So compared to my previous build The $30 i7 I have changed everything but the SSD, ram, and DVD drive. The prices listed are what I actually paid for each item(yes, I did get the ud5 for $20).
I built most of the way this late last year and have not posted it because the 5.25in to 3.5in external adapter took 3 months to arrive from Asia.
I got the 2tb HDD, the second 8gb kit, the tx850, the r9 280 and the USB 3.0 card as upgrades to my previous build. I was looking at cases and a CPU upgrade, due to the quality of my previous case, and that my i7 920 could only go to 3.2ghz. The main issue with these was that good cases are like $100 new for what I want and my X58 SLI(like other early Evga x58 boards) has issues with the cheaper six core Xeons.
I then found the R5 and at the same time, I found the best deal- an X58a-UD5 with a Noctua cooler, a 920, 12gb of ram, and an Antec case(which was stripped for fans) all for $50. I then built and cable managed, and I have since upgraded to an x5650 for $30. Many of the nonused parts have since been sold, kept for parts, or used in another build.
I managed to get the x5650 to 4.32ghz(@1.34v) with the ram a 1720mhz. It will do 1010+ cb. The GPU has mostly been at 1.1ghz, and I intend to overclock further when I can find the time. The motherboard is a breeze to overclock on, I have never had to reset CMOS, and every time it fails to post it just goes to stock but saves my settings.
I am someone who is always on the lookout for upgrades at a good price. Things that will probably upgrade include are a very high end cooler and freesync(both GPU and monitor), also more storage.
Review for x5650- since custom parts can't be reviewed :( 5 star
This CPU is about the best value CPU available right now, for $30~ you can get six hyperthreaded cores that go to 4ghz+. 4.3ghz will do about 1000 cinebench for a $30 CPU.
It's a Noctua- Ugly, quiet, good cooling and secu-firm 2 is nice.
I like this motherboard so much that I have to nitpick it. The main issue with x58 boards is that they all use bios not (u)EFI so no booting from NVME or 3tb+ partitions.
I also have some gripes with the board itself; firstly there is no debug temp readout. Also, the 8 pin power and front panel audio are also not located as well as they could be, as they are in the top left corner of the motherboard between the I/o and the CPU cooler.
Other than that the board is awesome! USB 3.0, SATA 6gbps, tons of sata ports, dual LAN, eSATAp and firewire, nice audio, well placed expansion slots, great overclocking with multiple clear CMOS buttons(not that I have ever needed them), great power delivery, profiles, plenty of options, oc profiles, and not needing CMOS resets if an overclock is too much.
Not the quickest SSD but that's fine since my mobo's sata controller is not up to full sata 6 speeds.
I like this case a lot but it does have some small issues. First is that the grommets above the motherboard are a bit small and hard to get larger connectors through. Second is that the fan controller should have more fans supported; like 5-6, not 3.
There are some downsides with this case that come from it being a mid tower instead of a full tower. These include- no e-atx support, only two external bays instead of 3+, and no 8th expansion slot. Those are tempered by a presumably reduced cost and a smaller footprint.
I would have gotten the version with a side panel, but I found this one cheap. The blackout just means that everything is colored black not that there are any new features.