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I built this machine as a super-budget workstation. That's why I went with the 8350.
The MSI 970 GE MOBO supports up to 2133 mhz ram, so thats what I have in there. However, I already know it's not enough. Just having Premier open puts my ram up to 97%-98%.
I was going to go for the EVGA GTX 950SSC, but then found a killer deal on an older, yet slightly more powerful, GTX 670FTW edition for $130. If I had to choose now, I'd probably scrounge up the extra money and get a 4GB 960 card for around $200.
I don't have a storage drive yet, just my little 240GB SanDisk SSD. Though that's been treating me fine as of yet.
I've got one stock case fan in there with 3 Cooler Master 120mm red LED fans that keep my PC running cool.
I love this machine and haven't noticed anything I do not like about it so far, save for not having as much ram as I'd like.
There's a point where you've added too much and adding more isn't going to do anything for you. But, based off of tests, I can easily upgrade to 16gb without much head room.
I do content creation for work and school and wanted to have a faster computer at home to work in Premier. Plus it doesn't hurt that she runs BF4 like a boss.
If you've got any suggestions on how to make her better (for cheap) please comment below!
This motherboard fits nicely in the NZXT S340 and provides a great amount of USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports. It supports a nice amount of case fans and has a simple and effective BIOS. The controls are very user friendly and the OC Genie is way helpful. Fan controls are a bit of a pain to understand, since it pairs fans 1/2 and 3/4, but after a bit of tinkering I was able to create a nice, positive pressure in my case.
From my understanding, RAM is RAM. I went with this because it's the highest-speed memory that my motherboard is compatible with, and so far it's been great. I only wish I'd been able to get more at the time.
I do plan to upgrade my memory to 16gb in the future.
This is an inexpensive SSD with a great amount of storage. It's perfect for Creative Cloud and my OS. For only $20 more than most 128GB SSDs, I'd definitely recommend getting it first and then upgrading later.
So I got this GPU because it was a steal at $130, and was a little better than the GTX 950 SSC from EVGA. Plus, it's got a noticable increase in CUDA cores over the 950. All in all, I wouldn't recommend it because it's simply not available. Or, if it is, its MSRP is $410. Don't do it unless you were in my exact circumstance, which I doubt you are.
Since this is also my first build, I don't have much to compare it with besides reading specs.
This case is sexy. It's got a separate partition for the PSU that helps to control temperatures within the case. The panel is clear and provides a appreciable view of the case's contents. I'd definitely recommend this case.
Cable management wasn't a problem in this case.
My only annoyance with it is that it doesn't allow much room for custom LED strips and interior lighting. I've managed to get one bright strip in there that adds a nice accent, but I'd definitely like more. I may end up playing with that more in the future.
These fans are really cool looking, and they keep my case cool. They're very inexpensive and add nice accent lighting.
I'd recommend these, definitely.