Everything is all set and going fine. It crashed a few times since I had it started up (maybe one blue screen and 3-ish freezes) so I worry about this computer (and feeling like AMD is letting me down). So far I've been updating windows, and installing things I need (like Java, microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.1 ect..) hoping stability will be better. A problem I run into is that my hard disk light isn't blinking at all, I check and the cables into my mobo is connected perfectly. :c
~ Sometimes next summer I'll be getting more money and I'll be looking to adding parts to my build, like an aftermarket cooler , an SSD and some case fans/NZXT hue. Maybe another gpu + higher wattage psu and some more ram (why not?).
I just wanted a nice computer for a reasonable price: I usually play pretty not graphical intensive games on my laptop like Osu! but now that I have this computer I'll be playing some pretty awesome games like Crisis 3 and Skyrim soon. I also do a bit of digital art with Photoshop and Illistrator and maybe looking into using 3D applications like 4D Cinema.
Soo..I went and bought these parts from Newegg and the Microcenter here in town~ I went really down into doing research and using PC partpicker to my advantage, so yeah, managed to get an R9 280x with this. lets see..
CPU ~ (Microcenter bundle) I wanted Intel at first, but the price didn't cut it so I looked into the FX-8350, but then I started to notice people going for the Fx-8320 because you can easily overclock it to be like the 8350 for $30 dollars less~ so I got hooked on that.
Motherboard~(Microcenter bundle) It was an 990FX chipset so it was the best out there, and Microcenter bundle deal with the the FX 8320 was crazy~ I basically got both for $190.
Memory~(Newegg Combo case+ memory) Nice, very cheap DDR3 -1866 2x4 Gb memory which I got with my case as a Combo for $40 dollars less and -$10 instant savings. Pretty much free! (but I didn't set the price reduction on the Memory, instead on the case org. $152)
Storage~ (Microcenter) it was there so I pretty much just picked it up.
Video Card~ (Newegg) This was picked last, I was at first looking at the GTX 760, but hey, I had a bit more money then originally thought, So it was either this -the R9 280x, or the GTX 770. I didn't do much research on the R9 280x because I didn't intend to go with an AMD GPU, but a glance at 3 Gb VRAM and an larger memory bus took me. Maybe 2 hours after the purchase I felt I should have went with GTX 770 because of all the neat things like GPU boost 2.0 and adaptive vsync (plus 3 free games is nice), and a little more research I found that amd went a little hot and have an higher power consumption so I probalaly couldn't crossfire with the power supply that I have now, but the R9 280x is pretty awesome. (hoping Mantle will make a comeback)
Case~ (Newegg)I really liked NZXT cases, maybe I should have went for the fractual design cases but, as a combo, it's a good price and I got this case for future proofing.
~Case Review~ ~after a bit of consideration, I would recommend the Phantom series for the looks, This switch 810 is very good, but the fans on it is a tab bit loud (could be the stock heatsink) and the top grill, when you slide it, you need to be a bit forceful ( thought it was a nice feauture, but it barly reduces noise). Also here, sitting in front of me, it looks sophisicated, but not as "cool" as the phantom, like the power led light in the top isn't amazing or anything(much like an light baby blue), I'll be getting the nzxt hue for lighting on this beast,but for those who are deciding on this or the phantom, get the phantom~ especailly the phantom 630 windowed edition or the 410~ whew if you can even afford an phantom 820, I take my hat off to you. ~~~
Power Supply~ (Microcenter) I had an eye for EVGA powersupplies because of the brand name and the cost / performance / quality is amazing. I settled on this ;however I should have shopped on Newegg and got the gold version of this for $10 less. Oh well. ^
PS: my father decided to chip in an nice 24 inch monitor as an early Christmas present, but me being a dual monitoring junky I need a bigger desk to fit in my 4:3 as well. :(
hoping to get an new mouse and keyboard next year, Osu isn't playable with this keyboard. :C