The PC is being used as a family system. I'll be using it for gaming while my wife uses it for school work as needed. Building a PC was purely an impulse decision. I have relatives and friends that have influenced me to take the plunge into building a system rather than buy from a big box retailer. I would safely say this far I feel like I've made the right decision.

Most of my parts were selected based off of price with performance coming second. That's something I would like to be better at in the future. I also tried to avoid MIR's at all cost. My on the go life style would've left me missing out on the return money. The very first part that got me started was my case. I found it at what I considered was a steal of a price at $17. The Cougar Solutions case worked very well to fit my needs with plenty of space to fit all my components and with ample space for interior fans. As of now I have 4 fans running. Three I added plus the one that the case came with. That is not including the CPU Cooler.

In choosing my processor I went with the AMD 6300 3.5Ghz. It currently is running overclocked to 4.2Ghz. I was looking into this part for a very good amount of time as I was stuck between going middle of the road here and more expensive on the Video Card. After looking at many different reviews and comparisons I didn't think it would be worth the extra $80-$100 to jump up to the AMD 8350 or better. As of now I have no complaints but I can see this being one of my first upgrades in this system.

Video Card.... To every new builder I'd swear this is the part you want to go overkill with thinking that you can just throw whatever card in and it will just produce the greatest definition, color, and graphics... That's def not how this worked. When I first put my parts list together I started with 2 Titans. Needless to say they didn't make my cut. :0) I used the hierarchy graph from to get more into perspective. I looked at multiple 390, 390x models and again just didn't feel the price tag was worth the cost.

Ram.... 16Gb DDR3 1866 in hind sight I believe I could've done better here and just maxed out the board to not have to worry about it in the future.

Power Supply... Went with a 750 to give me extra power for over clocking and also thinking towards upgrades in the future...

Monitor... 24in 144htz

Extras... Xbox 1 Controller... Going from gaming on a console to gaming on PC def has a learning curve. Using keyboard and mouse to navigate vs the thumb sticks of typical controllers will def Some getting use to.

Games I've played: BLOPS3, TITANFALL, TOMB RAIDER, MARVEL UNIVERSE, NFS, and a few others. All run on maxed /ultra settings and Optimized through AMD Gamer program/app.

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  • 50 months ago
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This or gtx 960 4GB?

  • 50 months ago
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R9 380 4gb

  • 49 months ago
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From Toms Hardware best picks for graphics cards itself;

AMD again finds utility in aging silicon, this time from the Tonga GPU, formerly powering Radeon R9 285. The company recently rebranded it to Antigua for the Radeon R9 380. If you knew the former, the latter looks mighty familiar: 1792 shader cores, 112 texture units and 32 ROPs. The 285 utilized a 918MHz core clock and GDDR5 memory at 1375MHz. Radeon R9 380 enjoys a speed-up to 970MHz with memory at 1425MHz on a similar 256-bit bus.

That increase is enough to put the 380 ahead of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 960 in just about every one of our benchmarks at 1920x1080 and 2560x1440.