I started planning what to buy about 2 months ago, but like anyone you usually make big changes during the process of buying as well. This build is meant to be a little present for myself. I'll be doing alot of gaming and recording with build. Editing on the side as well. Built it for the flexibility (I got tired of my old dual core computer).
I really don't understand the hate for AMD, When you can buy an unlocked 8-core for $220? Why not? Overclocked via asus sabertooth bios from 4.0ghz to 4.7ghz @ 1.5volts. At idle the cpu is at little above room temperture so around 30C (tempertures jump from 20C to 30C) while on load it has gone up to 65C.
Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme seems to be an excellent cooler as well. As you will see in my 3rd picture i manage to fit the radiator with my 2 stock 200m top fans still installed, while just barely having room between the ram and the CPU fans. Although mounting the cooler over the CPU while tightening everything down is defiantly a 2 man job.
The Asus sabertooth mobo is probably the most durable mobo I've ever seen. The overclocking through this is a breeze. I do wish this mobo came in other colors. Its just these brown colors are kind of.... like why would you color it that way?
Ram brand wasn't really that important. I managed to pick up these 16gbs for $55 (I will list out prices of all parts on the bottom)
Msi 7870 Hawk is a nice card. Although i had to RMA mine, Which i dont really mind since newegg is offering me $70 back for the hassle. in turn the card only cost me about $175 (note that in the picture i do not have the hawk installed this is a picture when the hawk was still being rma'd)
The PSU also did not need to be modular because i have plenty of room in the back of the case to store wires.
AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core - $219.99
Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid - $109.99 + $30 rebate
Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 ATX AM3+ - $169.99
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 - $54.99
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM - $79.99
Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" SSD - $89.99
MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB - $244.99
NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower - $109.99
Rosewill 750W ATX12V / EPS12V - $99.99
Asus VH242H 23.6" - $154.55 + $10 Rebate
Total with rebates included - $1294.99
If you'd like pictures of certain areas please leave them in the comment section below.