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....