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Bang For Your Buck 2.0

by deathfromup



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate



This build is a semi upgrade form this build http://pcpartpicker.com/b/GUq, and this build http://pcpartpicker.com/b/FhK.

After finishing my first build, I was absolutely hooked on computer building. But I didn't have the spare cash to keep building computers. A couple friends were building computer and i helped them pick parts and build advice, but that wasn't enough. So i put my computer up on craigslist. i put ,my build up for 750 originally. Got one bite that didnt pan out and another person low ball me. I ended up swapping out the psu for my old cx500 and selling it for 625, which was a fair price on both ends. So i had my old HDD, a tx650, and 625 for a new computer.

I wanted to pack as much power as possible into this build for as cheap as possible.

CPU: I went with a 8320 because i knew i wanted to overclock and it would shave a solid 50-100 bucks over the a i5-4670k build. Since that's the difference between a 760 and a 770, I decided to go with the 8320 with a 770 over and i5 with a 760.

cpu cooler: only 10 bucks for a cooler that's only 3 degrees under a hyper 212 evo. came with a 20 dollar rebate. http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=2658&page=4

Motherboard: This is the deal that made this build. I went to Microcenter for the cpu/mobo combos. I went in and found this board on clearance for only 70 rather than the usual 95. on top of that the combo subtracts 40 buck making this mobo only cost me 30 bucks! i added int he tax from microcenter on the mobo.

RAM standard newegg sale 8gb 1600.

HDD left over from last build

GPU: This is the corenre stone of the build. The 770 is supposedly the 5th best card out there right now. Taking me up from mainsteam level graphics to enthusiast. : ) the frames im getting are great and i cannot be more pleased with this card so far. Price started at 330 5% off newegg coupon code and 15 MIR bring it down to 300. so glad about those nvidia price drops.

Case: has it in my last build and re bought for this one. Such a great case for the price. I don't think there is a better case you can get for 26 bucks out there. bought it as a refurb from newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146133 (looks like they dropped the price a buck since i bought it lol)

PSU left over: great teir 2 psu when i bought it was 70 with 10% off and 20 MIR bringing it down to 43.

I was planning to get the cpu up to 4.2GHz. I dont think i want to push an overclock too hard because i want a 100% stable system I bought the motherboard, cpufan, and cpu around that fact. The 8320 is binned lower than the 8350 but should be bale to get to 4.2. The mobo is still on the 970 chipset but does have a 4+2 VRMs and a big heatsink for the VRMs which should suffice for a stable voltage increase. The cpu cooler isnt the best but it should get the job done for 4.2.

Overall im insanely happy with this build especially for under 700 dollars. The bang for your buck in this PC is insane especially considering i really only spent about 600 on it total after selling my old build for a profit. I just bought a X-Star DP2710 as well and the 1440p looks insane. I dunno if ill ever be able to go back.

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LeMonarque 3 Builds 7 points 49 months ago

+1 for the Korean PLS panel!

deathfromup submitter 6 Builds 4 points 48 months ago

the 1440p is life changing. My only complaint is that now ill never be able to use 1080p again.

Zeus 1 Build 4 points 49 months ago

Nice job! definitely got your moneys worth! +1

Anthozoa 4 points 49 months ago

At this point I think people are taking pictures of the dogs and cats for the likes.

deathfromup submitter 6 Builds 5 points 49 months ago

She is my build assistant. She deserves a picture.

MrMOABy 1 Build 2 points 49 months ago

Kinda skimped on the motherboard by not going with 990FX, but other than that nice build.

deathfromup submitter 6 Builds 3 points 49 months ago

i do agree i was definitely tempted to go with the 990FX asus mobo, but i decided to go with the m5a97 because i only wanted to get to 4.2GHz, had no plans to sli, and it was only 30 bucks. I couldn't pass it up for only 30 bucks.

MrMOABy 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

Ah, gotchya didn't realize you got it for so cheap.

mesin95 2 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

That is a good deal. I got mine for $95. :(

deathfromup submitter 6 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

you shouldn't feel too bad, it was "open box" that why it was so cheap, so i am taking a risk. Fingers crossed for no problems tho, so far so good.

mesin95 2 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

I guess you're right. Lol.

candy 2 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

Very nice for the price

a_slow_descent 2 points 49 months ago

Wow. Awesome build for the price. What OS are you running? Enjoy assasins creed.

deathfromup submitter 6 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

Thanks man, im running win 7 from my last build.

fnapoli 1 Build 2 points 49 months ago

amazing prices.

xx116xx 3 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

How is that case? Getting it soon.

deathfromup submitter 6 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

its an amazing case for the price. Has plenty of options for cable management(zip tie locations and space behind the motherboard). Has room for up to 7 fans. And personally i think it looks cool lol.

xx116xx 3 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

Yeah I'm extremely limited in what I can spend and that looks like the best one for the money, and yes, it does look pretty awesome.

deathfromup submitter 6 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

Id say go with the newegg refurb one i linked the the description. Its a case so im sure the refurb will be ok and it will save you ten bucks. For 25 dollars this case cant be beat.

Aaayron 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

Those are some awesome prices! That 770 is the most expensive thing in there!

RomanianRondo9 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago

hella sexy +1

brelovix 1 point 46 months ago

How much FPS does your dog get?

Great build +1

deathfromup submitter 6 Builds 1 point 46 months ago


brelovix 2 points 46 months ago

Holy crap! What a dog~!

EdgeForce141 1 point 44 months ago

Great build but you better replace the motherboard ASAP. Those boards are not made for 8 core processors. Read the reviews it will fry the 8-core cpus. Just trying to help you out as i don't want to see a fellow human being lose an expensive CPU like that. Great build but you need to replace MOBO ASAP.

deathfromup submitter 6 Builds 2 points 44 months ago


This list has no problems with the 8320 and the board. i have seen alot of other builds with it as well. i will definitely keep a look out tho and thanks for the heads up.

EdgeForce141 1 point 44 months ago

No problem i just wanted to warn you of that. I would recommend if you are on a budget a board like the Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a99xevor20 + 1 to this build anyway because it is a good build. I can see that you have researched.