UPDATE: Photos Uploaded. Decided to put my trusty R9 290 in the system. I will have to find a new home for my RX 460.
UPDATE: I am converting this system to ITX based on the Gigabyte GA-F2A88XN-WIFI and installed into the Rosewill Neutron. It will also have a new RX 460 installed. Pictures to follow.
UPDATE: A10-7890k now installed. Disappointed with the overclock. Can't get more than a stable 4.3GHz out of the chip. Also installed a Corsair H80i v2 as I was quite impressed with it in my other system (Farpoint).
UPDATE: Ordered an A10-7890K to upgrade this machine. Going to see what we can get out of it.
UPDATE: the A10-7850K is a real monster. I now have it running stable at 4.6GHz. Really happy with it.
I originally was going to stick with 8GB of memory and just the APU but even with the decent performance I was getting for playing the games that I play (World of Warcraft, Pinball Arcade, Guild Wars 2) I wanted to put the settings up to max on them to enjoy them fully. So I decided to double my memory (though it didn't need it) and throw in an XFX R9 280.
CPU: At the time this was the best AMD A10 on the market though the 7870k released about a month after I purchased this one. In which case I would have stuck with the 7850k as the price difference doesn't justify the small increase in performance (especially when similar performance can be achieved by overclocking this apu).
CPU COOLER: While this isn't a whole lot more effective than say a Cooler Master Hyper 212 I went for the H60 as it makes the interior of the build much less crowded.
MOTHERBOARD: Decided to go with this board instead of the ROG Crossblade Ranger as it has almost all the same features minus 2 SATA ports and slightly less fancy audio capabilities (speakers are hooked up though USB anyways). With this decision I made the choice to try and stick to a gold/black scheme but that really only amounted to memory and motherboard matching. It was too hard to source a proper video card that was gold and black.
MEMORY: Chose these mainly because they were yellow and black. I actually didn't realize they had yellow flashing LEDs on them and I really like that feature. The memory performs well at 2133MHz however when overclocking with the APU's GPU not being used the system is very unstable at that memory speed. I ended up switching the memory to defaults (1600MHz) and letting ASUS' software work with that instead which has returned a much more stable and faster overclock.
STORAGE: I originally had a Kingston 240GB SSD but its performance was severely lacking and it crashed my system a lot. When I bought these other upgrade the Samsung SSD was on sale so I picked it up. Been happy ever since. I get a 6 second boot up time with this drive. The WD 1TB is where I store all my media and games.
VIDEO CARD: I chose this card because I liked the look of it. I tried to find an good gold or yellow card and there are a couple but extremely hard to actually find in stock anywhere. Performance is good. Saw an easy 30fps increase over the games I play though I don't have the actual details to put here at the moment.
CASE: Was going to use a Bitfenix Neos Window gold/black case for this but I ended up using it for another build as it showed up a month late. Chose this Corsair case because it was cheap and still has all the functionality I desire. Only gripe I have is cable management. It is so tight on the back panel (not nearly as bad at the Neos) that it was hard to close. I will be changing this case in the future but for now it will do.
POWER SUPPLY: Overkill for this build I know but it was given to me by a friend that had swapped the psu out of his system. Works great and is nice and quiet.
OPTICAL DRIVE: I know most people are doing away with these nowadays but I just can't let go I guess. It's not the LG listed but a Pioneer one that my friend provided.
OPERATING SYSTEM: Purchased 8.1 Retail non-pro. Worked great. Now upgraded to Windows 10 with fresh install as well as upgraded to Pro. Runs fantastic.
So when it comes down to it I wasn't building this machine with a real budget in mind. If I had I would have changed many things. I would have bought an 860K cpu rather than the APU but that was not originally part of the plan. It has turned in to a really decent gaming pc that can handle most things pretty well.
A good APU but sadly mine is not much of an overclocker. I can only get a stable 4.3GHz overclock.
Great board for the money. The lack of a third pwm fan header and a second USB 2 header hurt this board a bit but overall it's great.
G.Skill memory. The best. End.
Does it's job. Nothing special about the drive really.
The R9 290 needs a huge cooler and this card does not disappoint. With a 1000MHz clock it stays at a relatively cool 65 to 70 degrees C.
This case has a lot going for it but questionable drive cage design leaves me scratching my head. SSD's are not easy to install. Lots of room for a 240 or 280 mm liquid AIO.
Nothing special. Does the job. Which is what one expects from a power supply.
Great fans that move a lot of air. Not PWM so they are 2000 RPM all the time. They are a tad loud in the case that I have them mounted in but in another case I have the red versions of these installed they aren't too loud.