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I didn't have a lot of cash to be able to do this with, so my initial build was with a single GPU. I absolutely love how powerful this PC is, considering I was able to watch and wait for the prices to drop down to predicted low levels via this website, allowing me to spend considerably less overall than I would have if I had bought everything all at the same time.

I was able to stretch out buying the components over the span of just a couple of weeks as I waited for the prices to drop on each one. In short, I was able to save roughly 250 bucks on my initial build just by ensuring that I purchase all of my parts at their lowest predicted prices.

After about 5 months, I had enough cash saved up to get a 2nd GTX 970, and I just purchased it as well, again, at the lowest predicted price. I can't wait to get it in, and see how this super low priced, high end gaming rig does with these dual 970's!

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  • 60 months ago
  • 8 points

low priced at 1700? How about no.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Considering the amount I actually have paid is 1500 (1200 for the initial build with a single GPU), I'd say how about yes.

You are simply looking at the current pricing of everything added together, which as I mentioned above, is going to be substantially more than it would be if you wait for the prices to go down -- which is the advantage that this website offers! Also, the 1700 you see includes a 2nd GPU. And considering just how high end this PC is, the fact that I was able to do it for 1500 actual dollars is amazing. You might pay twice as much for an equivalent performing PC from HP.com.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

While the prices aren't bad, there are a few other ways to get a few of these pieces for less, and I think that's what they are getting at. That or because you could spend a few dollars more for the next step up.

Point is, you got more bang than a prebuilt could have given you, but I think the way you swung it rubbed a few people.

All that said, Cheers on the first build. It's usually more expensive (as a gamer) than later builds you'll do, but the build is half the fun. The cost is just an after thought =p

  • 60 months ago
  • 0 points

I'm sorry about the first comment I had a bad day that day. Even at 1200 it's not a "low priced build" as you said in a comment below it is a "budget build." 1200 is not a budget build at any stretch of the imagination.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sorry, but a budget build is whatever you set your budget to be. If your budget is 600 bucks, then I'm sorry, but you won't be getting anything that will perform well for gaming -- not for very long anyways. And you will be spending that much every year just to keep up.

My last PC lasted me a good 4 years before it became outdated. This one should last at least that, and I won't have to spend as much as I used to by purchasing pre-built.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Boy if that isn't an ignorant statement.

There are a lot of folks out there serious about using PC's that buy pre-built or "build your own" using big PC names like HP or Dell. How else would they be in business if that were not the case.

And as for $1700 being a ridiculous amount of money... I paid roughly $1500 for the final product, because I got them at their lowest predicted prices. I suggest you read what has been written before you comment. Many gamers or media enthusiasts pay much, much more than even $1700. As a matter of fact, the gentleman who referred me to this website is a big PC guy who has 3 high res. screens, and two GTX 780Ti's. Considering the fact that he got those when they were new, he paid considerably more for his build than I did for mine.

If you think $1700 is a ridiculous amount of money, I encourage you to comment on every build on this website over that amount, and see what kind of feedback you get...

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  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

Please add the pics after you add the 2nd 970.

Congrats on your build!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice first build. What resolution do you play your games on?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I currently have 2 displays at 1080p and 60 Hz. That will be my next venture to upgrade. I wanted to have quality hardware prior to getting a better display.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Spendid! I was just thinking about that because we obviously can agree on 970 SLI for 1080p is silly. Best of luck!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

970/980 is so overrated dayum xD btw nice build though :o and i love the case :p

  • 60 months ago
  • 8 points

art thou jesting at the potency of the "graphical processing units" duke 970 and lord 980? tis true king titan x is far above them all, but thou hast mistaken their power as being inferior

I challenge thee to a dual of the marked bench!!!!!

Mine lord 970 versus thine integrated graphics peasantry

en garde!

  • 60 months ago
  • 6 points

Thy Titan X hath a challenger, ye newly born 980Ti.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

ACTUALLY, the 980ti is beating the Titan X in benchmarks. Not the reference design. But the aftermarket cooled ones, the g1 gaming, hybrid, strix, etc.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, considering this was somewhat of what I would consider a budget build, the case was the last thing on my mind. The case, while very plain, does what is necessary, and those poor fools on the receiving end of my ability to game at a higher quality do not care what my case looks like. The quality of the gaming far outweighs anything negative about how the case looks.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

The title sounds like a sales pitch.

For some reason I find it hilarious.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Well in a sense it is. For years, I would just spend a little over a thousand bucks to upgrade to a new pre-built PC from Best Buy or an equivalent. I seriously knew nothing about computers when I began this venture, so when I finally did it myself, I wanted to show other noobtards such as myself that this is so much of a better way to buy/build a PC than paying twice as much for some big name company like HP to do it. With what I can do with this PC now, it would require nearly 3 grand to build an HP equivalent on their website.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya I never really knew anything about computers and honestly didn't give a **** about them. That is, of course, until the beginning of this school year when I somehow became interested in them. I'd definitely consider myself to be a newbie but its just so damn interesting.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Too bad you didnt get anything at microcenter. Probably would have saved about 300$ on this build.

Nice none the less

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Not everyone is near a Microcenter. I'm unlucky enough to not have a Fry's or Microcenter within driving distance.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh I know. The nearest Microcenter was 3 hours away. I would have spent the difference in gas just to go buy some of the product. lol

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Sooo, I think I'm going to build this exact computer, only windows 7 and the acer h276 monitors. How are the 2 video cards you're using? You still happy? I need it to be silent as well... your liquid cooler pretty quiet? Obviously I am new to this too haha any input would be appreciated. Great build man!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like the 2x 970's. Incredible performance for the money. Just be aware that as with any SLI or Crossfire setup, there are some games that are not well optimized for it. I started out with a build that had a single 970, so I got a second as time went on, since it was the most cost effective way for me to do an upgrade. If you are starting out with an initial build and you are looking at spending about as much as I have with the 2 cards combined, I would honestly recommend going for a single GTX 980Ti instead. It's an incredible card, and since it is a single GPU, you will pump out around the same performance as my two 970's, but without all the optimization issues that may arise with some of the games out there.

As for silence, well, the liquid cooler has a sort of humming sound to it that isn't too quiet when under load. I wear a headset at all times, so it doesn't bother me, but I definitely notice it when I take them off. A standard air CPU cooler would be quieter, but the overclocking ability I have with this liquid cooler makes it all worth it.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting, thanks for the insight. Was about to buy the video cards right before I logged in here.

Really need it to be quiet because of the way my setup is I sleep right next to it and I need to leave it on overnight lol. May have to make some adjustments in my apartment layout.

Thanks for the notes!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

IF the PC is not under any load, it is really quiet. It only has the humming sound when under full load. And at that, I'm really not so sure it is any louder than most fans.

Keep in mind that I am running on a pretty high overclock, so my temps are going to be higher than normal, requiring my pump and fans to work harder.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the input, I've finally got all the parts in and am going to build this Friday.

Thanks again!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet! Good luck, man!

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