I set out to build a PC that I could play games on, as well as stream games to Twitch. I wanted to stay around a budget of $800 so I went with an AMD build. I went a little over, but so far, I am very impressed with the build. This is the first build I have done so far, and I can already tell that I am addicted. I would be eager to see what you guys would suggest upgrading to in the future.
All the comments below are after about a week of operation.
AMD FX-8350 is the CPU I landed on because the 8 cores will work well with video editing as well as streaming to Twitch. Like I said above, I wanted to stretch my money and this seemed like the best bang for my buck. I don't know if I will ever overclock it myself, but I have seen people overclock it to 4.9 GHz and remain stable. So far
MSI 970 Gaming Motherboard is the MOBO I went with for the simple reasons that it had all the I/O I needed right now, had an excellent price point, and it is just a good looking board. I have not had a single issue with this board, and the MSI BIOS is amazing and easy to navigate for someone new to the experience.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO was the CPU cooler I chose because I knew I wanted more protection than just the basic CPU cooler that was included with the CPU and I also heard the AMD ones specifically were loud as hell. After looking at the price and reviews, this was a no brainer. When I first got this, I was extremely worried it wasn't going to fit in my case because I was not sure of the size, but after getting it installed (which for a first timer, was a bit difficult) it fits perfect, and I actually think it looks good in my windowed case.
MSI Radeon R9 380 4GB... Again, this choice was made with a budget in mind. I went with the 4GB version solely because it was only $10 more expensive than the 2GB version at the time, from what I could see. The looks of this GPU is stunning, the fans are super quiet and I am impressed so far. The only thing I have a gripe about is this card RUNS HOT AS HELL from what I could see from what others look at. I was concerned I had a faulty card because of how how it ran on idle, but from what I could read, these GPU's just run hotter than others.
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory Honestly, with this, the reviews were good, and it was more cost efficient to go with 16GB than it was to go with 8GB, and you can never have too much RAM, right? Haha... It will also help with the streaming portion of the build.
EVGA 750W Power Supply I went a little overkill on the PSU because from what I had read, people always said that is something you shouldn't skimp on, and I wanted to have the extra room in case I decided to upgrade in the near future. (Part Picker has my build at only about 440W.) It had great reviews, was fully modular and all the cables were already sleeved black.
Corsair SPEC-03 Red ATX Mide Tower Case... This was probably one of the hardest choices I had to make for this whole build. I was on a budget, but I wanted to get something I wouldn't mind looking at. I had spent a lot of time researching the parts, deciding on them, and ultimately, it is a lot of money. (at least for me this still is..) So when I found this case, I was a little hesitant at first, but after realizing almost everything in my build was Red/Black and this fit into it, I decided to go for it. After getting it and building in it, I am very pleased. It looks great, and has great airflow. The only negatives about it is the dust filter is a flimsy piece of **** piece and even though it has the extra room on the other side, it still was a bit tight for cable management.
MSI Interceptor DS B1 Wired Optical Mouse This came free with one of the parts, and I actually like it so far. It feels good and has a great response. The only thing I don't like is that the lights on the outside stay on even after the PC has been turned off.
Hard Drives- Both of these were based off reviews/cost. SSD didn't have the BEST reviews, but it was still good enough for me to buy it since I am only using it for the OS. So far I have been very pleased with the speed. I am glad I went with the lower priced option for it. The HDD is your typical Western Digital drive and I am also pleased with that thus far.
Other Notes: It is just a small thing too, but my RAM has heat sinks on them and my motherboard clearly stated to run DIMM 1 and DIMM 3 for dual channel mode. With that they kind of collided with the CPU Fan. You can see in the picture. I just moved the fan about 3 mm higher and everything looks and feels fine. It didn't impede the cooling of the CPU and it clears the heat sinks on the RAM just fine. Just something to be aware of if you use anything like this build.
Like I said earlier, this was my first build, and I had a blast choosing the parts, over analyzing everything and eventually putting it together. I would love to hear your thoughts and what you think would be logical upgrade paths going forward.