This is a partial rebuild of an earlier system (Armor), which was built using a Thermaltake Armor case with dual FX-51s running on a Socket 940 motherboard (which was really 2 ASUS commercial motherboards soldered into 1 oversized server/workstation board). Fond memories - was the first setup I had that required the use of a 1 kw PSU and could double as a space heater for the winter (Anyone remember AGP slots?). At the time it gleefully ripped Intel rigs apart and singlehandedly doubled my power bill. Rebuilt that in 2010 (Armor II) after a PCI slot failed and upgraded to an AM2+ running a Phenom II X4. That setup kept up for the most part with GPU upgrades until this year, when I was forced to consider retirement. The debate was settled by my cat, who summarily dumped a glass of water through the top vent of the case, shorting virtually all components, save the PSU and a small USB 3.0 card I managed to salvage. After rearranging my room architecture, and summarily exiling the cat to Abu Daubi, I pulled out an old laptop and started poking my head back up into the world of PC building for the first time in years.
Built this new system as an homage to the workhorse that just kept going. Kept the name even though I switched brands this time to a Coolermaster MasterCase Pro 5, which I picked due to its compatibility with a variety of closed-loop liquid CPU coolers (went with the Corsair H80i), which surprised me considerably when I was researching - the last time I was building, liquid cooling was firmly on the extreme end of home-brewed extravagance and engineering, and needed considerable maintenance. System as a whole is AMD-based, which isn't the top-end at the moment, but I guess I have a weakness for nostalgia. Used the AMD 990FX Asus Crosshair V paired with a FX-8370. Stable overclock achieved at 4.8 Ghz with 1.464 volts. Also did a moderate overclock of the GPU (Radeon R9 390X) @ 1225 Mhz Core / 1600 Mhz Memory without manipulating voltage. End result is a very capable system that is benchmarking competitively with some of the i7 chips and averages around 70 FPS in most games I've tried at max details. Comments welcome, feel free to lambast my AMD build in the current Intel age, cable management, ect.
In my particular build, was able to overclock to 4.8 Ghz at 1.464 volts and thermal is holding at 34 C idle and 52 C load. I would argue it's a better deal then going with the FX-9590.
Cooling performance is very good, I think it mostly matches the bigger 240mm closed-loop coolers for a smaller footprint. One of the fans was DOA, but Corsair kept up their end and shipped a replacement quickly.
Excellent motherboard for the AM3+ design, which probably isn't long for this world with the Zen architecture on the horizon. Personally, I think it's the best for overclocking available, wonderful BIOS.
Very good value for the money. My particular batch of 4 sticks purchased as 2 combo kits is perfectly stable at DDR3-2133 with 11-13-13-35 timings. No voltage manipulation needed, on stock 1.5 volts.
One of the fastest SSDs available outside of the M.2 form factor, it's a pretty good deal if you keep the capacity reasonable. For my purposes, I just keep the boot partition on there, so 256 GB is more then enough.
Reasonably fast large storage for a reasonable cost, what more can you want?
Very fast card, though the price seems a bit high given that it's essentially the same architecture as the R9 290X. That said, they improved the silicon and it overclocks much more readily. Was able to push mine to 1150 Mhz core clock / 1600 memory without needing to adjust voltage. With the OC, my benchmarking is essentially matching the stock Geforce GTX 980 for about half the cost.
I'm a particularly big fan of this case. Structurally it's very well built, all parts interior and exterior have a matte black finish, everything fits together as it should. I picked this model particularly for the flexibility in mounting AIO coolers and a modern placement of the PSU in the bottom of the tower. Planning to have it around for many years to come with more then one build and it seems solid enough to go the distance.
Very reliable power supply - most reviews I've read make it the equal (or better) of its more expensive brother the AX series, which is roughly twice as expensive.
Probably the best set of headphones I've ever owned, but then again, I'm no audiophile and have gotten by with pretty run-of-the-mill Sony designs before. Most expensive (I got as a gift) was a $200 Bose set, but it was fragile and one of the speaker cup mounts broke inside of a year with just normal wear-and-tear. The VOID looks and feels like it can survive the apocalypse and honestly exceeds the Bose I had by a good margin in sound quality.