Description

All below at almost half of what it is showing now thanks to black friday deals, yes I know I need better cable management, working on that now. spent weeks researching and trying to find the best bang for my buck.

-No SSD because the price point/reliablility isn't there yet IMO(will upgrade when they are).

-Motheboard I got for 155.00 final price when combined with CPU from Microcenter.

-I use Astro 40 headset 99% of the time so speakers are just for my daughter when she plays on PBS kids.

-670 price point was fantastic (290.00) and it runs everything perfectly at 5760x1200 with a few tweaks here and there.

-Went with Nvidia because you need a converter/cable with a timer for ATI.

-Power supply was 55.00 at a one day only sale at microcenter(not passing that up)

-Monitors final price was 131.00 and a 20.00 gift card each that I put toward GPU(see above)

-Short version it does everything I want for about half the price currently listed and I love it.

Comments

  • 85 months ago
  • 3 points

I would have gotten a much cheaper motherboard to get a SSD in that build. Like the 3-monitor setup, big fan of those.

  • 85 months ago
  • 3 points

Builder here: Spent weeks researching and trying to find the best bang for my buck.

-No SSD because the price point/reliablility isn't there yet IMO(will upgrade when they are).

-Motheboard I got for 155.00 final price when combined with CPU from Microcenter.

-I use Astro 40 headset 99% of the time so speakers are just for my daughter when she plays on PBS kids.

-670 price point was fantastic (290.00) and it runs everything perfectly at 5760x1200 with a few tweaks here and there.

-Went with Nvidia because you need a converter/cable with a timer for ATI.

-Power supply was 55.00 at a one day only sale at microcenter(not passing that up)

-Monitors final price was 131.00 and a 20.00 gift card each that I put toward GPU(see above)

-Short version it does everything I want for about half the price currently listed and I love it.

  • 85 months ago
  • 3 points

hatorade - For the most part I think your build is well balanced and I agree with you to some extent with SSDs. Though if you don't know which brands are reliable its not worth the risk. That being said though there are a lot of reliable brands out there at great prices. This isn't the birth of SSDs they have come a long way and have improved their performance and reliability greatly. If performance is something you enjoy, gaming, load times, and what not, an SSD is definitely a major upgrade. @$155 that motherboard is a steal good job. I was looking at your case and to be honest it looks like a nightmare for cable management, how did you find it? Or is that why we don't see any inside photos of it ;)

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

Inside photos coming, and yeah only 4 stars because while I managed to get cables looking decent it was a process. That and the top fan in the case was DOA.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

More photos up!

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

Single 670 for 3 monitors? I would've gone with a 690 for that...
Seriously expensive motherboard.

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

Or a 7970

  • 85 months ago
  • 0 points

7970 won't run games at the highest settings there, but a 690 will get close on many.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

But the 690 is more than twice as expensive as the 7970, and the 7970 will do it much better than the 670 as well.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I'm not comparing the 670 and 7970, I know the Radeon is better there, but if I was gaming, I would choose the 690, especially considering that money wouldn't be too much trouble if I was buying 3 monitors. For some people the 7970 may be enough, but I would go with more.

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

It's not really an apples to apples comparison, considering the 690 is a dual GPU card...

I've got arguably the best 7970 out there, and you could run two of these for the cost of one 690, to hugely better performance.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

But microstuttering. And power consumption.

  • 85 months ago
  • 0 points

A 680 at the least!

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

680 is a minimal improvement over the 670 for way more money. No thanks.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy cable management batman! Other than that, I can't think of much that hasn't been said already.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

I know it makes me sad, this weekend I will get everything looking clean. Was just waiting for the top fan replacement.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean is mean. That's why I hate how bad I am at being tidy, in everything.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build will get and different heatsink though

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking over the comments, people really need to read the description.

To OP, it looks like a great build! Looking at the parts list, and then what you actually got the prices for is great, and cutting the price down to about half of the overall build? Good job. It seems a lot of people lately have been going for G.Skills, and since I'm new to the computer scene, and this site, so I don't know how good G.Skills is, but I just bought 8 gigs from them for 25 bucks on black friday so hopefully they're good

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  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sorry no one reads the description lol, build looks great.

  • 85 months ago
  • 0 points

would love to see a price breakdown

  • 85 months ago
  • 0 points

I really like your setup, but I have a few issues with your build.

No SSD. To me this is something everyone should have, especially in an $1800 build.

Antec PSU. This might be okay, but I would stick to better brands like Seasonic or Corsair for something so important.

Way overpriced mobo. A $150 one would more than suit your needs.

A 7970 could have been bought for the same price and would be a much better option for a three monitor setup. The 670 and 7970 perform similarly, but the 7970 has more Vram as others have said, which is needed for the higher res of three monitors.

One last nitpick.... Those speakers. =/ A setup and machine this beastly and those crappy little logitech speakers. Go get yourself a set of Klipsch Promedia 2.1s. =]

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

dont people ever read the description?!?!?!?!? he uses astros, the speakers are for his daughters PBS whatever, and he said he does not like SSD. and he got all this stuff for half the price, so it was not an overpriced mobo at all.

i do agree on the GPU though. 7970 would be better

  • 85 months ago
  • 0 points

cable management...wires...over heatsink....disaster! lol

  • 85 months ago
  • -1 points

mother board ????? get a SSD

  • 85 months ago
  • -1 points

Mobo? And maybe a seasonic or corsair power supply.

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

Antec HCPs are amazing power supplies (as are 95% of Antec's PSUs). The mobo was likely heavily discounted (less than $200, hopefully).

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure most of the time they are, but I had a nightmare experience with them once and never went back.

  • 85 months ago
  • -1 points

Again Antec is very good

  • 85 months ago
  • -2 points

Not sure if a single 2GB GTX 670 will be enough for three monitor gaming. It'll work just fine, I'm sure for some of the less demanding games, but you'll certainly have to lower the settings on some of them above that. The Radeon HD 7970 which comes with 3GB VRAM would be a much better choice for around the same price, but it's your decision. The motherboard also might be overkill, but I guess, again, it's your decision.

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