This is my 2nd gaming build. I wanted to upgrade my previous build by quite a big margin, whilst keeping it at a similar price. Here's a breakdown:
CPU - Had to be AMD to get the best value for money. Didn't get the 8350 as an overclocked 8320 matches it - though I won't be doing this until I need to get a bit of a boost.
Motherboard - Great reviews for this board, and also looks quite nice as well. The various different ports are in great positions for cable management purposes.
Memory - I used XMS3 in my previous build and they worked great.
Storage - I had an SSD which I transferred from my previous build - 250Gb is plenty for me though I might RAID 0 a couple in the future. You can still purchase a 1TB+ HDD and keep this build under £600.
Video Card - This was great value at £160. It was an open box item, but hadn't been used by the previous customer.
Case - I love minimalistic cases and the 200R looks great. Also has decent cable management.
PSU - Though not the best PSU in the world, the CX range are great for people like me who aren't going to be maxing out their PC.
Optical - Cheap, works, cool.
OS - Windows 8 is being used more often where I work, and I'm in ICT Services, so I should probably learn how to use it before users start harassing me with their problems!
Peripherals were already taken care of, and I recommend each one - Sidewinder X4 keyboard, Roccat Lua mouse, Gamecom 780 7.1 headset and a 23" Acer monitor.
This build went very smoothly. I learnt from mistakes I made in the first build, and got this done in about an hour. Since my SSD was already setup, it didn't take long to start using it.
|CPU||AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core||£103.99||(Purchased)|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing||£23.00||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+||£67.98||(Purchased)|
|Memory||Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||£44.98||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" SSD||£0.00||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB||£160.00||(Purchased)|
|Case||Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower||£47.98||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||Corsair 500W ATX12V||£41.80||(Purchased)|
|Optical Drive||Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer||£15.58||(Purchased)|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)||£43.30||(Purchased)|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.5GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||20.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||900MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||1250MHz|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||36.0° C|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||-|