Upgrades upgrades upgrades! Who doesn't like Upgrades? Well Ive got one right here for ya, and you might not agree with it! ( Well I mean you might like the build, but I know you wont like the CPU choice, I can just tell, please read the description before commenting, thank you.)
From my last PC upgrades, you may be asking yourself "This man here is crazy!" Well Ill admit that I was never the best at picking PC parts and deep down inside I always had this hidden spot for AMD, but I could never justify going AMD at the moment.
Well that changed, and as my X99 system (I know I know, bear with me) started to get on my last nerves with compatibility issues I just couldn't compromise on, I gave up. And with that I decided to do a revamp and start all over again!
No here is where I explain my CPU choice, because I'm fairly certain you want to burn me at the stake right about now. I switched over from Intel to AMD for one reason, and that is: Curiosity. Ive never really done anything else other then Intel and Nvidia builds and Upgrades, so I wanted to try something new. I kicked myself in Microcenter to not by an i7-6700K and bought an FX 8370 instead.
Now I'm going to admit here that this was not the best choice, but I wasn't building the "best PC for the money" and that was never the objective here. Getting that out of the way, so far Ive had no problems with the CPU choice at all and I'm happy with my build as of now. (Hence the name of this build, it was at my own will, and my profile picture is the Emperor :P )
Now for the parts:
After ditching the mATX setup, I decided to go back to ATX and just have my PC on the floor our of the way, but still wanted a window so the internals can still be seen. I picked up all the parts before the holiday sales and to my amazement, none of my parts (except for the FX 8350) went on sale. So I was happy and didn't regret my purchases.
Now contrary to popular belief here, the FX-8370 is an Awesome CPU for the right price. At Microcenter I picked up the CPU and motherboard for a total of $200, which is great and I did a slight OC on it for that extra boost. The RAM was on sale, the case was the best there for the money, and the CPU cooler wasn't exactly what I wanted, but the RED LEDs actually look really nice and go with the AMD theme.
Now the GPU was a tricky choice, at first I replaced my GTX 780 Ti with an R9 390, but that Fury was calling my name! I WANTED IT, AND I GOT IT!!! I exchanged the 390 for the Fury and couldn't be more happy paying $60 more for it. Best GPU Ive owned so far and I will never let it go.
What the future holds for this build is uncertian, but hopefully Zen is a sucess because that would be the first thing I would upgrade to. Now dont get me wrong, the FX 8370 is great, but its toward the end of its lifespan and will need to be upgraded. But for now, it serves me well and Im happy with it.
Stay tuned for another Phenomenal build coming soon! :P
Thanks for checking out my build!
For its age, this CPU is still great if bought for the right price. Although at this point in time I would suggest waiting for Zen.
But if you already have the motherboard, this is a great upgrade!
Ah the classic Hyper 212 Evo, now with red LEDS! 'Nuff said.
Works great! This is one of the best AM3+ 970 chipset motherboards out there, and if you can find it cheap, its great.
Its a well built motherboard, looks great, and the BIOS is easy to use.
Its RAM, 16 GBs, 1866 mhz, just what I need and looks good too.
Note the heat spreaders are tall so it can cause air cooler compatibility issues.
All I can say is, for $259 this card was a steal!
Its an R9 Fury, what more can you ask for, its a great overall card.
This case is pretty sweet for the price. Its interior is easy to work in and mounting anything is a breeze.
My only gripe, is that there are no top fan mounting positions so you're only limited to a single exhaust fan which can be a problem if you have a CPU that tends to run hot.