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Here's my newest build that is designed for solid gaming as well as recording with Pro Tools. I recently got back into building machines and this is the second machine I've built in the past six months. I built a lot of machines back 5-10 years ago, but I'm really glad I got back into the hobby.

I'm still in the phase of working all the kinks out in Windows and getting a properly tuned overclock set up, but from what its looking, I'll probably run around 4.5 or 4.6 ghz overclocked with comfortable voltages. One of my ram sets had to be RMA'd so I currently have just 8GB running the machine, but I'll have 16GB total once the return goes through.

I added the extra set of ram and the Kingston SSD after I had ordered the rest of the equipment (went through NewEgg exclusively). I didn't get the best deal on the Kingston because it was a spur of the moment purchase at my local Staples, however, I think I managed to build a quality system for the money I spent.

The focus for gaming was the GTX 760 card. I'm an AMD fan, but I've had a lot of success with Nvidia cards recently, so I went this route. Plus it was a better deal over the 270x I was looking at. For recording, I just wanted to make sure I had an SSD for files, 16GB of ram, and a solid processor. I was coming from a MacBook Pro for recording, so I wanted to make sure my specs beat the MacBook Pro I had used for several years in my studio setup. So far, I've had great results.

The cable management wasn't too bad. I did have some issues here and there, but I'm pretty satisfied with the end result. The 200R has a lot of flexibility for cable management, but it does end up being a pretty tight fit in the compartment on the backside when you're working with a decent amount of cables.

Overall, for the price, I'm ecstatic over the build I was able to produce. I wanted to go with a large scale Intel build for recording, but due to the price, I couldn't make that work. However, I'm satisfied thus far with the performance of the machine and I look forward to how it performs after all of the tweaks and adjustments are made!

EDIT: I ended up selling this build and downsizing to a laptop setup. However, prior to selling it, I made some significant upgrades that have been updated in this post.

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  • 73 months ago
  • 4 points

The 8320 really is a beautiful CPU, it will work wonders for gaming and professional work.

  • 73 months ago
  • 4 points

Why are they all custom parts...? Nice build though!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I have that same CPU/mobo combination. It's absolutely amazing.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

looka sleak, nice choice with the hyper x ssd its a good piece of hardware. the cpu is great

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! I built a similar system a couple of months back with same cpu/mobo and it's solid for video editing. I don't know why the 8320 doesn't show up in more budget builds.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! Love the 200r builds, a lot of case for not a lot of dough, and lots of modding opportunity. +1!

  • 73 months ago
  • -3 points

good pd for the mony