1st off, this build was originally put together back in late 2014 so prices are a little goofy, especially the ram. Parts were purchased from Microcenter back then because I wasn't paying for it and I wanted to make sure it all worked. In 2014 it had a Corsair cx600m psu, an EVGA GTX 760 2gb and no ssd. The FX 8320 was OC'd to 4.0GHz and is still currently like this because the cooler isn't enough. Later on I wanted more power and ended up getting an Asus Strix R9 390 and the 750 watt EVGA G2. In the end I actually returned the Strix card due to a stuttering issue I couldn't figure out and the fans would ramp up crazy loud. I then bought a Gigabyte GTX 970 for $329.99 with a price match from Newegg. Later on I bought the SSD which I am extremely satisfied with it's performance. Over time I got sick of my NZXT Phantom 240's look. Tempered glass panels were becoming a trend and seeing the Phanteks P400 at such a nice price point with an RGB strip I decided I wanted to upgrade the look. I even saw a nice sale with a kit of braided BitFenix cables so I decided to go for it. Before mining became a thing again, Microcenter was selling open box cards extremely cheap. I downgraded to an EVGA GTX 960 for $80 and sold the GTX 970 to a buddy of mine and helped him install his system in a new case for $170. Couple months later Microcenter had an open box 980 ti and that's what's currently in the system. My plans now are to switch to a new chipset, possibly SLI as I have another 980 ti on hand, and maybe even get another SSD if the price is right.
The FX processor is definitely showing it's age in 2018, games will stutter at certain points and I don't want to hear anything about a bottleneck. At the price I paid for the chip in 2014 with the board combo it was the best deal I've made. I kept telling myself I'd upgrade but it never happened, buying an all new chip, board, cooler, and ram is where the bulk of the build will go and I just can't justify buying those things yet, especially with the current ram prices.
I know I spent a lot of money switching out cards and there's no reason a GTX 980 ti should be paired with an FX chip but it was a crazy deal and it does make a difference from the GTX 970, still find it funny how that was cheaper.
Regrets and mistakes: Hyper 212 doesn't fit in Phantom 240. I goobered on ram. Buying cards new. Buying a small PSU knowing I would eventually upgrade components. Getting Windows Pro. Spending over $100 on fans because they look pretty. Green power light on board.
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