I built this setup as a budget gaming build. I had about 1000 for the whole thing, minus the speakers. I bought most of this on Black Friday and Cyber Monday with a couple Christmas deals. But I figured I would share anyways, as this is my first build. I'll explain why I chose each part and how it performs. - I chose the FX 8320 because it was on sale for 100 dollars and it was hard to beat. It is competitive with core I5's. Especially for 100. I overclocked stable to 4.0 ghz and plan to try and get it to 4.2, possibly higher. -The Hyper 212 EVO is pretty much the go-to cooler for almost any build that isn't liquid. Can't go wrong. Quiet and gets the job done efficiently and effectively. -The ASRock 970 Pro3 allowed me to overclock my CPU just fine. No problems yet. Maybe I should have gotten the extreme3, but it performs fine and I am happy with it so far. I chose this as it doesn't have any colors and goes perfect with my black and orange theme. -This ram went on sale for 70 and I picked it up as soon as it did. It is 8 GB and 1600 DDR3, can't go wrong. Perfect for gaming and matches my black and orange theme perfectly. It is also low profile. -It's a harddrive. Not much about it. Western Digital is pretty reliable. No problems yet. I didn't get an SSD because I was on a budget and I figured I would get one with Windows 10 when that comes out. Feel free to add one though. -The Sapphire R9 290 is very competitive. It has 3 fans and stays very cool, yet I never hear it. It matches my color theme and runs games very well. Benchmarks below. -I chose the NZXT Phantom because I wanted a black and orange case. It looks very nice and is very sturdy. There is obviously plenty of room as it is a full tower. I wanted a full tower as well because I didn't want to mess with the HDD cage considering how big my GPU was. I also plan to add on atleast 1 more HDD and an SSD. There is a lot of room for cable management so getting a non modular PSU was not a problem. When you are building though, if you choose my PSU, the supplemental power connector at the top of the MOBO might seem impossible to reach, but if you bring it behind the case and through the whole at the top, it just makes it. -The disc writer was cheap and I just got it so I could install windows. -Windows 7 is pretty self explanatory. Great for gaming. -I chose this monitor because I wanted at least 23", HDMI, and 1920x1080. It has all of that and looks very good. Nice and bright with great colors. Very easy to set up and very light. Just little wobbly but I don't find that a problem. -This keyboard and mouse bundle is cheap. It is worth the 30 dollars. I like the sound the keyboard makes, and the lights are very nice. I definitely recommend this, but you may have to buy another mouse from somewhere else. But like I said, I was on a budget. This doesn't match my orange and black theme, but I wasn't paying 150 for a Chroma. But it does look nice. -The Sentey 725 Watt power supply is amazing. It isn't certified but for this build it gets the job done. It has 725 Watts and looks great. The wires are all covered and are very easy to work with and manage. -These speakers are great. They sound amazing and have nice bass. Couldn't recommend enough.
Overall this was very easy to put together. Got it built and powered up with windows installed and all the drivers installed in one day. And this was my first time building a computer! The case was very easy to work in and I only needed two screwdrivers. It is near silent and runs amazing. Web pages load quickly.
I haven't played a lot of games but I have played a couple intensive ones. -Battlefield 4 - MAX- 60 FPS -Skyrim - MAX with Realvision ENB and 2K Textures - 60 FPS -Crysis 3 - MAX - 60 FPS -Total War Rome 2 - Mostly Max - 45-60 FPS -GTA IV - MAX - 60 FPS
Obviously this is a very beefy machine and it performs pretty much how I expected. The only BSODs I got were when I was installing drivers. It's been fine ever since. This is a great easy to build gaming setup and it has performed well for me so far.