Description

This build was an evolution of my very first PC build which was a FM2+ build that could only play a handful of games on there lowest settings. eventually after i got tired of playing at 30fps and lower i decided to add a dedicated gpu. not knowing much about PCs at the time i got the ALMIGHTY r7 240 which ended up being worse than the on-board graphics on my a10-6800k. Eventually i got rid of the case because of bad wire management and got a S340, along with an FX-8320 and a MSI 970 Motherboard. This all worked great made the build look 10 times better. longer ways down the road i got the Hue+, the h60, and and the new power supply to replace my CX430. After this point a couple of months went by and i had been saving up money to buy a new GPU and RAM so my build would finally be what i wanted it to be, and then it happened. my computer turned off and going back to turn it on there was no boot, but all of the lights and fans turned on so i thought it was my gpu. I had the money to buy i new one and the 980ti was on sale for only $400 so i ordered that and when it arrived i put it into the computer, still no boot. next up, CPU. I had thought it may be the CPU. Since my GPU didn't really match up that well with it i was all on getting a new one. It arrives!. Still no boot. So i have the PC taken to the local PC shop so they can do diagnosis overnight, and they ended up saying it was the motherboard, so i packed up my stuff ready to go home and order a new motherboard when i noticed that a couple of pins on my 2 day old 8370 had been bent. At this point i'm furious. I had just spent so much money just to get my PC back up and running AND YOU MESS UP MY CPU?!?! luckily the guy at the shop was able to bent the pins back and was super nice about it, put it into a test bench and it works. My motherboard arrives, I build the PC and Finally I give you, Aether. A PC 2 Years in the making.

Part Reviews

CPU

Works perfect, very good price:performance

CPU Cooler

Super easy install, very low temps even on full load.

Motherboard

Its a motherboard... but with lights. M.2 on a 970 chipset is a +. Also lots of fan headers for good cable management.

Storage

Very fast boots even for HDD (22sec for me)

Video Card

VERY power hungry (250w TDP). But got mine for $400ish so very impressed.

Case

Love the simplistic look, cable management is impeccable, but if you even touch the window it scratches.

Operating System

Isn't windows 8.

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for a great build! but im not sure why you didnt buy a simple cheap ssd with a budget like that, it would have been so much better over a standard hdd

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

At the point when I had originally got the HDD I didn't have all that good of a budget. But it still gets the job done, do plan to upgrade to an SSD though since prices are going down.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh okay thats fair enough! and yes prices are dropping like crazy!!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Pictures with the side panel on please xD

(I'm only asking for that because I need to choose between the S340 and the H440 and see if it's worth spending the extra money on the H440)

EDIT: +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

WHOA! This is a very beautiful build man +1! and a very budget build too XD

  • 37 months ago
  • 0 points

Good build, just prepare for major bottlenecking because of your CPU

  • 37 months ago
  • 0 points

Ive yet to encounter any cpu bottlenecking even in games like metro i can hold a steady 60+ fps on max settings.

  • 37 months ago
  • -1 points

After doing some research, this CPU will bottleneck the 970, especially in cpu-intensive games. You can try and correct this with overclocking, but in general the 970 and 8350 are both excellent processors and just as much as any other high caliber components will, they will play every new game.