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Well it took about 3 months to buy all of the parts but it definitely worth the patience. I was originally trying to decide if I should get an XBone or PS4. A friend of mine said to get a PC sorta jokingly. It did make more sense to get a computer and even more sense to build it myself as it would be cheaper. I'm primarily going to be using this for video and motion graphics work but also gaming. So far I've only played Skyrim but it looks amazing.

The build went smoothly. It posted when I test the main components. I didn't lose or break anything when I was putting everything in the case. And the best part of all, it turned on on the first try.

Anyways, as for the parts:

XFX R9 390 This first part I bought was the video card. I had only been look for a few hours the night before Thanksgiving and the day of. I didn't really know much of anything but I was on reddit and somebody commented saying that if you're thinking about buying that card then to do it now. So I did.

ASRock H97M Pro4 This was the next piece I purchased. I knew from the beginning that I didn't want to overclock so Z boards were out of the question. It seemed cheap enough and highly recommended so that's why I chose this one.

Xeon E3-1231 I was originally going to go with an i5-6500. I learned that Xeons were basically the same as some i7s as well as better for video work. Jet had a great deal that I couldn't pass up.

Crucial Ballistix Sport As far as I can tell, ram is ram. I went with something cheap but decently rated. I also figured 16 GB would be enough for a while. The price is marked as $0.00 because it was right around Christmas time and my girlfriend didn't know what to get me so I sent her the link to the parts list.

Hard drives I had a hard time picking out hard drives. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the best combination of low price and high speeds. I went with the Silicon Power S60 because it seemed reasonably priced and it was Prime eligible. The WD Black was purchased with some money my mother gave me for my birthday, that's why it also has a price of $0.00. Everywhere I read said the WD drives were great and the Blacks were some of the best ones.

EVGA 750W B2 I had read that the B2 were some of the better power supplies and are actually rated silver rather than bronze. The price I got it for was the lowest I had come across in my searches.

Cooler Master N200 When it came to the case I didn't want a "gaming" case as I thought most of them looked kinda cheesy. I liked the way this case looked and I liked how small it looked in video reviews. It is small by the way. It was pretty easy to work with for my first time building. I managed to get decent cable management inside it and only had to cram the back on a little bit.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 4 points

Lol @ the cat

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for smart budgeting.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

the cat on your case before you build in it will possibly give off static or something. super awesome build!

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

i rate that cat 10/10...the pc is good as well

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

your cat is going to destroy your pc with static XD

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

HI CAT

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

cat

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

smart component choices, great cable management for this case, and a gorgeous cat. well done +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Another Xeon build! I've used that CPU twice now myself +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build! i actually just ordered this motherboard and CPU combo. Have you played with the bios at all to get all 4 cores to turbo to 3.8ghz? i was able to do that with a build for a friend of mine with an ASUS h97. I would assume you can with this board just wondering if you tried it at all?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't tried yet. Is it pretty simple to do?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

not sure, on the asus board i think i just turned on the automatic overclock feature on the board and it did it itself (can't remember exactly its been a few months). I will hopefully be building and testing this weekend and i'll post my results. Looking at the online bios manual, it looks like there might be some of those same overclocking features on this board.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The cat's name is George Catstanza by the way!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Xeon, 16GB RAM, 240GB SSD and 2TB HDD, R9 390 and 750w PSU for only $600? ******* genius! +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the price to performance ratio. If I could I'd give another +1 just for the name.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn. I'm gonna use a 1231v3, 390, and a 750B2. Also gonna get 90% of my parts from Jet so I can save around ~100. This is pretty much what I set out to do! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

That GPU price is insane! Was it new?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, brand new

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Almost the exact same build as me just half the price. Nice job with the parts and getting nice sales. Very powerful build for the price. +1

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed, this is one of the most high performance bang for buck PCs I've seen.