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Deal Seeker GTX 1070 Build (First Build)

by welikeme23@yahoo.com



Date Published

July 12, 2016

Date Built

July 1, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.108 GHz


The goal of this build was to avoid paying full price for any component. This was accomplished by stalking the subreddits BuildAPCSales and HardWareSwap, and also looking on craigslist for second hand parts, but I still wanted to make a slightly higher end build.

All the prices listed off to the side are what I actually paid for each part and what I hope to demonstrate is that with a little patience you can save money and have the build of your dreams.

CPU - The CPU, Motherboard, and first 8GB of memory came as a package deal for a total price of $379.00 which is why the mobo and first stick of memory are listed at $0.00 and the CPU appears to been purchased for more than retail but really was not. I was also interested in overclocking which why I didn't mind getting the i7-6700k. So far I've only done a mild overclock of 4.4ghz but plan to go a bit higher in the near future.

CPU COOLER - Got with a mega deal I was lucky to snag on newegg that someone on BuildaPCSales posted. I ended up mounting my cooler on the front of my case because I didn't want to remove the sound dampening panels on the top of the case. People had said the stock fans that come with this cooler are load but I honestly can't hear thanks to how quiet this case is. I also added a pair Be Quiet! 140mm as pull fans on the back of the cooler.

MEMORY - The second stick of memory I purchased on sale from Newegg at its lowest recorded price.

STORAGE - I got both my SSD and HDD on sale from an EBAY retailer. If you are familiar with the R5 you'll notice looking in my pictures that I took out all of my cases HD trays so I could mount my cooler on the front of the case. I ended up mounting my HDD in one of the 5.25 bays by getting a 3.5 to 5.25 bay adapter. The SSD is mounting behind the mobo, out of sight, out of mind.

CASE - I was a little undecided on which case I wanted but I knew that I wanted a sleek simple design and the Fractal Design R5 really stood out especially when I learned about its sound dampening qualities. After just a couple days of searching for deals I found someone selling the R5 in the black windowed variant on craigslist for far below retail so I snatched it right up. It came with the original box and all the hardware so I was sold for sure. The case looks brand new and I couldn't be happier...and so began the story of my craigslist hero, more on him later.

POWER SUPPLY - I knew going into my build I wanted a PSU with atleast a gold rating or higher and this 650W 80+ Gold PSU happened to be on sale at the time of my build, and I also figured since the case was meant to be silent why not get a silent PSU as well.

CASE FANS - The same craigslists guy from the case also tossed in the two Be Quiet! Pure Wings case fans for free! You can't beat free and they work great for my push pull setup as the pull fans on my cooler.

KEYBOARD + MOUSE - Again my craigslist hero to the rescue. He upgraded, so I did as well so to speak haha. I had never owned a mechanical keyboard or an optical mouse before and I love them both so much I can't believe it

MONITOR - Got my XB270HU from the Acer Recert store. Looks greats and works perfect, all at half the price, whats not to love? I had never owned a 1440p, 144hz or gsync monitor before and now I have all three!

GPU - Right as I decided I wanted to build my very first PC the new GPUs from both companies had been announced and so I had to decide, did I want to get a last gen GPU and stick with the theme of getting everything below retail or go big with the newest? Lucky for me, my craigslist hero from the case.case fans, keyboard, and mouse had a brand new unopened MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X for $450, which is actually $10 below Newegg before taxes and shipping! WIN. He had actually ordered the card and right as it arrived the FTW 1080 was releasesd so he decided to upgrade immediately and by this point i had dealt with him before so he hooked me up. Best dude every.

My total purchases came to $1577.95 for absolutely everything. If I were to have purchased everything brand new with no sales the total would have been $2327.46 before taxes and shipping

FULL PRICE PARTS LIST FOR PRICE COMPARISON https://pcpartpicker.com/user/welikeme23%40yahoo.com/saved/#view=DkQj4D

$750+ in savings just by spending a few weeks rounding up parts and not being too fixed on a certain part.

I absolutely couldn't be happier with how everything turned out and It feels great to truly be part of the PC community now.

Thank you!

Comments Sorted by:

ThoughtA staff 2 points 33 months ago

The sale of those keys violate Microsoft ToS, and the keys may be unexpectedly disabled. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

welikeme23@yahoo.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Opps I did not know! will remove

sublimaze 1 Build 3 points 33 months ago

Looks like your money-saving tricks went a little too far lol. Otherwise a nice build.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Hey dude, What are your temps on that cpu?

welikeme23@yahoo.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

I'm currently hitting a high of 61C under 100% load with an ambient temp of 24C

I do plan to do more testing for both the CPU and GPU

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

kool, thx

Zman123 2 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Overall great PC. It's insane to see how much money you can save by finding deals and looking into slightly used components.

JPracz 2 points 33 months ago

i want something like this so bad :D

welikeme23@yahoo.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

You can do it!

savantfool 3 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Amazing build!

welikeme23@yahoo.com submitter 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Thank you very much!

odwillia 1 point 33 months ago

Nice build. You really got some good deals.

welikeme23@yahoo.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Thank you!

devilballack 1 point 33 months ago

what are your gpu temps ? I'm planning to buy gaming x 1070 so how is your experience with this one ?

welikeme23@yahoo.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

I'm very happy with the Gaming X so far.

With my current set up I'm hitting a high temp of 67c under 100% load with an ambient temp of 24c

ajisdarocker123 1 point 31 months ago

what RESOLUTION is the monitor you use

welikeme23@yahoo.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

My Monitor is 1440P

poINtblank213 1 point 31 months ago

Very nice build. I took a look cause it is similar to what I am planning. Just a heads up, if you move the ram stick in the far left slot to the far right slot, you'll be running your ram in dual channel. They say that's more efficient.

welikeme23@yahoo.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks for the heads up!

DavisA 1 point 28 months ago

Where are your drives and how are your fans all setup ?

welikeme23@yahoo.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

I have two fans on the exterior part of the radiator pushing air into and through the radiator , two fans on the interior part of the radiator pulling air out of the radiator, which also serve to push air into the rest of the case. and a 5th and final exhaust fan pulling air out of the case at the rear.

If you mean my SSD and HDD, I've got my SSD mounted behind my mother board since this case allows for that configuration and I've got my HDD inside one of my optical drive trays using an adapter to allow it to fit there. I don't have any optical drivers so that's why i didn't mind using those slots for my HDD.

Thank you!