June 27, 2014
The mission? A gaming build under $1000. At $970, we hit the price point with a bit of room to spare. And this build doesn't sacrifice performance - with the new Intel Devil's Canyon Core i5-4690K and an R9 280X, it has plenty of horsepower.
As an added bonus, Newegg has even created a combo using this exact set of parts!
For the color conscious, all the parts also match a black/red color scheme. (Yes, I know the power supply has a green logo - but it gets covered up by the side-walls of the PSU bay.)
|CPU||Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor||$239.99 @ Newegg|
|CPU Cooler||Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler||$74.99 @ Newegg|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard||$120.98 @ SuperBiiz|
|Memory||A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory||$79.99 @ Newegg|
|Storage||Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive||$49.99 @ Amazon|
|Video Card||XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card||$259.99 @ Newegg|
|Case||Silverstone TJ08B-E MicroATX Mini Tower Case||$93.50 @ NCIX US|
|Power Supply||Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply||$49.99 @ NCIX US|
|Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available||$969.42|
MicroATX with just enough room to hold an R9 280X and a push-pull configured H80i. By building in a careful order, reaching into tight spots was minimized.
The front intake fan has an easily removable dust filter. The top intake for the power supply also has a magnetically attached dust filter.
The AMP-Up family of Gigabyte motherboards have an LED-lit line on the back. This motherboard comes in red to match the red heatsinks. Our previous AMP-Up build came in green.