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Since around March of last year, I had wanted to build a Gaming PC. I had been using a crappy a4 APU HP Laptop from two years ago, and wanted an upgrade. Being fifteen, $1000 isn't super easy to come by. Luckily, my family got wind of what I wanted to do, and decided to help. So for my birthday, and for Christmas (which are very close to each other) I got a ton of parts. Anything listed as $0.00 was a gift or salvaged from an even older Dell.

CPU: 8 cores, AMD. I've heard that overclocking this is the way to go, so I plan to take it to 4-4.5 ghz.

Cooler: This thing was kinda hard to install, but keeps the CPU cool.

Mobo: It has good reviews, usb 3, sata 3, everything I needed.

RAM: It's RAM. 8 gb, dual channel, good reviews. It's RAM.

Storage. I wanted to have an ssd boot drive and a 1 tb HDD (a standard these days). The EVO is super fast, and the HDD? It works. All I need from that.

GPU: I went back and forth between this and a few other gpus. But when the price jump hit, I settled for this bad boy. Factory overclocked, quiet, cool, ASUS reliability.

Case: I've wanted this case from the beginning. It's simple, and easy to build in. Only problem is that my hands are huge, so it was a little tricky at first.

PSU: Saw it, loved it. Since Rosewill's starting to make a comeback, I was happy to get it. Modular, 80+ bronze. The only issue I had were from stiff cables, but I can handle that.

Monitor: IPS, 1080p. Jumped on the chance for that price. Works great. No dead pixels.

ODD and Sata Cable: Pulled from an old pentium 3 dell build. Works.

Overall, this was very fun to do. Forgive my horrible cable management. If you have suggestions for cable management, please comment! I will upload benchmarks ASAP.

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  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Should have gotten the Gigabyte 270X then we could've been bros haha

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

The 8320 and the 270X will do great paired together! The 212 Evo is a great CPU cooler for the price, so you should be able to overclock that CPU over 4.0 GHz for sure.

Cables could be tidier (is that a stray cable across the mobo?), but it's a very minor appearance thing.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

That stray cable is one reason I don't like the mobo: that's the USB 3 front panel header.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it yourself or your parents that deserve thanks for picking the balanced parts? :) I would go for something very similar at this budget. Cable management isn't too bad either, you just need to tuck that big clump away at the bottom to make it look a bit neater. That particular PSU is pretty good too - thought I'd throw that in there as PSUs seem to grab the initial negative feedback.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I chose all the parts, but my family bought a lot of them (they're good at listening)