Description

This was built in anticipation of SOE Live and the reveal of EQ Next, Now given the reveal it most likely will just be used for next gen AAA titles come November or I'll sell it.

The case is built for airflow and cooling for OC'ing. I installed 2X CoolMaster Megaflow-200's and a 120 intake on side with a screen to help restrict incoming dust/debris

My goal was to maximize value by purchasing out dated but still very relevant components. Things that had been revised upon but I seen no true benefit vs the extra price point(s).

I also saved $31.00 from two newegg combo's. so whatever final total is, still need to minus the $31.00. I believe they were DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #1356307 (AMD FX6300+CM HAF 912) -$18.00 DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #1385084 (WD Caviar+LG DVD+R) -$13.00

I am open to all critique and suggestions of whether I hit the mark for (best bang for buck) on each component or if skiping the next tier was a mistake.

Regards, Jim UPDATE 7/10/19. I am the type of user who never powers down, This system has run non stop (minus sleep mode when not in use) for last 7 years and functions the same as when 1st built. With the release of 7/7 Navi / Gen 3 release I am building a new Price to Performance Bang for Buck system and look forward to feedback on this system and the new one being built. But for now I felt the parts were due some feedback now that I've had a solid 7 years use out of them. (I didn't know how to leave comments for each particular part when I created this build)

Part Reviews

CPU

This chip has run for 7 years with minimal to no powered down time with no issues. Some including myself still game with this in 2019.. If you wish to remain with AM3+ and have this chip the RX 480/580 would be your best option to reach max potential while leaving option for future. The 580 will be limited by the cpu but when you do switch over Ryzens work great with 480/580 for Max 1080p.

CPU Cooler

7 years later (2019) still one of the best Air Cooler options. Plus has been replaced by Evo and a few other RGB models but still a great value price to performance item. You can find a cooler with maybe 10% better performance but at a much higher % cost base.

Motherboard

For being a budget AM3+platform board it has worked flawlessly for me in last 7 years. It has great appeal for gaming and home theater builds with options for both. Remote Go, Turbo, etc.. if you prefer to plug and play and have system do the tricks this is the board.

Memory

This ram has not failed running in a system always on for 7 years. Can not say it is any better or worse than other options, but when purchased it was the best value for size / style.

Storage

This drive has not failed me in 7 years where other drives have. Been very happy with it. It has been in a system always on. Still possibly the best budget value in 2019. Prices of SSD are getting really cheap so it's possible these will eventually never be a viable inclusion but for now they still are at the right price.

Video Card

Been extremely happy with this card. Been running in a system always on for 7 years never any issues. There are many good GTX 760's. But I prefer this one for the cooling and auto gpu boost it provides. In performance I'd say it's in the top 5 of all and in value in the top 3 minimum.

Case

This case still holds it's own in 2019. There has been a lot of advancements, but for Thermals and Flat out cooling it beats most of the newer cases. Aesthetics.. well you have to not want window, shroud, RGB. Cooler Master has advanced with the times and has versions of (Master Case) if you want all that but it will not be at a valuable price to performance ratio any longer. If you want a similar option to the new (Master Cool) series check out *Deep Cool Matrexx, much better price point IMO.

Power Supply

This has been powering my system for a solid 7 years, I do not power down my system but rather just let it go into sleep mode. No issues. This is a 2013 model very much hated across the internet, but I have had no issues with it. The CX series has since been improved and is receiving great reviews now. This for the most part still is the value price to performance budget pick, But at the right price.. Consider EVGA BQ if cheaper is what you really want.

Comments

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice work man its simple and will definitely get the job done

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

What projector you have?

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Epson 3010. Went along the same revision rule. the Epson 3020 is better, but not an extra $600 better.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I have similar build with a FX-6350 and the HD 7870 in the HAF 912, and I'm digging the processor speeds and overclockability (if that's a word), and the airflow in this case.

Great choices on parts. The PSU is sufficient for your needs, and the wiring is clean! I have the M5A99X mobo instead of the M5A97, but I'm sure yours will handle anything you throw at it. ASUS boards are quality.

Congrats on a great system man! Have fun gaming with it.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback. I originally was going to install the 7870 also. But at the time I started ordering for the build all 7870 Tahiti-Myst editions were sold out. then when they came back in stock the GTX 760 had been released and they seem to have discontinued/run out "Never Settle Reloaded" bundle codes. so I went the 760 route. But with the bundle some were getting 4-6 game bundles with 7870 it can't be beat. As it stands now the 7870 droped to $210 if you can finagle a bundle it would beat getting a 760 in value.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job on your cable management and parts selection. I see way to many people use this case and blame the case for their horrible cable management. Happy computing.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

what's that monitor?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Monitor is a Epson PowerLite 3010. it is a 3LCD 1080p Home Cinema projector shown onto a unmasked/unpainted (as of yet) wall. It is one of the higher lumens (light output) projectors so it does real well in daytime and with household lights on.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Projector = mind blown. Cool build man!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes.. Currently the pictures don't give you a true sense of what an experience it is. The projected image is 150" and even though the wall is not currently prep/painted for movie screen performance it's an amazing picture still. Couple that with the home theater sound system cranked and gaming as you said will have your "mind blown"

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Someone is getting ready for the Apocalypse.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I assume you noticed the stack of bottled water. And while I am not a doomsday prepper. I do have an insane amount of water and provisions due to the wife being an extreme couponer.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

ha, nice.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the AMD work better than a i7 since it has more cores?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure I fully understand your question. But my "AMD" (the FX6300) does not compete with the I7 that would be the FX 8350. The FX6300 competes with some I5's. But to my understanding as far as gaming is concerned two cores are used primarily with up to four cores rarely required to run a game optimally. But.. if you were to run multiple programs you could utilize the remaining cores. IE. you have skype opened and chatting while gaming and running fraps or other recording program and also streaming live to the web and converting the video capture from mpeg4 to avi all at the same time.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

why is that cheaper in America than the UK if you change the $ it to £ it makes out at £534.34 but if you put all the same stuff in system build it makes out to be £702.37 why does it have to expensive that is $1079.75 so i am hoping that i can buy the parts from America and get them sent to the uk if anyone can help me i will be very thankful and thats a nice build by the way how does it play games and at wot fps

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably due to the fact that we are a tiny island and we have a 20% tax on everything we buy.

If you were to buy from the US and ship it to the UK, you would end up paying import fees anyway so it would end up being about the same price.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I have only installed Planet Side 2 at the moment. I do not know how to get the framerate monitor (if there is one) to appear in game. But even then I do not stay alive long enough in heavy combat situations to ever probably get below 90fps in ultra settings. If anyone has any suggested testing/bench marking programs for FPS let me know I will run and then post pics/stats.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

unigine valley is a benchmark

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

On your american megatrends menu, it shows that you have 1333 mhz ram, might want to fix that.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent build! Great job. Let's hope EQN doesn't blow us away with requirements. It's the Forgelight engine. :D

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

nice cheap build. thanks for the pics

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Just wondering man did the Graphics card fit easily?

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