I use this for tf2, overwatch, paladins, and streaming and recording. I overclocked the athlon to around 4.3 with the stock cooler, and I've had no problems with that. The mobo supports 2400mhz ram, so I overclocked that to the max as well. The RX 460 performs beautifully at base clock. In my madness to pull the best performance out of it, I messed up the ratio between the gpu clock and the vram clock. I will be working on it and I'll update this with the best ratio when I find it, but this works well for me. When not streaming or recording, I get around 100 fps on overwatch 1080p ultra in borderless windowed(long story), around 135 fps in tf2 on highest settings, and around 180 in paladins. I can't say enough about this combo, it really sings when you know how to use it. The RX 460 comes with a special encoder which makes streaming and recording insanely easy, and this athlon shreds through tasks when overclocked. Also, the biggest thing here is, there's no bottleneck. Although it is stretched, both the cpu and gpu are at 100% when under load, indicating that neither one is holding the other back. Most interestingly, even at just 8gb, the ram was only about 62% under the full load, so it's the best part of my kit by far
I was able to find this just before the price shot up. If you can find it for $75 or less, pounce on it. Otherwise, go for the 880k. For reasons I cannot explain, the 880k is about $15 less than the 860k in the market rn, and it comes with a higher base and boost clock. As much as I love my 860k, I wouldn't have it if it weren't for the market I bought it in.
The BIOs is easy to use, the manual is simple, all the connections are easy to find, it has 4 Sata ports and 2 ram slots. It was great for my first build, and it also fits the AMD apus and supports dual graphics. Good for the price range, but there's probably better stuff out there if you know what you're looking for
Even before I overclocked it was outperforming expectations. Maybe I got lucky, or maybe it was just made for this setup. In any case, 8GB is all you need for esports gaming these days, and actually very few games require more than 8. Also, since it's one stick, it's much more easily upgradeable than if I had 2x4 UPDATE: I added a second 8gb stick about 2 months later
Can't say enough about the RX series and this card in particular. If you're in the market for a gpu, pick up an RX
Cable management is near impossible. Stock intake is weak and no stock exhaust. Standoffs were difficult, HDD bay is nonexistent. But, for the price, this is a terrific case, and if you know what you're doing you can really make it shine. Wouldn't recommend for first time builders, but I actually don't regret picking this case
Pretty good. Not modular, but that's the price range. 80+ efficiency is a nice bonus. Really no problems here, just plenty of good options out there for a psu. Also lost points because the original power cord didn't fit properly, and doesn't quite stay in right without some finagling
I added this guy in over the stock intake fan and I couldn't be more pleased. It looks cooler, it runs quieter, and it provides better performance. All that with an unbeatable price
So a few things. First of all, this guy has a weird whirring thing on startup, and it's still probably the loudest fan in the build. Second, it comes with screws, but the holes for the screws are not grooved, so you really have to force it in there. Third, and this is more my mobo and other build choices than it, but I had to plug it in using a molex adapter directly to my PSU. Other than this stuff, it's performed well as an exhaust fan, a necessary thing in this case since cable management is so difficult and there's no stock exhaust
Powerline adapters are similarly priced to decent wireless adapters, yet provide network speeds almost as fast as ethernet. If direct ethernet is not an option, definitely get yourself a powerline adapter. Only problem I had was with pairing them. I can tell you from reading the Amazon reviews that there's about 150 different ways to pair them, and each set only has one way that works, so here's mine: plug both into one outlet pair and hold down the reset buttons on each until something happens. Good luck!