This is the first PC that I've built, so i was super excited when I did my test build and everything booted up perfectly. I bought most of the parts while there were on sale for Black Friday.
Update:So, Its become a little less budget and a bit more Hulk. I decided to upgrade to a GTX 770 and also bumped the PSU up to a 650W Seasonic to support it.
- I accidentally reset my original CPU overclock so I had to start from scratch, but it overclocked better the second time. I ended up at 4.5 Ghz @ 1.3875 Vcore, although LLC bumps it up to 1.404. I had actually taken it up higher to 4.7 Ghz and the temps were fine, but it's very cold in my apartment so I backed it back down to 4.5 and dropped the Vcore a bit so that it wouldn't overheat in the summer.
-The temps are sitting at 52C under load, but my apartment is pretty cold at 20C. It will definitely get hotter during the summer so I figure that this is a good place to leave it.
Processor: I originally wanted the FX-8350, but I realized that i need to cut the cost of my build down a lot, and the 6300 was still pretty damn good.
CPU Cooler: I think everyone knows just how awesome the Hyper 212 can be. Edit: I replaced the stock fan with a couple Noctua fans in push pull.
Motherboard: I knew that I wanted to go with an Asus board, I originally wanted the Sabertooth, but this was a good compromise on price.
RAM: Newegg black Friday deals dropped the price on this by like 30 bucks, couldn't resist.
Case: The original case fans, and the CM Sickleflow fans I originally bought were pretty loud. I decided to replace them with 2 140mm Corsairs, and 3 120mm Noctua fans. I also moved the original Hyper 212 fan to the back exhaust and limited its speed. Hopefully this will take the computer from jet engine loud to a more reasonable level of sound.
Edit: I had to disable my computer's sleep mode. For some reason the bios specs don't like to reapply after the computer awakes from sleep mode, and the Vcore and processor frequency don't return to bios set levels.
UPDATE: My boss had a Kill A Watt P3 meter sitting around, so I decided to gather some wattage and amperage numbers while running stress tests. CPUID HWMonitor was used to monitor temps.
Idle (case fans low): .76 Amps, 93 Watts
Idle (case fans high): .83 Amps, 102 Watts
Prime 95 blend test (peak readings): 2.18 Amps, 272 Watts
Furmark 1920x 1080 x2MSAA (peak readings): 3.18 Amps, 390 Watts
3D Mark11 performance test (peak readings): 3.18 Amps, 385 Watts
OCCT PSU test (peak readings): 4.18 Amps, 507 Watts (partpicker rated the build at 444 Watts, so that shows you the difference between stock and a fully overclocked computer)
Note: The OCCT PSU test supposedly works by running every PC component at 100%, so I figured this was the best way to measure the overall computer's MAX power draw. I also added a picture to reflect the max temps I reached while running the OCCT test.
Just for fun, I also measured the power draw of my entire system (computer, 2 23" monitors, bose speakers, and 1TB WD MyBook external HD) at idle: 1.53 Amps, 166W