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philip June 27, 2014

The mission? A gaming build under $1000. At $970, we hit the price point with a bit of room to spare. And this build doesn't sacrifice performance - with the new Intel Devil's Canyon Core i5-4690K and an R9 280X, it has plenty of horsepower.

As an added bonus, Newegg has even created a combo using this exact set of parts!

For the color conscious, all the parts also match a black/red color scheme. (Yes, I know the power supply has a green logo - but it gets covered up by the side-walls of the PSU bay.)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $239.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $74.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $120.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Amazon
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card $259.99 @ Newegg
Case Silverstone TJ08B-E MicroATX Mini Tower Case $93.50 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $969.42


Side View

MicroATX with just enough room to hold an R9 280X and a push-pull configured H80i. By building in a careful order, reaching into tight spots was minimized.

Front View

Dust Filter

The front intake fan has an easily removable dust filter. The top intake for the power supply also has a magnetically attached dust filter.

While Running

The AMP-Up family of Gigabyte motherboards have an LED-lit line on the back. This motherboard comes in red to match the red heatsinks. Our previous AMP-Up build came in green.

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GRUxTSAR 28 points 58 months ago

It's amazing how cheap gaming PCs are in the US. This would have costed me around $1300

Jack_Burton 9 points 58 months ago

but that is pre-tax. depending what state you live in and where you order from you could pay between 0% and 10% which would put it up around $1100. For me it would be around $1050. Newegg doesn't charge tax in my state but amazon does.

also keep in mind when you pay more for luxury items in other industrialized nations you benefit from a good socialized healthcare system. especially in the UK.

In America, we don't have that benefit.

Valenson 1 point 56 months ago

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts. Apparently you don't read.

Jack_Burton 2 points 56 months ago

...when available. Apparently you don't read.

Newegg doesn't charge tax for most states in the US. Also Amazon doesn't charge taxes in some states either.

Looking at the stores he bought from there is a strong chance that no taxes and shipping were paid.

I buy from newegg all the time. it's free shipping and no tax because Newegg is in NJ and I'm in PA.

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Jack_Burton 0 points 55 months ago

"Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $969.42"

I'm not sure where you are from but not every state and every county has the same taxes in the US. On top of that not every website charges tax.

A person in Delaware and a person in California could have ordered these same exact parts at the same exact time with free shipping from the same retailers and there would be a 10% price difference.

If this person is from a county where there is no sales tax then this price is not post tax, because it was never taxed.

If I ordered this it would be more than $969

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happythehobo 6 points 57 months ago

Hurray tax evasion!

smatdude13 1 Build -1 points 57 months ago

No, its not evasion, "my dad just needed another pc and maybe he chose overkill parts." no one can question that.

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azidhsu 3 Builds 2 points 58 months ago

Same here. I am building one myself just waiting for my storage and gpu to come. exactly the same as this exception of the case,psu,locked 4690 cpu with locked mobo and without aftermarket cpu cooler eve costed me way more than this

JaneGoodall 1 Build 2 points 58 months ago


DragonFireXY 1 point 58 months ago

In Canada it would cost me $1100 D:

azidhsu 3 Builds 4 points 58 months ago

Huh? That's nothing ! Build's like this cost me $1699 with OS if buy purely locally. But if i were to buy some at amazon. I might shave off a few hundred bucks from the total price

johndyville 4 points 58 months ago

Wow... well in brazil there 100% import tax... so whatever you paid for it... double it.

azidhsu 3 Builds 2 points 58 months ago

ouch, I thought people in my country already had it worst. the taxes in my country only kicks in if Price+shipping hits $400. Even so the taxes are 7% regardless

DragonFireXY 1 point 57 months ago

In ontario tax is 13%.

ITneto 2 points 58 months ago

That's really surprising, In México is... let's see (8% American Taxes + 16% Mexican Taxes + 5% more mexican taxes + 10% Retailer Store proofit)= More or less %40. What you want to buy, multiplicate it by 1.40

TeamNubTech 1 point 38 months ago

Australia : 10% GST (tax) + **** Aussie dollar = +40%

Tassadar 1 Build 3 points 58 months ago

$1064 right now. Ehhhh, it's alright, when you consider that we get healthcare out of it too, and [i]especially[/i] when you consider all the [b]ridiculous[/b] circumstances in other countries.

Adamantame 1 Build 10 points 58 months ago

Are we going to see a build with the Intel Pentium G3258 in the future?

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 13 points 58 months ago

Definitely. The next one will be with the i7-4790K though.

luis2967 1 point 57 months ago

When will it be up? Im really interested in a build with it and its been a month all ready :/

elvenson 5 Builds -5 points 58 months ago

What for? lol

DragonFireXY 6 points 58 months ago

Cheap and Unlocked!

elvenson 5 Builds -7 points 58 months ago

Unlocked is useless when it costs more in total for the same performance of a better locked cpu

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elvenson 5 Builds 4 points 58 months ago

Haha, in a few games sure, but don't go trying to multi task while playing, or stream, or play certain games at great settings.

It's simply a waste of time to over clock that cpu to be comparable performance to a slightly more expensive stock clocked quad core. Just because a chip can be over clocked, does not always mean it's a good idea to bother with it.

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 6 points 58 months ago

I love this case. So much function in a space smaller than a Prodigy (including the handles). :)

For anyone wondering, there's a way to mount a 3.5" HDD without using that cage. This case can also accommodate the Noctua NH-D14 (Not 100% sure about the D15) without any problems, if air cooling is more your thing.

Cirus 1 point 58 months ago

Thanks for the tip about the D14!

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 2 points 58 months ago

You're welcome! If you'd like an in-depth review, click here. Super informative and actually helped me decide on this case for my build. :)

Brama 1 point 57 months ago

Sorry soon as that guy smiled and said Hey Guys I had to stop the video. NO can do

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 2 points 57 months ago

So just because he's a bit goofy, you're not going to watch his super in-depth and informative videos?

johnwaskins 5 points 58 months ago

The problem with this build is that your average Joe would build it, and not find the OS included. Sure, Linux is an option, but not for your average Joe, and not for most gamers out there (since most AAA games are on Windows - SteamOS may change that in the future, but for now it isn't even out of beta yet).

It also lacks an optical drive, which would also make it difficult for your average Joe to install Windows or Linux unless they already have their OS on a boot-able flash drive or external storage drive.

It also doesn't include a keyboard, mouse, monitor or headphones. And while yes, those are very personal, I think having some recommendations would be nice. Like the CoolerMaster Devastator Mouse+Keyboard combo (around 30$), for example, or the Superlux HD681 headphones (also around 30$). Very good stuff for an entry-level price.

But besides this, I think your build is solid. I'd just add these as "recommended budget peripherals", include an OS (typically 90$ to 100$ standard), optical drive (maybe an external USB optical drive), and let the user pick the monitor.

For the price, I'd also consider the Fractal Design Define R4 (possibly Blackout Edition, if available for under 100$), and I might also consider a different motherboard (like a full-sized ATX for future CrossFire support, so there's one slot of space between GPUs for cooling, and room for add-on cards if wanted).

I'd also have given users a recommendation of a 120GB to 250GB SSD as an alternative to an HDD, or as an addition so there's more speed with Windows and so the OS and games don't have to compete for IO requests from the mechanical hard drive arm going back and forth like mad.

Still, all that being said, these are minor gripes. Overall, you guys did a great job and pulled off a minor miracle on such a tight budget! Plenty of CPU overclocking left if needed as well thanks to included liquid cooler, although I hear Devil's Canyon can reach 5Ghz on air, so liquid cooling might push it a tad over that. Keep up the good work, guys!

ellimis 1 point 58 months ago

pulled off a minor miracle on such a tight budget!

What are you talking about? Here's a $950 build with an i7-4770, 16GB of ram and a GTX 770. That's a better processor, twice the ram, and a better video card, all for less because I didn't get a stupidly expensive case and a liquid loop for a thorougly mid-range build.

Ggadget 1 point 58 months ago

Crappy case. But the rest is good if you don't want to OC. I would prefer this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vrVsnQ

blastoise24 2 points 58 months ago

Crappy case? It's cheap, looks pretty good, and has suffiecent ventilation.

Ggadget 0 points 58 months ago

No cable management at all.

johnwaskins 1 point 58 months ago

Yep. Except it's going to be very loud once you consider you're running the included OEM cooler from Intel on your i7 CPU once it heats up, and the case won't dampen the noise at all.

So yeah, you might have a bit more performance, but at the cost of having your gaming experience tainted by the sound of a small hairdryer at your feet. (Maybe it can be fixed by having an air conditioner in the room and some really good, active noise canceling headphones... except that negates the cost benefit.)

Also, between R9 280X and GTX 770, the 770 performs best at 1080p while the 280X does best at 1440p and above because of the memory bandwidth.

Also, the case is very subjective anyways, the HDD is in-store pickup only (and that's a deal-breaker for a lot of people), and the motherboard may be stable for a non-overclocking motherboard but also lacks higher quality onboard sound, which means if someone wants that they'd either need a PCIe soundcard later or even a USB soundcard.

Also, an 80Plus Bronze PSU isn't always the most stable or feature-rich in power protection. It's one area never to skimp when building a PC. One small spike in electrical current from bad internal wiring and your PSU or motherboard are toast! There are some things no surge protector can fix, like a brownout (low voltage during an extended period of time).

ellimis 2 points 58 months ago
  1. It's not loud at all. I've built it. I literally have this computer in the room next to me as a media server.

  2. this review has the GTX 770 out in front on every benchmark test including 2560x1600

  3. 80Plus Bronze has nothing to do with stability or features, and any PSU that hits 80% efficiency is already above the median for every power supply 5-10 years ago. 80% didn't suddenly become bad, that's just marketing. I've build an entire render farm with 80 plus bronze PSUs and stock i7 coolers, and not only have they never had a power spike, you can't even hear the stock cooler over the case fan (if you're listening really closely).

My point is, nothing about this build is any sort of miracle. It would be a miracle if very few things were better, but I demonstrated a strictly better-performing build for the same price.

johnwaskins 3 points 58 months ago


Tiered Power Supply List

This helps show you the most stable, reliable, top-performing power supplies on the market. Basically, anything that's a Tier 2b and upwards is something that's worth trusting your system and its components with. The Corsair CX series is a Tier 3 PSU.

Next, there are reviews that come with Nvidia or AMD coming on top for the same price bracket very often. That's not surprising that some reviews turn out like that. Also, if you're comparing stock coolers against each other, of course you're going to end up with Nvidia on top because of heat constraints in AMD cards.

If I apply the same "use aftermarket coolers for one team" logic, I could end up with this benchmark: http://www.anandtech.com/show/7406/the-sapphire-r9-280x-toxic-review/3

Or, if seeing is believing, you can check out this video and this link:



Or this benchmark: http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/sapphire-r9-280x-toxic-edition-oc-3gb-review/10/

The point is that benchmark numbers will change often between the red and green team. Yet, despite this, overall the red team offers better price-performance value, especially here in the US where you can find the R9 280X for 280$ or sometimes lower.

(Like this Sapphire Dual-X R9 280X for 269$ from NCIX: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100363l )

So sure. You can go that route, but even with the cheapest GTX 770 in the US (this PNY card: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/pny-video-card-vcggtx7702xpb ) for 305$, that's still over a 10% price difference, placing the price/performance in the red team's camp. Nevermind the fact that some R9 280X have now come out with the Tahiti XT2 GPU, which is a less power-hungry, less heat-intensive GPU, which is a revised version that AMD added after the launch of the R9 280X. (It's available by default in some GIGABYTE cards, for example, and provides better overclocking.)

There's more to it than simple benchmarks and prices.

elan2468 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

Dude, the 770 is not a better video card, if anything it is worse thanks to the 3gb of vram on a 280x and they trade blows pretty often in most games

Zedzer 2 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

The 770 gets better benchmarks. Even at higher resolutions, the RAM isn't the leading factor here. The 280x has the performance between the GTX 760 and 770. I would say 760ti performance (If there was one). I would save towards the 770 but for a budget I would go towards the 280x. I don't know, personal preferences between both companies.

Brama 1 point 57 months ago

Yeah I hate all these builds saying there within a certain budget range when there NOT. Most people with the already said Peripherals most likely are never looking to upgrade to a build $1,000 and under. These builds are usuallu for Starters. They really need to start including the Monitor, OS, Optical Drive, and other Neccessary peripherals. It's 100x easier to build a GOOD $900 dollar build when u are cheating shaving off and extra $200 to $300.

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TheWalkingGeek 2 Builds 3 points 58 months ago

That is an awesome build. Absolutely amazing. And sexy.

It's amazing how everything fit together.

I would have loved to see an SSD though. That would have gone over budget by the looks of it. :(

Fuzaki 2 points 58 months ago

I think they could have shaved off quite a few more dollars as I've seen similar parts for a bit cheaper than posted. TBH, if I were to build this, it would likely be more than $1000 due to tax on almost all the major retailers.

ellimis 3 points 58 months ago

You can build a whole i7-4770 plus GTX 660 rig for under $800, so there's no reason you couldn't toss an extra $200 into the graphics card and get something current-gen.

Fuzaki 1 point 55 months ago

Yeah, that seems about right. It really depends on the retailers though as the more you spend the more you have to spend on tax. Even though I don't like too, I usually buy from places like TigerDirect since they don't have tax for me. I was able to build a similar build as the one above for about $800 after rebates and discounts. I was also able to shave a lot off by trying to reduce the tax.

Tahab_1 2 Builds 3 points 58 months ago

PC parts are so expensive in the UK </3 for the price of $1000 you can make a £1000 PC, convert that and thats $1900 ----> £1000. </3

Hazarded 2 points 58 months ago

Man this is a great build, but I'm still waiting for the amd version of this.

blastoise24 1 point 58 months ago

Yeah, Intel is more expensive for the same specs, so I prefer AMD!

JasonUK 12 Builds 2 points 58 months ago

I do like the fact that you've created a combo deal with Newegg - that'll definitely help a lot of people, especially if you can keep doing it in the future! Nice build as well. ;-)

zixiss 2 points 58 months ago

Just confused by the objective of this build. A miniATX? The point of a budget gaming build isn't just to be cheap now but to be upgradable for future savings too. The size (and cost) of the case as well as the PSU fail in that regard. Most of the money spent here is the CPU which is an Intel and then you go with a AMD GPU. You'd get better overall gaming performance for your money with a AMD CPU/GPU if that's the point. Even still you could do better overall than this with an Intel/NVidia. Just seems like a lot of contradictions. Here's what you could build instead of this that's even better. https://pcpartpicker.com/user/zixiss/saved/#savedbuild_1227321 Got the GTX770 and CSM750 PSU already on sale but you can find those sales again if you are patient or you can spend $20-30 more now and you're still at $1000. Also lots of options on cases, I splurged a bit for looks in this build but you can get something as good for $50-70.

ellimis 3 points 58 months ago

be upgradable for future savings too

If you're upgrading your processor down the road and calling it future savings, you're wrong. If you're talking about adding another video card, it's pushing it but 600W is still enough for the combined power draw of those components including the new video card.

The case is a stupid choice just because it's $100 and that's a waste of $50 extra, but I don't agree with the rest of your points.

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 2 points 58 months ago

Going with an AMD CPU severely limits your upgrade path and the features on the motherboard. If you buy an i5 and a Z97 motherboard now, you can upgrade to a Broadwell i5/i7 later on if you'd like.

zixiss 1 point 58 months ago

Oh I agree, which is why I went Intel in the list I linked, but just saying if the build wasn't worried about future upgrades to start with and just with the price and performance right NOW, they could have done better for the same or less with AMD. I'm not really convinced with the Z97 being necessary over Z87, no one has yet to explain to me what the point was besides new products to coincide with the new line of Intel processors..

Dantron 1 point 58 months ago

Z97 will make upgrading to broadwell cheaper. Since Z97 motherboards are only slightly more than Z87, it's stupid to buy a z87 right now.

shawnzamperini 2 points 58 months ago

I hope this isn't a dumb question (I've never built a computer before), but is there room for an optical drive if I wanted to add one?

Also what is that thing on his wrist with the string coming from it? Thanks!

fozzyknapp 1 Build 4 points 58 months ago

The wrist strap is an Anti-Static wrist strap. It is to prevent static discharge, or a electrical discharge, on sensitive components. If you were to touch the motherboard while charged, you COULD, key word could, ruin it. It might not happen every time, but the chance is real enough that you do not want to throw out a $50 - $200 motherboard. Also the RAM, and from what I remember, anything with volatile memory. Also the CPU. If you ever were to build a computer, just invest the extra $5 or so, for a cheap model to ground yourself. Also make sure it is wired, because IMO the cordless ones are just a hoax.

Edit: Forgot to add that yes you can, the case comes with 2 5.25" inch internal bays. Which is where most optical drives will go.

GreenLightning 2 points 58 months ago

Are there benchmarks on this or gameplay with this machine? Im curious to find out its performance in games.

shawnzamperini 2 points 58 months ago

Does this really need a cooler if it isn't going to be overclocked? I understand it makes it quieter but by how much? If it isn't that significant, then for a budget wouldn't it be better to just leave the cooler out and stick with the stock cooler?

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 2 points 58 months ago

It is going to be overclocked.

shawnzamperini 3 points 58 months ago

But if I built my own and chose not to overclock it, I'd be fine with the stock cooler, right?

INFxChris 3 points 58 months ago

Of course!

shawnzamperini 3 points 58 months ago

Cool, thanks! Everyone on this website is so helpful it's great.

thomassylux 1 Build 3 points 58 months ago

If you're not going to overclock then I suggest you get a locked i5-4690.

rnoanon 2 points 57 months ago

What was the outcome? Anandtech overclocked to 4.7GHz, wondering if I can expect about the same if I use the same parts as you guys did! Edit: I just realized that also used an H80i.

So I'm just curious if you were also in the 4.7 range.

shocker787 2 points 58 months ago

Just curious what temperatures are you getting with this rig. Nice build overall.

candy 2 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

Awesome build, I swear I chose out that parts list myself...

AtlasOrbis 1 point 58 months ago

I've never built a pc before and I want to try it out with this build but I have a couple questions. How do I install an OS on this PC? I want windows 8.1 pro but i have no idea how to install it. Also could i put a 120gb ssd in this and put the OS on that along with some of my favorite games or would that overwhelm this thing? Great looking computer though, I might finally have something that can run my favorite games!

Would these work with this build and are they good quality? if not any suggestions?

Ggadget 2 points 58 months ago

The ssd you have selected is great. However, the DVD burner only works with windows Vista and below. You don't really need one if you install with a flash drive. Here is how you install an os: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows-8/a/install-windows-8-usb.htm

rjc34 1 point 58 months ago

Nothing wrong with that SSD, it's just terrifically overpriced.

At that kind of price only a few bucks more nets you a PNY Optima 240GB or a Crucial MX100 256GB.

nahidul221 1 point 58 months ago

You HAVE to do a build with the Intel Pentium G3258 soon!

gogo809 3 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

Nice build philip!

korartiz 1 point 58 months ago

Anyone have any recommendations for a different case?

JaneGoodall 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

Thanks for posting another great video, Phil.

But I don't think you should be sacrificing GPU power to overclock the CPU in that gaming build. The CPU and CPU cooler alone cost more than the graphics card!

holsty101 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

yep, even tho they're larger you can use it one of the 2 spare slots you can see on the last pic, I'd use top slot so you've got the most clearance to the gpu cooler.

Omnislash89 6 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

I would like to have seen a $1000 build for the IVB-E, but I understand that anything with the LGA 2011 socket is consequently more expensive...and therefore harder to budget for.

Still, $1500 gets you a pretty nice enthusiast build on the mATX form factor.

jmacintosh 1 point 58 months ago

I have an Antec 900. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

will that work with this rig?

holsty101 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

You betcha, prolly easier to build too as it's not so compact.

Omally 1 point 58 months ago

I'm guessing they went with this individual Intel chip for advertising purposes? Otherwise, I would suggest to swap it out for an AMD FX 6350. Go ahead, nay-say all you'd like, but the topic is about a "budget gaming build"; also, the chip is factory clocked at 3.9ghz and comes with more cache. Then you'd be able to invest some of that extra $$$ into some actual quality parts (such as that power supply that's waiting to explode), maybe even that ssd some of you have been mentioning perhaps?

Phynexs 1 point 58 months ago

This is a BEAST computer just the work put into it is great.

KingofJeiiy 1 point 58 months ago

Sorry im new to building pc's, but is this setup meant for overclocking? To me it seems like it is because of the processor picked and the liquid cooling.

CalvinT 1 point 58 months ago

Hey- Pretty new here and ive only built one PC a while back (7 years ago) did you have to buy any special cables like 90 degree connectors or did you use only what came in the packages of the items listed? ive been trying to figure out components for a smaller PC I want to make and I am now planing on buying just the combo from NewEgg.

Thank you!

noma34 1 point 58 months ago

I doubt they used anything that isn't listed if not in the table, they would have mentioned it in the description.

papen 2 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

Unless the build is intended to overclock, the Intel cooler works fine. It's already saved $74.99 there.

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 2 points 58 months ago

With an unlocked CPU, a Z97 chipset motherboard, and an aftermarket cooler, of course the plan was to overclock.

OfficialNapalm 1 point 58 months ago

Are you going to do a build with one of the new NZXT Kraken coolers soon?

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

We don't have any definite plans at the moment. Our next build is either going to be with an H80i or air cooled.

kevinlong 1 point 58 months ago

Just bought this build, will be putting it together tomorrow! Can't wait to see how this mini beast runs.

CalvinT 1 point 58 months ago

You beat me to it mine is still in shipping. I upgraded a tiny bit by adding an SSD and a wireless card.

jtmunn 1 point 58 months ago

@phillip do you happen to have GPU / CPU temperature information? Thank you in advance!

gmariust 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

You've put the back-plate upside down, there are 2 notches on the back-plate that fit with the screw head of the motherboard (08:13 in your video). I wonder how loud its the build once you overclock it.

Summon3r 1 point 57 months ago

wow, very nice considering getting this exact build maybe a larger case though and gtx 780 (nvidia fanboy). what did you get the OC to with the liquid cooling?

LordXenos 1 point 57 months ago
Royazu 1 point 57 months ago

Hey everyone, I just completed this build! Sort of..

I can't get the GPU to display. Win 7, mobo drivers, C++ and .Net Framework are installed, but I receive an "install package failure" when I go to install the GPU drivers.

In response I disabled the onboard intel processor graphics, now when I boot I get blackness when plugged in to the mobo VGA, and "check signal cable" when Im plugged into the GPU!

Thank you for your time

Royazu 1 point 57 months ago

Its me again, fixed my problem. Now Im aware this isn't the thread for these questions, disregard and happy building :]

NinjaMuffin 1 point 57 months ago

I tried to slightly modify this to be more towards the price range listed, and if you buy an OS with it, you'll have about a 970 build. Any thoughts and suggestions about my build before i actually get it? And how well is it balanced? The main edit was going from an R9 280x to an R9 270x to try to better fit the budget, and replaced the motherboard due to many recommendations NOT to get it, due to multiple issues some people had with the board, and with the resulting build, went for a power supply that seemed more suitable for the overall wattage of the build.

aaaaaaaa 1 point 57 months ago

How about this? Kind of kills your Newegg $1054. And yes in EU we pay around +25% on computer parts :( Basically because import and taxes are high. Where as US has minimum import and minimal taxes.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rmgFmG Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rmgFmG/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.00 @ Amazon) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg) Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($127.24 @ TigerDirect) Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP920 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($74.99 @ TigerDirect) Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ NCIX US) Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg) Case: Fractal Design FD-CA-CORE-3300-BL ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg) Total: $1029.17 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-14 06:23 EDT-0400

SSD, triple the HDD, twice the RAM, WiFi, ...

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

Improving this build at this point is not terribly difficult - the parts were chosen almost three months ago, and prices change often.

Sondag79 1 point 57 months ago

HELP MEHhh!! I'm currently upgrading a PC and need any feedback/suggestions I can get. (I'm open to any suggestions) http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zdt9wP I don't upgrade my PC very often so I want this to last me for a very long time. I need to buy 4 things. A motherboard, processor, RAM, and graphics card. Regarding MB/GPU, I'm not planning on ever having a 2 GPU system. This PC is strictly for gaming (BF4, Dayz) and have a budget of $800. I have put together the following but I would appreciate any feedback/suggestions regarding these choices: Motherboard: $95 ASRock Z97 Fatal1ty Killer ATX Processor: $200 i5-4690k 3.5GHz. RAM: $150 Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 16GB (2x8GB) 1600 CL9 9-9-9-24 Graphics Card: $270 MSI Radeon R9 280x 3GB
I've went in store and had a price quote for these 4 things for $780 w/tax

Would it be better to get 8GB (2x4GB) RAM with a higher speed 1866-or higher 2400? Or am I better off going with 16GB? I'm open to any feedback and/or suggestions so fire away! Thank you in advance for the help.

ieebpc 1 point 56 months ago

Hello. Thanks for the great build and video. My first set of questions (and hopefully last) stems from the fact that I accidentally bought the corsair cx600 instead of the cx600M. First: there are a lot of extra cables, can I just use the 8 pin and 24 pin plugs and then zip tie all the other cables out of the way?

Second: how could I take advantage of the fact that it is semi modular in the future? I'm not really sure what that means.

Thanks again.

itmondsply 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

Did you notice that you installed the back plate for your CPU cooler upside down? At 8:10, the 2 rounded grooves should go around the screws below (in video) the CPU. You'll get a more even, flush mount. Just a little tip.

Edit: After continuing to read, I saw that someone already pointed this out, my apologies.

NinjaMuffin 1 point 56 months ago

Could anyone translate this build into not only a cheaper build, but one that is NOT intended to overclock? any help would be greatly appreciated!

sega446 1 point 56 months ago

in vietnam this one may cost me about ~1250! and i have a better build with this http://pcpartpicker.com/user/sega446/saved/yG4Ycf

tangent 1 point 56 months ago

Very well done. Slow and easy presentation.

immaman1992 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

What should be done is a build that is $1000, but with a monitor, mouse, keyboard, and a fan controller.

PsychoticBunny 1 point 56 months ago


any suggestions on making this cheaper (in new zealand)

Zipster90 1 point 56 months ago

I've been getting in a reboot loop with this setup whenever I plug in the video card. Do I need to clear the CMOS before this will work successfully? Very odd...

sentliu 5 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

I will save $50 for case and $40 for air cooling. add $90 for GPU .

PattyFromTexas 1 point 55 months ago

My beautiful expensive Alienware laptop is in the shop and they tell me it might cost $1500 to repair. Someone in my guild said I should build my own, and get a much better product in the end. He said it was easy, like putting legos together. He linked pcpartpicker in game and I found this 970 build. You made it look so easy, so I purchased the bundle advertised by Newegg, and eagerly awaited my new project. Once it arrived, I followed your video and learned all about the inside of a computer. I who had never done anything more complicated than replacing a cd player once. Not only did I manage to get it running but I did it on the first try thanks to your awesome video. Building my own PC was an eye opening experience lemme tell ya!.

EgotisticalGenius 1 point 55 months ago

Just finished this build and wasn't able to get it to work With the Graphics card in anyone know why?

Wenglish 1 point 43 months ago

I replicated this build a while ago. It was my first one :) I'm working on a color themed build now. This was a really great place to start for any first time builder.

Wvheil 1 point 19 months ago

It's amazing how in 2017 this still costs $970

AMZ101 0 points 57 months ago

Would the NZXT Phantom 410 case work well with this build?

Zedzer 2 Builds 2 points 57 months ago

Pretty much any case will with atx or matx board compatibility. If you are choosing that case I would go for an atx motherboard instead however...

ScottS 0 points 57 months ago

I'm surprised you used a platter drive instead of an ssd. At least you could have used a hybrid drive. The most important aspect of the system you would think would be its responsiveness. Also, by now you would think 16gb would be the minimum amount of Ram. Did you not know that Asus has automatic overclocking software with its z97 mobo's that optimizes settings of everything to maximize both the high performance and low power management so you get the best of both worlds? What about using cheap 120gb ssd's in Raid O? shouldn't you be showing off some of your knowledge...

Bigmeanmike -1 points 58 months ago

I think you should have swapped out for a better and cheaper Processor, then you could boost the ram to 32Gb instead of 16gb, and have even more power for less.

Ggadget 3 points 58 months ago

No reason for 32 gigs or 16 gigs. They are both overkill, and likely won't offer performance benefits. What processor is better and cheaper?

Bigmeanmike 1 point 53 months ago

I disagree. I'm running 8gb and my computer has issues getting around it'self. Price for power, AMD will always beat intel by miles, but they also require a better cooler

Zedzer 2 Builds 2 points 57 months ago

RAM DOES NOT OFFER ANY POWER. A CPU will. If you get a cheap CPU with 16 gigs of RAM it is pretty much useless.Everything needs to be balanced and unless you are video editing or doing some serious multitasking, 8 GB is always enough. More than that is just a bit overkill and uselss if you have a bad CPU. An i5 4690k with 8GB of RAM is just great. That's an amazing combination. I agree with Ggadget.

Bigmeanmike 1 point 53 months ago

Yes it does... Trust me, my ram is quite often clocked at 8gb, and my processor is an i7 at 3.2gHz. I'm running pretty basic games and still lagging quite often, especially with other programs open.

epicpcgamer 1 Build -10 points 58 months ago

I don't get why they didn't get the MSI R9 280. It's $60 cheaper,and just as powerful as the XFX DD.

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Ggadget 1 point 58 months ago

Ikr. This would be so much better: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vrVsnQ .

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philip staff submitter 10 Builds 2 points 58 months ago

Look, if you're going to comment on this site, particularly on a blog post from the owner of the site, keep it polite or take it somewhere else.

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