This is a long overdue post, but I finally got some decent pictures of the build. I am actually in the process of selling this build to get a new GPU for my newer build that I'll post here later. I built this PC back in May 2014 and it served me well up until this Christmas when I finished my upgrade. Back in may 2015 I transitioned from the Elite 431 case to the new Noctis 450.
CPU: FX 6300
For the money, this is one of the best budget CPUs. It can handle almost anything I threw at it and overclocked like a champ. Obviously an intel cpu would be a better choice, but if you need more cores than this is a great option. Only time it really struggled was in Arma 2, Dayz, and Arma 3. Here the low IPC really showed, with the 6300 being outclassed by some intel based laptops. When I upgraded to a 4690k, I saw a 10-30fps boost in Dayz and Arma 3. Overall its a good CPU, but don't expect to get the best performance with it in cpu intensive games.
CPU Cooler: 212 Evo
Great cooler for the money, and it shows as it tops the charts just about everywhere as one of the best value coolers. It was able to keep my cpu under 60˚C even at 4.5GHz. The fan it came with is not very good and is loud and makes a very annoying rattling noise. I replaced it with a CM Sickleflow fan for about $5 which is much quieter, although still no where near silent, and moves lots of air through the fins.
Its an O.K. motherboard. You can get better boards for around the same price, but this one still gets the job done. I has able to overclock my CPU to 4.5GHz very easily on it. My big complaint with it is that it is not standard ATX size, which means that none of the screws on the far right side of the board are not able screwed in. I have no clue why it was designed this way but I am not a fan of it.
RAM: G.Skill 8GB 2133mhz
Its ram. Its blue. I looks cool. Hard to really go wrong with ram.
Great, cheap 1TB HDD. Has pretty good speeds for an HDD and was able to store all of my games, music, videos, apps, and more with space to spare.
GPU: r9 270
Bought this off ebay back in 2014 for $129.99, which at the time was a really good price. I have been very suprised by this GPU. It can do BF4 on High preset at ~70fps and and ultra ~55fps. I've hardly ever noticed this card struggling, although the 2GB of VRAM is probably the most limiting factor. This is also a really nice looking card and I was able to get an OK overclock out of it.
Case: Elite 431 Plus Black
This is probably my least favorite part of the whole system. Looks wise it looks alright and it does have a side windows and space for 1 fan in the front, 1 in the bottom, 1 in the back, and 2 in the top, but only the front fan is filtered.There is zero, I mean absolutely zero, space in the back to put any cables, meaning that you just have to cram them under the HDD cage which makes it look like there is a giant spaghetti monster lurking in the case. The side panels are also very thin and flimsy. Also, if you take out a PCI bracket, you cant put it back as you have the twist and rip it out of the case.
PSU: EVGA 500w
Pretty good PSU for the price. its 500w and 80+, but it would probably be a better idea to spend a little more and get the 500B if you are going for 500w. Big complaint though is the rainbow colored cables. Really make any build look ugly and there is really no excuse not to just have black colored cables.
It was cheap and does what it is supposed to do. It is very loud though.
Gives you better sound. There was a noticeable difference between it and the onboard audio for this motherboard. I actually got it for free from a giveaway on /r/pcmasterrace.
Got this to replace the fan on the 212 evo. It is only $5 but it is on the louder side but does move a good amount of air.
Overall this build served me well, but now it is time to upgrade. I am probably going to buy a 280x for my current build and save the rest and wait to see what Polaris will be like.
Great budget cpu that can handle almost anything. Docking 1 star for very poor IPC which really hurts it in cpu intensive tasks.
Amazing cooler. Can tame almost any CPU and costs only $25. Fan isn't the best though.
Ok motherboard. Able to overclock very easily and has a well laid out BIOS. Docking 2 starts because it is not standard ATX size.
Its ram, what more do you need.
Great, cheap 1TB of storage.
Great GPU for the money. Can handle BF4 at high/ultra and never below 50fps. Runs cool and quiet and looks good too.
Not worth it price. If it was about $25 it would be a good case, but at its current price point it is not. Side panels are flimsy, window scratches easily, cant replace PCI brackets, and has no where to cable manage except stuffing the cables under the HDD cage.
Great PSU for $30. 500w and 80+. Only complaint is the rainbow cable which look hideous.
Nice soundcard and is very cheap.
Definitely not a quiet fan but its cheap and has LEDs.