Our April build is a bit late, but late is better than never...
Build video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARbcSGyRaDI
For this build, we were aiming for a $700 price point. That's certainly achievable, but we opted to save a bit of money by reusing components we already had on hand. As a result, the price ended up a bit over our budgeted amount. However, by carefully choosing similarly specced components you should be able to easily come in under $700 for this build (at least, at the time of writing this).
BitFenix kindly provided the Comrade case for this build. It is styled simply and was straight-forward to work with. The space behind the motherboard tray is fairly shallow, so you'll want to spend extra time with cable management to avoid having trouble getting the side panel on. A modular or semi-modular power supply can help significantly with that.
The removable drive bays worked great, and I really liked the slide apart design for the 3.5" bays. The 2.5" had the standard screw mounts.
One of the feet did break off sometime before arriving - it came out of the box that way. The shipping box was in decent shape, so I don't know if that was due to shipping or if it came from the factory that way. Either way, if this were going to be a daily driver I'm sure I could fix it with some epoxy and some creativity.
|CPU||Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core||$106.97||OutletPC|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-H81.Amp-UP ATX LGA1150|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$84.97||Directron|
|Storage||Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" SSD||$70.97||OutletPC|
|Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$49.88||OutletPC|
|Video Card||MSI Radeon R9 270 2GB TWIN FROZR||$164.99||Newegg|
|Case||BitFenix Comrade ATX Mid Tower||$54.99||NCIX US|
|Power Supply||Corsair 550W ATX12V / EPS12V||$79.99||Micro Center|
|Date Published||April 28, 2014|
|Date Built||April 23, 2014|