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Updated August 3, 2014, all original text deleted.

I built this PC in September 2013. I built this as a Gaming Rig that could do some Light Video Editing if need be. Also I am taking Adobe classes at school (my high school pilots Adobe graphic design and web design classes & possibly more in the future) and I wanted to be able to bring home my work and finish it no problem without any problems using Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Flash, or Dreamweaver (shiver).

Anyways here are my parts, why I chose them, and how I feel about them a year out (in some cases less than that)

CPU: I chose it because it was cheaper than an i5 and had similar if not better performance and because I felt the performance increase over the 6300 was worth it. I wanted to get the 8320 over the 8350 because the 8320 could be slightly overclocked and perform the same as an 8350 for less money. I don't regret buying this chip, it performs great and other than some issues I am having overclocking it (probably due to poor thermal paste application) I haven't had a hard time with it.

CPU Cooler: Got it for Christmas from my parents along with a 120mm Noctua case fan. Chose it because it was silent and it kept everything nice and cool. The size of it hasn't been an issue and I have no regrets as far as buying it. Installing it was a pain especially with all the Christmas morning commotion going on while installing it. I need to reapply the thermal paste because I'm having temp problems that are probably from me picking it up and putting it down repeatedly while installing it after putting the paste down.

Motherboard: I chose the M5A99X Evo R2.0 because I wanted a solid motherboard with good overclocking performance so I could overclock my 8320 later on. I also wanted to add a second GTX 760 later on to SLI them. I stand by buying this board because it works really well and other than some problems with my USB 3.0 headers not working correctly its great and works fine.

RAM - Performs well and I got it for a relatively good price (~$10 less than other 1x8GB 1600mhz ram). Honestly I have nothing more to say about it.

Storage - Originally I only had a 1TB WD Caviar Blue HDD that performed really well. Then in January I added a 500GB Seagate Barracuda HDD for games that is now being used for movies and music. Towards the end of July I added a 128GB SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD that I use for my OS and applications I regularly use (I also changed my OS from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 8.1 Pro). I recommend the SSD and the WD Caviar Blue but I strongly suggest not getting a 500GB HDD when a 1TB HDD is roughly $10 more for double the space.

Video Card - I got the 760 because it's a sold card for gaming and editing and I wanted to be able to use CUDA cores, PhysX, and their upcoming Shadowplay feature. Was originally going to get the Asus 760 but Amazon said it was out of stock and wouldn't ship for 4-6 months so I went with this card. The Gigabyte Windforce r2.0 is a great card, and can run all my games at highest settings, or close to it.

  • Metro 2033 @ High with advanced PhysX (not sure what average is)
  • Tomb Raider @ Ultimate at average of 50fps
  • Minecraft Vanilla with all settings as high as they go @145 fps

I need to get an r9 280 or greater soon because the 2GB of VRAM is becoming a bottleneck when playing modded Skyrim. Planning on SLIing my 760 with another one wasn't too smart, since VRAM or lack thereof is becoming a problem and it would be better to go grab a r9 280, r9 280x, or r9 290 and have 3-4GB of VRAM than getting another 760, having 2GB of VRAM and having to deal with SLI compatibility in games.

Wireless Adapter - At the time I didn't have money for a powerline adapter kit (still don't) and my router is in a separate room and it would cost a lot of money to get the cables installed in my room to hook up the router in here. The adapter works well but sometimes it drops the connection when the wireless gets overloaded but I think that is a problem with our router or ISP. It's a good wireless Network Adapter especially for being so cheap.

Case - Amazon doesn't sell the Fractal Define Design R4 with Amazon Prime free 2 day shipping & handling so I ended up getting this case because I didn't want to wait longer than I had to to build my PC. The case is good but its difficult to connect the 4 pin motherboard cable from the PSU to the motherboard when routing the cables through the back. I would definitely try to get a PSU with a longer cable for the 4 pin connector. Otherwise the cable management is great.

PSU - Does what it needs to. 4-pin motherboard connector cable should be a bit longer for this case, since I had to sort of stretch it to get it plugged in.

I would change the GPU and Case if I could and make my 500GB HDD a 1TB or higher HDD, but other than that I recommend all of these parts to people considering them. The 400R is a great case, even if its not a Define R4. I would recommend the r9 280 over the 760 since as of August 3rd, 2014 they are very close in price and the r9 280 has slightly more performance and an additional GB of RAM. I would recommend getting an SSD if you can afford it and at least a 1TB HDD since they are now very affordable, and 500GB isn't nearly as much as you'd think when you start installing games or storing movies and music on the HDD (or at least this was my case).

I have also bought a BenQ GW2450 and a Corsair Raptor HS40 Headset. I highly recommend the BenQ monitor but the Raptor Headset slips and slides on the top of my head frequently, and it is a bit too big IMO (but thats just in my case, everyone is different and has different prefrences.

Comments

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the RAM work fine with the mobo?

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah, haven't had any problems so far

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome gonna go ahead and purchase mine

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

The RAM or the Motherboard? Either way I would recommend it. The RAM is good if you can get it for a good price and the motherboard is good, especially if you want to overclock. If you don't plan on overclocking I would go with the M5A97

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I plan on overclocking, and I just ended up purchasing it for 85 not the best deal but it works. I'm a bit new and we have similar builds so I'll have to ask you some questions if anything goes wrong!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, glad you found such a good deal. If you don't have an aftermarket cooler with your build already I highly suggest purchasing one, the noise difference is night and day. PM me if you need any help and I'll try my best to help you! Good luck with your build!

  • 70 months ago
  • 0 points

How can you 2-way SLI on an AMD board?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

It's SLI compatible