I was in the budget at the time so I went with it and absolutely no regrets.
Currently over clocked at 4.3. Hasn't given me problems. Been running demanding games with out any issue.
CPU cooler is perfect for me. I got it with low sound levels in mind. Been running the fans on lower RPM to lower noise. Could have gone for a noctua, but color schemes had to match :)
I've undervolted the fans a bit to maintain low RPM and still maintains my CPU pretty cool. It is virtually unnoticable unless you put your ear next to it with the side of the case off.
Case is wonderful. Real quiet. But to be fair I specifically chose parts to be quiet.
The white sleeved cables are from silverstone sleeved cables are available from amazon. The LED lights are the alchemy white LEDs. I wanted to grab the NZXT hue for more versatility but I found their 'white' not very white.
I'm not saying one is better than the other. Some people needs the hyperthreading that i3 offers.
But the nano meter frequency, hardly contributes to performance. Sure it helps with thermals and power in general but aside from that, it's not something people worry about too much when picking a processor.
Cache being worse is not entirely true. While the i3 has better cache per core, it only has 2 cores as opposed to the 6 in the FX. That's true for both L2 and L3 cache.
You listed 1 stick of 8GB yet you have a dual channel set up going on. It doesn't look anything like the listed memory as well.
Your GPU is an EVGA. You listed MSI.
An FX 6300 will trade blows with your i3 4340 for 60 dollars less. i3 only has hyperthreading and better single core, but overclocking, and multicore performance, the 6300 is better. Price to performance, FX 6300 wins. I maybe a little biased since I love my budget build with the 6300.
For budget builds in general, I find it difficult to recommend intel CPUs. The 6300 constantly goes on sale below $100. And as I stated, it's the best bang for your buck.
You should move your drive to the bottom cage. This way, you can remove the middle cage and have an unobstructed airflow from the front intake.
Some universities offer free windows 8 or discounted prices for it.
I love the color scheme. $97 for 8GB DDR3-1600 ram doesn't sit too well with me though. Would have been okay with your scheme to go with a black RAM.
Other than that, it's beautiful :D
BTW. That's one expensive motherboard.
It's a great build as it is. Cable management could use a little work. A few thoughts though:
I would have personally gone for an 8320. It's more or less the same CPU as the 8350 but with a lower stock clock speed. With a bit of over clocking, you will have the same performance as an 8350.
You could have gotten away with a 600w PSU. Speaking of PSU, I prefer having my PSU intake facing down. I've never worked with the case so I wouldn't know if there's enough gap under the case for proper ventilation so I could be totally wrong.
Make sure you look at your CPU cooler's fan. If I remember correctly, the default set up for the fan would be on the right side of the heat sink. You can make it so it would face the other way, and I can't exactly tell from the image if you flipped it or not.
It looks like the case has some grills on the side panel. It might have been better to get a GPU with an open cooler as opposed to the blower. Your case seems to have a nice option for air flow. You can make use of that for better GPU temperatures.
Case preference is highly subjective. Even if we don't find the case attractive, doesn't mean OP shares the same view.
Alchemy Mixed cable (Red/Black) is going to look so amazing in this build.
Very nice build. Great job managing your budget while maintaining high performing parts.
Few tiny things though. You might want to rotate the fan for the EVO so the fan cable is closer to the motherboard. Doing this will allow you to route the ugly cable behind and back out to the motherboard. It's not entirely necessary but I strive for perfection with cable management. (Even though I fail every time)
And speaking of cable management, Grab a few zip ties. Start locking those things down. It will improve airflow (although not really necessary with this case and your fans).
The monitor might be a bit of a splurge but that's entirely subjective.
Great build :) Hope you enjoyed the experience!
Sexy brothers it is :P
You should consider routing the GPU cables similar to mine. It makes it look a little less cluttered.
I really love your GPU. If I didn't have the 7970 HD from an earlier build, I would probably have gone for a similar GPU as you did. But I did so I just had to paint the red accents white. :P
It was a struggle to fit mine too but nothing I'd consider "too much" force. I had to push a little, but managed to screw it in just fine.
TWIN!!! Oh my god when I saw the build I was like, this looks familiar.
And quickly realized, it's my PC's twin :P
It's a beautiful build my friend :D You had me beat on PSU, I still need to either paint mine or get one to match the rest of my build.
Great price on the 670! Aside from the obvious cable management, which I'm sure someone has already pointed out by now; you should really consider adding another intake fan right over the PSU and GPU. It's not entirely necessary but I'm really paranoid when it comes to airflow.
The Hale90 V2 looks pretty good. I'm just waiting for some reason for me to need more power so I can justify getting it ><
Not bad really. I clocked my 6300 to 4.3GHz. I can run BF4 at a constant 60 FPS @ 1080p.
At first I thought it would. But a little over clock and it hasn't given me any issues. It's currently clocked in at 4.3ghz and idles at 13-14 and goes up to 30 under load.
I actually got the 7970 for I think around 300 dollars. I just grabbed it when I saw it go on sale. I just got lazy about looking up the prices I got it for a while back.
I do actually. I'm just waiting for a good reason to up my PSU to 850W and replace it with either a Hale90 V2 or a Silencer Mk III.
Painting it myself is also an option.
I actually have a question. I have the same case, Fractal Design Define R4. I want to add white LEDs on it. My options are the "Premium" BitFenix Alchemy LED Strips that will set me 40-50 dollars or get the NZXT Hue for 35.
My question is whether or not there is enough clearing for the knobs of the HUE with the R4's door.
Does it make the door not close properly? Or does it fit just fine?