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My First Build - November 2013

by wt24



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C


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.

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KingOfKhazmidan 15 points 48 months ago

That gpu looks sick

ahmed.sheikh.98 4 points 48 months ago

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

jonech 1 Build 3 points 48 months ago

what monitor is that?

Sambrero 11 points 48 months ago

It looks like a massive PSP lol.

wt24 submitter 5 Builds 5 points 48 months ago

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

Dubesta11 12 Builds 4 points 48 months ago

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

wt24 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

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


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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FGarray 1 Build 3 points 48 months ago

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

Zeus 1 Build 3 points 48 months ago

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

+1 for a well balanced build

fnapoli 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

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

candy 2 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

Great build for the price +1

MrBeastshaw 15 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

+1 for XFX 280x

fatninjamke 2 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

Nice build!

nerdymosh 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

This Build is great

DeathClap 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

Nice Build! That monitor looks kind of funny lol.

the13yearoldgenius 2 points 47 months ago

how is that ssd its really cheap

wt24 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

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

the13yearoldgenius 2 points 47 months ago

cool thanks

mvnjpy 2 points 47 months ago

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

wt24 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

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

daphillenium 2 points 46 months ago

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.

wt24 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

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.

wetsoup 2 points 34 months ago

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

wt24 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

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

wetsoup 2 points 34 months ago

Awesome thank you

chengong910 1 point 47 months ago

Hihi~ newbie here.

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

zngga 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago

The R9 280x is more comparable to a GTX 770

Fonnz 1 point 47 months ago

what are the temps for the cpu and gpu?

wt24 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

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.

lebuilder 1 point 37 months ago

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.

neuda17 0 points 43 months ago

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

wt24 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

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.

Dabeavis 3 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

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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