I had recently started a new job with a much better wage, had some credit and a history going, so I thought, "you know, I can probably buy parts for a new computer now."
So I did! I put out a loan for $750, had about $350 in available credit, and the rest came out of pocket. As soon as I was able, and the check came in, I ordered all of my parts on a Saturday, and everything arrived day-by-day, the last component being some arctic silver on Thursday.
Friday night I put this thing together; it being my first build at all I took my time to read the documentation and separate all the parts from any static-generating styrofoam some of the components came in, flattened out the bed and got to it.
Should be noted, this was my first time playing with a full-tower case too, and my god I was not expecting such a behemoth only having messed with mid towers for years. Ample space in the back for cable management and a perfect spot on the top mount for the radiator.
Several hours of screwing and cable management later, the build was almost done. I pulled my old HP Envy 700-327c off my desk and parted out the hard drive (the second WD blue) and DVD-ROM to include into the build. Moved this thing to my desk and slid it in behind the monitor as originally planned.
I was expecting this thing not to boot the first time, having heard stories from many people having issues with the motherboard POSTing after the build. To my VERY pleasant surprise it beeped once, fans spun up and the motherboard logo appeared in its wonderful glory. First thing it tried to do was boot to the old drive I pulled out of the HP, and of course it failed. My plan was to install Windows 8.1 Pro on it anyway, as I had a license for it.
Install went great, installed the drivers and the build was ready to go. All I needed to do at that point was copy games over from the old drive and just format it for fresh storage.
I was originally going to build this with a 4790k but a coworker told me to try an AMD, and I do not regret this one bit.
It might run hotter, but the cooler keeps it at a low 24 Celsius on idle. I'll have to monitor it while I'm gaming, but so far I've been running games like GTA V, Battlfield 4, Arma 3 at top performing 60 frames on high-to-ultra.
Still playing with some of the settings to get the games to render only on the gpu and none of it going to the processor.
This thing is beautifully quiet. If any of you know what the vent above the stove sounds like on high (for smoke dissipation), thats what my HP used to sound like, along with a mechanical farting coming from the processor fan. Hearing this thing boot up, even on what I think is a full spin-up, quieter than a low voice in a library.
This was a fun project I've gotta say, and a great impression on my first AMD processor. I used to be one of those guys that would say "nonono get intel because fanboi", when really I knew absolutely nothing about AMD processors lol. The FX-8370 is a great processor for its price, and it saved me a couple hundred bucks.
Coworker keeps egging me on to do some OC, so that may happen in the future.