Soon to be my new gaming PC (once I decide to either put Win 7 or 8.1 on it or wait for Win 10)
CPU - Yep, could have gotten a 8350, but it was $50 more when I was looking at buying, so I got this. Should oc just as well if I need to.
Cooler - I already have a Hyper 212 Plus, and while it works well and is fairly quiet, I'm willing to trade a little oc capability for a little more silence (and to have something a little different in the window). I gave this a shot because I've used other Zalman coolers in the past and had great results. This one is awesome; hard to hear it even with the case open.
MB - Since the case was going to have a window, I wanted a board with some accents, that should match the chip well, and have decent on-board audio. Oh, and not be expensive. We'll have to see if the built-in Killer NIC is worth it.
RAM - (EDIT) - changed the Corsair Vengeance LP out for 16GB of Patriot Viper 3. Picked up a few points in Fire Strike after the retest, even after the overclock.
SSD - Got this on sale. My M4 lasted for 21/2 years, died suddenly under warranty and was sent in to be replaced but I haven't heard back yet. Let's hope this one lasts longer, or I'm going Samsung next time. (Or Adata or PNY, since I have them and they're running with no problems.)(EDIT: it took Crucial 5 weeks to get the replacement back to me. Good thing I had already bought this one for the build.)
HD - Bought as bare drive for quick bulk storage. Sometimes I just don't want to wait to pull stuff across my LAN.
Video - Originally this was going to be a mATX build and I wanted the low noise and power consumption for that. Well... plans changed when I saw the case on sale, but I kept the card anyway. I'm not planning to run more than a 1080p monitor on this box, so the 128-bit bus shouldn't be an issue. Also it's a damn quiet card. EDIT: Last week, I put a EVGA 1050Ti in it so I could move the GTX960 to a different box. Wow. Great card for 1080p and an older box. Even if I spent $230 (on sale at Frys) for it.
Case - Yes, it's not an R5. But... I've always liked the look of Fractal's cases, and when a famous online retailer had it on sale for $80... It's really easy to build in and keeps things quiet even with the window in it, and it looks great.
P/S - Originally I had bought a 620w Antec High Current for this build, but even though it would power up the system the BIOS wouldn't POST. I have an Antec 650W Earthwatts for testing, and the board posted fine with that. I took the HC back to the store and exchanged it for this. The flat modular cables made it easier to get things wired up, and it's a quiet runner so far.
ODD - Yep, I'm a little old-school. I might even change this out for a BluRay reader at some point.
Fans - The F12 I have is the white PWM version; it's connected to the SYSFAN2 header on the MB so that I have BIOS control of the cool air from under the case. The case came with 2 Fractal 140mm fans; for now, both are in front, connected to the integral fan controller. The AF140 is just running on the rear SYSFAN header and has the red ring on it for a little bling in the window.
OS - I'm in a quandary about the OS. I'm not sure that I want to use up a Win 7 key on this build for the (hopefully) short time before Win 10 is released and I end up rebuilding the system. Win 8.1 sucks. So, for now I'm running Win 10 preview to see how my games are going to act and to get some idea of what benchmarks will look like. I'll add those at a later time.
(EDIT) See the last two pics for temps and 3DMark scores. (EDIT) Finally made up my mind, installed Win 10 Pro. When I did, I swapped the MX100 out for a Samsung 500 GB 850 Evo and moved the data on the Seagate to my NAS.
CPU-Z benchmark - http://valid.x86.fr/4ixiwn (GTX960)
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