This build is for a young boy who is walking away from consoles and entering the world of PC gaming. He worked for every penny of this build and at 16 that's pretty impressive. I'm glad he came to me to get a great PC for his gaming needs. I was able to snag a few good deals on parts as well. The main goals of this build were:
CPU: The FX-8320 is a very solid bang for buck CPU in it's price range. No other CPU seemed right for this system. Overclocked to 4.0Ghz it performs similar to a stock FX-8350.
COOLER: A very popular budget cooler. Easily can handle most moderate overclocks without issues. Did a little custom work on the top fin to remove the glaring chrome look in the window.
MOBO: I used this board (rev 3.0) on a build I did this past summer. It looked pretty then, but the rev. 4.0 version is a great improvement! I'm a big fan of Gigabyte and they have never let me down. Felt very confident going with this board again, especially with the improved heatsink design. The all black and gray coloring is really outstanding. Easily my favorite 990FX Gigabyte board.
RAM: This RAM goes on sale quite a bit. The tall heatsinks look cool, but aren't very practical. CAS 8, 1600 RAM for $60 is something I couldn't pass up. The dark gray/black color fit the theme.
STORAGE: Went with the usual Western Digital Blue as a primary drive. The budget didn't make sense for a SSD.
GPU: I'm a big fan of Sapphire as you can see from my previous builds. I've not been let down thus far by the company. With the release of the R9 series I just had to get my hands on one, so I went with the 280X. The all black and gray coloring made the perfect fit for the theme. Found a combo deal with the motherboard as well.
CASE: I hadn't had the pleasure of working with this case until now and I'm sad I waited this long. Define R4 is an amazingly good case. While the cost is higher for a midtower, if you can get this on sale and you like the look. Get it. This case is great for people who want a classy and quiet tower.
PSU: Was looking for a semi-modular or modular design from XFX, Corsair, Seasonic or something similar. At the time of buying parts this was the best deal. Fully modular, enough wattage for OCs, and a Tier 2 unit. The yellow on the unit didn't fit the color scheme, but the window orientation hid that.
Overall it was a success. I did some touching up on the PSU cables with some spray paint. It didn't quite work as great as I wanted, but as long as you don't touch them they look good in the window.
I can update this with a few other furmark or unigine benchmarks if anyone is interested.
Hope you like it!
3D MARK 11: http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7469297
3D MARK: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/1133181