The main idea of this build is to have pretty high gaming performance while keeping the cost as low as possible.
CPU: I called Staples and got them to price match Microcenter's 159.99 + tax since a trip to Microcenter would have taken about 5 hours round trip for me.
Motherboard: Cheapest micro ATX motherboard I could find that has PCIe 3.0 and 4 DIMM slots in case I need to more than 8GB RAM in the future.
Memory: Cheapest DDR3-1600 during the time frame I was ordering the parts.
Video Card: I was one of the lucky ones to have grabbed this before it sold out. I was originally looking at a GTX 760 but I'm glad I picked this one up. It is a bit noisy and runs hotter than all of the other 7970 GE but I still love it!
Storage: Bought at Newegg for $189.99 with 10% mobile checkout discount. Reused my HDD from a six year old build.
Case: I really wanted a cheap and small case (that can house a large video card) to fit under my desk. The main problem with this case is the complete lack of cable management features.
Power Supply: Cheapest 80PLUS Bronze certified PSU I could find. It doesn't go well with this case because of all the extra cables.
Optical Drive: I needed one...
Postmortem Thoughts: I wasn't able to spot a deal on a modular PSU and I really wanted to complete the build before Thanksgiving Holiday (more free time to game!). But I really should have spent more and grabbed a modular PSU to go with this case. I know the cables are very messy but please be kind about it. The 4th picture a size comparison with the Centurion 5.
Final Cost: Total upfront cost came out to $806.28 with $40 MIR. I also bought everything with my Discover Card so I'm expecting another $39.60 Cash Back. I'm thinking about selling my Radeon Gold Reward for $20 which should drop the final cost down to $706.68.
Thanks for reading!
|CPU||Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core||$174.19 USD||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||ECS B85H3-M(1.0) Micro ATX LGA1150||$66.55 USD||(Purchased)|
|Memory||Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$48.59 USD||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" SSD||$170.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM||$0.00 USD||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB||$219.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Case||Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower||$19.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V||$50.99 USD|
|Optical Drive||Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer||$14.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Total (United States):||$766.28 USD|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.2GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||33.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||49.0° C|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||1050MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||6000MHz|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||33.0° C|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||67.0° C|
|Performance Preset Score||P10125|