Started this build a few years back with the release of the AMD FX series, and decided to jump straight onto the 8 core bandwagon, plus the price seemed a bargain. I've kept a bunch of parts from the original build, but really needed to update to a decent case and new motherboard with some stable overclocking potential. This also gave me a chance to switch to a red & black colour scheme which I was very keen on.
I was previously in a Bitfenix Neos windowed case with an Asrock 970 Extreme 4 (unsuitable power phase), Corsair CX600 PSU, Sapphire 270X in crossfire and a blue & black colour scheme.
I thought id give the Gigabyte 990FX Gaming mobo a try as its the first new AM3+ in quite some time and has everything I need and a excellent price, I know I could of just gone for a Sabretooth but being pretty OCD I just couldn't deal with the colours lol, plus paying out all that money for a 4/5 year old board didn't sit well. I've upgraded from standard Vengeance to Vengeance Pro so I can do a slight OC plus the colours fit perfectly with what I'm going for. I purchased the GTX 970 a month or two back so didn't feel I needed to change that for the time being, ill wait for the new AMD series of cards to come out before thinking about an upgrade. I went for the EVGA 750w PSU basically because it fit into my budget and was a semi modular PSU with 80+ Gold, it has more than enough power to deal with what I need atm. Final purchase was the Phanteks Evolve windowed case in gunmetal grey :D I love this thing! Its so well made and comes with plenty of options in terms of build style and component configs. This is definitely a case I won't need to change for quite sometime. It came with 3 x 140mm fans that do a decent job and are quiet enough for me. I've got 2 x 140's as intakes on the front, plus another 120 pulling on the rad, a single 140 exhaust on the rear (ignore the pic) and some Corsair SP120's to finish of that red look.
I'll be using this build as my main rig for gaming, music production and all things media. The next thing on the to do list will be to fit a custom water loop, but that will have to wait. The CPU is running 24/7 @4.3 and currently the £35 AIO cooler is doing a good job. Idle/web drowsing temps are in their teens, whilst under full load running Prime95 for a few hours max temps hit 52c. But whilst playing games like ACS I was hitting around 60c unfortunately.
I also went and grabbed a new AOC G2770PF 27" LCD monitor. I know it only offers 1080p and is a little big for some peoples tastes at that resolution, but it fit my budget (got it for £220) and seemed a good deal for a 144Hz, 1ms, freesync monitor.
Right I think that's everything and I wrote way more than I was planning to so enjoy and feel free to comment away with feedback/questions etc.
Peace, LukesAudio :)