Finally decided it was time to experience 60+ fps. So I moved on from my Xbox 360 to the PC Master Race, and created this baby.
It is by no means the "best build" for money spent, and that's ok. It was a learning experience throughout and I can say there are few things I would change if I could do it all again.
So, the list:
AMD FX-6300, tried and true man. 6 cores and plenty of speed for next to nothing? Shut up and take my money! In all seriousness though this process is more than sufficient for what I do. This PC was built for gaming and multitasking, playing AC4 while watching a stream, etc.
AMD FX-8320. Finally got some more money together, sold my FX-6300 and upgraded to an 8320. There's really no difference between the 8320 and the 8350 other than clock speed and price, and I can overclock it to match an 8350 anyway. Just installed it so I haven't yet begun to overclock it.
Cooler Master 212 Plus, simple, cheap, fairly quiet.
Cooler Master Seidon 120V. Originally purchased for my Briefcase build I am working on, I found it overkill for that idea and more well suited for this.
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0, just a motherboard. Part of the learning experience, I didn't want to spend big money on a Z97 or other expensive gaming boards, and this was all black leaving for a good base for colour combinations.
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600, highly rated and not too pricy, nuff said.
G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3-1866, purchased on sale for the briefcase build, ended up moving to my main build for the higher speed and black colour. Added another 8GB of it when I had the money (by that I mean I didn't but, you know)
- Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB SSD - Cheap, SSD, 240GB. Holds my OS and programs.
- Seagate Barracuda 500GB - Came from an old computer. Used to hold steam.
- Seagate 2TB SSHD - Currently holding steam. Bought on sale, has an SSD partition, making it useful for holding my steam repository.
MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB. Had a friend recommend this as he had good luck with it. Ran my games at High-Very High consistently (Borderlands 2 and TPS, AC4, Far Cry 3 and 4) 2x Sapphire Radeon R9 270x 2GB (CrossfireX) found on kijiji for $240, sold my MSI R9 270x to a friend for $120, getting me these two cards for effectively $120. Runs my games at a consistent Ultra quality (~70fps for Bioshock Infinite Ultra). Took some time to set up the crossfire but so far impressed. * The 74 degree GPU temp is for the main card, which is the top one. It is hotter due to drawing hot air in from the bottom card. The bottom card also runs an 1070MHz at around 64 degrees.
After lots of fiddling and trying to achieve the performance of an R9 290 with 2 R9 270x's, I decided to bite the bullet and just buy the R9 290. It seems that my motherboard was the cause of most of my problems, but it was easier to get a new card than to buy a new motherboard. So I went with a Gigabyte R9 290 Windforce, 4GB.
Much easier to use compared to the constant fiddling and inconsistency of the Crossifire. Able to easily run most games on High-Ultra with stock OC'ing.
Raidmax Smilodon w 500w PSU, Looked aggressive and cool, came with a power supply, saving me moneyBiggest mistake of my original build. Did not like the case at all, Top mounted PSU, no cable management, 212 Plus was too large to allow the side door to open. ~~
NZXT S340 (Black) This case is amazing, no question about it. The cable management is beautiful, there is tons of space within, hard drives are hidden, SSD's are shown off, it is a wonderful case.
EVGA 500w 80+ Bronze, Ratings are good, and power is sufficient for what I need
Nope. Ended up being short ~70 watts when I went to the Crossfire GPU's. Thus I picked up an EVGA 850 B2. Nice cables, all braided, 140mm fan, nice packaging and Velcro zip ties.
OS: Win 10, upgraded from the Windows 8.1 that was on there, currently running no issues.
- Corsair AF120 White 2 pack - white LEDs, good price for 2. Case could fit 2 140's in the front, whoops
- Corsair AF140 White - white LED, good price, fits on top
- BitFenix 120mm PWM - needed a PWM fan that was black or white. Mine is white not like the PCPartPicker picture
- Corsair Air Series SP 120 - added a second PWM fan to the radiator. The BitFenix fan is now against the case, behind the radiator, and the SP 120 is in front of the radiator. Both are blowing out of the case.
Monitor: Asus VN248H-P 24" IPS, bought on sale for a christmas gift, didn't actually have to pay the cost. A really nice monitor, clear, nice packaging and it helps that it is an IPS. 1920x1080, built in speakers etc.
SteelSeries Apex RAW, seemed like a good keyboard, lots of buttons, white LED backlight
Did not know how nice a mechanical keyboard was, mistake to buy it. No problems with the keyboard, but I don't have any use for the macro buttons and I prefer a mechanical keyboard.
Azio MGK1, sounds like the name of a badass robot. White LED backlight, Kailh Blue keys, meh, but it has an aluminum faceplate , the palmrest is plastic not rubber coated, but it has very grippy feet and a nice LED glow. Slight gripe is that the switches seem to have a higher than average resistance, something like 60+g's to depress. It will take some getting used to.
Mouse: Perixx MX-2000B, good mouse for the price. Comes with adjustable weights if you're about that life, and you can set multiple DPI's up to 6000+, and change the colour of the backlight, or have it RGB cycle.
Headset: Logitech G430, upgraded from my Turtle Beach X12's from the Xbox days, as those were hurting my ears during long sessions. This headset, while it may feel fragile, is a very good piece of equipment. The surround sound quality is amazing, the microphone works well, well enough that I don't need my Snowball ICe at the moment.
Other stuffs: Deepcool RGB colour LED, purchased to light up my PC, really nice kit. 2 strips ~30cm long, runs off of your Molex connector, comes with a remote. Remote picture shows all the different colour combinations. "Fade" is the only mode that will cycle through all the colours.
Let me know what you think!
Cheap, and it's working. I think. Idk, my CPU is still alive so I guess it must be working.
This is a very nice drive, handy with the SSD cache, and 2TB holds all of my games and my Steam library. Would highly recommend, especially considering the minute price increase from a standard 2TB drive.
Love, love, love this case. The detail that went into it, the cable management options, the hidden hard drives yet exposed SSD's, the room inside for larger cards, the fan options. All go together with a well made case.
Supplies plenty of power for my build, and the cable design and braiding is very nice.
Currently running Windows 10 Pro, no price as it was an upgrade from Windows 8.1, which was part of another build. No real issues to speak of, I know a lot of people have had problems upgrading but mine went without a hitch.
This fan sits at the top of my case pulling air out through the top. No issues or problems with it. White led's are a nice touch.
A very nice monitor, 1080p, IPS display, good packaging and a quality piece of hardware.
I would recommend this keyboard, the packaging is very nice, the Kailh Blue switches take a bit to get used to, they are clicky, and seem to have a little more resistance than average, but it has a very nice feel, the size is good, the palm rest helps a lot and it has nice lighting.
The palm rest is plastic, it's not rubber or rubberized or anything.
Just got these recently as an upgrade from my Turtle Beach X12's. They do feel fragile and a little flimsy, but the sound quality is great, the software is easy to use, it can be used in surround sound more or normal mode like headphones, the mic is clear and people are able to hear me with it. Would recommend.
Way, way WAAAYY more bass than one needs in a bedroom, this is a 5 point surround sound system with a 10" sub woofer. And I love it. Got it free as a Christmas present.