Description

I went for something unique, something I hadn't seen before. So I thought about what I wanted in a gaming computer and went from there. Under $1000 gaming PC build with custom side panel, drive bracket, and back-plate. Sorry the picture's aren't more crisp, camera phone is all I had.

CPU Cooler: It's unique, it's not a big block like most coolers, it's silver which matches the black and silver theme. Works pretty darn good, considerably better over stock cooler.

Storage: AMD SSD for OS and to keep with AMD theme. Fractal case offered a unique method to mount which looks pretty good. 1 TB WD for everything else.

GPU: Absolutely love the 390 and I would argue it's the most bang for the buck at this moment. MSI makes a a handsome card with a great backplate but I wanted something unique. Everyone has black and red builds. I painted it black and fashioned a diamond plate back plate to maintain a black and silver theme. Turned out pretty good; my crumby pictures don't do justice.

Case: I cannot say enough good things about this case. I bought the version without a clear side panel because I knew I was going to build my own. The quality and functionality was perfect for my ideas. When I came up with the idea to side mount 5.25 drive bays this one fit the bill. Cables just disappear behind the case which is a lifesaver because the Aerocool and EVGA 850 G2 are akin to jelly fish with all the wires that come out of them. You can't tell with this case. Cable management is amazing, air flow is amazing, it's simply a good looking, practical and affordable case.

5.25 bay brackets were from a custom pc company. www.mountainmods.com

Clear side panel was custom cut by my brother (thanks Andy). It's simple clear lexan polycarbonate, darn near unbreakable but scratches easy so be careful. He custom routed into the plexi to place magnets which stick to the case. Finished the edges with carbon fiber vinyl to hide the magnets.

Power supply: Everyone knows about this supply and that few can match the quality. Got an 850w for future upgrades like crossfire. It was hard to hide the wires since it's fully modular. I covered wires in black plastic split loom for easier air dusting. Had extra carbon fiber vinyl so I covered the supply, no explanation other than that.

Fractal Fans are great quality, though I wish I had went with their HP and High flow versions. Had to stick to budget though.

Aerocool Touch: Not many builds with this, but when I saw it I knew it would be perfect for my side drive bay idea. Since I have a hot, air cooled, AMD build I figured a temp monitor would be pretty handy. It is, and it looks good. Seems accurate compared to what system monitor is showing. Being able to change fan speeds and monitor temps with the press of a button is fantastic.

Part Reviews

CPU

CPU: Lot's of bang for buck, hadn't had any issues with it. All I do is play Fallout, and watch Youtube.

CPU Cooler

CPU Cooler: It's unique, it's not a big block like most coolers, it's silver which matches the black and silver theme. Works pretty darn good, considerably better over stock cooler.

Motherboard

Motherboard: Good board, got it for $50 bucks used, no complaints.

Video Card

GPU: Absolutely love the 390 and I would argue it's the most bang for the buck at this moment. MSI makes a a handsome card with a great backplate but I wanted something unique. Everyone has black and red builds. I painted it black and fashioned a diamond plate back plate to maintain a black and silver theme. Turned out pretty good; my crumby pictures don't do justice.

Case

Case: I cannot say enough good things about this case. I bought the version without a clear side panel because I knew I was going to build my own. The quality and functionality was perfect for my ideas. When I came up with the idea to side mount 5.25 drive bays this one fit the bill. Cables just disappear behind the case which is a lifesaver because the Aerocool and EVGA 850 G2 are akin to jelly fish with all the wires that come out of them. You can't tell with this case. Cable management is amazing, air flow is amazing, it's simply a good looking, practical and affordable case.

Power Supply

Power supply: Everyone knows about this supply and that few can match the quality. Got an 850w for future upgrades like crossfire. It was hard to hide the wires since it's fully modular. I covered wires in black plastic split loom for easier air dusting. Had extra carbon fiber vinyl so I covered the supply, no explanation other than that.

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful side window. And I love how the keyboard and mouse are in front of the PC tower instead of the monitor.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

This is my favourite build of all time, lovely specs that speaks to my AMD heart and beautiful to look at as well. Well done 10/10.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the kind words, I'm glad you enjoy

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build but when did you buy the parts? Because currently AMD has a lawsuit on their hands about their FX 8000 series being only 4 cores.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure about this, but FX8000 series are still on the shelves at local retailers.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, love all of your part choices, love AMD, MSI, and Fractal Design. +1 from me. :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Very impressive custom work on the side panel and 5.25 bays! I like that idea a lot. Nicely done.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for taking the time to comment, much appreciated

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow..squeaky clean and awesome custom parts!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Hell yeah, I would of went with a Zalman if I had not found my CM V10. I like unique stuff!

Nice rig! I'm gonna check out that fan controller of yours now.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Same; went with Zalman because it's different from most coolers, plus it works well with the airflow setup I have in the case. If you have any questions on the fan controller let me know. It's super convenient and the aesthetics are great.