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I slowly started amassing parts about a year ago, waiting on deals and sales, starting as an A10-6800k, moving to the A10-7850k, the 860k and then the FX-6300, now that the 8320e has landed in my lap i figured it was time for an update. Most of these parts were parts of other build that were re purposed, the pricing reflects what was paid at the time, some parts were on sales, some were not.
CPU came from a friend who got it with a motherboard upgrade, for $50 i dont know anyone who would say no. Going from the FX-6300 to the 8320e was not a large leap, once overclocked though she can handle 4.5Ghz with ease, i pushed for 5.0Ghz but on air that is dangerous.
I was considering putting the CPU under water but this case would take more modifying than i feel like doing at this time, if i find a good 240mm AIO cooler on sale i might take the plunge, but for now the Hyper 212 handles 4.5Ghz just fine in push pull configuration with an aggressive fan profile, love these Cooler Master JetFlo's, superb air flow and will install them on the 240mm cooler when i decide its time.
Ram was purchased at full price about 6 months ago, slowly over these past few months ive found myself needing more, im a persnickety little prick and if i want to have multiple downloads going, a plethora of programs running while playing Dying Light and streaming then i will max out 8 gigs fast, so i waited for a good sale and found my exact dual channel kit on sale, it was a sign so i jumped on it.
Originally got the Mushkin 120 as a boot drive a while back and was pretty happy with it, but im never satisfied, i like to mix and match and see what works best. If i had to choose between the two i dont think i could, ive beaten the living hell out of the Mushkin with no issues, the PNY is now a dedicated Gaming SSD while the WD is just videos and a backup for everything else.
the 290, ever since it came out i wanted it, i never thought the price would drop so fast but here we are, and i couldnt be happier. i do love XFX, and i do appreciate that the LED does not light up on the side like some other GPU's do, i find that to be a distraction. Plays everything i want, using MSI Afterburner to set a custom fan profile i never hear her and she never breaks a sweat.
I hate this case and do not recommend anyone else get it, it does not natively support any radiators over 120mm even though it has custome water cooling ports on the rear, i will have to do some cutting on the top to get one to fit and will in due time but for now the Hyper 212 is doing its job. As for air cooling, its fine, i have 3 intake and one exhaust, everything runs cool, I have one Cooler Master JetFlo fan installed in the front top slot where a CD drive would go, its tied into the rear exhaust where another JetFlo is installed, running at the same RPM on SYS FAN 1, creating a wind tunnel for the Hyper212, it really is a beautiful thing. The rear has minimal space for wire hiding and management, seriously i do not like the cable management in this thing. I got a little angry one night and decided i wanted a window on it, so i took the jigsaw, the dremel, and a bottle of wine to it and hacked something into the side. Using automotive trim and some acrylic with some double sided sticky tape i Frankenstein-ed something, eventually ill move to the R5, in fact, i think next payday i might move everything into an R5 and use the BlackHawk as target practice. The panel screws dont fit right, the standoffs are half striped out, the "fan filters" are a joke.
Its an ugly build but it has a special place in my heart, hence the name.
Absolute powerhouse, once overclocked she really sings
Does what its supposed to do and does it well
Overclocks well, make sure you get REV 4.0 or above
Does what its supposed to do, would buy again
Hasnt failed me yet, boots fast
Nice, will probably get another
Good ole reliable WD, love this drive
Sick performance for a sick price
Great for air cooling, horrible for water cooling and cable management...
Great price, great performance, modular and plenty of length, awesome
Love these fans, they can push an amazing amount of air