Nothing glamorous about this one. Pretty basic parts but the performance is nice. I tried to get this build similar to my G3258/270 build for performance comparison. Unigine Valley results were very close with this one just a few fps behind the Intel G3258 build on Extreme HD. For whatever reason, when testing without AA and even lowering to Medium Valley kept crashing. Mafia 2 in game benchmark with everything maxed was 60fps so good enough for me!
As with all of my builds to sell price vs. performance is the main focus. Here is a breakdown of all parts.
CPU: I wanted to compare the FX-6300 with a R9 270 against the Intel G3258 build with a R9 270. Probably could go past 4.0ghz, but since it's for sale I chose to play it safe. Purchased at Microcenter. Price includes motherboard.
CPU Cooler: Great air cooler with possibly the best price/performance on the market. Purchased from Newegg. Price after rebate and 10% off purchase promo that was available.
Motherboard: I will be blunt and say I really dislike the BIOS. Other then that it's a great value board. Purchased with cpu from Microcenter.
Memory: Your basic kit. It will serve it's purpose. Many may wonder about the price and if that's a typo. This was purchased from Tigerdirect with a McAfee AV package. Price is after rebates of $100. A big price to pay up front, but a great value in the end!
Storage: Not much to say about it other then it will serve it's purpose. Purchased from Quill.com in bulk using $100 off $200 promo(bought 4).
Video Card: I like XFX products and this was a good deal. Card is overclocked and runs smooth. I also did get the AMD Gold package, but I have not decided what I want to do with it. Purchased from Newegg. Price after rebate, $15 off $75+ promo, and gift card promo. [Newegg ran a special where for every $25 gift card you purchased you would receive a bonus $5 with a max of 3 gift card purchases]
Case: I had never worked with a Zalman before and I really liked the look of this case. Price was on point so I pulled the trigger. FANTASTIC case. I wish I would've ordered another when it was this cheap. Ease of cable management, fan controller up top, and a great look. Purchased from Tigerdirect. Price after rebate.
Power Supply: As stated, I'm a fan of XFX products. Especially their power supplies because they are made by Seasonic. I wish it was modular, but for the price I have zero complaints. Price after rebate and $20 off $100 promo (purchased two) from Tigerdirect.
Optical Drive: This case would look a ton better without one, and if this was for me I would have left it out. A little loud, but a decent price. Purchased from Newegg.
Operating system: I stick with W7 because it works. Purchased from sidemicro.com.