After playing consoles for over 35 yrs. I decided it was time for a change after watching a friend play Rome II on a 1080p monitor. I researched for a solid 6-7 months and learned a lot about PC hardware and trust me I needed every bit of that knowledge. I was set on a quad core cpu, but I did not want to pay Intel money. I "settled" on the 860K by AMD and I am so happy I did. The CPU gives great performance to price ratio and I could not be happier. The only issue is I did not win the silicone lottery. My chip only gets to 4.4 Ghz and not to mention I need about 1.50v to keep it stable. I decided to use two BIOS profiles of 4.2 and 4.1 and just to keep my voltage down. My temps were always good during stress tests and I never came within 20 degrees of the CPU thermal margin in AMD Overdrive. Anyway on to my build and more pics to come.
Best price to performance CPU on the market. I didn't win the silicone lottery which is a bit disappointing, but I was able to get it up to 4.4 on high voltage (1.5). These chips can take 1.55v, but it is not recommended for everyday use. I settled on 4.2 at 1.45v. No L3 cache is a bummer as well, but for the money I am beyond happy, although I have to leave a star off due to my bad luck with the silicone.
Decent for the price, but to be honest I think a Hyper 212 Evo will perform just as well or better. The stock fan is loud as you know what! I'm upgrading my cooler soon trust that.
Bought this after seeing it listed in the number 3 slot of a "Top 5 thermal compound" list. My cooler is not the best, but my CPU has never gone above 63 degrees during a stress test. That is about 18-19 degrees within the thermal margin of my CPU. No doubt this compound is playing a significant role in that. If you plan on overclocking a CPU ditch any compound packaged with your cooler/CPU and purchase something like this.
This is the pride and joy of my build. I can't tell you how much I love this board. It is super sturdy and well made. The PCB is jet black and the red accents are really nice. Photos do this board no justice. It has great heatsinks and CPU phase power for overclocking and plenty of USB and sata ports. Another plus was that it shipped with a compatible BIOS for my CPU.
Great RAM. By default the BIOS has it running at 1600MHz, but a simple click in the XMP profile will have it running at 2400Mhz with no issues. I've been experimenting with 2133 and 2400 speeds. My motherboard claims to not support 2400MHz clocked RAM although the RAM runs just fine at that speed. At 2133 (fastest speed supported according to Gigabyte) my system seems a bit more stable when stress testing overclocks.
Cheap and fast! 8-10 seconds from shut down to password login in Windows. If you build a PC you MUST buy an SSD.
Cheapest, most reliable HDD on the market. The reviews don't lie. Stay away from Seagate and buy WD.
I bought the 4B model because the free Witcher 3 product key justified the extra cost. Very happy with my choice. The card looks great and comes with a nice back plate. Temps never got above 60 degrees under heavy load. I've only benchmarked one game so far. I avg high 80s in Bioshock Infinite with everything set to Ultra, but that game is not very demanding. Will come back and edit after I get Witcher 3 benchmarks. The promotion is now over for the free game, so if you find a cheap R9 280X it is a better performer, but this card is great also.
Best budget case bar none. There is no debate on this. I am a first time builder and my PC looks like a professional did the job. The majority of the case is steel and at this price point you just won't find another like it. There is a metal bracket inside the PC that hides all of the cables. The PSU cover inside makes your build look even cleaner. A joy to work in with maximum airflow due to drive cages being situated on the back side of the case. Your SSD mounts sit on top of the PSU cover and can be displayed in the window for a nice touch.
Nice, powerful, quiet and semi modular from a top manufacturer. Can't ask for anything more at this price point
Quiet and pretty and man do they push a lot of air.
I used this fan to replace the stock fan of the Cooler Master Seidon 120v. Quiet and good enough airflow to push air out of the radiator as an exhaust.
Good monitor. I was disappointed that I bought the one without the HDMI port, but it was only 119 bucks.
Good product for the price. The mouse is light and flimsy, but it works. I'm upgrading my mouse very soon.
Perfect 8 button layout for my FPS games. I had to ditch the mouse that came with my keyboard combo. This one has DPI settings up to 4000 and a sniper button. High build quality and very responsive. MicroCenter had it on sale for 39.99. 20 bucks off retail.