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First Gaming PC: Extreme Coupon Clipping Edition

by Cornholio29



Date Published

Aug. 3, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

850 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C


I've been planning on making a gaming PC for quite some time now, and have been keeping up with the latest in what's good and what's not for about a year. In May I began really keeping my eyes peeled for deals, and told myself I would try to get the absolute best price I could on every single component without skimping out of part quality. I've been playing around with builds on PCPartPicker since February, and have worked hard to stay within my $650 budget the entire time. I think that's the sweet spot for me as far as price/perfomance goes.

Back in May when I began getting parts, my pcppartpicker build looked VERY different, it's amazing how fast the technology moves and prices fall. Originally, it was going to be an R9 270/FX 6300 combo, but that quickly changed once I began saving $5-$10 here or there on all the little pieces. Every piece is brand new; no used/refurbished items allowed.

I think I did pretty well in getting the right deals. I've seen a lot of other "budget" gaming pc builds in the same price range, so I've always had an idea of what kind of computer I could get for the money; and this beats 90% of them spec-wise.

I have two more 120mm fans to install that came as a combo deal with the 8320 (Included in the $110!) that I plan on putting on the side/top exhaust, and I had a great time with cable management. It was strangely satisfying.

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generaltaco19 9 points 57 months ago

Wow this build is just amazing for the price. +1 for you getting a 280X under $650

xSake 1 point 56 months ago

You can get 280X's so cheap I've never seen a 280X for over 400 actually ahaha

generaltaco19 1 point 56 months ago

Oh whoops I messed that up. I think I meant $250 but oh well, at least it makes sense.

Zedzer 2 Builds 3 points 57 months ago

Such price, much power, many +1

Vorago 1 Build 3 points 57 months ago

I know what you mean about cable management. Going into my first build I imagined that part would be boring or annoying, but I was so wrong! It was very satisfying to gut the case and re-route everything in an optimal layout.

Also seriously good price to performance on this build!!! I would definitely think about getting a cheap air cooler sometime soon. It's not necessary if you don't want to overclock but if nothing else will keep much quieter than the stock heatsink and fan. (:

Cornholio29 submitter 1 Build 2 points 57 months ago

I agree! The stock CPU cooler is easily the loudest part of the computer. I plan on getting a Hyper 212 the next time I see it drop down to $20, which happens about twice a year.

Daisyahoy 4 Builds 3 points 57 months ago

lol Visiontek has the ugliest oldschool boxes. +1 though

xx116xx 3 Builds 2 points 57 months ago

Wow, nice job keeping the prices low on this build. For just over $600, this build is a monster. +1

Hazarded 2 points 57 months ago

For only $600... +1 and nice case too

FrostPirate 2 Builds 2 points 57 months ago

You can get 280x's for under 400

RyneSmith 7 Builds 2 points 57 months ago

Is this a question or what? haha obviously you can get them under $400

_Pheonix_ 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

i think it would add up to 430

Cornholio29 submitter 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

Have you ever been far even as decided go want use to do look more like?

RyneSmith 7 Builds 3 points 57 months ago

What ...

_Pheonix_ 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

righhht. dufuq xD

Daisyahoy 4 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

Hello chaps, allow me to translate. Cornholio stated "Dear sir, have you ever been so far as to decide you wanted to use...nevermind Ive got no clue.

ProEngPC 8 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

Excellent prices on all parts. +1 . That's the advantage of living in the US. Are you running Linux? I do t see an OS in your list.

Cornholio29 submitter 1 Build 2 points 57 months ago

I'm a student actually, so I got Windows 8.1 for free.

Matt1313 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

That is what I call really budget building your computer ;)

terthii 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago


jacobs4525 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

really great price/performance ratio, and it looks nice too! +1

OblivionXBA 4 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

Definitely looks like you've been coupon clipping. Beautiful job! +1

Echocookie 1 point 57 months ago

Yo dawg heard you like color schemes, so we messed up the entire thing with this blue motherboard. But seriously, +1 because you managed to find an 8320 for 110. Also great part choices :D

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

damn, i was hoping it was actually for couponing. My wife is big into that, haha. But damn! Awesome price! And you managed a 280X. Bravo.

Corgod420 1 point 52 months ago

How do you feel about the SSD?

TerminatorOps75 1 point 49 months ago

Did the motherboard need a bios update?

the1andonly -1 points 57 months ago

good but you should add a cpu cooling system and a network adapter

RyneSmith 7 Builds 2 points 57 months ago

The stock cooler will do just fine if he's not going to be overlocking much and there's no need for a network adapter, just use a LAN line to the motherboard

Matt1313 1 Build 3 points 57 months ago

Yes why would you want a networking card when you can just use your built in LAN??

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