Description

I was on a tight budget so I went the AMD route which lowered costs considerably, still need to purchase a water cooler for the cpu and some additional case fans, so no overclocking at the moment.


CPU

Although not the best for single threaded applications, the FX series chips really kick some *** for the price when it comes to video rendering and 3d editing. There are no intel chips within $100 of the price of the 8320 that has a chance competing. You must go well into the mid $200s to become competitive, unfortunately AMD chips have no chance against the better intel chips.. its all about the performance to cost ratio for this build.


Motherboard

Solid FX motherboard with excellent OC and power management. Asus makes a mature product that is of high quality. Got this on sale for just over $100.


Memory

I actually have this memory running at the advertised speeds at 2400 with a CAS latency of 11. Great memory for the price.


SSD

Again the best value to performance SSD on the market. I bought this for just over $90, nothing under $100 can touch this drive.


Storage

It was on sale, it has 2TB of space...


Video Card

I spent a long time trying to figure out what card I wanted, I originally was going to get a r9-290x with 8GB of ram.. but after I started to get into using blender more and more I decided to get an Geforce GPU to offload rendering to the video card. So far I am extremely happy with both the gaming performance at 1080p and the decrease in rendering times. I currently have this card overclocked and its performing better than a stock 980. I was lucky and had rev1.1 AND samsung memory.


Case

I love this case, there are a ton of positive reviews on youtube and hardware sites for a reason. The cable management is insane. I love the classic clean design. Most gaming cases are gaudy and stupid looking, with led lights on the fans and stupid "fighter jet" looking shapes.. Maybe a 12 yr old likes their case to look like a fugly neon sign but not me.


Power Supply

Got it on sale for under $100,


OS Windows is Windows


Monitor Its a monitor and it works..

Comments

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Try quadro cards for real heavy stuff. I will accelerate in professional application as well.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the case choice and I have the same preference for this cases like you. I'm getting an H440 which is the silence optimized version, for a hell of a lot more, but in my opinion worth it. For modeling and game development I would have gone with the 8GB 290X, as its compute performance is awesome for the price. Though if I were going to get an AMD card, I would wait until the 3xx series. Anyways you have my +1!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

My 440... freaks me out. I'm so used to being able to hear that my computer is on from across the basement when I first walk down, and now I have to see the fan in the back is light to know nothing catastrophic happened. Surprisingly enough the stock fans really aren't all that bad either. I want to swap out more than just the rear 140 but I'll get to that in the next month.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't NEED a water cooler. I'd personally go for a high end air cooler, for better performance, cheaper price, and you don't have to worry about it leaking and ruining your shiny new build. The NH D15 and Cryorig R1 Ultimate (which should be back in stock at newegg by the end of the month) are excellent choices for less than 100 dollars.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

He doesn't, but this case cries out for one. Also, he's going to need to buy two fans for the front if he goes air, making an AIO with those fans included even more appealing.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for s340

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting choice of red with blue... but this is a great selection of parts! +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 0 points

You want to upgrade that CPU, my old FX 8320 was lagging badly on Maya and Solidworks. An upgrade to a 4790k fixed everything.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I do not use either..