To the point: Tight budget build but it does the job
This case isn't the greatest to work in, especially in the corner with the fans. I ended up using some scotch all weather plastic velcro to put the SSD on the back of the 5.25 cage. The stick on fasteners don't leave any residue and keeps it in place just fine.
I ended up cutting a hole in the side panel because the cooler was a couple mm too tall. buuut i didn't want to wait for return shipping or anything and i thought it might be fun.
right now i'm running a mild overclock that i'll probably bump up a little more later on. Its a little tricky because a lot of the usual hardware monitors have a problem reading accurate temps on this cpu. Also, my office area is annoyingly hot at all times
the ram is alright. looks good. It ran at the right speed out of the box but I had to manually set the latency, not a big deal. In hindsight i probably should have gone with 1.5v but the price was right on this
The r7 260x is fine for now. So far I've only played Natural Selection 2 at 1680x1050 (hand me down monitor that will be upgraded eventually) on high settings getting between 50 and 60 fps.
I picked up the SSD on a newegg sale last year so at least I got to carry that over for this build
Motherboard is nice. Bios is easy to work with
OS: at the moment i'm using a 90 day evaluation copy of windows 8.1 enterprise.. I don't hate it but i'll probably go back to windows 7 once I actually buy an os.
Overall it's not going to win any beauty contests or inspire much jealousy but I had a lot of fun putting it together
Backstory: This is my second build. My first was quite a bit beefier, 2600k and a 6970 with 8gb of 1600, but I was in the military at the time and having to move around a lot I ended up selling it and picking up an Asus G72. The laptop served me well for some years but died last year.. Needed a laptop for school though so I picked up an ultrabook and proceeded to be annoyed for months staring at my unplayable steam library.. so yea I wanted to put something together that would at least get me back to being capable of playing some games and for work and school.
|CPU||AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core||$84.74|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$33.24|
|Motherboard||Asus F2A85-M PRO Micro ATX FM2||$105.99|
|Memory||Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$64.99|
|Storage||Samsung 840 Series 500GB 2.5" SSD||$0.00|
|Video Card||XFX Radeon R7 260X 2GB Core Edition||$109.98||SuperBiiz|
|Case||NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower||$44.99||Amazon|
|Power Supply||Corsair 500W ATX12V||$34.99||Newegg|
|AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.0GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|