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First Build - The RGB Machine / i5 - 4590 / 280x / $850

by rosentrotter



Date Published

Aug. 7, 2014

Date Built

July 18, 2014

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

52.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C


So I decided to put aside some money to build a PC for multimedia and some mild gaming. I intended to use programs such as Adobe CC 2014 and Sony Vegas, and some steam games now that I have the capability to. /r/buildapc helped me out a lot, and I think I would up getting a great build!

Decided to name it the RGB Machine for its use, and the way it looks from my desk with the Blue Chipset and Red RAM

CPU: Knew I wanted a quad core CPU so I went with an i5. They had a 4590 significantly cheaper at a microcenter near me so I took the drive and picked up the case while I was there since they only carried the green and black one there.

Mobo: Reddit users insisted I get an H97 board. Was unsure at the time what that meant but now I am very thankful for that. Went with the Pro4 ATX vs other Form factors to fit well in the case I purchased, as well as the Pro4 was a little cheaper than the PC Mate. It also had more 3.0 ports in the back and HD audio as well which was the deciding factor. Althouh I dont like the non-full ATX form, it looks odd in the case and would of liked to get a mobo that takes up more space. That being said, the Pro4 is still much better than the PC Mate

Ram: 8GB and a heat spreader, why spend more for the v2.0 with 'wings' when the v1.0 will get the job done. Was original going to go with 16GB, but added an SSD to keep cost down.

SSD: I herd the XLR8 was a great SSD by users so I went with that. Installed Windows to it and it boots up very fast!

HDD: From reviews and comparison, the barracuda seemed to be the best bang for your buck...literately. Works great on the SSD/HDD set up!

GPU: I knew I wanted a performance gaming GPU that will still work great with my multimedia programs. So I bought the 280x knowing that it will not work with Adobe's CUDA acceleration. I didn't find this too big of a deal however since I was considering a 770 for the same price but it had 1GB less VRAM. As it stands, the 280x works fine without the acceleration.

Case: with the NZXT H440, its quiet, cool (looks and temps), and effortless cable mannagement with all the space by the PSU.

PSU: I probably didnt need 600 Wats but got the Corsair CX Series, modular with plenty of room if I choose to expand.

WiFi card: Fits inside a PCI-e slot and works great

Cable Mannagement: Made use of all the room in the H440 and stuffed it all in the bottom compartment, routed the cables that I needed to


3DMark 11

Fire Strike Regular

Cloud Gate

Ice Storm

PCMark 7


Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0:

3983 @ 158.1 FPS (Min 32.2, Max 266.0) Direct3D9 Basic @ 1280x720

929 @ 36.9 FPS (Min 7.6, Max 81.6) Direct3D11 Ultra Extreme @ 1920x1080

Update: With a NZXT Hue, better cooler, and a K70, this build is complete. Thanks to those who recommended those parts!

Comments Sorted by:

OM2556 5 points 48 months ago

Such Ghetto, the colors and the skinny atx board.

I wish gigabyte had continued there green and black motherboard theme rather than switching to plain red and black.

rosentrotter submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

The PRO4 was the best option and better than the MSI compettitor

xBajamonsteRx 2 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Wow. The green looks sick on that case.

ArticPhoeniX 1 point 48 months ago

Green is Awesome

andyramage70 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Really cost effective build, great job!

Godloki 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

great part selection. Nice balance+price!

ncarter13 2 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

man xfx sure makes some nice lookin cards. Warranty aint to shabby either

Euphemia 1 point 48 months ago

Very nice, especially for the price.

I would have gotten the WD Blue because I dislike Seagate (their drives fail way too often), but it's no big deal.I would have said that you should have gotten a 4690 instead, but it seems Microcenter doesn't carry them.All in all, great build.

zachar954 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Hmm needs an rgb k70 :)

ScottS 1 point 48 months ago

Nice build. You know you could pull out the Ram and spray paint it to help your color. They make a plastic spray paint that is removable. I love that case...

Fastmaster7 1 point 48 months ago

Finally someone uses the green H440

Elmertusk 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Hey i have the same motherboard and GPU did you have a problem getting the gpu to show up? in the bios or anything?

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