I'm going to try this again, without being half asleep early in the morning!
This build is to replace my previous rig I sold containing a FX 8320 and R9 290. I sold the rig as a whole because of an odd storage configuration and poor performance in CPU intensive games. I also really was fed up with the issues I kept having and wanted it gone. The system ran and gamed fine, just didn't quite fit my personal needs. I was tired of seeing my friend's i3 4150 out perform in the same games I played (GTA:V, ESO, and Fallout 4). This new computer has been much better for my needs: Streaming, gaming, and light video editing.
I managed some easy overclocking results and some interesting scenarios from the testing. My GPU managed 195Mhz on the core and NO adjustment on memory. Even down-clocking or overclocking by any means resulted in some very odd artifacts. The CPU is clocked at 4.4Ghz @ 1.25V. I am unlucky to have gotten a lower than 50 percentile CPU, oh well I got a great deal anyways. (GPU, CPU, & Mobo are bought used.)
Thinking back I could have kept my GPU and sold the computer as is, that's okay. I live and learn everyday.
CPU - Needed for solid gaming performance with professional capabilities.
CPU Cooler - Fantastic cooler for overclocking! Best bang for your buck in my opinion.
Motherboard - Supports overclocking and several other very neat features. Bought as open box, essentially a new board at a used price. I recommend looking this board up, not quite the normal ATX.
RAM - Not the best rated memory, yet it is my go to.
Storage - My previous build had several different storage capacities and it left a bad taste in my mouth. The appeal of having one drive is more important to me; however, I'm confident I'll gimp out for a boot SSD.
GPU - I felt my 290 was overkill for 1080p, this was before the 480 and 1060 came out of course. I still stand by this statement, considering I max out all the titles I play. I will save up and upgrade before the end of the year, however.
Case - First time buying Phanteks and I must say I'm impressed! Plenty of room and cable management. Swell computer case.
PSU - Another go to brand for me, the basic line EVGA series does well for me. I am considering cable extensions to pretty up the case and some white LEDs.
Optical Drive - I felt like having one, can't even explain the amount of times I've needed one.
Thank you for your time!
Superb processor! Runs all games smoothly, handles all tasks with ease, and has overclocking capabilities!
Honestly one of the best, if not the best, bang for the buck CPU coolers.
Different ATX size than normal, yet it is a full fledged Z97 motherboard! Even has a cool toggle for an orange LED track, tracing the Audio on the PCB.
Decent memory, runs at 1.5V which is standard for DDR3. There are other brands that pull 1.35V and have better timings.
Great storage as usual, still king for mass storage today even though SSDs are closing the gap.
Fantastic card! Capable of 1080p Ultra settings on most games. The cooler does a swell job.
Fun and easy case to build in! Wish I had discovered this one a while ago, even supports EATX!
Solid PSU, the price is very hard to beat.
Owning an Optical drive is pretty hit or miss now a days, some people don't need them and others do. I am on of those few who do. Splendid drive.