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Hey guys, I finally finished my first full desktop build ever! Spent a few months tracking prices and doing my research on the hardware. I'm not new to computers as I have repaired my laptop and other computers a few times. This is my first time however actually building a desktop from scratch. I decided to go with the AMD processors simply because you just cannot beat the price for the performance. I also got a pretty good deal on it and got some blue fans ( I know it doesn't match, but hey they were free!). Bought all the parts over the course of the past month and just finished assembling it a few days ago. I just received and installed my storage today, so my SSD and HDD are not pictured.

CPU: AMD FX-8320- Again I decided to go with AMD based on the price as I simply couldn't afford a $1,000+ rig. Got a pretty good deal on it and some free fans. This processor will be getting overclocked in the very near future but for right now I am content with stock speeds until I get used to this new system.

CPU Fan: Of course I went with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, you can't beat the price point it's at for the effectiveness.

Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Killer- Yeah there's a few bells and whistles but its a solid board and I can't complain about the UEFI BIOS setup either. My one complaint about the board tho is that the fan controllers are rather few and far between so if you want fans I'd suggest finding a splitter or a different mobo.

Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB- G.Skill is a solid memory manufacturer and I got a good deal on the Sniper series! I decided to go with the DDR3-2133 speed since I can always slow it down and it gives me some room for future proofing a little. Still tweaking the speed settings however.

Storage: PNY XLR8 SSD- 120GB of blazing fast memory! I really can't complain about SSD's. They're just so fast and booting Windows 8.1 from it is just amazing.

Seagate Barracuda 1TB- Cheap and reliable!

Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 270X- I decided to go with the PowerColor PCS+ which is factory overclocked and for the price it was a pretty good deal for a 270X. So far it's played everything at high or ultra. Haven't gotten around to some of the more graphics intensive games yet so I'll update this if that changes. Although it is definitely nice to be able to play Sniper Elite 3 without any lag like I had on my laptop...

Case: Enermax- Kinda got mixed reviews about this case but once I started building, it was a total breeze! A fairly generous amount of grommets on the back and plenty of room to manage your wires. The ventilation is pretty good except the front intake fans are blocked a bit by the hard drive mounts.

Power Supply: Corsair C600M- Didn't realize this when I was ordering but it is fully modular and made my life a hell of a lot easier when working on cable management! Reliable company though and rated at 80+Bronze so I'm happy!

Optical Drive: Haven't bought it yet, still deciding...

Keyboard: Logitech G105- Back lit keyboard, macro keys, comfortable and wired, what more could I want?

Fans: Kingwin 120mm Blue- Freeeeeee!!! They work alright until I overclock I'm just going to leave them. However the cords are not very long so one of the front intake fans is not operational right now until I can extend it. Added a few Cooler Master fans that should be quieter I hope.

Thanks for looking guys and I will try to get some benchmarks up!

It's been almost a year since I first finished this build, I've just now been able to get around to updating the build list and all. I've been running this computer under load a lot and it has not once let me down. I'm planning on getting dual monitors so once those get added I should be done with this build. Until next time!

I've been on PC Part picker a bit the last few weeks and now I just want to build another computer....

Comments

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Just a question, why is it called the 'Sleeper'? Nice build though, good job on the colour scheme!

  • 67 months ago
  • 0 points

My guess is it's very quiet

  • 67 months ago
  • -3 points

With a stock cooler running under load HAHA

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha funny guys, no think of a sleeper agent in espionage. It's there but when it gets turned on it kicks some serious tail lol

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

great price with upgradable substructure. If I were you, I would change stock cpu cooler and start overclocking. Again, nice build for gaming, keep going.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely going to do that here pretty soon. I was thinking one of the corsair coolers?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

No doubt if you're looking to go closed loop water cooling. Quick and painless install, great temps, and a great quality. You could also go the air route with the 212 evo. My bud uses it on his FX-8350 and loves the performance he's getting from it.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're thinking about getting a single 120mm or 140mm AIO CPU liquid cooling solution, don't you can get the 212 Evo like Priceless818 said for $30 and get the same temps.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Any advantages of liquid cooling over air cooling? My case is capable of having a liquid cooler so it's definitely an option. I'll keep doing some work on it, thanks guys!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

The larger 2x120mm and 2x140mm are generally more effective when overclocking but the smaller ones just aren't worth the price.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahh I see.. Thanks for the advice!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for a nice build

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the case. Haha, got the same one, a lot of room for cable management. Great build man, +1

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! And yeah I was really surprised by how much room there is! The extruded panel is so nice!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Can't go wrong with the price to performance ratio here. Cable management is good. I would go with the H80i for a liquid solution or the 212 EVO for an air solution. +1

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build man! My suggestion would also be to change out the stock CPU cooler to give yourself some headroom. You don't need anything fancy, hell, I overclocked my FX8320 to 4.2ghz on a $15 Cooler Master TX3. My rig was very similar to your with CPU/Case/Card/PSU/GSkill ram combinations... Then I got addicted to upgrading something almost every pay. I went with the Corsair H80i for an AIO cooler and highly recommend it! For your fan issue, you can easily pick up a NZXT Sentry for your case fans. I have mine setup to different profiles and limits and can check my case temps by just looking at the exterior of the case, and can also check my CPU temp by the color of my AIO pump. Also, Sniper Elite 3 runs like a boss on an R9 270X! Congrats on the PC!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

First, thanks man! Only took me about an hour to build her and a few more dealing with software -_-.. Tried installing ubuntu and lemme tell ya that was a waste of 8 hours... I'm kinda torn between a liquid or air cooling solution right now. And haven't gotten a chance to play Sniper 3 on this system yet but it runs Just Cause 2 on ultra perfectly! Sure beats my old gen 2 I5 on my laptop lol

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

The great debate of liquid vs. Air hahaha. A good air cooler (all except the Evo 212) is roughly the same price as a good liquid cooler. In my opinion, air is noisy, most of the time ugly, and restricts overall airflow in the case by acting as an unnecessary barrier. Also, liquid is sexy lol.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I do like the low profile look of the liquid coolers for sure. Just finished up 5 hours of Sniper 3 on Ultra. My 360 definitely does not pull those graphics and frame rates off, holy smokes. It's freakingly awesome to watch the slow-mo shots on ultra with this GPU!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it so far man, you must have found some epic deals to get some of those components like that GPU +1

Just need to get a monitor, operating system and all that jazz

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I have windows 8.1 so I probably should update that but right now I'm just using my tv for a monitor and I have a mouse from my laptop. Eventually I'll get a nice monitor but for now my tv will suffice!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah American computers. This would have been around $1000 in Canada. Sweet build for $700 mate. +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like the MOBO?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same question!

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  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

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  • 67 months ago
  • 0 points

The CXM series is just fine, look hard enough and you'll find bad things about every PSU out there. They may not use the highest caps out there but by no means are they a bad PSU.