Just put the CPU in now, so it's ready for hard-core gaming!
Some background on the build:
I originally bought it to be an Scrypt mining rig of sorts- A cheap Sempron + a decent 7850 (took advantage of that newegg deal) meant I could get it put together and mine enough so that between christmas money and mining profits I could upgrade it to a full CPU and thus have a gaming rig. This meant I had to be creative choosing parts- I wanted stuff that wouldn't break the bank, but would also work pretty nicely.
The Mobo was a MSI Military-class AM3+ board, highly recommended for lower-end AMD builds as it gives you good OC options, a high-quality board, and plenty of upgrade room (from a Sempron to a 8320 was where I went!) Even has 2 PCI-e x16 lanes for Crossfire, which is a nice bonus, and if 7850s go down again I'll definitely grab one.
HDD/ODD/Monitor/PSU was scrapped from an old desktop, but the PSU was eventually upgraded. Originally it was a 3-year-old Dynex 300w, which performed admirably considering I was likely pulling pretty close to 300w even on the Sempron while mining. Upgraded to a Thermaltake TR2 just before getting the FX-8320, which, yes, I know some of you don't like, but I had to buy it at Worst Buy, and they only had a 500w Dynex or a 600w TR2, so I opted for the brand with more of a presence in computer building.
GFX card: This is an amazing card!!! Maxes everything I throw at it with 60fps+ to boot. Maybe it won't max BF4 but stepping up from a Sandy Bridge i3 laptop, it's most certainly a huge improvement across the board and I'm quite happy with it. Gets 300mh/s mining, I've pushed it up to 350mh/s on a 100mhz memory overclock but I didn't keep it because I don't wanna kill the card.
Win7: Technically haven't registered it yet. oops. I've heard that I can get a key through my school but you have to jump through a lot of hoops and it doesn't seem like it's open this year for whatever reason. I'll make some inquiries when I return. If not, I'll just switch over to Arch (something I've been planning to do but never got around to on the desktop)
RAM: stole it from my mother's prebuilt desktop. She don' need 12gb! Also gave her the added benefit of not having mismatched DIMMs, so it's actually faster without the ram. RAM is next on the upgrade list, looking for 8gb of at least DDR3-1600 ram.
OLD CPU: I had a Sempron I used for mining. Great for mining as it's a $35 dollar chip, you don't need hyperthreading to run CGMiner. ****** for everything else. Web browsing felt like I was on a RasPi, gaming was severely bottlenecked (the game that came out on top was Just Cause 2, running 40-60fps on medium. All other games averaged 15-30 regardless of graphics settings. Don't even talk to me about KSP on a Sempron.)
NEW CPU: Got a steal on this, was gonna grab a quad-core FX but then this popped up on Amazon for $130. There was no reason not to get it at that point despite being overkill 9000 for gaming (so many cores!). Smeared the thermal paste a little bit applying the (stock) cooler, so I've been watching temps to make sure it isn't going to explode or anything. Looks like it's caused temps to idle 5-10 degrees higher based on research I've done, so nothing show-stopping but I'm ordering more thermal paste to reapply just to be safe. Beyond that I haven't pushed it too hard yet, but web browsing is obviously much smoother. Will update when I get a chance to test it out.
Case: Needed a cheap case that looked good, wasn't a shady Rosewon't, and had good cable management/cpu bracket cutout/plenty of fan holes. The BitFenix Merc Alpha fit the bill nicely! Looks good, works well, what can I say? At $30 I can't complain! Might grab dust filters at some point though for the fans, but it's currently configured in a positive-pressure setup so I'm not all too worried about dust.
Yeah, yeah, I know the cable management isn't perfect. I can't get the EPS connector routed correctly without taking out the motherboard, and SATA power connectors are the bane of my existence. It's not impeding airflow significantly (esp. considering most of it is happening by the meaty CPU) so it's not an immediate concern, but it's something I might do with a friend over a lazy weekend.
Overall, I'm really happy about how this build turned out! $350 spent... not bad! It's highly upgradeable, good quality components, I'm happy!
EDIT: Photo upload got messed up, sorry about the pics being slightly out of order. There isn't really an order to thme anyway.
UPDATE: Added in CPU temp under load. CPU works well, but the stock cooler is loud! Seriously, if you get the 8320, get a aftermarket cooler. I just ordered a Hyper 212+ and some Arctic Cooling thermal paste, so we'll see what that does.