Description

Wanted to try my hand at a custom build with a set price limit ($1,000.00). Thanksgiving to Christmas - holiday sales were very good, so why not?

  1. AMD FX-6350 CPU: Good CPU for the money, Black box, 6 Cores and I wanted to try an AMD build.
  2. Corsair H100i GTX: Wanted to experience a liquid cooled unit and found this one on sale.
  3. Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ Mobo: Everything I needed for the build and future experience in overclocking. Great inherent features too!
  4. G.Skill Ares Series RAM (2x8GB - DDR3-2133): I bought 16 GB and got 16GB more as a Christmas gift. Plenty of memory now!
  5. XFX Radeon R9-380 2GB DD Video: Ratings and reviews were very good, great sales price. What more can I say?
  6. NZXT Phantom 240 ATX Case (White): I liked the looks of the case, and the ease of cable management was excellent. Came with all the component parts and two 120mm cooler fans. Good price.
  7. EVGA 650 GQ PSU (Gold): Good brand, nice sales price, plenty of power based on my projected usage on this build. Would have liked to have had flat cables throughout though.
  8. Asus DVD/CD Writer: Nice, & neat fit. Does what I need for loading to the system.
  9. Cooler Master fans (120mm): - Bought two each of Blue and Red just to see what the color scheme might become. With the two white and two already on the XFX Radeon Card, I now have 8 fans in the case!
  10. NZXT Sentry 2 Fan Controller: Wanted something to monitor the fans and temps but would look good on the final build. Does a nice job of displaying the temps and % of speeds on each fan. Quiet too.
  11. SanDisk 240Gb SSD: Utilizing this as my boot drive and some games. Got a really good price on sale (local).
  12. WD 2TB Black Caviar Hard Drive: Surprise Christmas gift! Secondary drive/Storage.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure I'm just being OCD about it, but why is the cooler pump on an angle?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea that got me to.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

When I test seated the pump, the tube angle seemed a little to sharp and was putting stress on the tube connections into the pump, so I shifted the mounting ring on the pump to alleviate the long term strain on the connections.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, that makes sense.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice choice of CPU and GPU. I love the R9 series. <3

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I really wanted to go up further on the R9 series, but watched my budget and settled on the R9-380.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I almost went with the R9-380 because of my budget, but I went with the 390 which made me miss the Steam Sale :( But it said the 380 would "bottleneck" on Naruto Storm 4. I need that for PC, my PS4 is full on storage. XD

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

@RJ52..Hey there. Did you have to modify your Phantom 240 case to fit the Corsair H100i GTX? Cuz I really wanna do the same to mines.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I did have to mount the radiator on top of the case with the cooling fans mounted inside at the top. Wasn't a problem to get the tubes into the opening from the top. You can drop them in from either the left or right side of the opening. I chose to drop in from the left (backside) of the case just so I didn't have any airflow obstruction in the center of the case area.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Update: My Radeon R9-380 died! Sent it back to XFX and they have provided me with a replacement. Had to wait awhile so I was using my spare R7-360. I'm now ready to start my first OC effort. Looking forward to getting started!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

UPDATE 2016: Just received a new video card - an MSI RX-470, 8Gb, Gaming X model! Hopefully I can get the monitor upgraded this Christmas to match the card capabilities!

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

Great but the liquid cooler isnt much needed. a hyper 212 Evo would have been suffice for an FX 6300/6350

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty sure with that motherboard hes gonna be ocing pretty high.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I've never experimented with ocing, but I do intend on trying it with this build.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah i know. i just said it wasnt needed. the Fx 6300 is a great cpu with or without OC

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I would appreciate any guidance anyone can provide when I start getting into OCing. I've never done it before and would like some experienced insights as to starting. Thanks!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

You are correct, but the Hyper 212 Evo was listed as not compatible in the NZXT Phantom 240 case (only by a mm or two). Just a little too tall.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I think he means the monitor.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, you were correct. I failed to mention that the price was for the monitor.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh got it... Deleted my original comment. Great build!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.