Okay, so I posted this build a couple weeks ago, but I wanted to redo it once I got a couple of things done with it.
For starters, I'll just say the journey has been a long one. I first started with a junk HP pre-built I got last January. The thing was crap, but I bought it to tide me over til summer when I could really start spending some cash to build one myself. This explains why the items you see as $0 are that way. I paid so little for the HP PC, and being that it was half a year prior, I didn't quite feel right letting those items boost up my cost; so all the items you see as $0 are gutted from the old machine.
Alright, let's begin the breakdown.
CPU - The AMD FX 8350 has kicked *** for me since I bought it last summer. I've rendered some video on premier/after effects, lots of photography with PhotoShop, and do some music editing on FL Studio and it really gets the job done. I do some casual gaming too, so it really is everything I could want. Show some love for my r/Besiege buddies!
Motherboard - Okay, this is where there's a bit of a story. So, I started with the basic Gigabyte 970 board last June. 3 months later, it craps out on me for no good reason; not powering on, no lights, nothin'. I RMA it to Gigabyte (whose customer service is by far the worst I've come to know) and they tell me it's fine. I RMA the powersupply for *****, it's fine, but they sent me a new on back anyway. Cool. So, me insisting on a mobo problem, I grab the MSI 970 Gaming board and it works like a charm. That was that. However, stupid me left my backplate and mounting bolts for my Hyper 212 EVO on it when I sent it back to Gigabyte, and it came back missing one of the four bolts, so I'm running the stock cooler on the CPU just until I order a new one. TLDR: Screw you Gigabyte.
RAM - The Team Elite ram you see is actually Samsung; it's just the PCPP didn't have 1 stick of 8gb ram, so I chose an equally specced stick from someone else as a filler. I know, ideally I should have all cas 9 crucials in 4 slots, but this is what I got. The crucials gave me a great performance boost, so I'm happy.
Storage - More story time! So, aside from the gutted Toshiba and the ****** SSD, I took it upon myself to convert an external hard drive into an internal drive. It was super easy. I just stripped the housing off of the drive, and voila, internal all ready to go. I was having some weird disconnections with that seagate drive and I came to suspect that it may have been an issue with the micro usb splitting off into the SATA slots. The cord didn't quite fit well into the micro usb, so that's why I decided to try it out and it's been working great ever since then. Oh, I say "****** SSD" because I was one of the unlucky ones with the v300 series. Just google it. Kingston's manufacturing dropped the ball and now you're gambling for read/write speeds buying from this series. If you look at the UserBencharmark averages, you'll see what I mean if you compare those stats to most other SSDs. ---
GPU - Grabbed this baby from B&H's refurb section. Couldn't say no to the price. This will hold me over til the 300 line comes out!
PSU - I will never buy non-modular again. Difficult to work with. Cable management wasn't easy, especially in the unforgiving Sentey case, but I did the best I could.
Case - I say unforgiving because this thing has only two grommets in the back, not on the side behind the motherboard. There was very little room back there. There were 4 narrow cutouts that I tried to rout my cables through, but I just didn't do a very good job. Mayb'e I'll try again when I get the new cooler in, but I really would like a modular PSU if I were to try it again. Otherwise, the case is bitchin'. Love the blue black. I was surprised to see red on the inside as I hadn't seen any photos of red drive bays upon purchase, but I got over it quick since my mobo is red and black. A bit of a mix of colors, but I really like it a lot.
Monitors - The HP was the original monitor I had building this last June. The Emerson tv/monitor was ripped off my bedroom dresser and placed as a dually while I await a new tv for the bedroom. Not a bad setup, if I do say so myself.
Anyway, that's about it. Please feel free to leave your compliments or rip it to shreds. Either way, it suits my needs and makes my happy meter go up a bit.
Oh! One last thing! Those D-Wings are a life saver! Combing those with bread ties made what crappy cable management I could manage that much easier. They hold onto a thick amount of cables and don't go anywhere after you've peeled off the back and stuck them on. Home Depot ftw.
Price for performance. That is all.
Looks sick. Logically built. Love it.
Gotta love B&H! Gettin mostly 30+ frames on all games maxed out. Bioshock Infinite stays at 60. New sleeping Dogs remaster around 35.
Meh. Did the job. Nothing fancy.