Stepped up from my old Dell Optiplex GX270 to a more modern build. The primary use for this build would have to be Sony Vegas Pro 12, The rhythm game "Osu", some Photoshop, and the odd PC Game such as Battlefield 4. I am very content with it as it is already, but I plan to continue to add to it in the future.
Processor: I went with the FX Series mainly because it was probably the most bang for your buck at the time. The eight cores, it would help in rendering out high quality video files, as well as playing games. I am very satisfied I went with AMD here. 8320 is essentially the 8350. When I get a new PSU I plan to overclock to the same speeds.
CPU Cooler: I actually just installed it not to long ago, so far from what I've thrown at it so far, compared to the Stock cooler it runs great.
Motherboard: Got it on a deal at the time, the features it includes are all around good for my uses. I would have probably gone with the Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 otherwise.
RAM: Although the heat spreader's get in the way a bit with the Massive CPU Cooler, Their speeds are great and I haven't seen the need to increase the Volume ether.
Storage: 1tb Drive for all my media files and games, I intend to invest in a Samsung SSD Sometime in the next few months to get that increased speed. Though it hadn't fit into my budget for the time being.
Graphics: Here is where I was leaning back and forth on what I would be getting. As I was on a budget for this build I was working between choosing the 660Ti, 760, and R9 270X. I ended up with the R9 270X since the Benchmarks are relatively close with the 760 at a more affordable price. So far no issues with heat, Runs everything I've thrown at it with great response.
Case: Found the case relatively attractive, Though it was lacking in cooling, I simply added extra fans. Got a deal on it at the time, though I wish I had invested some more to have better Cable Management and storage.
Fans: They glow blue, their relatively fast, they work.
PSU: Before you guys start to question about my Wattage being too low, especially for upgrades. I Intend to reinvest into a 750W PSU later this year. I had bought the PSU months before this build was complete and I had realized my mistake when I started stacking parts on. No complaints on it so far.
Optical Drive: Its alright. It reads my CD's and burns my disks. Suits my needs.
Feel free to ask questions in the comments, I'm sure I'll get back to you.
All prices include Tax and Shipping.
|CPU||AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core||$170.00 CAD||(Purchased)|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$40.00 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3||$91.00 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$85.00 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$71.00 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||Asus Radeon R9 270X 2GB DirectCU II||$250.00 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Case||Cooler Master K280 ATX Mid Tower||$40.00 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||Corsair 500W ATX12V||$60.00 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Optical Drive||Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer||$25.00 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$0.00 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Case Fan||Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm||$5.00 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm||$5.00 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Keyboard||Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000 w/Optical Mouse||$0.00 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Custom||Wacom Bamboo Splash Graphic's Tablet||$85.00 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Total (Canada):||$927.00 CAD|
|AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.5GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||25.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||45.0° C|