This is an upgrade to my previous build at https://pcpartpicker.com/b/GjN
CPU: AMD FX-6300 (WEI = 7.4 @ stock speed, 7.5 @ 4.0GHz)
Still the best bang for the buck. It will run all of my streaming software without any glitches or lag.
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Added this cooler last week. Was using stock cooler, but fan was too noisy for me. Works well with my CPU, but the fan blocks the 1st memory slot. Luckily, I'm using the 2nd and 4th slots.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3
I have the latest rev. 3.0 board and have updated the BIOS. It does what I needed it to do.
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 (WEI = 7.8)
Nice blue color, but heat spreaders are too tall if used in 1st slot with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO.
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" SSD (WEI = 7.9) and Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM
Just got this SSD last week. It's real fast. The best one I've used so far. From power on to desktop, it boots Windows 7 in just 27 seconds. I had this WD HDD for a while. I'm using it for storage, but if I run out of space, will buy a 1TB drive.
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB (WEI = 7.9, 7.9)
Got this for a heck of a deal on a Black Friday special. It's an overclocked model, and runs nearly as fast as a HD 7870.
Sound Card: Creative Labs Audigy SE
Just an inexpensive sound card to add along with the onboard sound to have an additional input and output.
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower
The best case I've owned. So much room in this case, plus it runs cool and quiet.
Case Fan: Fractal Design FD-FAN-SSR2-140 66.0 CFM 140mm
Added an extra intake fan to the front.
Power Supply: Antec 520W ATX12V / EPS12V
I bought this a while back. Nice unit and runs quiet. Wish it was modular, but my case has plenty of room to put the extra cables behind the motherboard tray.
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
I've only used this to load the O/S and the Gigabyte driver disk. It's really not needed any longer in most builds.
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
I'm NOT planning to upgrade to Windows 8 or 8.1. I'm to used to Windows 7.