So I've had this build for a bit now. I don't want to go back over most the part selection, but will briefly recap. The build is for general use / and specific light gaming (Starcraft, Hearthstone). It maxes out SC II on extreme settings. I run the game on low settings for competitive use.
Power supply has been kind of iffy -- there is very low level coil whine during stress tests.
The cooler is fine, although I guess it is conventional wisdom that the H60 loses out to a lot of air coolers. It's fine for what it is, and has allowed me to overclock safely up to 4.6ghz and 1.47 volts on this motherboard. Love the mobo, VRM does not get too hot, nice BIOS.
Love the cpu, easy to overclock, great price.
Some learning curve stuff:
New Parts: Since the original build, I've swapped in Sniper 1600mhz low voltage in place of Ripjaw 1333mhz. It actually made my system slightly worse in bechmarks, so I guess technically I should swap the Ripjaws back in, but there is barely any difference and it isn't worth the effort. The other RAM will go into next system build.
I have tried to improve my cable management, and I applied after market thermal paste. This... actually made things worse. I must have done a ****** job applying the paste, or maybe it's hotter today. I don't know. Something to keep working on.
On the brightside, I like the monitor and keyboard. I am adding a new photo to show my set up.
Overall I love it and it's been a joy to build a computer and look forward to never buying a premade system again! :)
Update: After playing around with the RAM a bit, my mobo was underclocking the timings below stock. I have now overclocked the ram a bit to 8-8-8-24 @ 1.50v, and it slightly beat the benchmarks for the RipjawX 1333mhz 2x4GB.
|CPU||AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core||$89.99||(Purchased)|
|CPU Cooler||Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid||$59.99||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+||$54.99||(Purchased)|
|Memory||G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$84.99||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 60GB 2.5" SSD||$52.99||(Purchased)|
|Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB 3.5" 5400RPM||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB||$69.99||(Purchased)|
|Case||Fractal Design Core 3000 USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower||$49.99||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||Corsair 600W ATX12V||$45.99||(Purchased)|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$99.99||(Purchased)|
|Monitor||Gateway FHX2303LAbd 23.0"||$84.99||(Purchased)|
|Wireless Network Adapter||Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1||$17.99||(Purchased)|
|Case Fan||Cougar Turbine 120 (4-Pack) 60.4 CFM 120mm||$24.99||(Purchased)|
|Keyboard||Rosewill STRIKER RK-6000||$49.99||(Purchased)|
|AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.6GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||32.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||50.0° C|