This is my first ever build, and as a result, I did a TON of research (and lots of posts to Tom's Hardware).
I'm not really a gamer, though I play a game here or there, but I think this thing would do great with most that I'd throw at it.
I wanted something that would be able to do some basic HD video editing (using Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11.0) that would keep up with all the media my wife and I bring in with all the HD captures we do now. Also wanted something that will last a few years. I threw in the Hauppage TV tuner card for converting old VHS tapes through a VCR hooked up to it, which, using just Windows Media Center, seems to be working now (have to juggle a few things around).
Pretty smooth running build. A LOT quieter than I anticipated, having 6 case fans in there and two on the CPU; I actually have it sitting in the standard computer bay under my desk and it keeps plenty cool (though I did take off the front door). I really like that case too; plenty of room, and like the hot-swap dock on the top.
Prices were what I paid for each item after rebates, so look for those rebates when you're researching!
|CPU||AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core||$185.99||(Purchased)|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$34.99||(Purchased)|
|Thermal Compound||Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g||$7.30||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+||$107.99||(Purchased)|
|Memory||Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600||$79.98||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Corsair Force Series 3 120GB 2.5" SSD||$62.22||(Purchased)|
|Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$89.99||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB||$169.99||(Purchased)|
|Case||Xion XON-985-BK ATX Mid Tower||$54.99||(Purchased)|
|Case Fan||Cooler Master R4-L2S-122B-GP 39.8 CFM 120mm||$11.99||(Purchased)|
|Cooler Master R4-L2S-122B-GP 39.8 CFM 120mm||$11.99||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||Corsair 600W ATX12V||$49.99||(Purchased)|
|Optical Drive||Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer||$17.99||(Purchased)|
|Custom||VANTEC HDA-525P 3.5" to 5.25" Front Bay Converter Kit||$7.99||(Purchased)|
|Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB Port / Extra Silver Face Plate||$14.99||(Purchased)|
|Hauppauge 1187 WinTV-HVR-1250 Hybird PCI-Ex1 TV Tuner 1187||$54.99||(Purchased)|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.33Ghz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||19.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||55.0° C|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||1046MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||6008MHz|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||42.0° C|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||55.0° C|