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Hi guys,

This is my first ever build. I'm a student which is why I opted for AMD - I was looking for most bang for buck for every component, and although I'd love to go Intel with a nVidia card, I don't have the money. This does more than enough of a job for me though - I can run Battlefield 4 at 45fps steady!

As you can see I've overclocked both the CPU and GPU by small amounts, and found both alterations together gave me a 4-5 fps boost. That's also why I opted for the 8320 instead of the 8350 - the only difference is the clock speed so I saved myself £30 by applying the small overclock.

Cable management isn't amazing (but is is a lot better then when I first put it all together) but I think I did a decent job, and my temps certainly aren't alarming, so I'm happy with it. The Z11 Plus' half window also means when looking in, what isn't tucked behind the motherboard tray isn't obvious, so it works quite well.

I also replaced the included Zalman LED fans with the Corsair SP120s - I'm not a fan (pun intended) of LED lighting in rigs as I find it tacky and ruined the clean vibe I was going for (no offence to those of you who like it - personal preference.)

As you can see I went for a black/blue colour scheme - which wasn't actually intended until I realised I could get the blue RAM slightly cheaper, and then spotted it would match the motherboard's cooling features. Then when I got the SP120s, there was a choice of white, red or blue coloured rims, and obviously the blue worked nicely.

That's it, thanks for looking!

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  • 72 months ago
  • 6 points

Nice build! Good choice in parts too. +1

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

Not bad at all. I would advise against the GPU overclock unless you deem it absolutely necessary. GPU overclocks can significantly reduce the lifespan of the card. If you have some decent OC software you can opt to setup a separate OC profile for gaming (I actually keep my 770 underclocked unless I'm playing high demand games like BF4 or AC4).

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh right! That's really helpful, thanks man, I'll set up the profiles tomorrow!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

No prob, mate.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

AFAIK they don't reduce lifespan if you're not overvolting to achieve them.

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

Haven't read it yet but +1 for The Mentalist reference. +2 If it's actually a Blake reference.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Niiiiice. As far as bang-for-you-buck builds go I think you've done quite well for yourself! My only suggestion would be to rotate the CPU cooler so the fan isn't blowing directly onto the GPU (I have the same cooler and have it set up this way: http://i.imgur.com/AZloCVn.jpg), but other than that everything looks fantastic.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the pun :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Very similar to mine! I like it :) +1

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I just had a look at yours and it is pretty similar, nice stuff!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! Don't you just love that SSD with Windows 8.1?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it's so fast! My motherboard has an instant boot feature too so it's around 10 seconds!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

fat?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

My bad... Haha

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Bright side to that AMD GPU, with the 14.1 Beta Drivers and the Mantle API in BF4, you should see a marked increase in framerate.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice quality build with very good parts, you must have done your homework because it is all good to great parts. I love the AMD stuff because lets be honest we do other stuff besides gaming. +1 for you!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the same case, the stock LED fans are kind of noisy though, is that why you got those two corsair fans? How are they working for ya? I'm impressed by the cable management, especially since there isn't much room for cables in the back with that case.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Good cable management as well.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean, nice, pretty and powerful. Great cable management. Congrats!

Caroline.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice parts choice. Quite similar to mine too if I might add. Just one thing though- for case fans, higher CFM works better than higher static pressure- so the AF series fans would've been slightly better. Still a +1 from me given the value for money-ness of an AMD build

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey - rotate your cooler so instead of it blowing hot air on your GPU it will exhaust it out of the top of the case.

I did the same thing on my build, just passing on the knowledge :P

Also, isn't the FM3 socket annoying? the mounting options for the EVO drove me nuts, I couldn't figure out how to put it on, and eventually did the same thing what you did.

Nice build too, don't listen the Intel/Nvidia fanboys. Plenty of tech reviewers have shown, AMD still wins in the performance/price department.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, a few others have said the same thing so I definitely will!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

you can rotate the Evo the right way...you just have to mess with the brackets. I was able to have the Evo taking air in and blowing it out the back like my Intel ones on the M5A99FX Pro board so it won't have to look weird like the pics in this build.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

13 months ago I said this... lol

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

haha yea I saw that but didn't know if you were able to figure it out lol :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the case good?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it's really good! Great cable management options, can take 7 fans and a ton of internal and external bays. Good price too.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the Zalman case, I am looking to get one myself.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

what do you think of the video card so far? I was leaning toward a R9 270 for a current project but the price difference makes me want to go with an R9 270x..and that Sapphire is well priced. Thanks for the info and great build

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah it's really good - definitely the one to go for in its price range. The sapphire stays really cool too, never saw it go above 60 Celsius. I'd definitely advise a r9 270x! Thanks also

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but the GTX 750 ti 2 gb, would've been a slightly better choice for your GPU. If you want to game, I would recommend moving to Windows 8, simply because, games are starting to be made for that OS.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I built this before the 750 ti to was released but thanks. Also I do have windows 8

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

and here, folks, is a fanboy in his element.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't tell if I support AMD/Intel/nVidia from my comment now that you mention it.