Built this PC mainly for playing First Person Shooters, as well as a variety of other genres. No overclocking yet because i haven't needed more power yet. Only game i can't max out in my library is Crysis 3. For 1080p i don't see why i would need any more for this. The processor was bought on black friday when NewEgg had a $30 promotion code and a free copy of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
WARNING: My extreme OCD has had me losing sleep due to my 4 Pin CPU power connector not being routed behind the motherboard tray. It wouldn't reach so i was forced to just route it in front of the GPU. It looks HIDEOUS. I have since then ordered a 4 pin CPU power connector extension adapter so that it will reach behind the motherboard tray and everything will look nice and neat :)
CPU: Pretty straight forward. Pretty epic performance for the $130 price point. Don't see where i would ever need more. Multi-threaded performance is nothing short of excellent. And more recent games like Crysis 3 that take advantage of all 8 cores absolutely tear it up on this CPU.
CPU Heatsink: Pretty nice and not too hard to install. Runs CPU REALLY cool during load because i have yet to OC CPU. Only $25 what can i say?
Motherboard: I was pretty skeptical at first with this board. I got it because the AMD PowerPhase thread on OC.net said it could handle the 8 core without a prob, unlike alot of the other 970 boards that throttle. Not sure if i will be able to OC much on this board, but for $60 it is pretty good lol. Might eventually upgrade to a Asus 990FX Sabertooth and a Corsair H100. But at that price i might aswell just get a Intel platform.
RAM: Pretty standard. 1600mhz 2x4gb kit from Gskill. Got it on black friday 2012, that's why the price was so cheep lol. I wonder why the price of ram has gone up so much this year? I used this ram from my old build. Only thing i savaged from it.
Storage: 1tb of 7200rpm mechanical storage. Not much to say... I would have loved to get a SSD but i have way to many games a SSD just isn't enough atm. Although now that i have a 1tb HDD my next upgrade will most definitely be a Samsung EVO 120gb.
Video Card: For $170 i consider this the best deal i have ever gotten. When OC'ed it surpasses the stock 7950 (even though you could obviously OC the 7950 if you wanted to lol). So far maxes out all my games except for Crysis 3 (expected) and i don't think i need another GPU upgrade for a long time unless i upgrade to a 1440p IPS panel (unlikely).
Case: Was going to get the Cooler Master HAF 912, but this i saw this go on sale for $50 with a $20 rebate and i could not resist. None the less this case is a absolute beast for its price and size and i couldn't have asked for more. Could easily throw in a Corsair H80 if i wanted to. Also has lots of expandability and don't let its size fool you.
Power Supply: I learned from my first build NEVER to skimp on the PSU. This PSU is a rebranded SeaSonic part and has "EasyRail" technology. This beastly budget PSU can EASILY deliver it's promised 550w and can probably handle just about any single GPU setup.
Conclusion: I feel as if this was a very thought out build on my end. I did hours, upon hours of research and have experienced building a PC in the past so this was rather easy. I knew exactly what to buy as far as Price/Performance. I also feel bad for all you people that have to pay $80 for 8gb ram LMAO.
Issues so far:
GPU runs a little hot. But i have seen alot of posts online about how this GPU likes to run hot. So i turned default fan settings and have it set to User Defined fan default settings on MSI Afterburner. The result is alot better temps (75 load, 40 idle) but in return for a really load GPU because for every degree the GPU goes up, the fan speed goes up one percent. So 75 C is 75% fan speed. But i don't really mind it being loud when i have a headset on. I will consider getting a Corsair H60 for my GPU this summer if my case will fit it alongside my huge *** air cooler lol. Can't argue with the performance though :P. I have a 140mm Bitfenix case fan coming in the mail soon so hopefully that will lower the temp a bit (putting it on side panel in over the GPU.)
Update: Finally got around to routing the CPU power cable behind the motherboard. Looks ALOT cleaner and alot nicer. Since the original build date i have also gotten a 140mm bitfinex fan for the side panel to help cool the GPU. Build has turned out pretty awesome :)