I'm putting this machine together for my brother as a Birthday/Christmas present. Hopefully, should be be good in that dept for a couple years after this.
CPU: FX 6350 Black Ed: I know people are going to get on here and say I should have bought the 6300. My thought was that I like the higher "stock" clock, I believe the Black has better architecture? And mostly, the difference was 14 dollars.
MOTHERBOARD: Asus M5A97: From what I've read the complaints on this board were came DOA(I bought locally so not a concern). OR complaints that sounded like the person building the system had no idea what they were doing therefore it was the manufacture's fault because, clearly, it could not be their own. It also had many glowing reviews. Having a trouble free mother board removes so much stress when troubleshooting these builds. Asus, generally, makes a high quality product and it matched the colour theme blue. It has less anchoring screws holes than I was expecting and for some odd reason there wasn't any screws in the bag.
Take a moment and appreciate the irony: My i5's build colour theme was Red and this FX 6350's colour theme... BLUE. haha, let's just be friends
HEAT SINK: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO: I have not heard a bad thing about the performance of this cooler. It's a bit of overkill since I doubt this will be seriously OC'd but the stock one sucks. If you have the money to spare, I would recommend the Phanteks PH-TC12DX. It was easier to install and sits better on the CPU. This Coolermaster will turn a hair if I apply a moderate amount of pressure to it. It will be fine but I just do not like that it does that.
RAM: Kingston 1600C9D3P1K2/8G: Kingston's 1600 Plug and Play with 9-9-9 timing. I had these in my i5 build and were replaced by GSkill RipjawsX 2133. The Kingston's have performed well in both builds.
HD: WD 250GB Blue: I have a WD 250GB Blue that was laying around. SSD will come but no rush. I think finding the suitable GPU is more important.
PSU: SeaSonic ss-650JT: From another build. Seasonic PSUs are the Cadalliacs of PSU's. So, even though this one is 5 years old, it still runs well, briefly had it in my i5 build. I would blue screen when I OC'd the GPU. Leading me to believe it is not as efficient as it was once was. Likely, it will have to be replaced in a year or so but good for the old girl for lasting as long as she has.
CASE: From another build. Cheap case, not bad looking, and matches the Blue theme. Both times it was a pain installing the I/O panel. It's like the hole was cut too small. Would not recommend it for anything but a budget build. Spend another 30-40 dollars and get a good quality case. That said, if you are doing a budget build the case was not in PCPartPicker's inventory. I listed it as a custom part, it's at NCIX for 29.99.
GPU: Stands to be decided. - That 5450 is NOT staying in. Just something to allow me set everything up I'm trying to decide if I Crossfire my HD 7870 or upgrade to a R280x(once the prices ease up). If I Crossfire my HD 7870 I'm looking to put this card for this machine. ASUS GeForce GTX 660 OC DirectCU 1020MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 ------ If someone knows of a card that is the same quality(or better) but is cheaper please link in the comments ------
Random Fact: Do people know that ATI started out as a Canadian company? Based somewhere in Ontario.