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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.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 4 points

That is a very impressive build for the money! Must be great at multi-tasking! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

So far, so good. I haven't really had anything to stress it with yet though. I have not played any Triple A titles, mainly just Garry's Mod and the likes... I am excited to see what I can make it do though.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Run it through Adobe Premier or any video editing software. That's a good practical test for the CPU to be at 100% (Overclocking also matters because it does save increments of 10-45+ minutes) and the CPU will definitely hit its max (possible freeze or shutdown if not oc'd right) Firestrike is a good go to just to push it to the max with CPU/GPU. I have my 8350 comfortably sitting at 4.8Ghz. Not the highest, I seen some people hitting 5.2Ghz comfortably but 400Mhz really is not gonna kill me on said tasks.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I will have to try that. Right now I can't think of anything I will be doing (at least immediately) that I will really need the extra power from my CPU, but its like people say, it doesn't hurt the card, so why not get the full potential from it! Haha

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes!

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build man! We practically have all the same or similar parts, its almost uncanny.

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Haha, that is pretty crazy! Obviously, you have good taste!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a great build! I always like to see builds I saw on reddit appear here so I can see how they turned out. Good luck with this man! Hopefully it serves you well in streaming!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! And I am assuming you are the one that answered all my questions? I really appreciate everything. You really helped guide this to where I ended it with.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

shhhhhhh it's a secret But I'm glad you like it! And I hope it serves you well with your twitch! You should put your username in the explanation though, to send people there.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, I would if I were a bit more ready, since I just built this, I still need to decide which game(s) I am going to start with since I am going to start with PC games (I don't have a capture card yet) and get a bit of a overlay going. Right now, I would point people to a stream that I occasionally stream from my Xbox on... Haha

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

If you need help with all of that send me a PM either here or reddit, I will gladly help you with talking about everything else you'll need for streaming. Or make another post, plenty of people with experience there. Cheers!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 nice build.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I am really enjoying it so far!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, very similar to mine! If you don't want your RAM sticks to interfere with your EVO 212 fan, you can put them in slot 2 & 4, it will work just as fine! Go check up my build if you want. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking I could, but the motherboard manual was pretty specific to put them in 1 and 3 and only use the other ones if I was running 4 sticks. It is good to know I really can move them to 2 and 4 if need be. Thanks!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

My Sapphire 380x does the same thing, it sits at around 52-55c when not in use, but it doesn't turn on the fans until under load, so there is no active cooling until i start a game. I bet yours is doing the same thing and that might be why the idle temp is high, but mine like yours only reaches 66-68 most of the time while under load which is really a really good temp for a graphics card. Nice build! Enjoy!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! And I am glad to hear it is pretty much just an AMD card thing, I was so worried at first that I had a bogus card and I was going to be super sad, but now, I am super happy! Haha

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I think you mis understood when people said that you can't skimp on the psu. You need to get a psu of good QUALITY, not nessisarily quantity of watts. (It is a very good quality psu anyway, the extra wattage isn't unwelcome but a 500-550w unit would have been fine)

Despite them being a little warm (see if it even has the fans coming on while idle) amd cards are very heat resistant (95°c is considered perfectly safe for an amd card)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I knew they meant quality, that is why I made sure to go with AT LEAST and 80 Plus Bronze, I just wanted the extra watts in case I wanted to upgrade in the future. I think this should last me quite some time perhaps even through multiple builds.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

well, that it definitely will

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you still have the msi metal case badge? If you do you can put it on the top the hyper 212 evo and it looks amazing. Other than that this is a beautiful build!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my God. That's a fantastic idea! I was wondering what I was going to do with all my badges! It kind of bummed me out that I had to put it vertically instead of horizontally, so that would make it look fantastic! Thanks!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Anytime man. I've seen it on other builds and thought it might make this one look better.

  • 46 months ago
  • -1 points

That's the reason why I don't use AMD video cards. They run pretty warm :P

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, from what I have read though they can get pretty hot (upwards of 90 C) before they become an issue, so I think I am fine with it right now, my PC is in my basement and even with that my exhaust is still cool air