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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.

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Comments

  • 87 months ago
  • 4 points

I think you have a great setup for your needs. I honestly think people who confuse the "Hate" for amd don't understand the difference between performance to cost. Yes an 8 Core is awesome for this price but realistically not much utilizes it and not much will in the forseeable future. That being said you would also have to overclock this 8 core to 5Ghz to compete with the performance of the i5-3570k at 4.5Ghz in many aspects. Though the FX chip now competes on more levels compared to the previous FX chip, it still only trades blows with the i5 and doesn't come close to touching the i7. My resent research shows though that this Vishera FX chip would be something I'd recommend for a user just like you. You wanted a well rounded system that not only plays games well but also handles multi core utilized tasks well. Wallah you have yourself a very good system. Though you went high"er" end on the CPU and motherboard and graphics card yet you chose a PSU that is "eh" but for nearly the same price there are well known reliable brands availalbe. I'm not saying Rosewill are bad at all but when others such as Seasonic, XFX Proseries, Corsair are nearly the same price I personally have an easy choice.

If you know the previous AMD FX series then you would understand the "Hate" for AMD, it was a joke of a chip. Now this FX you have chosen is starting to be a contender so hopefully they've gotten back on track and are even more so with next years release.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not an expert (just now building my first) but your workmanship appears to be Class-A. Although I used an Intel CPU for my first, I'm a huge AMD fan: Can you imagine what Intel prices would be like without AMD around !?!? I'm a little concerned as I hear AMD is shopping their CPU unit around.

I'll bet your box runs great. Have fun with it.

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of recording are you doing? I've been wondering what kind of disk speeds, throughput and file sizes people are using for high end digital recording these days. Can you enlighten me?

  • 87 months ago
  • 1 point

when you get the 7870 in your build and running can you tell me how it is because i am thinking about putting it in my build

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything below or above me, whichever, has been disproved in real life scenarios. If you argue with me without real performance statistics and you actually performing the experiments, your post will be completely ignored, and reported.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu8Sekdb-IE

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

dude ha no way that is the exact reason im goin with amd now!! its funny when ppl say it doesnt compete with the i7 and it actually beats its in most cases!

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I usually go with intel, not going to lie, but i'm going with amd this time. Hopefully the fx8350 will be the beginning to some great future CPUs from AMD. Also, nvidia and amd are both coming out with some radical new cards. Can't wait!

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

...There's a reply to this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbMYV8Djt7k

...The only problem is that at 1:30 into the 35+ minutes of nasal babbling, the guy shoots himself in the foot by using the 4chantards as a source reference.

So yeah, I'm feeling more and more comfortable with buying this 8350 and Sabertooth combo with each whining ******'s whining **** on how Intel's I5's can "beat" AMD's top-o-de-line CPU...:/

:OM:

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Lets go with a video that isn't so bias: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICVeN6WEGgg

to bad so many people give that teksyndicate video so much credit.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Before bagging a product because of it's name, "Rosewill" more research should be done, > http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&file=print&reid=266 Also, look at, what the customer support is like.