Description

Built for CAD, school, and gaming. First time to build a PC and being on a students budget I had to make the best of sales, instant rebates, and price matching. Solidworks and Pro-E works fantastically quick on this build and can preform simulation test very well. For what the budget was it is great for gaming.

CPU - Got lucky and was able to snag one from a Fry's black Friday. Though I would love to have the 3770k or go with Haswell I think this will do just fine for the price.

MoBo- Newegg instant rebates.

Ram- Newegg sale

Harddrive- Microcenter sale

SSD- Refurb at newegg.

GPU-upgrade from gtx 660 to 970

Case- Microcenter sale

PSU- Microcenter sale and MIR

Optical- I got from a old computer

OS - I was able to get it free from DreamSpark through my Engineering School.

Monitor-Gifted, happy birthday to me.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 5 points

Amazing build. How the #$*& did you get an 300$ processor for 110$? I would give this a +10 if I could.

  • 70 months ago
  • 11 points

Truth be told, I actually found it on Fry's website. It was an inventory glitch from their Black Friday sale. So I called Best Buy, since they have an online price match guarantee for some online retailers including Fry's, at 1:00am (the operator sounded exhausted) and price matched it.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

This.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow first of all at the prices you paid, amazing. Second nice cable management, and nice choice in parts.

And that is an interesting case.. never seen that before, kinda looks like it has jet intakes. Awesome.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, that cable management is amazing. I have a Z11 too and my cable management is terrible.

Also, those were quite some deals.

Good job on it!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Took me awhile, had to spread out the cables as much as I could, and struggled to get the back side panel on. I love the case but I never want to take that panel off again...

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

Lol same here man. +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Please tell us how you got this CPU for 110$ master...

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you get Windows 8.1 for free?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Microsoft has a website called DreamSpark where schools can be a member of and students of that major or school can download OS, software, dev tools, all kinds of stuff. My roommate is a Computer Science major and was able to get me wins 8 for free through DreamSpark and I just updated it to 8.1.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish I could get one for free hahahah.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

What about the optical drive?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I was digging through some old computers at a family-friend's office and found it so they let me have it. It is not the same one on my list but it's the about same specs and manufacturer. Mines like the old style whiteish grey . Hence why it's not installed for the pictures.

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Is the RAM reliable? I have it set to be in my build, and I haven't heard of the company name. Works fine?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Saving money and getting good stuff. Love it.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build for a great price.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice. I use Pro-E daily for work and we have switched to the nvidia k2000 professional series cards. They work much better for point clouds, surfacing and assemblies. Good luck to you while in school.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you find cable management with that case?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

After seeing this list, I'm definitely not going to settle for taking retail prices anymore. +1 for the wake up call

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Will I be able to play games at 1080p with 60fps, along with streaming videos and editing them?

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