My Xbox360 was dying and instead of buying a PS4 or XboxOne I decided I would build a PC on my budget to play games with. It plays the games I want to play (State of Decay, Outlast, Torchlight II, CS:GO, etc) well in my opinion but to be honest with you I'm not truly sure how to benchmark everything and tell you whether this PC is performing well on paper. My own experience with this machine rates it slightly above satisfactory.
Cpu the Athlon X860K seemed to compare well with the i5 but for nearly a third of the price I couldn't say no. I'm pleased with the performance of the machine. I play Outlast with everything on HIGH settings in 1080p and my FPS never drop below 60. I also ran Uninge Heaven but I couldn't tell you how to read the results. I have not tried overclocking, if I purchased an aftermarket CPU fan/cooler I would certainly consider it.
The motherboard is an MSI A88XM Gaming board. The 'gaming' features of the board I believe consist of the special NIC and the built in overclocking features that the board provides.
16GB RAM, does ram really make a difference?
I've got a Kingston 120GB SSD that is too small. I should've gone bigger but I figured with the two 1.5TB WD HHDs that I'd have plenty of storage. I was naive and didn't realize how much space games to take up on the SSD.
HHD setup as stated above, two WD 1.5TB drives that arent on the parts list because I salvaged them from a NAS box that I never quite got to work the way I wanted it to.
So far I've been pleased with the GPU. The Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 seems to pack enough punch to run most games at high levels while delivering crisp 1080p resolution.
Now, this PSU may be overkill but I don't care. When you have massive GPUs like I've got you want to have enough power just in case, right? The Corsair 750W PSU does the trick and installs nice and tidy with its modular design.
Monitor - 22" LG Full HD Monitor