Hey, thanks for checking out my build! This was a college graduation present to myself that I have been planning for a little while. So far she runs like a beast, but i haven't tried anything too taxing just yet.
I have given my build the name Sanguine for a number of reasons.
1: bloodred 2: a. consisting of or relating to blood b. bloodthirsty, sanguinary c. of the complexion : ruddy 3: having blood as the predominating bodily humor; also : having the bodily conformation and temperament held characteristic of such predominance and marked by sturdiness, high color, and cheerfulness 4: confident, optimistic, cheerful
First of all, being an AMD-based build, the "red" part of the definition fits the company's colors. Cofident, optimistic and cheerful to reflect my feelings before during and after the entire building process. The bloodthirsty bit speaks for itself, this machine should trounce most anything I plan on throwing at it. And lastly, I would be lying if I said the quote "What is the color of death?" "Sanguine, my brother." didn't make me want to head butt a ram in excitement for the Dark Brotherhood quest line in Oblivion.
Now for the parts selection.
Processor: AMD FX-8350. Yes, I know I could have gone for the i5, but I've always been someone to not go with the crowds; not to mention the motherboard-combo deal on top of the Microcenter discount made this an almost no-brainer for me. I am excited about the 8 cores and what the future may hold for them. I decided to go with the 8350 over the 8320 because it wasn't too steep of a jump for me, and for easier overclocking.
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. The tried and true price/performance air CPU cooler. So far it's amazing and quiet.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P. I went with this motherboard because I don't have any plans to SLI/Crossfire in the near future, it came at a great price with the CPU combo, has great reviews, and the bios was incredibly simple.
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600. I happened to stop by the local Fry's Electronics just to see what they may have had in stock. Turns out they had this set of RAM on sale cheaper than all the others I had seen. All of my previous RAM choices were getting marked up left and right, so this was a no-brainer again.
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB. This is my first time ever using a solid-state drive, and I have to say I am blown away by how much faster boot times are. I chose this one based on price/performance/reviews; haven't been disappointed yet.
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB. Your run-of-the-mill reliable 1TB hard drive. No qualms yet.
Video Card: Now this is where I had an insane amount of trouble deciding. I knew I was in a bit of a budget, but also knew I wanted to have the performance and overhead of the 770. I originally had the Gigabyte 770, but then switched to the MSI Gaming edition because it wasn't as long, and I preferred it aesthetically. Then I saw the MSI 760 Hawk, and tried to rationalize with myself about how it would be almost as fast as a 770, but $80 cheaper. Then I saw the error of my ways and disposed of such notions. It came down to the MSI 770 Gaming (or Lightning. If the Lightning were in stock ANYWHERE I would have auto-bought it) and the EVGA 770 SC ACX edition. I ended up going with the EVGA due to name recognition, customer service/warranty praises, the step-up program, and of course, the aesthetics. So far, no qualms.
Wireless Adaptor: Rosewill RNX-N18OUBE. Great wireless adapter so far. Has tons of range, and has been flawless so far.
Case: Fractal Design Core 3000. I got this case for an absolute steal. Microcenter had it marked down to $59.99, and I had a $25 Visa gift card that I had won during a white-elephant gift exchange over Christmas with the fam. The case is sleek, steal, black, and has plenty of room and USB outlets. I love the minimalist design.
Power Supply: Corsair 600w ATX12V. I went with this power supply for a few reasons: reliability in the Corsair name, reviews over this particular model, fully modular, plenty of wattage overhead for the rest of my rig, and it was on sale. 'Nuff said.
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer. Basic optical drive from a top name.
Thanks for checking out the build, and i will be updating the CPU/GPU benchmarks under load as well as the 3d Mark 11 benchmarks.