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This build was for my nest internet friend. Him and I always play games together and he up until now has been gaming on a 5 year old laptop. He has been thinking about making a computer for a very long time and finally scraped up the money for one. His budget was $1000 with keyboard mouse monitor etc, so i set the tower budget at $750.

One of my friends favorite games is mass effect. When he saw the old Razer mass effect these mech keyboard and mouse pad combo he flipped and was in love with hem. Unfortunately Razer does not sell them anymore. To remedy this situation i decided to do a little case mod for him. Used spray paint and some painters tape to make a good mass effect stripe. Also used a roughly made brush to give the scratched up look that is associated with the Normandy.

On to the parts choices. I am a computer parts bargain hunter quite frankly its an obsession. I wanted my friend to have the best rig possible for the price so i set out a couple months before i knew he would have the cash to look for good deals on parts. This is why every price has a manual override, but i will explain each sale for each part.

CPU, Mobo, PSU, RAM: These four parts i got as a bundle from a user on this site in the for sale and trade section. The totals price for the bundle was $350, but i spread out the cost over the four parts in the list. The i5-4690k is the go to processor, He mostly plays CPU bound games so I had to go intel and with the liquid cooler the 4690k fit will with the overclocking potential. RAM is standard 1600 ram, didn't put much thought into it, came int he bundle and works fine. The motherboard is a new Z97 board from Gigabyte. The board overall for gaming is kinda meh, but will do the job just as well as any other board i was looking at in this budget range. Has some extra audio features which are nice for him. PSU EVGA is a great brand and 600W is more than enough room.

CPU Cooler: This liquid cooler was on sale at newegg a couple months back, started at $50, had a 15 off coupon code then a 15 dollar MIR plus a 10% off code for signing up for some visa checkout thing. Brought it down to $15.

SSD: Just a good newegg deal with coupon code. MX100 has great performance to price ratio, arguably the best out there. Super fast drive start up is about 10 secs or less.

GPU: this deal was on tiger direct, i forget the actual details but it did involve a coupon code and a mail in rebate as well. The R9 280X has some really good performance to price ratio. The performance is on par with the 770 and the price is almost 100 cheaper.

Case: Once of his requirements was to have black windowed case. The source 220 is a great budget case and i liked the look of the mesh front and it came with 3 white LED case fans to really make the insides pop. Great case for 30 bucks.

That's pretty much it. feel free to ask questions below.

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Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 7 points

Dude were practically brothers... same screwdriver, antistatic wriststrap, harddrive, psu Meet me at starbucks, bring your sister

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build man, very unique. Paint job is OK, and the inside looks clean. Your friend is a pretty lucky man! Very nice deals on the parts too.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, yeah the paint job was a little sloppy but it ended up looking pretty fitting for the mass effect theme.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Fans of the series definitely understand how the ragged paint job fits Commander Shepard's armor. Great job!

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Great job on parts. I just got done making a build for a friend and I had wanted to get a 280x, but my friend wanted to buy all of his parts at micro center that day on $1000 budget and the 280x started at $314 (gpu budget I had was $250 :| ). I figured I'd be able to get $900 budget online including the OS but excluding the SSD. But noooo, he had to have it now. So it ended up being $1050 without the SSD :. Oh well still did a decent job considering micro center is the devil XD. If we had stayed there another 10min I would've made my wife very angry from spending money. I'm so jealy that you got the PSU practically for free and saved all that munnies off the cpu cooler and gpu.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah microcenter in-store prices are pretty brutal besides the CPU and mobo combo. Plus on top of that you gotta pay tax on everything. Either im sure you got a quality build for $1000 there.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

was that a wire brush or a regular hairbrush on the paint? I love the effect it has on the paint.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

i actually just used some sticks and grass to do it. wire brush might actually work better tho.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

haha that's pretty funny what cool effects you can get just from rubbing your case on the ground in your backyard!

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

haha hadef

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Good job with the paint job +1

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks it was a pretty cheap and easy mod that really makes the build unique.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not a fan of the Mass Effect series really, but these price deals are incredible! +1

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey guys, I'm the lucky recipient of this build. Still a work in progress, obviously. What you can't see is that we attempted to setup a push-pull fan system over the radiator, just to see how it'd affect performance. It... basically ended up lowering the max operating temperature by like, 1.5C. With Prime95 capping it out, the CPU sits at approx 84C right now. Totally worth... if only because we had the extra fan anyways. The pull fan was blocking the side panel from closing, so we did a little hacksaw diplomacy to the lip of it to make room. Came out looking pretty clean, and although a bit rough, it does help add to the whole theme anyways. Couldn't be much happier.

Add on $75ish for an AOC 22" display, $100ish for a keyboard, $70ish for a mouse, and some scattered for a webcam and the like... Total came out near $1050 for the whole system. Using a 26" 720p monitor as a second display currently. It's a little higher than what I set out for, but 110% worth it.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

for the record the 84C is with the 4690k in turbo at 4.3

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

The paint looks pretty cool! Does just any spray paint work?

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

i believe so, this case had a nice matte finish to start with so i didnt need to sand it down at all to make the paint stick or anything like that. If you case has plastic or a glassy finish you may need special paint.