*Edit: Upgraded & Updated - SAPPhIRE R9-285 Dual-X OC version. I won this GPU (FREE) from an AMD Twitch event on the 1 year anniversary/birthday of MANTLE https://twitter.com/AMDRadeon/status/512365622920237056
The last picture is the current setup as of 10-05-2014
-All prices are without rebates subtracted (shipping/handling/Ca sales tax has been included) The price you see... is the initial price I paid.
This is a first time build that my son & I did at the end of year 2013. We got some really good combo deals/rebates, & made some select purchases on "Black Friday/Cyber Monday". This machine will be used mainly for home office/gaming/multimedia, also my son is growing up hella fast & I need a place to view/file/print HD family videos/photos... as well as a place for him to complete his schoolwork (& play Minecraft or any other games he may want to add). We may even use it to upload game vids to Youtube. So far all pieces have worked well with no problems or needs to RMA. The only problem I had is that I'm not really a computer expert, so it was hard for me to find the pieces that had reliability with a good product warrantee/guarantee.
-CPU: When I bought this CPU, it came with coupons for 2 free games: 1 x AMD Gift - SimCity Game Coupon & 1 x AMD FarCry3: Blood Dragon FREE game download... so the FX-8350 seemed like a good choice to throw onto this desktop. Performance per $... this was a great choice for what we needed. Still unlocked for your overclocking pleasure, and still the only 8-core desktop processor around. Unmatched multitasking and pure core performance with a new architecture.
-CPU Cooler: I wanted a quiet reliable (maintenance free) liquid cooler that would fit into the Scout 2.
-Thermal Compound: This was recommended to me by a friend... It better be good advise.
-Motherboard: Can't go wrong with these boards. They provide many features that are helpful for new/inexperienced pc builders, & come with anti-virus. ASUS ROG is some reliable stuff.
-Memory: These came with a LED lit double fan cooler, it's fast & looks like a great match for this system.
-Storage: The SSD will hold the necessary software/apps/OS for a quick reliable startup, the HDD will save everything else that we add for quite awhile.
-Video Card: Each card came with an AMD Silver rewards coupon for free games, so we practically got a free GPU thanks to the coupons!!! I like all the extra features that the new ASUS AMD cards have, & the R7-260X is one of the only new models that will be able to use the new AMD TrueAudio technology: http://www.maximumpc.com/everything_you_wanted_know_about_amd%E2%80%99s_new_trueaudio_technology_2013 Performance is nice with this set-up also. Better than many of the "high budget/performance" options... don't believe what I just said? My results are here, go ahead and compare my scores to the so called "high budget/performance" gear: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7749163
-Case: This was the first part I bought, we like how this thing looks. It is not too big & not too small, with a matte black finish that's not too flashy when pc is off. It also has adequate space to hold/hide everything, plenty of vents for airflow, very sturdy, a handle to carry it from the office to garage for maintenance/cleaning, & a perfect sized tinted window.
-Case fan: These were added to provide necessary ventilation & lighting inside. We put the 2 red LED JetFlo's pushing hot air out top, the 2 red LED SickleFlo's pull cool air in front, the 2 switchable (on/off red LED) stock case fans were relocated from the front... now they push cool air to the video cards (under the window). The black stock radiator fan (that came with the liquid cooler) is pulling cool air in from the back top.
-Power supply: All black modular wiring was easy to manage. This PSU is very quiet & efficient. It is also a little overpowered I know, but it will be reliable & handle anything we add in the future.
-Optical Drive: All blacked out front. This thing can burn XGD3/overburn DVD's, I use Sony products in my home theater... so I trusted that it would be reliable enough to load Windows & spin some discs.
-Operating System: This is what is in our current laptops. Windows 8 is all we know how to use, it would just be confusing for us to try anything else.
-Monitor: Seems like the perfect size. If we ever add more monitors later, they will line up perfectly without too much bezel in between. The specifications these monitors have will be excellent for home office/gaming/multimedia use.
-Keyboard: Red LED backlights, multimedia keys & some nifty gaming features. This part was delivered late due to storms, but we finally got it after the build was completed.
-Headphones: Dang these are comfortable, with top of the line sound. (gift)
-Mouse: Optical, ergonomic & dpi switchable, in red. (gift)
-All in one printer/copier/scanner/fax: This will be used for home office duty & printing family photos...it'll even print disc labels. I trust Canon products because I have used their cameras for years, & I figured it would be a good match up.
-We built this together over the Thanksgiving holiday... it was fun, & we learned a lot too!!!
|AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.51Ghz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||30.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||46.0° C|
|Performance Preset Score||P10701|