My girlfriend wanted me to build her a gaming PC. This was intended to be a budget build from the start. We had generic ram and and old reliable 600w power supply laying around, and I had been reading up on the Pentium G3258. The ASRock H81M-ITX is the same board I used in my "Portable Watercooled 250D Build Log" and I decided to buy it again. After flashing the bios to version 2.1, I was able to easily overclock the Pentium to 4.0 GHz on the stock cooler, which I dialed back to 3.8 GHz to keep temperatures moderately low. The power supply I used happened to be longer than I anticipated, which eliminated our ability to fit a 3.5" hard drive. The 2.5" Toshiba drive was a pleasant surprise. It was just as fast as a regular 7200 RPM drive, but was significantly quieter.
That left us in need of a GPU. I was going to buy her a 670 for $100, which unfortunately, my contact sold before we could purchase it. He also had a reference 770, but wanted $200. So I spent the next few days looking online at 750 Ti's, gtx 960's, and gtx 950's. The gtx 950 was only $123 on Jet.com, but I still had one last place to check ...
"Two EVGA GTX 770 SC with XSPC waterblocks - $200". Yes please. I bought both, and an i5 4670k for only $250. I upgraded from an i5 4460 to the 4670k, and I'm passing the extra 770 and i5 along to a friend for his first build. The coolest part of it all, my contact let me test both cards and even install the CPU before buying, and I'm happy to say everything worked fine. Actually, the 770's were more than fine. They never went above 60c under load!
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