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My budget gaming build

jalmir

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My current PC is an old C2Q Q9400, it's OK but it's getting old! I started buying parts here and there to update to Haswell, so what I now have is this;

i3-4170 ($68 was told it was "used" but was actually BNIB)
2x4GB DDR3 2400 Avexir Core Series ($40 brand new)
Asus Z87-PLUS ($65)
Seasonic G-650 SSR-650RM ($120 brand new)
Sandisk Ultra II 120GB ($45 brand new)
Gigabyte 7870 Windforce ($70)

There's also a free case and 500GB WD hard drive. For a total of $408 including taxes and shipping.

Here's a picture of some of the stuff, I'll post a before and after later when it's built!





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Did some sleeving and cable management this weekend!


The free case I got a while ago and still use;



The rainbow of cables from the front panel that I sleeved;


The same cables sleeved ends;



The inside (the 2 cables coming out are the side panel fans);
 
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jalmir

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BTW, that's the price I paid for the components, not the final price after I calculate the stuff I sold to cover the cost, like my old HD7770 that I was able to sell for $60 (so the final cost for the 7870 is $10).
 

Bond007

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BTW, that's the price I paid for the components, not the final price after I calculate the stuff I sold to cover the cost, like my old HD7770 that I was able to sell for $60 (so the final cost for the 7870 is $10).

See if you can do it again to get a 7970. :thumb: Occasionally they can be found cheap as well. I got a great deal on my r9 280X.
 

jalmir

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Been playing with the memory this past 2 days, can't make this 2400 kit go above 2200 even when giving more than 1.65v (I stopped at 1.7v), simply loading the XMP profile throws the PC into a boot loop. I guess it's fine since I paid so little for it.

I also took some time to sleeve my case fans wires, looks much better that way!


EDIT;

Finally tuned the GPU OC, had the settings saved but somehow I can't get a stable OC at those speeds.

With the C2Q I was able to OC the 7870 to 1235 core and 1435 VRAM (from 1100/1200), but with the i3 I can't get anything stalbe above 1225 core and 1400 VRAM. BUT, even though I have lower OC I'm getting 14% better performances in benchmarks. :thumb:
 
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Bond007

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My guess is your old CPU wasn't fully loading the gpu to 100%, so it could go higher...probably without gain though. Just a guess.
 

jalmir

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Yeah not sure on the exact reason but LGA775 vs LGA1150 is giving me better performance on lower GPU OC and on a 2 core CPU vs 4 cores.

My guess would be the 1150 have better bandwidth.
 

MARSTG

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There is an utility to extract the bios, modify the poeer settings of the gpu and reflash back. Sometimes the manufacturer will not allow the card to take advantage of the full power the reference design is using. I remember i did that on a msi gaming 280x and it was capped at 218W. I pushed the power to 250W, reflashed the bios and it worked just fine after. I think is called Video Bios Editor. And the flashing was done with Ati Flash utility.
 
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