This machine is intended to be used for heavy gaming (
Mainly 3D - Pinball: Space Cadet) and Photoshop/ Illustrator use.
NOTE: I apologize for the quality of the pictures, the lighting in my house is horrible and I was using my phone's camera. Im hoping to get better pictures up soon!
I am by no means an expert on PC building so being a PC n00b, I got a lot of help from friends. I also rake through various reviews of parts and watch videos on performance as well.
NOTE: I did buy most of my parts on Amazon because I have Amazon Prime and it was convenient, the other parts I bought at a local Fry's Electronics (which is heaven on earth for both price and selection).
In all seriousness, this build was very fun and such a learning experience. I have been using it for a few months now and it has not disappointed me yet.
CPU: The AMD FX-8350 is a great piece of hardware, it really does put up with whatever Im throwing at it. Mind you that I dont know specifics when it comes to overclocking and such but as far as I know, it does its job.
Motherboard: the Asus M5A99FX Pro R2.0 ATX AM3+ (what a mouth full) This was totally picked just because it was recommended to me by a friend but so far it works beautifully. For a first time builder, the layout of the motherboard was a bit confusing to work with but once I figured out where to put what, it was a breeze. The BIOS is clean and concise, very easy to work with. The only problem I had with it was the soundboard wasn't updating and I guess it was slightly damaged so I just bought another soundboard.
SSD and HDD: I got a Transcend 256GB 2.5" SSD and a Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" HDD, no complaints. Read and write for both are okay. Really just needed storage and a space for the OS.
RAM: The RAM I chose was the Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB DDR3-1600, It came in two 8GB sticks and it works very well. All of the games I play dont exceed 8GB but I wanted to future proof this PC and its just nice to know that If I do need more, its there. Plus It was cheap when I bought it.
GPU: So this was a hard decision for me. I eventually chose the Sapphire Radeon R9 390 8GB Nitro because I saw first hand how it ran because a friend showed me. I originally was looking to buy a 980TI but I also didnt want to break the bank. This thing is a BEAST though, I love it. It runs all my games at 1080p, +-60fps. It is super quiet and it stays relatively cool. Im thinking of buying another for a crossfire, we will see!
Case: This was the first piece I bought for the build and I went to Fry's Electronics (LOVE that place). I got a Corsair Vengeance C70 (Green*) ATX Tower. I love this case, its so roomy and easy to access the inside because of the side panels. It looks great and has small quirks to it like a covered reset button and great cable management.
PSU: EVGA 850W ATX12V / ESP12v, just needed something to power the computer, no real reason I chose this. However, it does have an ECO setting that lowers the strain on it and its super quiet while doing small tasks.
Optical Drive: Just something for installing Windows 7, cheap and reliable.
OS: It says I have WIndows 10 but I really have Windows 7 Profressional, its been my favorite OS to work with, I hated Windows 8.1 and Win10 is alright, just preference really.
Peripherals: I really wont go in depth with all of my extra stuff, just functional and temporary until I have the funds for better things.
If you have any recommendations about using different parts or any questions please leave a comment and I will get back to you!
I'm no expert when it comes to the specifics of motherboards but as far as I can tell, this is definitely worth the money. The BIOS is very clean and organized, easy to understand. However, for a first time builder the overall layout of the motherboard is a bit confusing and it doesn't label a lot of the parts but I may just be incompetent.
I would give this 5 stars due to performance but I did have a problem straight out of the box in which the sound card on the mobo wasn't recognizing the drivers. Very annoying but Asus customer service was very helpful in getting that problem resolved.
All in all, great buy, very much worth the money.
I absolutely love this case! I bought this case just because it was cool looking and rugged but the wire management is phenomenal. The material is solid and the carry handles are a nice touch as well as the covered reset button. Overall, great mid-sized tower with plenty of space!
Good, cheap mouse. I bought this as a replacement for a wireless mouse, no big complaints but the 2000 dpi is a little lacking but again, cheap and good.