This system is used for facebook and instagram. . . just kidding - heavy gaming, web browing, video streaming, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Premiere. Feel free to leave any comments or questions you have regarding this build. I'm always open suggestions and to learn more. photos taken with the Canon 6d -> Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II

i5 6500 - Had my eyes set on the i5 4600(cheaper itself + last gen chipset + ddr3 ram), but the i5 6500 was lounging around at my local fry's during black friday. I HAD to grab it.

16gb Patriot viper ram- I had a prebuilt system from dell(xps 8300) with 6 gigs of ram originally, but later upgraded to 8. For this new build i picked up 16 gigs for some of the new + future projects I'll be working on, not to mention, 16 gigs is pretty average nowadays.

OCZ Agility 3 120 GB - Use it as a boot drive and have a few single player games on it. Now that I think about it... I should really have gotten a 250 GB drive instead of using an older small-sized ssd. Boot times are ~5 seconds. All-in-all it's a solid performer even @ three years old!

XFX Radeon r9 280x- I have a BENQ g2420HDBL 60 hertz monitor @ 1080p and purchased a nippon labs DVI-D dual link 10 ft cable for future 1440p use. To simplify, my options were really... the gtx 960, r9 280x, & r9 380. I did not dare step into the gtx 970/ r9 290x/ 390x/ 290 territory for fear of losing my life savings. It runs pretty cool(at load) at ~58 degrees celcius and plays all my games on medium to high depending on the title. The story on this card: purchased it from a @toms hardware member that previously had it in Crossfire. shipping and handling was all taken care of and the transaction was made through paypal. *thumbs up to him for that

antec p50 - Ok, i'm going to rip this case a new one, first of all; IT RETAILS FOR 80 DOLLARS?! The build quality is NOT acceptable for this price point. Some parts are loose, like the mounting bracket for the top two fans. The two antec 120 mil fans supplied with the case are LOUD. I would NOT RECOMMEND this case because of the 3 x 80 mil fan ports in the rear of the case, the HDD cage blocks CPU power cable(when using more than 2 hard drives), no grommets, top fan grille does not have a filter, and does not come with zip ties, but plenty of tie downs... No wonder it was marked down to 20 dollars. But, in all honesty, it's an ok case if you can purchase it at the mentioned price. I heard that the thermal take v21 or corsair air 240 are pretty popular micro atx cases.

Seasonic 650w semi-mod 80+ gold - PSU is working great. Came with excellent packaging and is very very quiet even with load. I have nothing more to say about this unit and would confidently recommend this model or any other Seasonic power supply.

Cougar CF-d12HB-b 64.4 CFM 2000rpm 120 mil- great fans and are very very quiet. Packaging was superb and the leds shine very bright. Unfortunately, these fans run at full speed 24/7 because i ran out of cpu_fan 4 pin connectors on my motherboard. they're connected directly to the psu. This model i would also recommend.


I regret purchasing an H motherboard and should've went with a Z board(30 extra bucks) for the possibility to upgrade to an intel K processor.

The build went smoothly, but I had some problems fitting the big graphics card into the case. I had to unscrew the motherboard, plug in the graphics card, then shimmy the motherboard into position with the graphics card already in the pcie slot to clear the pcie port lip in the case.

ASRock's h170m pro4 micro atx board has two cpu_fan connectors in total and one of them is next to the sata ports and under the graphics card. It is nearly impossible to get to if your graphics card is already seated.

If you can't tell, there is major graphics card sag... gotta figure that out haha.

Hey, you made it! It was long, I know xD. This build was super fun and was a big challenge since I've only ever watched other people do it. My goal was build a powerful budget system no greater than $ 650 USD. For the criteria, I feel pretty good about where it sits, price to performance wise.

Hope you all enjoyed... see you on the flip side!

Log in to rate comments or to post a comment.


  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow I am surprised you fit everything in there! Nice build.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! I thought.. that a micro atx case would be easy since people build mini itx rigs. Ha ha proven wrong.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey 4ren, awesome build man!
I'm using a similarly sized graphics card (slightly smaller actually) in this case and I'm struggling to install it - how did you manage to get the 280X in with its height without coming up against the edge of the case? I found the edge of the case stops me slotting it in with the motherboard installed Thanks for any help on this bro

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, i'm back. Did you figure it out? I just put the graphics card in sideways and hammered the backside of the case a little bit.

[comment deleted]