54 months ago
|CPU||AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor||$172.99 @ SuperBiiz|
|Motherboard||Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard||$128.99 @ SuperBiiz|
|Memory||G.Skill Trident X 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory||$135.98 @ Newegg|
|Storage||Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive||Purchased For $0.00|
|Storage||Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive||Purchased For $0.00|
|Video Card||Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card||Purchased For $0.00|
|Case||Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 ATX Mid Tower Case||$114.99 @ Micro Center|
|Power Supply||SeaSonic Platinum 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply||Purchased For $0.00|
|Mouse||SteelSeries Rival Wired Optical Mouse||Purchased For $0.00|
|Headphones||Sennheiser HD 558 Headphones||Purchased For $0.00|
|Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts|
|Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-04-13 03:17 EDT-0400|
I've bought everything except the case, CPU, motherboard and RAM. My budget is tight, and I'm planning on buying just a few of the components at a time. (Not all at once, unfortunately.)
I don't need an opinion on the case. I'm going Nanoxia Deep Silence 1, for sure.
I'm just looking for opinions on CPU, motherboard and RAM.
Budget: Below 600$ for case, CPU, motherboard and RAM.
Location: United States (cannot use MicroCenter, though).
Use (Gaming, Rendering, etc): Gaming, Programming (compiling), podcasting
Peripherals required (monitor, keyboard/mouse, etc): None needed (already purchased).
Operating System required: None. I'll start with Linux, than buy a copy of Windows 8.1 Professional 64-bit later.
Wants and needs:
Needs: Silence (read: low TDP, overclocking won't happen), 16GB RAM minimum, 4-cores (if Intel) minimum and 6-cores (if AMD) minimum.
Wants: 2-Way SLI and 2-Way CrossFire, low-latency RAM (more important to me than high frequency).
Don't care: Sound card. (I'm using an aftermarket one right now, and I plan on getting an even better one later. They're both USB, so PCI or PCIe doesn't matter.)
Note: I'll get an aftermarket cooler after I buy the OS. And I'll buy the OS after I buy the system itself (including case). I already know which one I'll get, and I won't get into it for now. I had some very specific needs, and there was only one cooler on the market that took care of it all. (And it isn't listed on PCPartPicker. And to get the cooling right, I'll need some accessories not listed here, nor on Amazon. Loads of exotic stuff. Maybe I'll send some pictures after it's done.)
I won't be building a "glamour build". It doesn't need to be aesthetically pleasing, because it won't have a case window. I'd prefer to not have green PCB RAM, nor RAM with shocking-pink or neon-green heatsinks if possible. Minimalist preferred, matte black/stealth theme preferred. I'm looking for a very stable build, though. So I need a very stable motherboard in terms of drivers, BIOS, etc.
If you guys can lower the cost, TDP and/or find suitable parts that work equally well, let me know.
(Here's an alternative build I'm considering. It isn't nearly as high-end because of the CPU, but the low-profile low-voltage CAS@8 DDR3-1600 16GB 2x8GB kit seems to be worthwhile for lowering heat and increasing compatibility with the aftermarket heatsink I'm planning for later.
What do you guys think?)