Description

This is my 2nd gaming build. I wanted to upgrade my previous build by quite a big margin, whilst keeping it at a similar price. Here's a breakdown:

CPU - Had to be AMD to get the best value for money. Didn't get the 8350 as an overclocked 8320 matches it - though I won't be doing this until I need to get a bit of a boost.

Motherboard - Great reviews for this board, and also looks quite nice as well. The various different ports are in great positions for cable management purposes.

Memory - I used XMS3 in my previous build and they worked great.

Storage - I had an SSD which I transferred from my previous build - 250Gb is plenty for me though I might RAID 0 a couple in the future. You can still purchase a 1TB+ HDD and keep this build under £600.

Video Card - This was great value at £160. It was an open box item, but hadn't been used by the previous customer.

Case - I love minimalistic cases and the 200R looks great. Also has decent cable management.

PSU - Though not the best PSU in the world, the CX range are great for people like me who aren't going to be maxing out their PC.

Optical - Cheap, works, cool.

OS - Windows 8 is being used more often where I work, and I'm in ICT Services, so I should probably learn how to use it before users start harassing me with their problems!

Peripherals were already taken care of, and I recommend each one - Sidewinder X4 keyboard, Roccat Lua mouse, Gamecom 780 7.1 headset and a 23" Acer monitor.

This build went very smoothly. I learnt from mistakes I made in the first build, and got this done in about an hour. Since my SSD was already setup, it didn't take long to start using it.

Comments

  • 75 months ago
  • 4 points

Amazing cable management +1 and more if I could simply for that

Part selection is great considering the budget!

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! The case isn't too bad for cabling, especially for only £40/$50.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

very nice pictures and cable management +1

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks - they're the best photos I could get out of an iPhone unfortunately!

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

This is damn good. For that price it's hard to beat!

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Everything looks good. I'd have gone with a 8+2 VRM motherboard for higher overclocks. Also you used WAY too much thermal paste on your cpu. Nice choices very similar to my build in a lot of ways.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. VRM heatsinks weren't a priority as I'm not planning to OC anytime soon. And it must be a bad picture, that's a very thin layer of thermal paste.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

thermal paste spreading skills +1 like a work of art in and of itself lol

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Your build is very similar to mine, I love it. And dat cable management. +1

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Lovin dat 200r!

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

sadly this motherboard is not yet available http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4717#ov

And I would add a little cash to change that psu to a XFX 550w which has Seasonic internals, better voltage regulation and better components (japanese caps vs chinese caps on CX).

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

There are definitely better PSUs, but the CX range is fine for light/medium users like myself. Especially as I'm not planning any overclocking.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

The 200r is a great budget case. I have one for my gaming computer and I started using them for custom builds here a work. 10/10, would use.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Really really nice. What company did you get the 7950 deal from?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought it from Dabs. They have a used section on their website which also has open-box items.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Great budget build! +1

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Great thermal paste spreading

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

thermal paste (picture 5)= ULTIMATE CRINGE

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