So I've been feeling the need to upgrade for some time now since I was running a single core 64-bit AMD processor, and a GeForce 210 both of which God only know where my friend got them from (He used to work at an independent computer repair store and would steal from them like crazy.) I would have to shut down almost everything to watch most videos with decent bit rates.
I pretty much only use the computer to fuel my media-lust, I have a 500Gig HDD that bursting full of movies and tv shows. But since I was considering getting a new console I figured screw that just make this rig next-gen ready.
I went with AMD because I've always used AMD ever since I built my first pc back when Call of Duty was the underdog of the WWII shooters. I figured the eight-cores would either unbalance my system or force me to build over my budget which I never set (probably should have, lol) but I was shooting to keep it under a G.
I was questioning if I really needed the SSD or not but figured I would be kicking myself down the road if I didn't start with one (Im really bad with partitioning and probably wouldn't have been able to migrate to one I'd be able to afford.)
I dont think I really need to go into why I got the 212 EVO, do I?
I love the case I got too. It looks better than the ones three to four times the price in my opinion and the cable management wasn't bad, especially if you saw the rats nest of cables in my old pc. I really only had one cable that was too short to route behind the board but I doubt that with impact the air flow to the point of harm.
The DVD writer I bought was cheap for a good reason, it is so freaking loud. easily three times the noise of the rest of the components put together.
I tried to get a nice balance of price/performance and I think I did quite well, but if you feel I could have done better let me know where I went wrong. I know I could have saved some money on a cheaper mobo but I interested to learning to play around with some overclocking so I wanted to get something with at least a 8+2 power phase (based on what I read at toms.) Im kinda upset that I spent 30 bucks extra on the graphics card for two day shipping for it to ship from 6 hours away and not the other side of the country like I thought it was going to but since it came with BF4 I still dont think it was too bad a deal.