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What started as a budget gaming build turned into something much more. It's a constant evolving project and I look forward to see what lies next!

CPU: I choose the FX-6350 originally for it being a great price/performance CPU. At stock speeds it runs great and the 6 cores offers plenty for multitasking. While I almost went with the 8350 I'm glad I didn't, for what I want to do, which is game, I never go over 80% usage in games. So it seems to be working great.

CPU Cooler: Being a 125 watt thermal design, I felt the H55 from Corsair was adequate in cooling my CPU even under heavy gaming, and I was right, it worked out perfect and keeps my temps under 55 Celsius.

MOBO: I needed a good motherboard that had some flexibility, and MSI seemed like a great choice, had a great PCI lane layout and offered all the functionality I needed. Wouldn't have bought any other mobo.

Storage: For my OS boot drive I have the Samsung 840 EVO and it works amazing! Fast boot times and incredible performance. My other SSD the OCZ drive is specifically used for games like Battlefield 4. Works great and keeps me first in the match. The Seagate drives are purely storage and holds all my media and other games that don't need an SSD.

Case: I chose the Antec purely on that it was a good size case and easily held all the components well with room left over. Cable management isn't the greatest but I managed. The blue LED's look great and come with fan controllers as well. V3 offers USB 3.0 which is nice.

Video Cards: What originally started with a HD7950 eventually turned into a GTX 780 in SLI and I must say this setup is amazing. BF4 on ultra AA maxed I easily was getting 70+ FPS on a 5760x1080p display. Even Metro LL I could get around 60 FPS on Very High with the AA turned down to lowest settings past off. Gotta say I'm very happy with this setup, and currently still haven't been bottlenecked.

PSU: The 750 was actually great for the time, and it's still a great PSU, worked great when I had 1 GPU and it actually still plays everything fine, even when gaming I still don't use 100% of my CPU or GPU's so I'm not hitting my 750watts, I'm right about 700, but I do plan to change to a 850 watt PSU soon.

Monitors: I'm happy with my setup here, I have 2 1080p AOC monitors and the center is a Vizio HDTV and in surround it's beautiful! I use a 4th AOC monitor that's 19" for performance monitoring.

I hope you like my build and hope to hear what maybe you would improve as I do plan to continue to evolve this build.

All the others I got throughout the build, keyboards, speakers, and headset all picked out for what I felt my needs consisted of. Love what I chose and I'm extremely happy with this build. I honestly wouldn't change it for the world.

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  • 74 months ago
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+1 for the a40, i have the wireless ones

  • 74 months ago
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Thanks! I love the A40's, thought about the A50 but thought I'd just save the money and put it elsewhere, either way they're both a great choice

  • 74 months ago
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How do you find the moniter(s)?

  • 74 months ago
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The AOC monitors I bought from Best Buy, the Vizio I bought from Sams Club

  • 74 months ago
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Oh no, I meant like how to you like them and would you recommend them to anyone.

  • 74 months ago
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I gotcha, overall I like them, they were fairly priced at about $130 and being 1080p was very nice. I like AOC and the design of these monitors is very good imo. For more of a lower end LEC IPS 1080p monitor I would recommend it. If you need HDMI though I wouldn't as it's DVI/VGA only.

  • 74 months ago
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Holy mother of cases... so tall

  • 74 months ago
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You're not kidding! It's a monster of a case and made my old Cooler Master HAF 912 look small haha

  • 74 months ago
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Sweet 3x monitor setup. Love all the parts, but you should've gotten the 83xx processor. The 6350 MAY just bottleneck your pc at least down the line, if not right now.

  • 74 months ago
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At the moment it's not, but I expect it too later on. I do plan to switch to the FM2 format when Kaveri comes out

  • 74 months ago
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At this price point that cpu is ridiculously underpowered. ^' Other than that, nice build.

  • 74 months ago
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You're right, if I was to do it over and buy it all at one I would have gone with an i5 processor. Neither here or now lol

  • 74 months ago
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And FX8350 would have been a perfectly good choice too, imo. Still, it's a nice build.

  • 74 months ago
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It would have and I do plan to get one soon, at the time it wasn't needed, I was running an HD 7950 and the 6350 was plenty for that card, while it is still holding up well I do plan to make the step up

  • 67 months ago
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doesnt the cpu bottleneck you?????

  • 60 months ago
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Sorry for the long response but no it doesn't. At least not to where it's noticeable.

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  • 73 months ago
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As I said, this build has been more of an evolution. When I first got the 6350 I bought a HD 7950 as this was more of a budget rig, I then upgraded to the 780's. I do intend to upgrade the CPU as well. Since Kaveri isn't where I want to go with AMD I'll likely upgrade to an i5 when Broadwell releases

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