This build is a gift for my brother. I wanted it to be small enough that it could be easily moved about, but I also wanted it to be able to handle a lot of gaming and some good rendering capability.
CPU: I chose this for it's 8 cores and 4.0Ghz stock. I read some reviews and comparison with intel cpu's that were close to it and chose this one. The intel cpu's performed better on single core performance (as expected), but the FX-8350 was able to out-perform on multiple cores. A lot of things these days are using more than one core, so it will be much better for multi-tasking.
CPU Cooler: I had this left over from a previous build and it worked great. It's very quiet and is nice and slim for this case.
Motherboard: It was the only AM3+ mATX motherbaord that wasn't extremely ugly. It also had a USB3.0 port for the case. The brown coloring isnt as noticeable as I thought it would be (which is good)! Although, it did only have 2 fan connectors; the cpu cooler took both of those alone.
Memory: I really wanted this to have 16Gb of ram considering it will really help out the perfomance on almost all applications. G.Skill is a pretty well-known brand and 1866 isn't too bad either.
GPU: Well, I really was interested in the new GTX 970's. They're price to performance is almost on par with AMD cards (I prefer AMD personally). 4Gb of VRam was a must. The blower style was chosen based off of it's price and the small form factor of the case. The way it is setup in the case is, it can pull in air straight from the top of the build without anything blocking it and then exhause it. So fresh air always.
Case: The case is a small mATX which is perfect. It is also a very aesthetically nice. The color was purely chosen for how clean it looks, also black is overrated.
PSU: I was looking for a smallish psu that was fully modular. The only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 4 or 5 is because of the 24 pin cable. The rest are black, but the 24 pin is sleeved black, it is only sleeved till about 2 inches of wire are left exposed on each side and it is a very thin/ see through sleeve. Not very appealing.
I would really like to hear your comments on this build. It was my first mATX build. I can't say much about cable management as there was not a lot of places to put the cables!
3dMark = 8114
Thief- Max Fps = 62.2, Avg Fps = 51.5
Unigine Heaven Extreme- Max Fps = 106, Avg Fps = 48.8, Min Fps = 8.2 (Directly after loading screen), Score = 1229
Unigine Valley Extreme HD- Max Fps = 96.1, Avg FPs = 50.6, Min Fps = 19 (Directly after loading screen), Score = 2116
*Benchmarks seem to have been hindered by something, I presume the actual ingame fps will be much higher.