Have you ever heard your computer more than any actually work or games?
That has been my problem with my first computer build, and even my current computer. Silent fans, better coolers, more heat-sinks, all in vain. Because I have overclocked an AMD cpu, and it loves to run hot. Twice as much heat is generated in my first black and orange build as compared to this 2016 build, and I'm even running the same video card. While this form is temporary, it is enough to benchmark, overclock, test, and use. I'm mostly testing the keyboard and mouse, but also the abilities of the CPU cooler. More details are to follow, but the TL;DR is used parts even two or more generations old are enough to run games in 1080 at 60+fps, even if I want a better video card, as that is where this system is truly lacking in its purpose and design, a build meant for gaming. With a Firestrike score of just over 5,400; it clearly needs an better video card.
CPU: Buying parts off Ebay can be tricky. Sellers often won't provide enough information in their descriptions to convince me that buying from them is worth the risk. But when you find a deal you can live with, and a description and photos can convince me, I will take the risk, and reap the rewards. Having achieved a very stable Turbo boost of 4.5 GHz, with the highest temps getting to 70 C, this used CPU has been golden putty in my hands worth the admission.
CPU cooler: I wanted something that would work with my budget, and still work and look better than be quiet offerings. Once this went on sale, I thought to give it a try having read many reviews and positive opinions. Plus, having two 120mm fans from be quiet instead of stock fans help to really keep the hardware cool and quiet. TL;DR, Push-pull will always win no matter what the heat-sink is in the end.
Motherboard: As much as I like ASUS and Asrock, Gigabyte really hits the sweet spot with their Ultra Durable line. getting the mid-tier offering at under $100 is a great find, and this was a used board from Ebay. It had a single problem that had been fixed by the seller, which was a single bent pin on the CPU socket. With that fixed, and a good CPU inside, this motherboard has been fantastic. The UEFI has three different modes, but the HD setting is really the best, and it even has a matching black and orange color scheme, which is just perfect for this themed build.
Memory: Literally had to remove this ram from my old build, because of a new CPU cooler that blocked the heat-sink height of the DRAM. With an XMP Profile, overclocking this ram was an easy endeavor, unlike using it in a AMD system.
Storage: Re-using an SSD from an old build. It's fast, and stable. However, it is very easy to fill this space with just one steam game on it.
Video Card: XFX makes a great Radeon card, and their warranty is the best. I don't think I would buy from anyone else selling AMD cards.
Case: While some like this case a great deal, there are many tiny, distinct flaws with the first 800 case. Removing the bottom case spacer requires removing 4 screws, while removing the top panel is easy with 4 plastic clips. But, the power and reset button are glued to the removable panel, and not the actual case, making disconnecting the wires to those buttons a real pain to work with when you have two 140mm fans to install. The rubber hard drive mounts are great, but easy install trays have become a standard for a reason, because installing two rubber rails with 2 screws per side is just a PITA. The USB 3.0 header connector is lose on the motherboard, showing a slight lack of quality in the improper connector size on the case. I know this because I've had to take calipers and actually measure the difference from my Cooler Master case, which does not have this issue. The good things about this case are the quality in steel, plastic most plastic panels, and the quality of the screws. That, and the built in sound deadening is fantastic, which is the primary reason to get this case. Because you are too lazy to buy and install your own foam in a better case. That, and you find a person on Craigslist that builds computers for a review site, and has to make room for MORE PC GEAR; trust me, we are all jelly. But in reality, this case did start my quest to actually build this PC, so thanks Craigslist Man.
Power Supply: I didn't want modular cables, and this is more than enough power for this build. Plus, be quiet fans inside the PSU make it very quiet.
Optical Drive: Cheap, fast, and works with everything. Just the way I like it. Got it new
OS: Because Microsoft HQ is one state away, and I have to support America in these dark times.
Case fans: BE QUIET, you really know how to make fans that are very nice. Plus, having fans being the only rotating part in this computer are really cool. It makes me a "fan" of your "fans".
Keyboard: When a membrane keyboard almost looks cool and almost works for gaming. Better suited for an area where you really need a keyboard to BE QUIET.
Mouse: when 6 buttons on the side are not enough, get 12. Actually worth the money for MMO gaming, ok for FPS, better for RTS. RGB is always nice. But don't buy this mouse for less than $30 IMHO.