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FYI: I'll put a tl;dr down the bottom of the description if you can't be bothered to read this. I've also changed the name since I ended up not liking "Little Red Dragon".
I am re uploading my build since I recently got a DSLR camera and I thought it would be good to show you some proper photos of my build and I have also wrapped my SSD's in carbon fibre.
So I started this build completely afresh. Originally I had an AMD A10 6800K and a 750 Ti in some random $30 case. At the time, I thought it was amazing...until I found the PCPartPicker community.
Once I saw all these great PC's and all these awesome parts, I just knew I had to get my own decent gaming PC. Although you could have considered my old one to be a gaming PC, it couldn't run much. So my first upgrade was my case and I have to say that I love the S340. It's elegant, simple, looks great and it has great cable management, which are all big deciding factors in a case.
My next upgrade was to get my SSD's and my graphics card. As soon as I got the SSD's, I was blown away by the speed improvements over a hard drive. While these may not be the best SSD's on the market, they're pretty darn good from the price. I got my graphics card when I still had the A10 CPU, so I said goodbye to the 750 Ti and hello to bottle necking! Yes, it bottlenecked terribly. My favourite game used to be Watch_Dogs and it bottlenecked so bad with the A10 and the R9 380. I only found out until the day I got my i5 that I had accidentally MSAA x16 on the whole time. Insert facepalm here
My final upgrade would be the power supply, i5, RAM and motherboard. This cost over $700 AUD, which is pretty pricey, but it was definitely worth it. The new PSU was so much better than my old crappy VS450 and the cables were so much better! Like, they were actually all black and had decent sleeving on them (for stock PSU cables). When I got the i5, I knew it was going to be good. It was so sick to see that I was getting over 60FPS on Doom at max settings. And I could finally play GTA V too, which I was quite happy about
Overall, I am very satisfied with my build. Although the graphics card isn't the best out there, I find that it performs well under stress and it suits my own needs perfectly. In the future, I plan to get a 1060 or a 1070 and get some individually sleeved red PSU cables. I'm also going to most likely upgrade to an H100i or maybe even a custom loop! I'll post it out if I do the loop.
tl;dr: I really like this build. Although the graphics card isn't the best, I find it suits my needs. Everything works how I expected it to and so far I have been quite pleased with the PC's performance.
If you've read up to here, thanks! Leave your opinion in the comments, I would love to hear feedback on the PC. Also, what do you think my photos are like so far (I'm just learning how to use a DSLR)?