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Orbital ( <$500 First Build Computer + 2 Monitors)

by GreenOrbs



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Hello! Thanks for checking out my build.

I'm very happy with how my setup turned out for a first time build. I've just recently got a better paying job and so I wanted to reward myself a bit and put together a computer in my spare time. I also really love hunting for bargains and so this was really a fun project. All components were new and all prices are after tax, shipping, rebate etc etc (basically out of pocket cost).

Not all items were purchased directly at the listed price but is rather the total amount it cost in that category after all my buying and selling. Let me give you an example, the Powercolor 7950 was purchased at $130 after rebate but the final cost has the profit subtracted from when I sold off a 7850 I bought first for $105 but decided it wasn't quite good enough. I also sold the free games reward to a friend for like 20 bucks and had 5% cash back from my credit card.

I really wanted to stick to a smaller form factor so I decided to pay full price for a BitFenix Phenom M case even though there were some drawbacks. There are a lot of useless drive mounting options that I just removed and I slightly modified the location of the hard drive brackets from one panel to another. I also switched them around so I don't have to take all the wires off every time I want to open the case. If you want to Crossfire or SLI the case is no good but for me it was perfect.

Overall, I'm very happy with the new computer build. Plays games like Tomb Raider on three monitors at 40ish fps on high. I also love RPG games like Skyrim, Fallout, etc so this rig work perfect for my needs. I didn't include the 3rd monitor in the price as I've had it for 5+ years and its not even listed on PCpartpicker anymore. Thanks for reading all this!

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sqielyr 4 points 59 months ago

That mobo?

ImElkay 1 Build 3 points 59 months ago

8gb of RAM for 7 dollars? +1

a2242364 3 points 55 months ago

WTF THOSE PRICES DOE. I'm so jealous :(.

treyman484 1 Build 2 points 59 months ago

Where did you get those monitors at those prices?!

GreenOrbs submitter 2 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

Newegg for the IPS one--It was a pre-black Friday sale. Crazy cheap I know. The 24 in Dell is currenlty available for $120 at Staples. I had a $30 coupon though that I got for free from them messing up shipment of RAM. I stacked that with a $20 off 100 email code they sent me to get the final price of 70ish (tax minus credit card cash back)

TeodrosKing 2 points 56 months ago

Hey I was wondering, was that motherboard any good for the price of39.74? It has rised up 20 bucks and I hear good things about it, then I hear bad things about it, more like the heat sink or it says SATA 3 but it is SATA 2 or an SSD is not supported, I am only planing to have a Western Digital Cavier Blue 1tb, do you think it would affect me in any way if I were to choose this motherboard? Do you know your gaming FPS like BF4 or FC3?

epicfacecr 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

It wouldn't affect your hard drive since hard drives don't even use the full potential of SATA 2 yet.

wetsoup 2 points 46 months ago

Is the mobo any good? Like could you OC on it??? I'm thinking about getting one and i wonder if its good enough to Overclock on :D thanks and +40928 for the amazing prices hahaha

IAmDovakiin 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

There aren't any AM3+ Micro ATX Motherboards that would be any good at overclocking. So, no.

Toat13 1 Build 1 point 59 months ago

How did you get the FX-6300 for that cheap?!

GreenOrbs submitter 2 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

Like I said, the prices listed are my final costs in the category. Bought an FX + mobo combo from Newegg for $120. Made an impulse purchase of an i7-4770k when it was on sale for $200 at microcenter. Decided not to upgrade so I sold it on ebay for a small profit. Basically I've been putting this build together over the last two months--keep changing my mind but making small profits on each step! hehe

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That1Guy 1 point 59 months ago

What about your OS? How much did you get that for?

GreenOrbs submitter 2 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

OS was free. Got a copy I didn't use from before I graduated college last year.

username22 1 point 55 months ago

This is amazing, how you can get everything for so cheap.

bpopbpo 1 point 51 months ago

you are a price wizard

FusedQuantonium 1 point 45 months ago

hows that ram working for you?

GreenOrbs submitter 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Was working great, no problems. I've just upgraded my computer recently but haven't had time to throw up the new build here.

theslayermaster 1 point 38 months ago


Soundwaves699 1 point 35 months ago

Why no benchmarks doe?

Jungstarrock 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

do you have any coolers in the top?

CancunMike 0 points 58 months ago

Hi GreenOrbs, I love your build. i'm putting together a build based on this case. Question,...Where does the optical drive go?? Seem to get compatibility issues on any optical drive i choose in the PCPP list.

epicfacecr 1 Build 3 points 54 months ago

The Phenom M doesn't have a optical drive, but you could always use an external one.

linkomega 1 Build 0 points 54 months ago

The free game is illegal to sale. You might want to take that part down.

Matryoshka 2 Builds -5 points 59 months ago

Your ram and PSU are the only things I can see that deserve an upgrade. 8gb-1600 kits are going for pretty cheap nowadays, and if you're planning to crossfire you're going to need a PSU with more wattage.

nerdymosh 1 Build 4 points 59 months ago

How is he going to X-fire on this mobo?

GreenOrbs submitter 2 Builds 2 points 59 months ago

I was trying to go for value for money and I was also pretty set on smaller form factors. My case is the same size as the Bitfenix Prodigy minus the handles but the thermals are worse as airflow goes from top to bottom. This is okay since the the first GPU is located near the grill at the top. I'd probably want to do a completely fresh build in a case like a Corsair 350D if I wanted to X-fire. Plus, I couldnt find any micro ATX AM3+ mobos with 2 or more PCIe 2.0/3.0 slots all of them were one 2.0 and one 1.0.

nerdymosh 1 Build 1 point 59 months ago

You need space between the cards for them to fit, putting to pcie ports would cause all sorts of havok not to mention would most likely block on board headers

Matryoshka 2 Builds -1 points 59 months ago

Good observation. He would need to get a bigger case too.

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GreenOrbs submitter 2 Builds 4 points 59 months ago

I would have loved to have 3 of the same monitors but <$500 for monitors and computer combined I can live with it!

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philip staff 10 Builds 3 points 59 months ago

To get more feedback, try posting in the forums (under part list feedback wanted).

Primusmulti 1 Build 1 point 59 months ago

Take out the thermal compound your aftermarket cooler comes with some and get a cheaper psu with more wattage, you don't need a platinum lol, bronze is still very reliable other that it's good (: