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.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core||$199.99|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-H87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150||$94.99|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$29.99|
|G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$29.99|
|Storage||Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" SSD||$139.99|
|Video Card||XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB||$329.99|
|Case||BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower||$49.99|
|Power Supply||EVGA 600W ATX12V / EPS12V||$59.99|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.2GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||42.0° C|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||850MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||-|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||-|