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.
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.
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.
I actually have this memory running at the advertised speeds at 2400 with a CAS latency of 11. Great memory for the price.
Again the best value to performance SSD on the market. I bought this for just over $90, nothing under $100 can touch this drive.
It was on sale, it has 2TB of space...
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.
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.
Got it on sale for under $100,
OS Windows is Windows
Monitor Its a monitor and it works..