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)
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.
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 Plus has been replaced by Evo and a few other RGB models but still a great value price to performance item.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.