This is my first build and it began with a 400ish budget. Although I knew better. It is not a beast of a computer, but it was certainly a beast to build. The price went up primarily because my old windows 7 64 bit HDD would not boot up and I did not want to fight with it. Before my reviews let me say that some of the items I bought were with the intention of upgrading later on.
I went with the FX 4350 processor for the simple fact that I wanted the speed without having to overclock I don't really need more cores than that for what I do, though if I do need to upgrade I will bypass the 6 core and go with an 8 core. Only issue is when I received this it was DOA. I got through newegg and had no issues with getting it exchanged. Really great customer service. Playing with the new BIOS I accidentally overclocked it, still don't know how, I reached 4.6 G and idle temps were still under 40C with stock cooler. It is now back to stock and runs great.
I do not recommend this case. After installing a front intake 120mm fan I can not get my HDD pushed in all the way so I had to leave them pulled out. I think it takes away from the appearance. While it is possible to hide the cables it is not a simple task and only aggravated me further and I eventually said good enough. On the positive it does have a clean exterior look and great airflow with up to five 120mm fans 2 on top. 1 on front, 1 on side view panel, and 1 in back or you could place a radiator on the top for water cooling with ports coming out the back plus the other three fans.
The motherboard is great and I love the new BIOS page, though I'm still learning about its options. Way too many for me. Highly expandable with multiple PCIe slots, 6 sata ports, and 8 USB 2.0 ports. Could have had a couple more USB 3.o slots but again fixable with PCIe card. I am only using 2x4G corsair vengeance ram but this system will utilize every bit of 32G. Overall a great starter build mobo at a good price.
I am using my 8 year old EVGA GeForce 8600 GTS with 256 M DDR3 for now because it is still capable of running all the games I need it to run. Thinking of replacing it with the 750 Ti some time later after I upgrade my PS. It is the loudest thing on my computer now though with the airflow I have it is a little quieter than in my old system.
The case fans give this case a great appearance though they were a bit cheap and have a little noise to them but not bad. Still waiting for the keyboard and mouse so I cant give review of those yet.
Finally I only bought 8.1 because I knew I could upgrade to 10 for free. So I figured I would give it a shot. I think I will be getting 10 real soon haven't had any use for the start page yet and its difficult to find certain programs and features.
Please leave any comments or concerns about my build. Would like to hear what you all think.