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UPDATE: I've made a few changes since I posted this build. I made a shroud for my PSU, changed out my GTX 750Ti for a MSI R9 380 4GB, and I've also moved the radiator to the front of the case. Also, I changed the theme to red instead of blue.


This is a updated list to my first build.

Motherboard: I upgraded my motherboard from a MSI 970A-G43 to a Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 R5, because I've lately been very interested in overclocking and after doing some research I found that the MSI-970A is not a good option for overlclocking. Apparently those lower end MSI boards are known to blow up when pushed a little to hard. ;)

CPU Cooler: Also, I upgraded my CPU cooler to a Corsair H105 and I'm using two Noctua NF-F12 fans with it instead of the Corsair fans which I've heard to be loud and not very efficient. This is also for overclocking, hopefully this will keep my CPU nice and cool.

SSD: Another upgrade was adding a SSD, a Crucial M500 240GB SSD. I use this as my primary drive now and my hybrid drive as a backup drive.

DVD Drive: Another "upgrade" was the DVD drive. I guess I wouldn't say it was a upgrade, but my old Samsung drive broke down on me and I had to get a new one and the LG was the cheapest I could find that still had pretty good reviews.

Case: And lastly, I upgraded from a Corsair Spec-02 to a Fractal Design Define R4 w/ window. I got it during the Newegg Black Friday sales and I have to say.. this is an excellent case. Plenty of room behind the motherboard tray for cables and wires and the padding on the doors and the big 140mm fans (which the Spec-02 didn't support) make everything nice and quiet. Also, this case is built like a tank! Really well made, all solid metal. Great case for the money.

That's it for the upgrades. Next on my list is another SSD, but one from Samsung, a larger PSU, a GTX 960, and maybe a FX-8350.

Hope y'all have a great day,

-Chuck

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Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

It's pretty funny you mention the msi mobo blowing up because I'm planning on getting that along with the same cpu as you and thought "what if i make it explode... Lol?" I think this build looks quite nice, myself. Good work. :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

Just be careful with that board if you do plan on overclocking and you may want to make sure you have a fan blowing directly onto the Northbridge chipset. It gets really hot otherwise.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

nice work :D +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

u didnt need water cooling on FX6300. you should have put the extra into a better GPU (960 or 950). OVerall nice looking build

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Really? I thought water cooling was the best option for overclocking.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol? u dont need to OC a fx6300. It is more than enough for most things unless ur doing some hardcore cad but even then, an i7 with no OCing would suffice

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Well.. yea, I just OC for kicks. ;)

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

lol ok :)

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

"Lame"

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, would have looked killer if the NF-F12s had a Redux version.

Sadly, Noctua didn't make one.

Aside from aesthetics, pretty nice build focusing on performance while on a budget!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

I've been thinking about painting the fan housing. It wouldn't look like the redux fans, but maybe just black with brown blades?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't really do that unless you want to live dangerously and void the warranty. (lol)

If just the fan housing, it's okay as long as it is masked properly.

Painting the blades is more complicated than it sounds, so don't YOLO on that one!

Personally a black housing will look very good. (if you are really sick and tired of the puke tan color lol)

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  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Good thing this is his PC and not yours, it only needs to make him happy.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

ikr?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope. Like I said, I bought the case during the Newegg Black Friday deals. I spent only $79 on it.

I spent $99 on my processor.

Anyway, I like the case and I don't think it really matters if one spends more on the case then the cpu. You can buy whatever case you want to buy, just like I can buy whatever case I want to buy.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I would suggest updating your prices to help deter people like this guy, they will still come but you can pick on them for not reading the prices and descriptions.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I should have when I posted the build, but I don't think I can now. I can't seem to find an edit button for this now that it's been published. :(

Thanks for the suggestion though. :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you have to go in to your completed builds to edit it. Its been a while since I had to edit a build, I just remember it being a pain.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll take a look and see.