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This was my first build and I had just been waiting to see a good enough sale to entice me to build one, then I received an e-mail from MicroCenter listing the FX-8320 + M5A97 mobo for $154.98 and so it began. I wanted mid-high performance build for a budget price. All of these prices were what I paid during Black Friday 2013, and there was not a single part that I paid full price for. I wanted to make sure that this would be easy to upgrade later on, and I think I did a pretty good job maximizing quality of parts and performance for the price.

Also I know that I need to work on cable management, I was much too excited to play on it to care.

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  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn.. Those are some impressive prices..

Please do some cable management. The 500R is a really good case and it deserves better. =/

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

I spent so many hours making sure I was getting all the best deals haha. Processor and MOBO from Micro Center, RAM from Tiger Direct, Everything else from Newegg

I'm still waiting on the 5 or so rebates I had to send in, that was a pain.

And I have since done a bit of cable management so it's not so shameful, I'll have to get more pictures later.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah that sucks about the single ram stick but hey that's still a radical price for a single 8 gig stick and some stellar prices on everything for that matter. I'd definately pop in an aftermarket cpu cooler, like a hyper 212 is only $30 or less, you could easily reach 4.0 Ghz.

+1 for awesome price hunting! its as much fun to shop for deals as it is to build and play I think :)

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Running on single channel hasn't seemed to effect anything luckily, but then again this is the only gaming PC I've ever played on so I don't notice as many flaws as others would haha. I'm looking forward to overclocking, still a little intimidated by it since this is the first time I've built a computer, but I am probably going to get a 212 EVO or something even better, I don't think I'd ever be comfortable using water cooling so I'm avoiding that for sure! I completely agree about price hunting, honestly I think I enjoyed that part even more than playing on it! I've been wanting to help some friends build theirs just so I could shop around some more :D

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

haha, yeah I think I have a mild addiction to online computer part shopping but it's funny because I can't stand going to a real mall haha. I know exactly what you mean, it's so fun lol!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for trying to disguise the stock cpu cooler by taking off the sticker :P I knew it looked familiar hehehe. Great budget build :)

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I thought you were supposed to take it off! I guess that explains why it was stuck on there so bad...and thank you!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for great deals. I hope you plan on overclocking this just beware of temps and power draw limitations on that motherboard. Have fun!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Man, I wish I had a MicroCenter nearby. Nice build with very nice prices.

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

Those are some great deals. I'd get an aftermarket CPU cooler though. Also, not to be that guy, but that case has perfectly good cable management cutouts that you're not using.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Whenever I decide to OC my CPU I'll definitely be getting a nice aftermarket one, also one of these days I'll have to completely fix the cables, I was having trouble with some of them being too short!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

In my opinion, its more worthwhile to get an aftermarket cooler for the 8320 now. When I ran stock, my temps got pretty high on just doing some tasks like Video Rendering or Gaming. Get something like the Hyper 212 Evo for $30 and you're set.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice! I'm planning on getting the NH-D14 now, just waiting for it to go on sale a little bit again. That thing is a beast. And I'll check my temps to see what they're like during some gaming!

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