Here is a link to my previous update: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/PMQV3C
All prices are the price I payed out of pocket, not including any price payed using gift cards. The items marked as "not purchased" are the items I have gotten since the last update. My boss actually funded the SSD as I have been doing a lot of Android development on my PC, so he decided to give me an upgrade in storage. Great guy! I got 16 GB of RAM mainly just to fill the slots and make it looks sexy. I can hit 8GB of utilization when I have chrome, AS, an emulator up and maybe something running in the background, but I can't recall a time I hit over 8GB of RAM usage. The LED strips were some 12V right angle LEDs that I had laying around, that I just hooked up to a peripheral connector on the PSU (murdered a molex connector).
This computer was originally intended for gaming, but is now also used for Android development, mainly because it can load and run emulators much faster and smoother than my laptop can. It has a little studder when first launching the emulator, but it's very smooth after that. My current favorites as far as games are the Metro series, Tomb Raider, PayDay 2, and recently Rocket League.
This performs exactly how I want it to. Now I know what you're thinking, and let me confirm: The G3258 is a bottle neck. I see people who run the Tomb Raider benchmark on a R9 390 at 1080p and get well over 60 FPS, while mine maintains 60 FPS on the nose. But on my 60 Hz panel, I don't notice any studdering, screen tears or ghosting, so I am very happy with the performance, regardless of the bottleneck. When I finally get a few games that can't maintain 60 FPS on maxed out settings, then I'll probably upgrade to an i5, but I do not an upgrade I see happening in the near future. While it is a bottleneck, the build as a whole does what I want, and well outperforms any previous iteration of the build, so much so that I feel content leaving it as it is.
Well thanks for reading this far! I hope you like the build :) Also, please excuse the icons on my screen! They're messed up from when I was messing around with upscaling resolution, I just didn't think to reorganize before I took the picture! Also, the marks all over my desk are soldering burns. It's a plastic-y finish and getting the littlest drop of solder on it leaves gross marks.
EDIT: PCPartPicker isn't displaying items marked as purchased...New items are the RAM, graphics card, solid state, fans, monitor and keyboard. Total new expenses are $614, with $350 coming from the previous revision.
This little thing is great! I got it up to 4.4GHz, granted it was a lot of work. But at $50 you cannot argue with the performance you can squeeze out of this little dual core. Very impressed and I love it.
I have reviewed this in a previous posting. It came in like crap, but after sanding and polishing the bottom and applying more pressure onto the CPU, it now works much better. Actually a few degrees cooler than an H60 I purchased at some point. Just disappointed with how I got it.
Great motherboard! Has not given me any issues, and does everything it's supposed to do. I like the boot screen, and using the BIOS is very easy, so there is not much more to it than that.
Super fast with everything it does, and large enough for everything I put on it. Right now, I'm using about 200 GB.
I love this card! It overclocks extremely well and plays every game I want at 60Hz, all settings maxed out. Upscaling to 1440p in some games is actually a more efficient alternative to AA, which is interesting. the idle temps are relatively high because of the custom fan curve I have. It does not turn on the fans until at least 60C, so I can play minecraft in solitude. My only complaint is how loud it is when the fans spin up! Once it gets to about 60% speed it's obnoxious.
I like this case very much. The cable management is done very well, and I love the rubber around every hole. I just wish there were a few more points in the back for zip ties, and that there was an extra half inch of space under the back panel. Worth the money? Not sure. Still a good case? Definitely.
Everyone complains about the CX series...but this thing has been great. When I was sleeving the PCI cables, I accidentally mixed two pins up and shorted my card. Everything shut down. Luckily I just reset the switch on the back and it saved my computers life. Couldn't ask for more.
These fans are a great value! They move air well and are extremely silent. I fell in love with the Cougar Vortex, and I decided to get these to see how they compare. And I can say that if Cougar keeps this up, they have a customer for life. Cheap, push a lot of air, and are extremely quiet.
Not too shabby! I got it with the hopes to overclock it to get some higher frame rates, but I cannot get it over 70Hz. At which point I figure I should just gotten an IPS. (Heard that TN panels overclock better than IPS...). But I have also heard of people having difficulty overclocking over DVI so I will try HDMI soon.
I got this off of MassDrop and I love it. Has the perfect feel (Brown switches) and looks sharp.