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After doing quite a bit of research, I found this site which help a good portion especially with compatablity. I also read an article from About.com (http://compreviews.about.com/od/PC-Gaming/a/Gaming-PC-Buyers-Guide.htm).
I want to give credit where credit is due, but CareyHolzman, on youtube, had some great videos that I watched repeatidly. How to Build a Gaming Computer - NEW 2013 Edition! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zOYdNEHDQo and How to Build a Gaming PC 2012 - Part 3a - Installing, Configuring & Optimizing Windows 7 w/SSD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oyz5g6Sipaw.

I found a great bundle price for the AMD CPU and MoBo at Micro Center. I then received $15 mail in rebate for the Video Card. I also got $10 mail in rebate for the case and the power supply. That subtracted an addition $45 off the final price. Last, I had to wait for after Christmas Sale for the Optical Drive and Windows 7 at Newegg.com.

Assembly was much easier than I ever anticipated especially while watching the videos. I obviously did not copy the builds in his videos, but they were really relevant. The rest I was able to figure out on my own with the manuals. One regret is not going with the Corsair 200R which comes with housing for SDD. I will just mount my SDD on top of the 3.5” rack.

My future plans are to purchase two SDD, Corsair H100i Liquid CPU cooler, Crucial Ballistix Elite 8GB (3 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 (do the have to be same manufacturer?), a LED back lit 23” monitor, and eventually a second Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Crossfire.

The tower is up and running strong today after its first full day of program downloading and optimization.

I will have to update later Benchmark Results

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

What do you plan on using this for? If it's strickly a gaming build, there's no need for 32GB RAM. Also, head over to the Corsair website and grab a windowed side panel ($20USD). You put a lot of effort into your build, why not show it off?

EDIT: Link to windowed panel

Great cable management, by the way.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I have played World of Warcraft, but my old pc made it horrible to play with lagging and locking up the PC where only a reboot could fix it. Other Facebook games by Zynga were hard to play sometimes. One window open with a Zynga game would use up 80% of my RAM.

I also use it for Real Flight R/C simulator which used to lock up my old PC as well. Now I can run better graphics.

The computer is family, but I would like to get back into gaming ;)

Thanks for the compliment.

I will definitely look into getting the windowed side panel. Thanks for that information.

Initially, I will just purchase another 1x8GB RAM and leave room for future expansion. However, I have read that using some RAM as cache can increase overall speeds. More research is needed with that.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

1 stick of ram .. otherwise its a nice solid build I just ordered mine , same cpu does it run well ? ^

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

With my lack of knowledge and experience with computer builds, I went with 1x8GB rather that 2x4GB. I am hesitant in buying 2x4GB when they would ultimately be replaced. This way, I will only have to add RAM rather that replacing and adding.

Those were my thoughts...

Thanks for the compliment.

The CPU has been excellent, but I will be putting it through trials soon.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

For the price that's a pretty sweet build. What are you using it for, gaming? If so, you don't need any more ram, just upgrade your gpu when you can afford it. The only thing is that you should have bought 2x4GB of ram to take advantage of dual channel.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a budget gaming rig. My next two purchases will be the SSD and another 8GB ram. Does the RAM chip have to be from the same manufacturer, or can they be different manufacturer with same specs?

Ultimately, I want 4x8GB RAM, but only with time and money.

What gpu do you recommend?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

RAM can be from any manufacturer as long as it has the same timing, latency, and frequency. You really don't need more RAM for gaming, you won't see any significant performance increase in gaming if you add more RAM. A better gpu is the only thing that's going to improve gaming performance significantly in this build. Recommendations? It really depends on your budget. You would get a pretty big jump in performance by getting an GTX 670 or above. GTX 770, R9 280X or a godly GTX 780(if you can afford it) are all great gpus. I would keep an eye out for a good deal on a GTX 670, even used, great upgrade for the price.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the recommendation. I will keep on eye out for prices GTX 670 or above.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I got this same case, i love it! mines the windowed version, check out my build :D

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the same case, but non windowed. Love the case. Almost got windowed but thought it looked kinda odd. I have considered replacing the Corsair one with a custom plexiglass with no side fans.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. How do you like the CPU cooler? I was thinking of going with the H100i, but I have read that it may be a tight fit.

Out of curiosity, why do you have 3 500MB HDD? Where they left overs from prior builds?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

2 of them i bought when i first built my rig and the third one was given to me and my H60 is the older version but works very well, i am happy with it.

2 of the 500's on raid0 for my games.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply. I guess it would be much easier to transfer HDD with the game already downloaded onto it ;)

What games do you play?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Call of Duty Ghosts, Battlefeild 4, World of Warcraft, GTA4, most of the Counter Strikes, Gary's Mod, Guild Wars 2 atleast these are the ones i mostly play atm i got tons on steam lol

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, where do you get the time for all those games? Which do you play the most?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Does your power LED on the case work? I just finished building mine but only the reset LED works.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, It works just fine

Just a thought, check your wire placement for the LED lights.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice choice of parts! I have the same motherboard and CPU and love it! Great job :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Really like your build there! In fact I'm in the process of building a somewhat similar build and pc part picker warns me about a compatibility issue with the fx 8320 and the m5a97 r2.0 just wandering if you've had problems or if you got the same warning? Thanks!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Really sorry I didn't get back with you sooner. I have not been on in a while. I have not had any compatibility issues whatsoever. I never saw any warnings from PCPartPicker before I put it together.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I just noted that you put down the Fx 8320. I used the FX 8350, so I don't have any idea about the 8320.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

You should get an aftermarket cooler for your processor! They're really great and pretty cheap.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know anything about that video card. I choose the 7870 from reading many posts with it included in a budget build. I will keep in mind for future reference.