I finally built this machine after gaining parts over Christmas. I was mainly going to use this pc for editing, playing PC games and general browsing and school work. My PC before this was fast and silent (Vostro 200) but I didn't have the satisfaction of building it myself, so I embarked on making this one.
Firstly I encountered some problems when I completed the build ready to be hooked up to a monitor. I found that I hadn't hooked up all the power components from the 600w PSU (TechMonster), it was very noobish error.
With BIOS setup with my old copy of Windows 8.1 Professional 64 Bit everything was running smooth and buttery. After extended use, the fans I was using (2x Aerocool Shark 12cm) were extremely loud but coping with the CPU like nobodies business, but the sound coming from coolant was unbearable I mean it sounded like a fully blown server! And I was forced to find a way to quiet it down, luckily the fans included a Voltage Reduction Cable which I installed and proved to be bearable once more to the cost of the CPU Temperature.
However it was still coping, so I gave it the task of overclocking. I overclocked it bit by bit and found that the optimum MHz it should be at is 228 MHz instead of its stock clock at 200 MHz any higher and the CPU would pass its recommended temperature and I would become dangerous. Lucky for me this was 4.0 GHz, my goal. As of a week of use the PC is running fine, and as of now I am planning for a new graphics card as the one taking the new ones place right now is an old Nvidia GeForce 9500GT which I would definitely recommend for keeping up with this beast (Even if it's a bit crap).
Overall I think the CPU is great for its price, in fact I was originally going to buy the FX-6200 for £119 but Amazon gave me an cheaper alternative turns out it was beefier... The CPU runs fine at 3.5GHz and is as fast as you expect it to be. I am fairly impressed with the motherboard, although I was on a budget and got the cheapest one, It is pretty good with 2 USB 3.0 slots there is loads to play with. Only thing I would take away from this motherboard is that it only has one PCI-Express slot which make you unable to do any CrossFire configurations. I'm really pleased with the RAM but so far I cannot find out how it copes in games on full settings because I'm still using the good 'ol 9500GT. But looking forward to getting a new graphics card to test the RAM out.
Full Part List:
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz OC'ed to 4.0GHz
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+
RAM/Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600MHz
Video Card (Right Now): Nvidia GeForce 9500GT 1GB
PSU: TechMonster 600w
CPU Fan: Stock AMD FX-6300 Fan
Case Fan: 2x Aerocool Shark 12cm 15 Blade Fluid Dynamic Fan - Blue
Case: AvP Commander X8 Mid Gaming Tower (Inverted ATX)
SSD: Seagate Momentus XT 500GB Hybrid or Samsung Drive
Another Hard Drive: Seagate 500GB
Any questions? I'll be happy to answer most things I know.
Thanks for reading.