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Starting from scratch (FULL PC) Actual "OUT-THE-DOOR" price

by tpot11



Date Published

Oct. 2, 2015

Date Built

Oct. 1, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.114 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C


Many computer builds on this site are noted as cheap, or even budget gaming pc, but being a gamer is definitely not cheap. Even if you can build a 4K PC at a low price, many of the quality 4K monitors cost 300+; often doubling your budget; and gaming peripherals are not cheap either.

When searching many builds I was mislead because i wanted to build a computer for less than $1000; which i realized was impossible for me once i added things that Other posters leave out. I understand that others may have parts lying around.

Things often left out of other builds on YOUTUBE/PCPP Operating System - $100 Keyboard - $100 Mouse - $75 Monitor - $200-$600

My budget quickly went over.

I had to settle for cheaper parts,

When upgrading or building a new pc, you often need new parts including the monitor to properly to showcase your new components.

Say you had a computer 5 years ago in 2012 it may be 720p and have only 1gb vram and run windows 7 or vista. If you upgrade your graphics card you most likely have to upgrade the monitor and/or OS.

So i feel like the pricing on all those youtube videos i watched and builds on this site didn't help me. If you are on a strict budget: PLAN on breaking it unless you calculated the price yourself (With TAX&Shipping).

THIS is the PRICE I paid. Including tax and shipping.


I want to get the Seasonic Platinum PSU

The Case was Hard to USE, Forgot to install the Liquid Cooling backplate before the MB, - back opening on case not big enough Also the standoffs didn't secure the plate making the Copper mount hard to screw in.

Motherboard power wants to be the last thing plugged in, didn't power on otherwise MB IO shield is horrible and has random pointed edges making installation a nightmare Has 4 Sata ports but only 3 Sata cables

I can still upgrade to windows 10

Fans have barely any light, at peak are loud.

make sure to install MB drivers from CD

Also spent about $100 on Ethernet cable, Anti Static Wristband, Surge Protector, Screwdriver

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tpot11 submitter 1 Build 3 points 43 months ago

Runs Witcher 3 at Ultra with Hairworks Off at 60 FPS

MotoXBrock 2 points 43 months ago

Very well done. +1

drekavac6 2 points 43 months ago

Grats on the first build dude. Just a heads up though, don't bother installing drivers from the CD - head to the Asus support website for the current up to date drivers.

Bahamut5098 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

Heck, doesn't Windows automatically download drivers now?

tpot11 submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

For some reason the MB and Windows didn't include the LAN Adapter drivers, so i couldn't even connect to the internet before installing the drivers from the CD.

Bahamut5098 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

That's expected. I like that it doesn't connect to the net right away after a fresh install. It gives me time to install anti virus/malware protection.

Sp00n115 2 points 43 months ago

Perfect cable manigment

Persicuta 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

Im waiting for @tiny_voices to comment on your PSU haha. Great build others bud. PSU could be changed though

noap7 2 points 42 months ago

How well does that gpu perform? Would you recommend it? Been lookin into this model. +1 btw!

tpot11 submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

i've only played blizzard games so far, and it has been working fine.

I'm not sure if it is the graphics card or the motherboard, but it sags kinda low.

i tested the witcher 3, and if you turn off hairworks, i was able to get 50+ FPS

it runs hotter than normal, because the fans don't turn on till it gets hot like around 60C.

the gpu UI is really easy to use, or you can custom tweak it, but it has performance,normal,silent mode buttons for easy overclocking. it comes factory overclocked so it only has one version.

I went with the cheapest one when i bought it there was a $20 rebate if they were the same price the Gigabyte would be better.

Don't trust all the sites prices they show. on B&H Photo the strix/turbo is the cheapest 970 right now $304.99/$288.99 after rebate no TAX outside of New York.

GTX970 Showdown - Gigabyte G1 Gaming vs Asus Strix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBEo5REALkQ

tpot11 submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks guys,

I just moved into a new house and before this i was frequenting a local LAN "Bar" AFK GG

so it feels good to finally own my first PC.

Jeffrey1215 2 points 43 months ago

Congratulate your first nice build. I am planing to build mine soon. But I still want to wait until Black Friday to buy CPU,GPU, Mobo and Ram.

tpot11 submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Something that helped me out a lot, was buying from a website that is shipping outside of CA.

Saved 100$ on tax and allowed me to upgrade my GPU from 960 to 970

Jeffrey1215 2 points 43 months ago

NIce. Do you mind to tell me what is the website? Is the website located in USA?

tpot11 submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

I bought my stuff from B&H Photo

Also Adorama and Directron don't charge tax for CA.

Some items are actually for sale on those sites, but for some odd reason

  1. Are not listed on PCPP
  2. Do not show the Coupons or Rebates.

So check on their websites to confirm.

Jeffrey1215 2 points 43 months ago

ok, Thanks for your sharing.

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Kingofstudents 2 points 43 months ago

hey man, you still wanna live in florida

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Kingofstudents 2 points 43 months ago


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Kingofstudents 2 points 43 months ago

Sure, i f you pay maintenance and a 980ti