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Coolermaster Build (Started)

This build was designed to be quiet, compact, and powerful. I wanted it to be futureproof with the exception of a graphics card upgrade in the future if the need arises, however the R9 280x has a reputation for being great for 1080p gaming. Originally I had planned to go with an NVIDIA GTX 960 card and blue color scheme however after seeing videos like this one I knew I wanted to go with the Radeon instead. It's a stellar card that not only looks great, but performs great! It also has another GB of VRAM as opposed to most 960s--making it more futureproof and powerful.

The build was carefully budgeted to $700, and with the exception of the SSD, has met this budget. It was bought part-by-part, as I waited for deals for the various parts. Originally the build more than met this budget however then I decided to add an SSD, finally succumbing after hearing enough about their performance difference. I added an SSD, LED Case fan (I needed SOMEthing aesthetically pleasing!) and a CPU cooler which wasn't necessary and this brought my budget up to $800.

Compatibility: No issues or incompatibilities found.

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CPU Intel Core i5-4590 3.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor
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$170.38
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CPU Cooler Cooler Master GeminII M4 58.4 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
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$20.61
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Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z97N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard
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$111.98
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Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
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$43.99
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Storage Toshiba 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
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$79.99
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Storage OCZ ARC 100 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
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$64.95
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Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 280X 3 GB TurboDuo Video Card
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$179.99
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Case Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case
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$29.99
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Power Supply XFX 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply
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$57.98
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Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit
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$18.13
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Wireless Network Adapter AzureWave ​Broadcom B​CM94352HMB
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Case Fan Cougar Dual-X 64.37 CFM 120 mm Fan
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DiRT Rally​ ($45.99 V​alue)
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Total (Purchased): $792.68
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