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I'd like to firstly point out that I have no love for that movie, I just thought it apt as I live in Australia.

I built this to hopefully play most games on max graphics, and to hopefully last a while yet. The build went fairly smoothly, I put in the HDD, ODD and PSU in first as I was waiting on a FX6300 to turn up in my local store, before I quickly lost patience and bought the 8350, of which I have no regrets. This is my first build, an upgrade on my laptop, and I think I did quite a good job. It took roughly 2 hours to build with an extra hour and a half of cable management. As a perfectionist, I at least tried to hide all of the cables behind the motherboard. Anyway, here is a quick summary of the parts I got:

CPU: as I mentioned, I was originally gunning for a 6300, but they never were in stock, so I got the 8350 for roughly $100 more. It works ridiculously fast while I'm flicking through tabs and windows, and performs admirably in games too. Probably overkill for what I need, but it allows me to add another GPU later on without having to overclock which is a plus. On a side note, I will be getting an aftermarket cooler soon to replace the horrendously loud stock cooler. Im not joking either. It was an absolute pain to get on the socket too.

Motherboard: fairly cheap, as evidenced by its looks, but does the job, and has the option of SLI and Crossfire, which is quite remarkable considerinh the price. Id reccommend it if you're on a budget. A bit flimsy though, and it doesn't have USB 3.0 headers, which I didn't realise till I had it.

RAM: good quality, 8Gb kit. Does the job.

GPU: got the 270 as it was $30 cheaper than the "X" version. A brilliant card for the price, had a few driver issues at first but quickly solved. The cooler is also quiet and keeps the temperatures down.

HDD: 1TB is all I need at the moment, and I saw no need for an SSD. Maybe a future upgrade, but for now I am content.

ODD: cheap and works.

PSU: very good for the money also. I had to use 2 different cables to reach the hard drive and the optical drive as a single wasn't long enough as I had removed the hard drive cage. Again, nice quality and good bang for buck for a modular.

Case: nice to build with with a lot of features for the money. The CPU power hole was very small, but apart from that it was very easy to work with and just felt solid.

Monitor: got this for $50 off, so no complaints. Feels nippy and the picture is very good.

Keyboard: I've always liked cherry reds, a bit harder to type in, but makes late night gaming easier on the fingers. A whole load of features, and the USB 3.0 port is a very nice touch, and very handy for me, seeing as I can't use the ones on my case.

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I just bought the Asus R9 270 yesterday from Newegg, and I will be getting the 8320 tomorrow. How is the GPU performing?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Really well, only tested it in Borderlands 2 and Skyrim so far and it really went above what I was expecting. Everything is sharp and very smooth. I was thinking of crossfiring before I put the whole thing together, but I don't think Ill bother now, there really is more than enough power graphics wise in this card for me anyway.

Im very happy with it anyway, so I hope you are too :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. I'll be heading out to get the rest of my parts tomorrow and should have the whole rig assembled and posted sometime next week! Can't wait to see how it destroys my laptop :P

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll keep an eye out for it. Hope it goes well :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a solid build. I'm eyeballing that video card for my son's build. If I purchase XFX brand, I'll get BF4 included with registration all for about $210 at Newegg. +1 from me.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a very good card, it runs cool and quiet and is fairly lean on the power too. I've heard that the old XFX coolers used to be a little loud and ran a little hot, but nothing too terrible. The BF4 is a bonus. I wish they did deals like that out here :( Good luck with it!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

-1 For mixing different currencies

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