This is a client's build. He wanted a computer that he can use for graphics and web design and also play modern games on. He wanted the best computer he could get for $800-$1000.
CPU I went with the AMD 8-core cpu because it performs well in the applications he uses, performs well in games and doesn't break the bank. Went with the Cooler Master aftermarket cooler for a bit of overclocking in the future. The thermal paste I used was Arctic MX-4.
Motherboard Good reviews, good features and low price led me to this ASRock motherboard. That, and I wanted a color scheme. The black board is very nice looking in my opinion.
Memory I go with Corsair, G.Skill, Kingston, and Crucial when it comes to my memory. Low cas and 1600 MHz clock is all most builds need anyway.
Storage An SSD will be nice for his Adobe applications and as a boot drive. We'll throw in a mechanical drive that is laying around or pick one up later.
Video Card AMD's R9 cards made a good impression on the market, especially because of how much the price has gone down on the 7000 series cards. Got a great deal and a couple games that came bundled with the card. Also, the card's cooler name and color scheme... kind of biased.
Case I wanted something functional, clean and sexy. I don't like builds with a lot of mesh, lights, or odd bulky designs. When it comes to the cases I choose, I go for a couple brands out there, NZXT being one of them. First off, this case is priced very well, has front USB 3.0 support, and is functional on the inside. Not that quite, but not having a front made of a mesh material helps a bit. I've got the case fans running lower (40% at the front, 60% in the rear) and it still stays quite hushed and cooled.
Power Supply Corsair, OCZ, Silverstone, Seasonic, XFX, Antec. Those are who I stick with. I went with the OCZ because of the combination of modular design, cost and color scheme. I should have ordered more cpu power extenders, because this one came out short... again. Let me know if I should keep the cable the way it is in the photos above.
Are you or a friend of yours located in the Los Angeles area? Have them contact me directly for a quote on a new computer. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for checking out this build! I hope to hear from the community soon!