU fan seems to ramp up too much. I removed and reapplied the thermal paste yesterday, and it's helped, but I still think it could be better. I'm thinking of buying a better (and quieter) CPU fan.

I'm transferring over from console to PC gaming. I should be set for a while with this build. I'm also using this as an HTPC, hence all the hard drives. I may build a dedicated HTPC for those, though.

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mattshotcha 1 Build 3 points 48 months ago

Hey man nice work. I was reading the description and just thought to say, maybe save a couple bucks and keep an eye on the Newegg sales for a Corsair H60. That will solve your CPU temps.

LeMonarque 3 Builds 3 points 48 months ago

The prices for the CPU, CPU cooler, PSU, and keyboard are flat out amazing! The hunting was good I see lol

Clean build, solid parts, and awesome price tag! I'd look into upgrading the CPU cooler at some point, but hey for what you've got for 7 bucks who can argue right?

hitek submitter 2 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Thanks. I'm waiting on rebates for the cooler, PSU and keyboard. I went back and double-checked, and the keyboard was actually $50, not $45. I flubbed the numbers on that one :/

Radio_Memories 6 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

That's a fantastic system! Beautiful cable management on your Fractal Design Case, which is my favorite case BTW as I'm using the same one in my latest build. Glad to see you are using a modular power supply. It makes the wiring so much easier.

hitek submitter 2 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

I love the case. Look is sleek, build quality is awesome, cable management is easy, and the fans are quiet. Couldn't ask for much more from Fractal. I also just built a budget system for my brother using an Arc Mini, which is also great.

PCModder 2 points 48 months ago

How... HOW is that ram price possible?? I cant believe you didn't inform me that you had the hookup for ram :( In all seriousness though beautifully done LOVE the 7970.

Harleysmoke 1 point 48 months ago

Way to many storage device (Even if already owned) because you will never fill all of them. Also run anti-virus/anti-malware/defrag if you haven't already to be safe (On the drives since they were already used). The storages are just burning money from electricity. Other than that good build +1

hitek submitter 2 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Thanks for the tips. I really should get some of those out of there and move the rest to the bottom drive bay. I could then remove the top drive bay to allow more airflow from the front case fan.

Radio_Memories 6 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

That's exactly what I have done with my case. I removed the top drive bay that has the 5 slots and used the bottom drive bay only. I'm only using one SSD and one HDD at this time. It now allows for more airflow going into my case. It will help keep your GPU run cooler.

KingOfKhazmidan 1 point 48 months ago

since when does cm make mice???

Silvake 1 point 44 months ago

It is part of the CM Storm series.

malcar11 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Excellent!! Question: How do you like the motherboard? looks nice, but never tried the brand before. Thanks!

hitek submitter 2 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

I like it. I know a lot of people are not fans of Biostar, but this board has some pretty good reviews, and has nice features for the price. I've had no problems with it. I don't know how it does with overclocking. I haven't tried adjusting the multiplier yet. It only allows crossfire, and not SLI. It displays the CPU temp on an LED right on the board, which I can view through the case's window :)

BLC 1 point 48 months ago

Thats not a budget build....and to think something this cheap would have all that....my eyes deceived me, until i checked the prices...how low, you gave me hope :|

LaputaCake 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

What was the card that had RCA and s-video?

hitek submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

That was an old TV tuner card. I removed it shortly after completing the build.