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Big Buff Baby (r9 290)

by Awed123

23
20 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 5, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.4GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.01Ghz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.0GHz

Description

This is my second build. I built this for heavy duty gaming and other tasks such as web browsing. I built this computer to last me through four years of college and with a r9 290 it should do the trick (hopefully). As I said in my last build I'd like to thank everyone at pcpartpicker.com for their help. Now on to the good stuff

CPU: I decided on an i5 4670 because I really didn't feel comfortable overclocking in an mini itx case. Especially with an r9 290. Simple as that

MOBO: This gigabyte motherboard is one of the best mini itx motherboards for the price out there in my opinion

RAM: Just an old stick from my last rig. didn't see anything wrong with just keeping this one and besides it give me the ability to move up to 16gb later

Memory: a pretty standard hard drive and ssd combo.

GPU: omg this is a beast of a card flies through any thing I throw at it now I just need to find a good 1440p monitor to really make it shine

Case: I know someone's going to say "why didn't you get the elite 130" so here's my answer. I love the way the elite 120 looks and it beats out the elite 130 any day in terms of aesthetics if you ask me. If your not going to use a water cooler why not save the extra money anyway?

PSU: It's a incredibly built psu simple as that

Optical drive: pretty basic and I know it's not the asus but I'm honestly just to lazy to look for the actual drive

OS: was there any other choice really?

Comments Sorted by:

dschutt84 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Nice build! Other than price, why the 120 over the 130?

coolguy562 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

That was explained in the description.

dschutt84 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Yes it does! Eh getting lazy reading those things i guess.

Awed123 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Don't worry I'm exactly the same way

xBajamonsteRx 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

+1 Thats one hell of a build for the price!

Awed123 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks the MOBO and GPU are both off of eBay thats the only way I could keep prices so low. I hate not living near a micro center :(

xBajamonsteRx 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I know the struggle :(

Jesso2k 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Damn good value in this build. +1

Where did you find a R9 290 for $300?

Awed123 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

found it new on eBay and couldn't stop myself from buying it

jacobs4525 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Damn that's an amazing deal on that video card!

ProEngPC 8 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Prices are falling quickly on the 290s. NCIX Canada has a nice one for $365 Canadian dollars over the weekend. I'm not surprised they're going for $300US on eBay. I find it very hard to understand why anyone would buy a GTX 780 when prices are this low on the 290.

Awed123 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Agreed, though I can understand getting the 780 if you intend to sli them due to the heat the 290 gives off. Though it could be argued with the money you save with 290 you could watercool them. Idk I guess it's just a preference.

jacobs4525 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Man am I jealous. I built mine during the mining craze, but had I waited a few months I could've got a 290 for the price of my 770!

welshdiesel 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

thats better cable management than some atx builds i've seen on here! +1

Awed123 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks that was definitely the hardest part of this build

bastille 1 point 11 months ago

If you do ever change out your power supply I recommend a Bitfenix PSU because their cables are individually sleeved and they are small

Awed123 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Are those the ones you can get the shortened cable sets for like 20$?

bastille 1 point 11 months ago

you can get extensions from them or a power supply with them which is what I recommend the cables are amazing they are hand sleeved and they are using really high quality sleeving

Awed123 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

oh sweet thanks I'll definitely look into that in the future

bastille 1 point 11 months ago

no prob