Hey all! This is my 1st build and I had a $1,000 budget to work with and it started as a blue/black them but I ended up with some red/white too! :)
Having a functioning office computer that can rock out most games. In a sleek/stealth looking case.
Upgrade ready to SLI
No more than $1,000
Sleek good looking PC
CPU: I went with the FX-8320 and not the 8350 due to being relatively the same. I found a really good combo deal for Mobo/CPU that I couldn't pass up. No benchmarks at this time. But I will probably overclock to 4.0GHz
COOLER: I chose this cooler mainly for the color, but also due to similarities with the Hyper 212 EVO. I haven't strained it yet. I've been told the fan can get loud at full load. But that shouldn't be an issue with this stellar case.
MOTHERBOARD: I wanted a solid mobo for now and later. One suitable with heatsinks good for overclocking, the color theme helped too. This board has everything. I also love the Asus BIOs. Solid board and looks great.
MEMORY: Corsair Vengeance Blue. bam! 8GBs is about all you need.
STORAGES: I originally had the 120GB SSD for boot but decided 120GB was too small and opted for the 250GB. Go big or go home...right? The 1TB Storage drive is a typical budget PC HD. So far it works great for a 7200 RPM drive.
GPU: The 760 is actually a bit more than I planned to spend on a GPU. But figured if it was still under budget it is all good. I have not overclocked it or anything...yet. I did not want to spend over $250 on a card. So it worked out. I did not get the 4GB card because I don't think this card can actually utilize it. More of a gimmick if you as me. I do plan to SLI this with another in the future.
CASE: I love this case. I wanted stealth so I opted for no window. This thing is heavy! Well made and I am very impressed. The foam insulation is nice too. Very quiet. It has removable HDD bays, slide out back panel, filtered intakes, black/white finish is clean. No issues with fitment. Define R4 is sick.
PSU: I probably spent the most time on choosing a solid PSU. I kept going back and forth with Corsair. In the end I choose this EVGA 750W power supply for future proofing. The warranty was rock solid. Plus it looked pretty sweet.
WINDOWS EXPERIENCE: I don't have a screen shot now but it was 7.7. The RAM and CPU dropped it to 7.7 everything else was 7.9. Thing flys.
EXTRAS: The optical drive is just the usual CD/DVD burner from Asus. I'm running Windows 7 Home 64 bit.
SUMMARY: I was a bit nervous to do all this by myself. I have been talking about it for years and years. The first custom PC I had was in College. I had a friend order and build it for me. It was literally the fastest PC I had ever used and stayed that way for years. At a sub $1,000 budget. I am hoping for the same with this one. At the time I played CS, Planetside, WoW, Everquest, etc. I was in College over 10 years ago so obviously this PC is insane when compared to anything I've ever owned. All and all it was much easier than I thought and I look forward to many more builds. I expect my new rig will be able to handle most game that I plan to play at High or Ultra. I will keep you posted.
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