This was my first time building a PC. I was originally intending to hit a budget of around $500 using an FX6300 and HD7770 with a cheaper case and lower capacity hard drive. This is what happens when you go to a computer store(good 'ol Microcenter) and get carried away.
I chose the FX8320 because I like to do work in 3D programs like 3DS Max. I also do some video editing. Also, it was about 10 bucks cheaper than the i5 3470. Stock heatsink is super loud, though..
The AsRock MoBo I chose is a pretty crappy motherboard for this build. It works well, and my windows installation worked without a problem, but there's only 1 PCIe 3.0 slot, and its an AMD770 chipset.... ah well, I got it for 29 bucks, so whatever.
I decided to go with the EVGA GTX650 Ti Boost 2GB after seeing benchmarks from various sites placing this card near equivalent to, if not a bit lower than, the Radeon HD 7850. I have had no problems so far; everything runs really smoothly. (Borderlands 2 was playable with all settings(including PhysX) maxed...which was a bit unexpected...). The card, however, got really warm when under load; I noticed this while running the included Unigine Valley benchmark(Ultra preset, 0XAA, 1920x1080). I am considering adding more fans(200mm LED at the front, maybe). That case badge is also super thick.
The HAF912 was an easy case to work in. I got this specific case partly because my motherboard did not have a front panel USB3.0 header.
The CX500 is a solid power supply so far. The 8pin connector was too short to route through the back of the case, so I had to run it through my build like shown.
As for the DVD writer....its probably the loudest part of my build.
As for my first time building a computer, the assembly was frustrating. MoBo screws, CPU Heatsink, Cable Management.... but fun as well.
Windows Experience Index was a 5.7 because of my HDD.
If I would change anything now, I would probably get a better(900 series) motherboard.
Overall, I'm super happy with this build. All my games run smoothly(Borderlands 2, ArcheBlade, DOTA 2). I'm a bit worried about GPU Temps, but hopefully I will be able to fix that soon.
(Photos taken with a DROID RAZR. Hence the quality)
**EDIT My boot times are extremely quick. About 30-45 seconds, which is probably the best I've ever seen. NFS: Most Wanted runs at about 30-40fps maxed at 1080p, but I had to lower the resolution to 720p to get a constant 60fps(smoothness > sharpness, imo)
|CPU||AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core||$149.99||SuperBiiz|
|Motherboard||ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+||$131.29||Amazon|
|Memory||Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$79.99||Microcenter|
|Storage||Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$74.97||OutletPC|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB||$185.66||Newegg|
|Case||Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower||$58.86||NCIX US|
|Power Supply||Corsair 500W ATX12V||$39.99||Newegg|
|Optical Drive||Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.5GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||23.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||41.0° C|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||1072MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||6008MHz|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||32.0° C|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||76.0° C|