This build has been a while in the making as I had great fun trying to convince my brother to get a desktop over the last 8 months as the laptop he owns (the same model as I do) wasn't up to the task of playing modern games any longer. As a result, we missed out on some killer deals on used hardware (like a i7 2600k, Z77 mobo, h100i and 16GB of RAM for $500. I did eventually convince him in mid May, when I said that I'd pay half and that would be his Birthday and Christmas present for the year.
But by then the used hardware market where I live had dried up a lot so there wasn't any really good deals on hardware any more so we decided we'd pay the extra for new hardware instead. Around that, we decided to aim for the sweet spot for price to performance for the hardware which is how we ended up with most of the hardware, PSU and memory excluded (the 3200MHz was significantly more than 2133 or 2400MHz).
Apart from me being a moron and not making sure the plastic spacers were in place before putting the cooler on, meaning I had to take the CPU cooler off and then reapply paste, this build went really smoothly. In fact, I enjoyed building this rig far more than my own intel one and this case is very nice to work it, with plenty of room and great cable management as well. It is also really quiet, especially when the case fans are set to low on the fan controller built into the front of the case. The loudest part of the build is certainly the GPU fans when it is under load at 1510MHz, but even then it isn't unpleasant like a reference R9 290x. We were lucky to just get in before the mining boom really kicked off as AMD cards are really hard to get.
I do like the ASRock motherboard, the BIOS is easy to navigate, and it allowed the RAM to run at 2933MHz on the latest BIOS (2.4.0 iirc) and that's without the AGESA 184.108.40.206 improvements which should allow the full rated speeds to be achieved. It also had no issue with the CPU running at 3.9GHz. I have to give AMD credit for the excellent stock cooler too, it is a great addition, especially as it kills the need for something like a cryorig H7 for the build.
I benched the rig before I handed it over to my brother and it scored 2757 in unigine superposition benchmark using the 1080p extreme preset, and 4625 point in timespy which puts it more than a few hundred points ahead of my own rig.
This CPU is great, it powers through gaming, comes with a really nice stock cooler and overclocked very well (3.9GHz at 1.325V)
For a cheap board, it has good features and a easy to use BIOS
A major improvement over the RX 480 cards, this card has no problems with thermals and will run at 1510MHz core and 2025MHz mem