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Bought and built around the 2014 holiday shopping season, my goal was to crate a solid multipurpose machine under $850. When I had started to compile the build in the early summer, the total was looking closer to $980 and the R9 285 hadn't even been released yet. I'm glad that I was patient and sought out components one at a time as they came on sale.

I was looking to max out older FPS/RTS games and play newer AAA titles High/Medium on a 900p monitor. I'll also be using the rig for basic AV capture & editing as well as light 3d modeling and rendering. I will probably upgrade GPU and/or Crossfire it in the future. I was stuck gaming on a slowly dying Gigabyte p2532n laptop, but now I can actually run my games fast enough to use vsync and antialiasing. So far the system has performed admirably and is a massive leap from my old desktop: a 3.4ghz Pentium D, 2.75gb ddr2, 1gb 8400gs. Those were dark days indeed.

Processor: Speedy threaded performance. Does everything I ask it to.

CPU Cooler: Works well. I might get some hate for the orientation I chose, but cools well regardless. I know I will have to remove to add more ram in future.

Motherboard: Revision 4 board. No noise from onboard audio. More usb ports than I can fill. Firewire is a nice addition for use with my old external drive.

RAM: It works and has low profile heatsinks.

Storage: Not the newest, fastest, or largest SSD but boot times are incredible compared to what i'm used to. So far had no problems with the mechanical drives.

Video Card: Aggressively lowers clocks when warm, manually setting fan speed to 45% stabilizes framerates. The small fans are loud at high rpm, but I can't hear the card with head phones on.

Case: Antec GX700 is not the quietest case, the steel is very thin and all of the noise is directed up through the grill on the top. Annoying punch-out expansion slot covers, and not a lot of space behind the motherboard. Short front audio cable, couldn't rout behind motherboard. Fan controller only has high/low/off, but included 140mm fans are nice and quiet.

Power Supply: Gold rated. Crossfire ready. Quiet. Cables are very stiff and hard to rout.

Optical Drive: Basically got it for free after a combo deal and discount. Obnoxiously loud, but I rarely use disks anymore.

Wireless Network Adapter: Strong signal +30' feet through walls. No connection issues. I can actually see my neighbors wifi now :p

All prices reflect the final totals paid including shipping/taxes/discounts/promos. I already had a copy of Win 8.1 Pro from when I was lucky enough to have access to Dreamspark through school. I also repurposed an old 250GB drive, mouse, trackball, 19" 900p monitor, and Altec Lansing stereo.

EDIT: It's been a couple years, and my rig has gone through a couple changes, but is still going strong. Parts list now reflects current setup.

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Comments

  • 64 months ago
  • 5 points

prepare for the intel fanboys! Great build though +1

  • 64 months ago
  • 4 points

Well done. But you should probably update your monitor haha.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

I had my nice monitor on my desk and I didn't feel like unplugging it so I lugged that behemoth out of a closet while i was installing windows.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

THAT MONITER IS SOOOOOOOO 2054 I WANT ONE WHERE DID U GET IT

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

that vintage monitor tho. great build the rosewell psu might need to be changed soon or later (form some experience with that same psu)

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

How long did you have the psu before it started to act up?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

around 8 months it kept powering it self down and i replaced it with a evga 750

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Excellent build

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Incredible build for the money. Excellent price for the 8350, surely the best buy in its price range.

Question for you though... Why did you mount the EVO sideways? And which way is it pulling air from?

To me it looks like you might be sucking hot air from the GPU into the heatsink and then out the top. I am sure this isn't helping your CPU temps if this is the case. Although, I can be mistaken, since I only have a couple of pictures to go off of.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

This was the first time I had installed an EVO and I was going off of a tutorial someone had produced to install it. I look around and couldn't find any results showing that this orientation increased the temperature by more than a few degrees anyway and with a 120mm fan on back and 2 140mm fans on top there definitely seems to be enough airflow to keep it cool enough even under load.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the answer. Interesting to see your results, although that is sort of what I expected...

I wasn't expecting the CPU to catch on fire, just figured you could run a few degrees cooler if oriented different. As long as everything runs good for you, game on bro!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Your going to need 2x HDMI 2.0 and 2xDP 1.2a cables to run that UHD monitor. I still don't know if there will be enough bandwidth. Lol j/k nice build on the cheap.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, similar to what i built, but the stupid mobo was doa. Thumbs up!

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