For about three years now, I've wanted to build my own computer. Something powerful that I could play games and run some editing software on, that I could call my own. Unfortunately, money is always an issue. This Christmas, my parents were kind enough to allow me $450 towards this build. I bought the GPU, OS and CPU cooler on my own.
AMD makes some killer processors for the price. My ideal processor would have been an i5-4690k, but the budget wouldn't allow for it. So, I got the FX-8320. It's phenomenal for the price I got it for, overclocks extremely smoothly, and it's 8 "cores" are nice for Twitch streaming. I originally had it overclocked to 4.5Ghz, stable, but brought it down to 4.2Ghz to help with temperatures.
I managed to get my hands on a factory refurbished Corsair H60 around Christmas time on Newegg. Price was very close to a Hyper 212, so I got this instead. It's the loudest part of the system, most likely due to the included fan, but the highest temp I've had is 61C during Prime95. Very happy with the cost, and even more so for how nice it looks.
To be honest, I picked this board because it was cheap, matched the color scheme and had USB 3.0. But I'm very happy with it. Nice heatsinks and plenty of fan headers. The only issue was that there was only one 4 pin fan header, so some cabling had to be done. BIOS was easy to use. Not a single other complaint.
Very nice price, and adequate speed. Gets the job done, and I can't ask for much else.
The well tried and timed WD Blue. Couldn't get a Black, so I picked this up. Plenty of storage for a huge Steam library, and ISOs for emulators. Surprisingly fast for a mechanical drive, I think a full boot of Windows 8.1 takes under a minute.
I managed to pick this thing up off Ebay for $180. It's a spectacular 1080p performer. It's the most silent thing in the system, and has a lifetime warranty. I tried overclocking it for a little while using MSI Afterburner and Heaven Benchmark, but when I finally got it stable I noticed tons of stuttering when playing Payday 2, so it's running at stock speeds now. However, this was certainly the biggest steal in the entire build.
This case looks amazing. It's easy to build in. It even covers up the PSU and most of the cables. I love this case with a passion, but it really does have it's flaws. The black matte finish chips and scrapes off incredibly easily. The side acrylic panel scratches like no other, and fitting a full size ATX board in it is a pain. However, it has a very small form factor for a full ATX board case, looks SUPER sharp, cable managing is a breeze, and it comes with two fans pre-installed. Again, for the price, you can't get a whole lot better.
Cables looks nasty, it's not modular and it's Rosewill brand. But it is efficient and very quiet, cheap, and I haven't had an issue with it.
Windows 8.1 is rather popular now, so I decided to get it.
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