Pre description note: I apologize for the quality of the pictures. I took them with a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, so they're not the greatest...
Since this is my first build, as well as my first time really posting anything here, I feel i should tell a bit about me. I'm 17 years old, and this build was mainly the product of me... well, wanting to do something productive. I saw an opportunity to create something I could be proud of and am extremely happy with how it turned out. It's nowhere near finished, of course, as my ASUS VG248QE monitors haven't even been purchased.
Now, on to what people actually care about. (lol)
This was more of an impulse buy, as I was looking for something that wouldn't go past my budget and performed to my liking. The AMD FX 8350 is still an excellent CPU, in my opinion. Levels below the top tier Intel options, but it is more than I expected. I managed to get a stable OC of 4.325GHz, yes I realize that's low. I don't feel like taking the time out of my day to OC it and stability test it anymore than I care to, so I guess it'll stay there for now. Not really much else to say about it, really. Everybody knows 8350s get hot and blah blah blah, ON TO THE NEXT ONE!
The CM Glacer 240L took a LOT of research and patience on my part. I watched vast amount of videos about various coolers, and the one that really pushed me to buy it was JayzTwoCents' 240L review. I jumped on some forums, read some more, and ordered it immediately along with 2FT of Primoflex 3/8 UV Green tubing. Under loads it performs very well, aside from the air bubble noises for the first few days. They seem to have worked themselves out. The pump is so silent I can't even believe it's on. I did have a small issue installing it, as my RAM DIMMs wouldn't have fit if I'd have had the pump/block in the vertical orientation. Also, I am running on distilled water.
The Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 is a great MoBo for the price, even if it is 2 years old now. Had a bit of trouble though, because while overclocking my CPU I couldn't find any XMP setting to regulate my RAM speeds/timings so I had to do it manually. I also had to leave my RAM speed at about... I think, 1466MHz, because they refused to be OC'd. I got blue screens every time I tried to boot up with every configuration I attempted. Oh well.
Well, these DIMMs are a bit outdated, especially for DDR3. 1600MHz downgraded to 1466 on 9-9-9-28 timings is still more than enough, though. Absolutely no problems with them in 4 DIMM config, aside from them not wanting to be overclocked... at all. At stock they do run at the advertised speeds.
120GB isn't enough, but it's fine until I purchase my HDDs. The boot time is faster than any PC I'd seen before building this. I timed it at 12 seconds with about 11GB of space left on it. Allows for easy access to security options and encryption if necessary. In fact it comes with it's own proprietary means of encryption if you'd like to try that out. 10/10 (no I'm not starting numerical ratings half way through)
The Gigabyte G1 Gaming 970 is great for now. runs semi-cool under load, and is great for anyone NOT expecting to play games like Far Cry 4 or Assassin's Creed Unity at 60FPS on Ultra settings. I'll just go ahead and blame Ubisoft for that, though. :) Didn't luck out with the OC capabilities of the card. Anything above my current settings of Core:1279 Mem:7215, and I just get driver crashes or grey screens. Very quiet, no coil whine and more than capable of running NORMAL games at very well on High-Very High. Even DayZ. Picture that. To give some perspective:
Bioshock Infinite= 106fps Avg
Battlefield 4= 82fps Avg.
Assassin's Creed Unity= 32fps Avg.
Far Cry 4= 34fps Avg.
...See the problem? lol
Everybody knows about the Define R4, and with the new iteration of the Fractal line-up being introduced this month, I may just move my build to the big, or little brother. Only time will tell. All in all, it's a very quiet, anti-vibration case with decent airflow. Also, It's black. That's a plus. As you may have seen from the above pictures, I had to remove a drive cage. Not for the GPU, but for air flow's sake. I would have had to anyway, because the GPU is a LONG card.
I haven't had any problems with the power supply. It does what it's supposed to do and does it well. Not a single instance of power dipping or loss in any way. The Supernova G2 series is a good choice for any build today.
I feel as if I should speak (or type, rather) a bit about my mouse. The UTechSmart Venus is probably the best choice for anyone who plays MMOs, MOBAs (ew, just my opinion), or FPS games. It's a very responsive mouse, high DPI with no input lag noticeable, and if I'm correct it uses Topre switches. At least it feels that way. Correct me if I'm wrong. The software is user friendly and easy to get used to, and it comes with a little setup disk. Lighting options are in no way limited, as the mouse has "16 Million Color Backlighting". (ooooh shiny) You can very well match your build with the options on this mouse.
Thats about it. I'll most likely add more to this in the future, as well as building more PCs and upgrading this one. Feel free to give me any constructive criticism down below, as well as any tips you may have.
Updated the pictures a bit and added screenshots. BF4 only, that's all I had time for. Also the lighting in my room is bad.
I got My GPU to overclock @ 1578MHz Core. I'm dumb and didn't turn on KBoost in EVGA Precision X... lel
Would not recommend the Cooler Master Glacer 240L... It's been discontinued anyway. It started making a loud grinding/whining noise about 2 months after purchase. For fear of it completely failing and/or catching fire, I've purchased a Cooler Master Nepton 240M.