So a short back story for the interested ones, I loved my first build, it did everything I asked it too for a few years, but for some reason I convinced myself that I should sell it and buy a cheap laptop for school and that would be fine… Well I was very wrong. The sheer amount of irritation and stress I ultimately received from that laptop, from its constant pointless updates to its struggle with just opening Chrome, was more than I could handle. Finally I said screw it and started piecing a build together, with no general goal in mind other than don’t disappoint me and no set budget, I set to work on whatever I felt would be best.
As for me, I’m far from an expert on all of this stuff, I’ve just read some stuff on the internet. So that’s the main reason I’m posting this build, to get some feedback from those of you out there who know more than myself. I’d like to build another and learning would be nice.
Onto the build:
CPU: AMD FX-8350: I decided on this CPU because it had good reviews and I knew it would be able to handle anything I would/could throw at it. Also I was interested with over-clocking on this build and read about good results with this CPU.
CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 EVO: I chose this cooler because it also had great reviews. I also wasn’t quite ready to tackle water-cooling at the time I built this as well, so I went with this instead. It’s not too loud, but it can get annoying at times when my room is quiet at night, no biggie though, I expected it to.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3: I basically chose this board because it fit all my wants/needs for the I/O panel/fit the CPU/and I used an older version of the board on my first build and it did me well. However, I ran into issues with this board paired with my FX-8350. On all factory settings everything runs great, but when I tried to overclock I could only get to 4.5 GHz stable. Which is well under what others have clocked this CPU to. I did some research and learned that others have experienced the same issue with this board/cpu pairing. So I left it all set at factory setting and am happy with the performance I’ve gotten from everything, but I was very interesting in overclocking.
G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB DDR3-1866: It looks good in my case? I’m happy with it. Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD for booting and some other stuff on startup. It’s nice, it definitely makes restarting a lot faster. WD 1TB HDD was plenty of room at the time, but I’ll probably have to grab some more storage soon. It does its job well though.
XFX Radeon R9 290X: This card has eaten up everything I’ve thrown at it without fail. Any game I’ve tried, albeit I’m not a hardcore gamer, but I do enjoy testing limits so I play on the highest settings when I do play. It displays great on my monitor.
Corsair Air 540: This case is massive, I love it and I hate it. Cable management is uncannily easy in this monster, but it takes up so much space. Air flow is exceptional though. The window is beautiful on it.
EVGA 1000W: Yes I realize that 1000w is overkill for this build, but I had plans to eventually do a custom water-cooling loop, add a second video card, and some other things. And whilst I haven’t done that, it has powered my pc flawlessly since I built it. Also being fully modular was a nice touch.
That’s all I can think of, sorry for it being long. If anyone has any feedback, by all means negative and positive criticism alike, it all helps.
Sorry for the pictures, I know they aren’t great. I took them in a hurry, and with not the greatest camera. I also know my case is dusty, I need to clean it, it’s happening soon. No pics of the build process unfortunately as I had never intended on posting the build. But if I do another I will be sure to.
Anyways, thanks for looking!