So this started as a budget build around 600-700 bucks, I have been gaming on a refurbished ASUS laptop for 4 years and served me well. Of course I was extremely limited on what I could play. So consoles were my only other option, also note I have not built a PC since 2004. A lot has changed; my original pc was a Pentium 3 HT. So there was a slight learning curve for this entire process. As to why it took so long to getting back around to pc gaming? Life in general has been an obstacle course and my living arrangements were always in question so I never could really commit to a pc setup. In since a desk is bulky and hard to move. Finally after a decade literally lol my money is finally substantial enough to enjoy something I love.
AMD 8350 chosen basically due to consoles utilizing amd, so longevity of the processor. Secondly the price lastly I wanted to OC!
Cryorig R1 - chosen due to is ability to out perform the Noctua and almost all closed loops water coolers. I really wanted the Corsair H100i but the case I bought it could not fit. I then looked to the H80i but the performance numbers were not great enough to warrant my money. Cryorig is very high quality and sexy. and quiet! Also I grabbed the Cryorig on a Newegg flash sale so got it at a great price!
ASUS M5A99X pro R2.0 - I was very sure from the start that my motherboard would be ASUS due to my laptop lasting so long (Still operating). I believe in the brand. However reading reviews made me start to worry about ASUS, though I took the leap and could not be more happy the features are extensive and the bios is very easy to navigate.
Hyper X Fury 1866 - Another Newegg flash sale great price and it was blue which was my theme, good performance.
Crucial SSD- This is a refurb 500g ssd another flash sale, snatched off slick deals 100 bucks, so far so good.
Gigabyte GTX 970 - Originally when I started researching and ordering my parts piece by piece my GPU was a GTX 750ti, affordable and decent performance. But as 2014 came to an end I realized I had saved quite a bit so I splurged on the 970 and of course I wanted the biggest card! Who wouldn't when you have the space also the windforce design is exceptional and performs amazing. I was able to Over Clock this card a little past a reference GTX 980! However warning to all and if you know a way around this I will gladly appreciate your feedback. I used EVGA percision to OC my card but it interferes with windows 8.1 and causes issues with low requirement games such as DOTA2 or CiV 5. My monitor was blacking out for a second then coming back, but the game was not running. Id have to reload the game. With Precision X off I have not experience this issue. In addition for note I was able to run heaven benchmark maxed out while OC'ed and 3d Mark and completed both with great scores so my OC is fine but the software does not like windows at least from what I have read. Currently running at default setting till a patch is made or a work around.
Corsair Carbide 300R - Great case but a regret I wish I would have researched this part more, it was my first purchase and wish I would have went with a full tower just for more options for fans and cooling options. But its getting the job done, its just tough to manage cables in a mid tower especially when you have not built a pc in a long time, things were tight in reference to space. My Windowed panel closes literally with 2-3 mm clearance between it and the cryorig.
EVGA 1000W G2 - Overkill yes but I got it on guess what another flash sale saved about 70 bucks. So I figured why not performance is great only gripe is the connection cables for the gpu are red I debated about buying a cable set that was blue but passed figured I was OCDing. Great PSU so far.
Windows - let me tell you I was not aware that windows is for one computer, back in my day it was good for 3! So I had to buy another copy err.
Netgear wireless adapter - last minute pick up at best buy totally forgot in my build had to buy the day of great performance Im able to stream and play multiplayer games no issues.
Ben Q Monitor - I was caught up in the 60hz vs the 144hz I ended up going with the cheaper 60hz mainly because I dont think I will constantly be upgrading there for I dont think I will always be for 60 frames so why bother plus with g-sync I figured I might as well wait and let the mointor arena shake out. Ive been gaming on a **** laptop screen for years I think id manage. and I was right amazing monitor I love it! looks phenomenal and has a moba mode for dota and had Fear from EG on the box i mean I had to support one of my fav players.
Coolmaster combo set- great Mouse and Keyboard beautiful lights for late night gaming, perhaps I will get to a mechanical one day but I am overly impressed.
Astro - already had them from halo 3 great quality.
Thank you all for any feedback or comments I appreciate the community, and heavily inspired my design with all of you sharing your setups. In closing glad I got exactly what I wanted. The desk the Chair the carpet mat, all budgeted for when planning this build. The additionally blue lighting is from my entertainment center in the living room added it to the desk for the ultimate nerd cave look! Began purchasing parts in November 2014 completed in March. Made my parts list in 2013 and continued to change on a weekly basis for a year lol.
Also to note though I don't have pictures of it, I changed my intake fans from 2x Rosewell to 2x Corsair SP 140mm Blue LED. My top exhaust fan is a Prolimatech Ultra Sleek Vortex 12 and the rear exhaust is a standard corsair 120mm that came with the case.
I have not been able to OC this chip much with stable results other then that its been great runs everything great.
Amazing temps and noise volume have been very impressive, really cant imagine going to a AIO set up with temps like these.
Fully Loaded with Features EZ bios glad I trusted ASUS yet again.
Meh not really impressed a lot of the time the clock isnt stable at least from the test I ran wouldnt recommend.
A refurb so far so good had one issue with boot sequence and the drive not being recognized besides that mishap its been good. To fix I pretty much had to open my case re plug a few times restarting and playing in the bios boot sequence.
Amazing was able to OC to a Reference GTX 980, had some issues at first but realized it was my EVGA OC software causing issues.
Personally not enough room not the cases fault though, love the filter space in front so my intake can really breath and airflow is great highly recommend for a mid tower build.