So after a little fiasco with Newegg's preferred shipping partner in my area OnTrac, I finally got this built. So OnTrac was given a simple task: deliver a motherboard and powersupply to my door. Now is that too much to ask?? Apparently so from the given driver on that day because it took them a week and a half to deliver it to the wrong door. Got in contact with the driver and gave him step by step instructions on how to get to my house. Claimed he couldn't find my house but somehow delivered it the next day to the wrong one. To make a long story short, luckily Newegg was quick about a refund and I made sure to file a complaint.
After selling my last build I decided to give the 280x a go. Since I'm a total cheapskate and hadn't bought BF4 yet, I decided to go with the XFX card because it not only looked great but was only one of two cards that came with BF4 at the time of purchase. I got almost everything on sale and ended up spending less than I though I would have to which is nice.
CPU: Got for a steal when the awesome Staples price match to Microcenter deal was happening (I'm nowhere near a microcenter). Was $160 after shipping. Would have gone with the 4770k for $200 but they were out of stock =(. Yes I know 1155 is now a dead socket but I plan on selling this build anyways so didn't really matter to me. Still an awesome chip.
CPU COOLER: Got for $55 after MIR. Great dual 120m thick rad. Cools very well and stays relatively quiet.
MOBO: Awesome mobo for an awesome price. Really loved the power and reset button on the mobo since I did a test bench before my case arrived.
RAM: BlackFriday Sale on Newegg for $52. Great price for 8 GB of Ram at the time and running 1866 at CL9.
HDD: Stores stuff. Isn't an SSD but I don't mind load times.
GPU: Seriously loving this thing. First off it is by far the sexiest card I have ever laid eyes on. The all black shroud is nice because I hate the look of heatpipes sticking out of cards. Thing overclocked better than I expected and managed 1150/1650 on it and the max temp only got up to 76 C. Stayed pretty quiet as well.
CASE: $50 was an absolute deal and a half on this case. Only complaint is the smoked window. Not really my style but I knew this coming into it.
PSU: Used in last build and had no issues what soever. I realize it is just an FSP rebrand but it's a tier 3 PSU and I got it for a great price. The cables are pretty high quality and the red PCI cables match my red ram.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||$160.00 USD|
|CPU Cooler||Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid||$55.00 USD|
|Motherboard||ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155||$99.00 USD|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866||$52.00 USD|
|Storage||Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$60.00 USD|
|Video Card||XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation||$300.00 USD|
|Case||Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower||$50.00 USD|
|Power Supply||EVGA 750W ATX12V / EPS12V||$50.00 USD|
|Total (United States):||$826.00 USD|
|Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.4GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||30.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||56.0° C|