This is an update of my first build. http://pcpartpicker.com/b/FhK
you can reference the old build for most of my build reasoning.
I decided to get a new PSU and a new case because quite frankly, i made some rookie mistakes.
First the PSU i upgraded because i wanted to up the voltages on my CPU in an attempt to push my overclock even farther. 4.0GHz was the highest i could go stable without upping my voltages. I figure getting a new higher quality PSU cant hurt for the future when i upgrade the GPU next. And the cherry on top of this all is that i got a crazy deal for it. The PSU was on sale for 50 after mail in rebate, 70 before rebate. I used a 10% off code to take another 7 bucks off because the price was before rebate. Totaling 43 dollars for a Corsair TX650.
The case upgrade is self explanatory, my old case has ZERO cable management possibility, no room behind the mobo, no places to attach zip ties and overall a very cramped space. Also the airflow in the case had a bad setup, having no fans on the top and being blocked by all my loose cables. My temperatures were suffering including my GPU getting up to 58C under load. The new NZXT Source 210 is night and day to the old fractal case. Up to 6 Fan slot of which i filled 4 so far, salvaging all the fans from the old case. The room behind the mobo cleaned up my cables a lot, i know there not perfect but im not a good organizer and they cables arent in the way of airflow. I got a really good deal on the case as well by getting it refurbished from newegg. only 26 bucks when it is usually around 40. Deal is still live on newegg if anyone else is looking for a real good budget case. The NZXT Source is the definition of bang for your buck.
The harddrive deal was from tigerdirect a couple days ago. 30 dollar rebate on a 70 dollar drive, these things never go under 50 bucks, so i had to snatch it up. The HDD from the old build is going to a computer i am building for my grandma.
NOTE: the 7870 was bought right before the 7950 price drops, i regret it everyday, pls dont rub it in lol.
Alot of people space out buying their builds to take advantages of sales and good deals, i took that advice to heart.
|CPU||AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core||$119.99|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$9.99|
|Motherboard||Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+||$54.99|
|Memory||A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$44.99|
|Storage||Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$39.99|
|Video Card||Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB||$159.99|
|Case||NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower||$25.99|
|Power Supply||Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V||$42.99|
|Case Fan||Kingwin CFY-012LB 40.0 CFM 120mm||$4.02|
|AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.4GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||28.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||50.0° C|