Description

Never thought I would actually get around to doing this but I'm extremely happy I did! I stumbled upon this website (PCPartPicker) approximately a year ago, and ever since then I have been contemplating building my own rig.

All of these parts were purchased on the weekend of Black Friday 2013. I had a few different builds in mind, but in the end I decided to let the case I would purchase dictate what kind of build I would have. (all prices are in CDN $, before taxes)

Case: Bitfenix Prodigy. I fell in love with this case at first sight, and when NCIX had this case on sale for $49.99, it was too good of a deal to pass up.

MOBO: H87N. This was on sale for $94.99 at Canada Computers, and theres a $30 MiR, so it came down to $64.99 before taxes. Since this is my first build, I wasn't too fussed about overclocking, or else I would have got the Z87n version instead.

CPU: i5 4570. Since I wasn't going to be overclocking I decided against the K series. Tried to find a better deal on a CPU but the only thing I could find for a great price was the i7 4770K, which is overkill for this build, so I decided against it.

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4x2 1600. On sale at Canada Computers for $29.99 per 4GB stick, and was the cheapest I could find.

Storage: Crucial M500 240GB SSD. Ridiculous deal at NCIX (online), $139.99 was such a good price that I almost bought a second one. I'll probably add a 1TB 7200RPM in the future for more space.

Videocard: XFX R9 280X. I had long decided on the R9 280X. I purchased the XFX version because it was the cheapest and also had a free copy of BF4.

Power Supply: EVGA 600W 80+ Bronze. On sale for 59.99, plus theres a $20 MiR, so $39.99 before taxes.

UPDATE: Its been a year and a half since I built this, and I couldn't have asked for more. Everything is running smoothly and nothing has broken down. I finally got around to buying some case upgrades:

I replaced the original fans with 3 red led fans, 2x 120mm Bitfenix Spectre, and 1x230mm Spectre Pro. I also added the Bitfenix Prodigy Sidepanel Window to replace the original vented side panel. Unfortunately this has increased the CPU and GPU temperatures, but I have installed MSI Afterburner to help adjust the GPU fan speed when needed.

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 15 points

That gpu looks sick

  • 72 months ago
  • 4 points

Have the same gpu, beautiful isn't it? ;)

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

what monitor is that?

  • 72 months ago
  • 11 points

It looks like a massive PSP lol.

  • 72 months ago
  • 5 points

The monitor is the Sony PS3 3D Display. I purchased it on Black Friday 2012 for very cheap to go with my Xbox 360 and PS3, and although I heard about many problems from others, it has been very good to me so far. Definitely don't need either console any more though :P

  • 72 months ago
  • 4 points

Whats the resolution of it? Does it work with the 3D thing?

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

1080p: 1920x1080 @ 240hz (taken from reviews.cnet)

http://reviews.cnet.com/lcd-monitors/sony-playstation-3d-display/4507-3174_7-35004017.html

3D does not work out of box with pc's, although guides on the internet will show you how to get it working

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  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

I was using the exact same display for about a month when it crapped out n me D:

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow. That GPU looks amazing. Really goes well with the black Bitfenix Prodigy.

+1 for a well balanced build

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a really great build! Looks great, priced well, balanced....good work!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build for the price +1

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for XFX 280x

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build!

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

This Build is great

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Build! That monitor looks kind of funny lol.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

how is that ssd its really cheap

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

It's running perfectly so far. Turns on to desktop within 10 seconds, as fast as my laptop does!(crucial m4 120gb)

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

cool thanks

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

do you think an h81 mobo would work with this build? I was going to get the same cpu and gpu.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I dont see any conflicts, although don't take my word for it.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, question here. Do you use the antenna for the wifi? Mine will be sitting right next to my router and I didn't know if it's necessary. Thanks.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I use the antenna for wifi when my ps3 is using the only ethernet port available. It has been very good so far, obviously not as good as ethernet, but better than laptop wifi for sure.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Has the powersupply been holding up perfectly fine? ive heard bad things about that one there

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Its working perfectly, havent had a single problem since i built it just over a year ago.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome thank you

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Hihi~ newbie here.

Question for all: why not GTX 670 (MSI or Asus)? Looks a lot cheaper with equally performance? Correct me please~

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

The R9 280x is more comparable to a GTX 770

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

what are the temps for the cpu and gpu?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

CPU temperature hasn't gone above 45*C, unfortunately can't confirm temperatures for the GPU. But with 1 200mm fan and 2 120mm fans this system is ridiculously cool, haven't had a single heat issue since built.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going with a 2-3-Way-Crossfire Gaming build with those same exact GPU's. You're lucky to have one of those, that's a boss of a grpahics card.

  • 68 months ago
  • 0 points

i suggest you to get a better PSU, and does ur stuff over heat?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Whats wrong with the current power supply? A 600W PSU is plenty for this build, and I could have downgraded to 500W if I really wanted to.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

He probably means a more stable/reliable unit like Antec, Seasonic (or Seasonic-based like XFX), etc. since EVGA's 500/600B probably isn't the best PSU for higher-end gaming builds.

I take it as long as you aren't overclocking the 280x (I know the CPU's locked and I doubt you'll OC' the ram) real hard it should be fine.

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