I built this rig in Feb/Mar of this year and never got around to posting the results to PCPP. Tonight I decided to crack a few beers and put a post together. With this build I wanted to do a black/white color theme that had modest gaming potential. This was a big leap for me in the PC gaming experience because my last true gaming PC was an iBuyPower (Pentium 4) back from 2003. I have a sole proprietorship for PC builds and computer repairs and I haven't really marketed this for sale because I like using it! This PC amazes my family and friends in person, a couple of people thought it was a small ice box or something (gotta love non-PC people). Pictures were just taken with my Samsung S5. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
CPU: AMD FX-6300 currently overclocked to 4.4GHz at 1.4 volts. I intend on upgrading to the FX-8350 after the release of Zen with the hopes of a price drop. But I must say, the 6300 has held it's own. It is the current bottle neck of this rig but I have been impressed with the $100 value. The NZXT Kraken x61 keeps this chip nice and cool at or around 30 degrees on load.
MB: The GA-990FXA-UD3 R5 is a solid and aesthetically pleasing motherboard. My only gripe is the location of the USB 3.0 header for the front case ports. Due to the location of this header, the thick cable covers the Samsung SSD that I am trying to show off in the window.
RAM: Went with the Corsair Vengeance LP because I wanted the sticks to look like they were camouflaged or part of the MOBO. It might look better if I shave off the stickers. I know 32GB is overkill for a rig like this, but I am fascinated by RAMDISK but have not fooled around with it yet.
GPU: I started this build with a hand-me-down PNY GTX 750 2GB. I was lured on the RX hype train and bought the 8GB XFX Black Edition model the day it went for sale. I love the look of the card and I feel it blends with the build since it looks like a solid black bar. I wish I could somehow paint the RADEON in white, but whatever.. lol
SSD: The Samsung 850 should be the standard when it comes to picking an OS drive. Solid performance with a modern look. I picked up the 500GB model for $150 and I noticed the price of it keeps jumping around at or above $155, so I got a good deal factoring in the purchase was 9 months ago. The OCZ Vertex and Samsung 1TB were old drives I kept around. The OCZ is an SSD and it holds part of my Steam Library. The 1TB is an HDD from college that has a lot of old files that were shared on a T3 network. Anyone remember 700MB DivX movie files? Haha..
PSU: EVGA is a solid brand and 650W is enough for this build. If I go with the FX-8350 and another RX 480 for crossfire, then I should bump it up another 200W.
CASE: I love ATX Mid-Towers. I was a Cooler Master fan boy years ago but I am more into more modest sized desktops. I have one issue with the NZXT S340 and I am curious if anyone else had this problem. The steel of the back of the case must be bending out at a slight angle. I bought a USB 3.0 card and it would not make contact for the support screws when inserted into the motherboard. I got the card on sale for $13 so I just decided not to use it. Besides that it is a great, simple looking case for $65.
I got the montior for $130 on sale at Newegg. I think it is a great 1080 screen and games/movies look fantastic. The NZXT Hue+ adds a lot of life to the desktop. I bought the G.Skill keyboard on sale and I love it so much that I bring it to work. I can type 85wpm with no errors on it.