Finally. My second build is complete! My first solo build, having done everything single handedly. It was a bit frustrating at times, but it was an awesome experience and I totally love my new pc!

At first I started out just wanting to get more Ram for my PC, then I started browsing, saw some good deals, and began to "Wishlist" things. So, I saved up for a few months and put away some money, and I ended up building a completely new pc to my exact specifications!

Here is the end complete build!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor $169.88 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $54.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $113.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $143.98 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $51.85 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card $199.99
Case Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply OCZ Fatal1ty 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $84.99 @ Amazon
Case Fan Corsair SP140 49.5 CFM 140mm Fans $28.99 @ Amazon
Other PNY Optima 120GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive $56.00
Other NZXT Hue RGB Controller $32.99
Other Reddragon Mammoth 16400 DPI High Precision Programmable Laser Gaming Mouse $27.99
Other Reddragon Asura Gaming Keyboard $39.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1055.61
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-01 21:33 EST-0500

I was originally going to go for the NZXT H-230 but I decided that I really needed the front to have panel access so I can throw on some flair items, such as the Hue. It's also amazingly convenient to have the USB ports on the front of the case so I can throw my iPod or plug in my phone for a quick charge.

It was a great debate over the Intel or AMD CPU's, but I ended up going for AMD. My recent cpu on my last build was the AMD Phenom II and it was excellent and I've always had good experiences with AMD, and you also can't beat the price of their FX series. My FX-8350 Black is OC to a cool 4.4, idling at about 29-31c and on a full load, my Corsair Hydro60 keeps things cool, no more than 55-60 on ridiculously high loads for hours on end. Running Prime95 for 4 hours at 100% load the highest temp it reached was 64.

I am very pleased with the build, so far I have had nothing but excellent things to say about every item involved. (Save for the Keyboard which has a really Effed up Enter/Spacebar.) The cable management kind of turned into a disaster. I didn't get my HDD for a couple days after I had the SSD, so I just kinda went yolo status on it and it got really ugly in there afterwards. Thankfully you can't really see that part though, with the sidepanel on.

I only took a couple pics, but here they are!

I was going to do a step-by-step but I got too into the build itself and forgot to take moar pix. Hope you guys get a kick out of it. Sorry for potato quality, my phone isn't the best. I love every item I have in this build. I would give the MoBo 5 stars, but the BIOS is kinda terrible.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

So you went with the FX 8350. I built my computer with the FX 8320. I see you went with 16 gb of memory. You must be running software that uses it. Nice build.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points