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Third Build. Strong and solid case with decent performance. Last build I do with AMD, Intel CPUs are just better in the long run performance and cost-wise. Pics are from one year into build.One of the front panels broke after build and CD-Drive isn't connected and thus isn't part of the build.

EDIT: Didn't think anybody would see this. I only added this build on here for archival purposes! I'll definitely update the prices to show what I actually paid for them 2 years ago. Thanks for the comments!

UPDATE(11/3/2015): So I went back and updated this build with the prices I paid. Man, did I overpay for a lot of things. The memory and keyboard don't have custom pricing because I forgot where I got them. I'm pretty sure I bought the memory at my local MicroCenter. I just don't remember for how much.

What I learned from this build:

  1. I've been buying AMD CPUs for a decade now. In my opinion, they have have steadily declined in stability, performance, and cost. The FX-8150 is a great CPU, but the price difference really just doesn't hold up to Intel's CPU in terms of raw power and longevity. If you look at my profile you can see that part lists now include Intel CPUs. Going forward, until I see otherwise, I'm going to recommend and build using Intel.

  2. Minimalism is easier to maintain. I love my Cooler Master Storm Scout. It looks cool. It have a handle for easier carrying to LANs. It has these edges that stick out everywhere. Unfortunately, all those bells and whistles are annoying to clean. There are so many nooks and crannies that have to get dusted out it just gets to be a pain. I'm not sure if it's because I've grown older and more casual in my interests, but the "gamer" design just doesn't do it for me anymore. Phantek is the design I'm really looking for. Simple, but elegant. Interesting to look out, but not obnoxious. In the future, it doesn't even have to be Phantek, but just simpler cases with less frills and just solid build quality are what I will be building with.

  3. This point kind of goes with number 2, but the Logitech G19 was not worth whatever I spent on it. The LCD screen is neat and sometimes helpful and the macro keys are something I probably can't live without, but I really paid a lot for just some average LEDs and a mini monitor. The G19 is anything but minimal. It requires a power brick just for the LCD screen! I also need to make the move to mechanical. Mostly because that's what I've used in the past, but I switched over because when i lived at home it made too much noise for my family. Now that I live on my own, I can go back to the joys of Cherry switches. Keyboards I'm looking at include the Corsair K70 and the Cooler Master XTi

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Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

Don't tell me that you've built this recently? Few weird choices..

AMD & bad prices ? Lol.(But yea, 8150 has a really bad price)

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice :D

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok, assuming this wasn't built recently, it's great.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

You might want to put in the prices you actually paid. As with many older builds the parts have become rare and are far more expensive than what you might have originally paid.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Only one pic? I WANT MOAR