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Back to School Scavenger Hunt

by amzbboyjaffray



Date Published

Aug. 12, 2017

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

77.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

41.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C


Since I'm going back to school, I was trying to get a computer that is able to handle any work load i'm giving it. I will most likely used this computer just to code, because the monitors are 60 hz. I wanted to save some money and try to get a bang for my buck, so i looked everywhere like amazon, newegg, and craiglists to purchase my parts. Here are some of the things that I bought.

Craiglist: Monitors: $100 dollars each= $200 EVGA 16 gb Ram= $100 Be Quiet 550 W PSU= $40 Samsung 960 EVO SSD= $100 Geforce GTX 1060= $265 Windows 10 Pro= $50 Total=$755

Newegg: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler= Seagate 2TB HDD= Rosewill ATX Computer Case= Artic Silver Thermal Compound= Total= $146.14

Amazon: AMD Ryzen 1700x=$300 Wires= Asus Motherboard= Total=$422.68


I'm pretty pleased with the price that I was able to save. I'm also pleased with my benchmarks. I was able to reach 1666 on Cinebench R15 and 2129 on Heaven 4.0

I might replace Thermal paste and CPU cooler. I really want to get 4.0 ghz for my CPU. Any tips would be appreciated.

Hope you guys enjoy this build. Don't mind the Macbook air :'( It's only to write papers. Yes, I'm a kpop fan _^


Comments Sorted by:

Anyansayo 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I'd say that every thing in this build looks good except for the CPU. You could have gone with the R7 1700 instead for a bit cheaper while maintaining the same performance (If overclocked).

amzbboyjaffray submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

The R 1700 was $290 on Amazon. I got lucky and saw the R 1700x for $300. It was a pretty good deal, so I just got it. Plus, I wanted to reach 4.0 ghz. It is going to be easier to get 4.0 ghz compare to R 1700.

Anyansayo 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

It is actually just the same. And even with some lower end coolers, the 1700 can get higher at a more stable overclock because it's thermals are somehow better. But still though, a $10 difference doesn't really matter.

jetscream 1 point 6 months ago

Hey I have a similar setup. How are the temps? I’m thinking of swapping my 212 for a dark rock 3.

amzbboyjaffray submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

It's pretty hot. Since it is winter, i'm not looking to water cool it. I might water cool it during the summer.