Hello, this was my first computer build and every thing went smoothly. The water cooler was difficult too put on and i lost a motherboard standoff but beside that the computer booted up on the first go. I wanted to keep my build around $1,000 since i didn't want to go too overboard and i kinda stayed in my budget.
CPU - I went AMD because for me it was just a better value, motherboards were cheaper then their intel counterpart, and for whatever reason, im looking forward to the steamroller release. Im aware i loose a couple of frames against the i5 but im not that that worried about 10 fps.
CPU Cooler - I planned on moving my case some, so i went with water cooling because i didn't want to run the risk of damaging the motherboard when moving it around with a big air cooler attached. I narrowed it down between the h80i and the H90. Since this awesome case had a 140 mm exhaust i bought the h90, it was cheaper than the h80i, quieter, plus i read alot of good things about it. more on that later.
Motherboard - Picking the motherboard was tough. It didn't seem like there were as many good options as the Intel counterpart but i settled on the Sabertooth. Originally i was going to get the gigabite- ud3 but i read it had bad heat issues and would throttle the CPU so i settled with the bit more expensive sabertooth. BTW: I got the cpu/ motherboard combo at Microcenter so i saved like 50 bucks on the motherboard and like 10 on the CPU.
Memory - Read alot of good things about. Plus it looks good.
Storage -I think i over did it on the samsung 840 pro. I read its one of the best ssd's out there but its pricey too on newegg since i ordered everything from there. No doubt its fast, but i think an 840 or 830 model would have sufficed. The 1tb seagate barracuda had a great value so i went ahead and got that too.
Video Card - Surprisingly this wasnt too tough of a decision.For me, It had a better value then a simaliar priced nvidia card, and came with 3 free games. Plus im looking forward to the new release of the AMD GPU lineup so i held off on the 760 because any other 7xx series card would have put me further over budget as well. I was originally going to get the 7950 but with the money i saved from the microcenter bundle i purchased the 7970 . I also Read good things about this Sapphire brand and model, plus it was on the cheaper side so i jumped on it.
Case - Probably the best pick of the whole build, its a beautiful and simplistic case with all the great features on the inside and the price was just amazing. This case is constantly on sale for 60 bucks and its all metal, (brushed looking plastic on front, no biggie) comes with 3 quiet 140 mm fans, has 140 mm capability top, bottom, front and back, great window, has some foam that i think keeps it really quiet, removable and adjustable hdd trays, nice big rubber grommets , padding for psu , and hdd mounts, fan controller, just an amazing case. Why more people don't have it is a mystery to me
Power supply - I think i overdid this one too since i dont have too much hardware on the inside but its nice knowing i have room to expand. Plus its a trusted power supply and i got it on sale for like 80 bucks new so that alone made me pick it
So there it is, my reasoning of my choices. I did have a question though, i idle on 35 c which i though was a bit high, under prime95 it tops out at about 49 c. So i overclocked to 4.4 and my idle temp went to 44 c, in prime95 in a couple of minuets it shot up past 70 c so i stopped the test. Anyone know whats happening? Beside that this build was fun and i learned alot about computers along the way. The computer runs great, and if i get the temperatures right, it will be even greater. All feedback is appreciated .
|CPU||AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core||$174.99||NCIX US|
|CPU Cooler||Corsair H90 94.0 CFM Liquid||$79.99||Amazon|
|Motherboard||Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 ATX AM3+||$170.19||Newegg|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$82.99||Amazon|
|Storage||Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" SSD||$109.99||NCIX US|
|Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$49.99||Amazon|
|Video Card||Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB|
|Case||Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower||$99.99||NCIX US|
|Power Supply||Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V||$129.99||Newegg|
|AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.0GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||35.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||49.0° C|