This is my 3rd, personal build within the space of about 3 months. I assume that means I'm mental and should seek help - I will as soon as I've built a couple more. I'll primarily be using this machine for gaming, though nothing too strenuous. I'll probably end up selling this to fund another project, so I'm trying not to get too attached.
CPU - I went with AMD, rather than Intel, to save money. I also had an 8320 OC'ed to 4.0GHz and it worked great, so I decided to just buy the 8350 instead. I'll perhaps OC later, but there's no need at the moment.
Motherboard - A rather cheap board, which also supports 8/8 crossfire (though the R9 280X should handle games well anyway). Doesn't have a USB 3.0 header, which I didn't realise until after I'd bought it.
Memory - I have always used XMS3 RAM, and it always works well for me. I also like the simple design/colour.
Storage - Had this left over from my previous build (the guy I sold it to already had his own sorted out). 250Gb is plenty of storage space for me, so I didn't bother purchasing a HDD as well. It isn't in AHCI mode in the BIOS at the moment, hence the low WEI score. I'll change it later on.
Video Card - Thought I'd try out the new cards to see if they're any good. An ironed-out 7970, which should handle the games I play on maximum settings.
Case - I love the 200r because it looks simple.
PSU - This PSU had a ridiculous amount of spare cables for something with such low wattage. Was quite hard to tuck them into the case - managed it but it's almost bulging back there!
Optical - Cheap and works.
OS - Had this pre-installed on the SSD from the previous build.
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 did, however, have to clear the CMOS in order to get a signal. Could have been worse - thankfully it was a very easy job which took about 5 seconds.
Please let me know what you think, and I'll try to answer all questions.
|CPU||AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core||£137.99||(Purchased)|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing||£26.40||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3||£79.00||(Purchased)|
|Memory||Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||£54.99||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" SSD||£0.00||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB||£229.99||(Purchased)|
|Case||Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower||£45.00||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V||£50.99||(Purchased)|
|Optical Drive||Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer||£12.59||(Purchased)|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit)||£0.00||(Purchased)|
|AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.0GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||30.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|