As you know, Canadians suffer from a terrible currency. Therefore I had to go with a low budget build. My computer was getting old and I wanted to run games properly at high FPS. That's why I decided to build my own budget machine! I am not a computer guy, I just love electronics in general so I did my research and I came up with that build.
Why did I choose AMD? Because Intel is out of my budget, and my old computer still runs with an AMD Athlon II. I never had any problems. There is no reason for me to go with Intel.
AMD FX 8350 - got it for 185$ (I'm talking Canadian dollars). Very fast, love the 8 cores. I would have paid around 400$ for an I7 and I didn't think it was worth it.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 - paid 37$, I didn't receive the mailing rebate. Whatever! Great cooler, keeps my CPU cold! When I am not gaming, CPU temperature is around 20-25 degrees. When I am running Skyrim, H1Z1, CS GO or Metro Last Night (that's all I tested so far), the processor never goes above 40 degrees. Doesn't make noise at all! I also used the thermal paste that came in the box.
MSI 970 - paid 113$. I checked up online and read some good reviews. I didn't know anything about motherboards but so far so good. Good looking board too.
G.Skills Ripjaws (2x4GB) - paid 57$. It's RAM... works fine!
Western Digital - paid 59$. I didn't have the budget to go with SSD and 1TB is enough.
MSI Radeon R9 380 4GB - paid 294$. Very nice card. Runs every game I have at high settings. When I am not gaming, temps are usually around 40 degrees. When I am gaming, it's around 58-59 degrees, never went above 61. PROS: fans don't run all the time, only when needed. CONS: cables from the power supply are facing the window and since they are very stiff I had to force them to bend in order to close the window panel (you can see on the pictures). But everything seems fine.
Corsair 300R - paid 99$. Very nice looking case with plenty of space. Love the window and the two 3.0 USB ports in front. The fans are quiet and big enough to get a great airflow inside. I had enough space for cable management and I think I did a pretty good job for my first build. Built in standoffs makes the job easier for the motherboard.
Cooler Master 650W - paid 85$. I needed some wattage to power that CPU and GPU, so I went with 650W. Why Cooler Master and not Corsair or Seasonic? Because it is a budget build and my old computer also had a Cooler Master, still works after 5 years of loyal service.
How did the build go? It went well in general. I had a bit of a hard time mounting the CPU cooler. It was harder then I thought but after I figured it out it went fine. It booted up the first time I was so relieved.
QUESTIONS for you guys: 1) When I installed my RAM, I put the rams in slot 1 and 3. However the fan from the CPU cooler wouldn't fit because of the ram in slot 1. So I used slot 2 and 4 instead. Does it make a difference? 2) Do I have to change the thermal paste at one point? When?
Let me know your thoughts!