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I started wanting to move over to playing PC games almost two years ago due to the fact that there were just so many deals on games between Steam Sales and sites like Humble Bundle. I also needed to get a computer that could replace my laptop which I used for all of my homework needs as it was starting to slow down tremendously. Because of these reasons, I set out to build my very own PC and a year and a half later, I finally completed it.

I was able to get a lot of good deals on parts and learn a lot about what I should be getting thanks to friends and looking at other people's builds. In the end I was very happy with all that I got. I did however make the mistake of buying my gpu off of ebay and had to spend roughly a month trying to figure out what was wrong with my computer. Once all of that was figured out though, everything worked to perfection and I can say that I am very happy with my computer and I can now enjoy my games at a cheap price.

I plan on upgrading to a Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 8GB Vapor-X (Not a necessity, essentially just for ***** and giggles to be able to run some stuff a little nicer), switching to Corsair Air Series fans because the Areocool Shark's tend to get really hot after a while, upgrading to at least 32GB of RAM for video editing, and getting a Corsair H60 once I get the money to do so. I also want to overclock my 8320 after I get the H60.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

Good build, but bad choice on the CPU cooler (can't be rotated on AMD systems).

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Sadly I ordered that as one of the first few items and after learning more a few months later I realized I should have gotten a better one.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, but asides from the mounting issue the cooler is a solid choice. It's just really disappointing that Arctic Cooling (a CPU cooler veteran) went with such a bad design, especially when you consider that they did it the right way with their old famous Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro.

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

id consider flipping your cpu cooler the other way so its not blowing heat from the cpu onto the graphics card, unfortunately it cant be rotated sideways but it should help til you get your corsair h100i

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, will do! I only had it like that because I didn't know how to install it at first and the video that I watched of it being installed had it done like that.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm... I noticed that your front case fans are blowing in different directions as well. The bottom one looks like its pulling air into the case and the top one, the Aerocool, is pulling air out of the case. My suggestion would be to flip the Aerocool to pull more cool air into the case (that's how the case is designed; that's why the filter is in front of the fans) as well as turning the CPU cooler over to blow out thru the top vents. Did you keep the fans that came with the case?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I still have the fans that came with the case, there's on on the back of the tower and on in the front. The fans in the front are both facing the same way and blowing air into the case also.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

good build

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It took a long time to finally get all the parts and it runs really nice!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I'm having a bit of an issue with that cpu cooler though. I would make that my first upgrade. Honestly I wouldn't bother with upgrading the cpu to the 8350 as you will see very little to no increase in production. They are essentially the same chip just .5ghz difference. Which isn't much if you OC the 8320. Just food for thought.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

The cpu cooler is what I had planned to upgrade first seeing how mine isn't exactly the best, and it also partially blocks the nearest ram slot. The only reason that I was looking at upgrading to an 8350 was because a lot of the games that are coming out and have recently come out are have one of those as the recommended for running at high quality and I'm also a little iffy about OCing since I'm still relatively new to all of this and don't want to risk harming my pc.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

The difference between the 8320 and 8350 isn't worth the upgrade imo. Had an 8320 and it worked as good as an 8350 because they're the same CPU just with a clocked difference. Water cooler and an OC will will be worth it all the way though

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Would it be better to wait for the water cooler to OC or just go ahead and do it now?

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

You can go for a mild OC right now but I wouldn't push it too much with the current cooler

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm still wondering why you got the 280x vapor x when you could have gotten a vapor x r9 290x 8gb for 30 dollars less, But I digress. The whole build still looks good

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I ended up only paying around $200 for it because I got it off ebay and then sending it in in order to sort out the issues that I was having with it.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

My 8320 build is here; it's interesting to see the similarities and differences. I'm not so sure the H100i will be necessary, but It'll be a nice quiet upgrade. Same with the 290x; unless you plan to run a larger, higher-resolution monitor (or two) the 280x is a great card. I'll agree with the other commenters about getting an 8350 as well; there's not much point when you can OC the extra .5GHz and basically have an 8350 for $40 less. That's actually why I bought mine. (Looking at your post reminded me that I gotta update mine; I finally got around to adding in the case lights. Maybe I'll just repost it instead.) Nevertheless, +1 for a nice AMD build.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I do plan on getting another monitor down the road once I'm able to get the 290x also. As for the cpu cooler, I'm going to get the H60 so that I have something more reliable to use when I OC the 8320 instead of buying the 8350.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey i like your build and that really cool black theme!!! And i have a few questions to ask about your build: 1. Hows the motherboard working and did you overclock??? 2.If you did overclock do you think that this can handle a 4.8ghz overclock on the 8320 or 8320e and have a 2 way crossfire???

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