UPDATE: After great success with the Phanteks P400S TG on my Tantalus build I went ahead and bought a second P400S TG to put Farpoint in. It looks astounding and when I get my Noctua fans in it will be whisper quiet too.
This build was created to be a tribute to the soon to be obsolete AM3+ platform and the FX processor. Of course some would argue all AMD APUs and CPUs are obsolete but I would disagree as their value is tremendous. It remains to be seen if this system will be my gaming pc for twitch or will become an editing and streaming pc for my other system (CAPSUPREME). Technically my other system running the A10 7850K has superior cores and since most games don't utilize more than 4 cores it remains to be seen whether I will see much of an advantage in non DX12 and Vulkan games.
CPU - AMD FX-8320E - Chose as it is the cheapest 8-core AMD CPU I could get my hands on. Bought during a sale on NCIX for 129.99 CAD. Fantastic deal considering the FX 8320E is just a well binned FX 8350 with a slightly lower default clock. I have not had a chance to actually overclock it yet though the ASUS software included with the motherboard automatically did a slight overclock even with the the standard junk AMD cooler. The stock cooler is adequate but if you are going to overclock DO NOT use this cooler. The cpu temps under pressure pop up to an uncomfortable 65C very quickly (with an ambient temperature in the room around 25C to 30C. Hence the next item on the list. Overclocked to 3.8GHz so far.
CPU COOLER - CORSAIR H80i V2 - Now equipped with the H80i v2. Pretty happy with how easy it installs Though there are a lot of extra wires to think about. Looks great in the system. So far keeping the FX8320e nice and cool at 4.01GHz. I have added two Corsair magnet levetation fans to this and it has helped keeping the noise down though I plan on putting a couple Noctua fans in when they arrive shortly.
MOTHERBOARD - ASUS 970 PRO GAMING/AURA - Perhaps one of the best value boards on the AM3+ platform and recently released to boot. Love the look of this board and the RGB lighting around the chipset though once I have both of my GPUs installed they will hide most of that. I knew when this motherboard was announced that I had to have one. There are two limiting features of this board. One is the 970 chipset. This limits both GPUs to operate at 8x in crossfire which in theory should not bother their performance but it is a limiting factor. The second is power delivery. While technically it is not that fantastic in this area I have read that some outlets have been able to push chips like the FX 8320E pretty hard nevertheless. The question will be whether the power delivery will limit my overclock or the cooling.
MEMORY - G.SKILL RIPJAWS X 8GB DDR3-1866 X2- The value on these were just right. I actually wanted to get the Ripjaws Z as I prefer the heatsinks on that set but the X kits have grown on me. Only thing missing from these are LEDs but thats a small thing. G.Skill memory continues to be some of the best and most compatible memory I have used in desktops and laptops alike.
STORAGE - SAMSUNG 850 EVO 250GB - Chose this as the same drive in my CAPSUPREME build has been really fantastic. The Samsung Magician software is fantastic as well to get that SSD really flying. SAMSUNG 1TB 5400RPM 2.5" - Went with this as it was rescued from a decommissioned system. While it's a bit slow it's not bad for loading games and other data that I don't use very frequently. I do wish that companies that build these drives would make their exteriors look more interesting like a lot of SSDs do now.
The observant reader will notice that the ASUS 970 PRO GAMING/AURA is actually compatible with M.2 PCIE SSDs. You are correct but right now the prices of those drives don't equal the benefit of their speed as far as I am concerned yet. It does remain an option down the road to upgrade the storage in my system without cluttering up the internals with more drives and cables.
VIDEO CARD - Sapphire Radeon R9 290. This was a card I picked up refurbished and have never had a problem with it. Overclocking it just 50MHz though makes the fans go crazy to keep it cool. Otherwise it's super quiet.
CASE - Phanteks P400S TG - I built my latest build Tantalus with this case and decided I needed to move Farpoint into one of these as well. I love building in this case and love the included RGB light strip.
POWER SUPPLY - EVGA SUPERNOVA G2 750W - Love this PSU. If you go through the history of this build I went from the G1 version of this PSU but then I learned that it was a terrible PSU so I moved to a fully modular Bronze rated Seasonic of the same power rating. Then I found the G2 on sale for 20 bucks more than the Seasonic and I am very happy with it. Comes with plenty of cables and what cables are not used can be put in a handy EVGA branded bag that comes with the PSU. Oh and 10 year warranty? Yes please.
OS - I've already got Windows 10 running on this thing and it performs as expected. Windows doesn't seem to care about having 8 cores too much but that also does not surprise me. For the most part most applications do not but I expect with multitasking it should be useful to have the 8 cores.
I am also using a CM Quickfire TK keyboard with Cherry MX Brown switches. Absolutely great keyboard. Couldn't recommend it enough. For a mouse I use my trusty Logitech wireless something or rather mouse. Cost a ton when I bought it back in the day but it keeps soldiering on and I absolutely love it. Its only failing is it terrible battery life. 1 Year? HAH no way.
Great value at 129.99 CAD. 8 cores. Has the potential to really move when overclocked. (Box even advertises overclocking up to 5GHz). Stock cooler included is junk.
Great value and easy to setup. Included Ai Suite software is fantastic. The chipset has ASUS' AURA RGB lighting. If you are using one or two large video cards it will block the RGB lighting form being visible. Has official SLi certification as well. The 970 chipset only has 20 PCIe 2.0 lanes (GPUs in CFX or SLi utilize 16 PCIe lanes at 8X). Still more than sufficient for most anything you throw at it but antiquated for todays standards. That said it is a value board and I knew that going in.
Still be best value in enthusiast SATA SSDs as far as I am concerned. Performance is fantastic especially with the Samsung Magician software installed.
For what it is I am happy with the drive. It performs fine for it's specs. As it was rescued from another bit of tech I am happy.
So far so good. The ratings for this PSU are great and I expect no less. The price was right. Fully modular and comes with a bag to store the cables you are not using. Oh and a 10 year warranty is also nice.