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BitFenix Comrade / i3-4130 / R9 270

by philip



Date Published

April 29, 2014

Date Built

April 23, 2014

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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.

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epicfacecr 1 Build 13 points 43 months ago

Hi Philip, I have a suggestion for May, a compact budget steam machine with something small like a Cooler Master Elite 130, or the Node 304.

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 5 points 43 months ago

I'll have to look into it - we just finished up an ITX build last month (the 250D). We already have the case for May (it'll be Micro ATX), but perhaps we can investigate either a mid-month build with the Elite 130 or Node 304.

epicfacecr 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Alrightie, cool!

FlamingDefibs 8 points 43 months ago

As usual, your photography is top-notch.

Seghasivk 1 Build 3 points 43 months ago

Now a $500 build with the fx-6300. Please.

Firestar911 2 points 43 months ago

Great Build Phillip! +1

polarbehr 4 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

having used this case in my last build i can assure you the foot is a problem. One broke off a week after i finished.


lol shallow would actually be nice, there is little to no room for cable management and creativity is a must.

Well at least with the white case you didn't get black gunk all over you hands right? I guess that is a plus.

DragonForge 2 points 38 months ago

Why not an AMD 6300? I'm debating between an i3 or an AMD 6300.

random_system_builder 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Hi Philip I saw you used a CS550M. What's this difference between the CS and CX series of power supplies? Great build BTW +1

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 3 points 43 months ago

The main difference that I know of is the CS series are gold certified, while the CX are bronze certified. I imagine there's an OEM difference there too, but I'm not certain who the OEM is for each model (and which is considered more reputable if they are different).

StewieMonSta 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

I think the CS series still uses some cheap caps in their PSU :(

deathfromup 6 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

The OEM for the CX Series is "CWT" and the OEM for the CS series is "GreatWall" haven't really heard of them before personally, but the CS Series has been getting pretty good reviews, probably a tier 2 or 3 PSU. (perfect for a $700 budget imo.)

Deano_Awesome 1 point 43 months ago

Hey why not go with a 6300?

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 4 points 43 months ago

We had the motherboard on hand from a previous build, and the only motherboard we have here that supports the FX-6300 would have put the price well over the $700 target.

BghMc 1 point 43 months ago

Great build! Definitely going to use this for my 700$ PC!

Killer_68 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

I plan to put the same power supply on my build and on this build the estimated wattage is 308 and on my build 442, do i have to take more than the estimated wattage?

linsyschopman 3 points 43 months ago

Yes, you do need to take more than the estimated wattage. Especially if you plan on overclocking or anything, but even if you don't it's highly recommended.

Akut 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

estimated wattage is what the computer will draw under 100% full load, and is based on values set by the manufacturer. It is highly recommended that you get a PSU that is more. Getting one that is just barely within the range will stress your PSU. Running a PSU at 100% load will greatly shorten the life expectancy of the part itself, and possibly blow, taking your components with it.

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Even at 442w max estimated, I think the power supply would be plenty sufficient.

Deano_Awesome 1 point 43 months ago

Hey Phillip can you do a Australian $700 or $1000 build please gaming prices here are costly!

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Some slight tweaks to the part list for AU availability and you can stay in that price range: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/3A4bo

The motherboard change makes it Micro ATX, but if you needed the extra expansion slots you could switch off of the H81 chipset and find a comparable ATX motherboard.

Novapilot28 1 point 43 months ago

Looks similar to what i am thinking except its atx and plus an ssd. Also have to say that the camera work is brilliant.

JPCRacing24 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

One suggestion for bringing the build within budget is instead of an SSD and HD to go with a Seagate Hybrid 1TB for $89. Then you have the best of both worlds! :) +1 for a very nice clean build!

BloodAnimus 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Great as always philip, so eye appealing and all around great

GMAN-DV8 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

This build is very clean, and isn't overkil.

seesamsea 1 point 43 months ago

Nice and clean...

CarterBond 1 point 43 months ago

Clamp+Epoxy+Time= Fixed Foot on Case

pclord100 1 point 42 months ago

Phillip i´d suggest a sort of challange like building a gaming pc with exactly EJ: 2014 dollars. Good luck.

Theredflyingninja 1 point 40 months ago

I'am thinking of buying all my parts from CPL, is that a safe thing to do ?? ( It's my first build) I'am doing a similar build to this.

kunowbi 1 point 36 months ago

will I be able to bulge in 2x 120mm fans at the top in case I want to drill holes at the top of it?

SirSnugzAlot 1 point 33 months ago

How is the cpu and gpu treating you? thinking about getting them. Oh, and what games do you play? And what fps do you get?

zaneskies 1 point 31 months ago

hey dude i am looking at getting this case for my first pc build, do you think i should get an extra case fan?? thanks

ClatterHD 1 point 24 months ago

You forgot that some prices of parts in your build are unspecified. The £257.93 cost can be misleading for some people.

fender08531 1 point 24 months ago

700$ and now its 400

r i p

xCruzzerCrumpet 1 point 24 months ago

Hey Philip, if you had the time, could you check out my build? Thanks!

Ridden_ 1 point 1 month ago

This is 3 years old but, now that's cable management.

DavisTheWalrus 1 Build -1 points 42 months ago

if this were strictly a gaming build id recommend cutting the ssd and getting a 270x and a 6300. that would give you more performance with an upgrade to an ssd within a month or two.

Bass_Wub 2 points 41 months ago

You can overclock the 270 and get the same performance and a 4130 will offer more performance than the 6300 in most cases.