CURRENT CLOCKS: CPU (55°C max): 4.2GHz @ 1.272V GPU (63°C max): 1346MHz Core/6026MHz Memory @ 1.2V POWER CONSUMPTION: Off: 0.4W @ 0.09A Idle: 104W @ 0.86A Heaven: 176W @ 1.47A Prime: 252W @ 2.09A Prime+Heaven: 415W @ 3.52A
I wasn't planning to spend this much, but I did. Most of the items were on sale at NCIX. They weren't amazing deals but they were good. Overall, I am very satisfied with my build. It is extremely fast compared to my old PC.
For the CPU I was planning to get the FX-6300 because it was cheaper and I was really on a budget. But there was a combo deal on over at NCIX where I could get the FX-8320 and the motherboard for only $45 more then the FX-6300 and a motherboard so I jumped the gun and got that. 8 is a rounder number than 6 anyway. ;)
I bought the M5A99X EVO R2 because it had good recommendations. I was gonna get either this or the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3.
I got the memory sticks from Mushkin because they didn't have massive heat sinks and because they were on sale. Everyone buys RAM from Corsair and G. Skill but Mushkin is a good brand as well. These sticks were almost all black and black goes with everything. I got 8 GB because it is cheaper (per gigabyte, that is) then 4GB.
I initially bought a generic Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD because I couldn't afford an SSD and a hard drive and because it was on sale. Plenty of space. I felt the hard drive was probably the weakest part of my system so I bought a 250GB Samsung 850 EVO on sale. This new drive is amazing compared to the old disk drive. It doesn't have as much space, but with some clever rearranging you can get things set up with lots of room to spare. I have Windows 10 on a 500GB partition for games and heavy applications on the disk drive and Mint for daily use on the SSD.
When I was picking a video card it was a toss up between the Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte 760's. I didn't like the look of the EVGA ones. Red and black wouldn't really match my theme and also the Gigabyte had three fans, so I got the Gigabyte.
I got my case from a friend's old build. I figured I might as well take it off his hands and save me some money at the same time. It came with three fans so I didn't have to go out and get some myself.
I would have preferred a gold-rated Seasonic PSU because it would've matched my color scheme better and because everyone seems to get Corsair power supplys but the CX600Ms were on sale so I bought one.
I don't know what to say about the CD drive. It looks decent. It plays things...
I got my speakers because I wanted new ones and these were on sale on Amazon with free shipping. I could have got these or some Logitech ones. A big difference compared to my old 2.0 setup.
I got my monitor from a friend for $75. It's really big compared to my old one but not IPS, unfortunately.
So fast. Having 8 cores is excellent for rendering and multitasking. I have since bought a Hyper 212 Evo because the stock cooler had trouble keeping up. Make sure you undervolt these to keep your temps down. I'm pushing 1.176V @ 3.6GHz right now compared to the stock 1.332V or so at 3.5Ghz and I can barely reach 44°C. Awesome processor.
Looks bigger and performs way better than I expected. I bought as a replacement to the stock cooler that came with my FX-8320. Load temps dropped between 5 and 10°C. Completely satisfied.
Thought I messed up the application, but still works great. An electrically non-conductive paste is great to have, although I didn't mess anywhere I shouldn't have. Would highly recommend.
Looks wonderful, works great. Has plenty of ports and whatnot. Was completely plug-and-play on my Linux system. Had to push it up a bit against the I/O shield to get the screws lined up. The BIOS has lots of settings and is pretty. 10/10.
I like these because they aren't ridiculously huge. The PCB isn't coloured black as I hoped it would be, but that's minor. Having 8gb is great for virtual machines and multitasking. The timings are listed as 9-9-9-24 in an XMP profile but XMP is only supported by Intel. If you have an AMD mobo it will probably load the timings from the JEDEC profile, which are much looser (11-11-11-28, I think). Since it won't load the settings automatically you just have to set them yourself.
Ridiculously fast. Boots LM17.1 in like 5 seconds.
Really fast. It looks pretty nice and can take about anything I throw at it. The fans are INSANE so there's lot's of headroom for overclocking.
It looks ok and functions well. I like that you can remove some of the drive bays. There isn't too much room in the back for cable management, but I got it working. I never had an aftermarket case so I don't know how much space is normally allocated for cable routing behind the motherboard. It's matte black, which is pretty darn sexy. Overall it is a pretty solid case, especially for $20 (bought it off a friend). I have future plans for modding this case.
Work's flawlessly. Cable management is a pain, but that's not the PSU's fault. Deliver's enough power to do anything I want. Very quiet. The green badge on the side doesn't match my colour scheme, but it doesn't really matter. The SATA cables have multiple plugs on a single cable. Works okay but I only have one drive atm and probably won't ever use more than three. Having extra plugs in the case that I don't use isn't perfect but I suppose it works well for someone with a lot of drives.
This thing get pretty loud when it spins up but it does the job.
They work well and are quiet.
Decent fans. Quiet when I want them to be. I have one mounted horizontally that rattles a bit when cranked up.
Nice and big. The Dynamic Contrast Ratio feature is stupid. It doesn't adjust smoothly and make you want to kill ppl. Don't use it. You can turn off the bezel LED, which is nice because I hate blue LEDs.
Got from Massdrop at a terrible exchange rate. Sounds good. It would be nice to have a (shorter) removable cable, but I expect that will come in a year or two.