Description

Picking parts would be one of the most challenging things a new pc builder needs to overcome. Before completing this build, I had spent days and nights of researching on this site, product comparison, reading discussions, posting forum topics, asking some friends' opinion, and a lot of youtube video from Linus, Paul, Dmitri, Jayz and other content creator from youtube that makes product reviews and guides. These guys gave me so much information on how-to, what-not, to-do and etc. The essential informations I acquired was mostly from them and because of that I am very much thankful of.

I choose these parts:

AMD FX 8320E -because of its price and performance. 90$ for 8 cores, why not. Having 8 cores for me is more than enough for most of the games I'll be playing. The positive reviews on this products just made me go for it. Plus the overclocking capability of this cpu is huge under a water cooler.

GIGABYTE 990FXA‑UD3 R5 -because it supports overclocking. Quality and performance on a low cost is just a winner for my pocket. It would also support 2 way SLI in case i do that in the future. I also considered its aesthetics for a clean overall look on my system. Im just a sucker for those large heatsinks.

KINGSTON HYPERFURY 8GB-1600 -8 Gigs of ram is more than enough for most games and multitasking purposes. Its black so it will fit on my system's overall look.

NVIDIA GTX 980 -I called it leap of death, as soon as i saw the price of this thing that was on sale! So i just jumped in and said screw everything coz I'm buying it now! For 275$ on sale plus tax on a GTX 980? Who would not do the same thing? Or maybe its just me. The price to performance for me was just insane.

ZALMAN Z9-NEO WHITE -a very slick case. A big window for viewing the whole system, it comes with 5 FANS! 5! 2 of which where blue LEDs. Very spacious interior. Good cable management at the back and rubber grommets for only 68$! What more could you ask for.

THERMALTAKE 650W -reliable power supply. Its very quite. More than enough power for my entire system. It comes with black and flat cables which are good for a clean build.

WESTERN DIGITAL BLUE 1TB -enough storage space for most of my files. I got it for 45$ sale so I just went with it. The black series should have been my option for gaming but the price was not very appealing.

CORSAIR H100i V2 -I haven't put it through its test by the time of making this blog/review. But the water cooler is a must for me in my future overclocking. It looks good and reviews of this product is more than any other products out there.

LG 25UM58-P -pretty small on height compared to most IPS monitor. But the ultrawide panel looks georgeous.

The purpose of this PC is mainly gaming. With this part list, i can say that it is more than enough to experience high quality of games and multimedia. Making this system was exciting. The first ever pc that I've build from the parts that I picked and from the money that I've earned.

This whole pc build idea started for almost a year ago, but the ever changing types of job that I've been in and out is constant. My personal tip is just gonna be on how you budget that hard earned cash and spend it on the parts that you think is absolutely essential to your build. Saving money on some parts that you think would be enough for its purpose and spending it on a different component that is gonna give you more edge or futureproof your pc. I may sound like that I dont make sense, maybe i do. But its up to you.

Last part of the photo shows how I assembled the system with my girlfriend, how I worked on installing some components, like cpu and ram on the motherboard and replacing case fans with the H100i. Always read manual specially when you are a first time builder like I am, and use magnetic screw driver; it will save you time.

All of this parts were bought on MICROCENTER except for the GTX 980 that i separately bought in BESTBUY. Check your local stores for sales!


Recent update: Installed Windows 10 Included photo of benchmark results Heaven: high settings - 94.9 fps avg Cinebench: 497

Part Reviews

CPU

Its fast and cheap! Sweet deal on microcenter. I got it because of its positive reviews plus the price it came with. Great for overclocking!! It may get a bit hot, so a water cooler is essential for overclocking.

CPU Cooler

Bought it for future overclocking. I know it would keep my cpu adequately cool. I had a bit of struggle coz im a noob and it was my first build, but i eventually figured the whole thing while still being a noob.

Motherboard

After watching a video of jay on youtube using this mobo on his wife's pc, I was attached instantly. Its positive review and overall quality says it all. A very solid performing motherboard. BIOS is user friendly and easy to setup. My build had a been a success and looking neat because of this.

Memory

Great RAM for a clean build. Looks neat on a black motherboard.

Storage

Cheapest 1TB drive I can lay my hands on. Suitable for daily use of multimedia and file storage.

Video Card

Went in to buy and never looked back. The amazing deal i had on this graphic card was insane. 275$ plus tax. Card would give you satisfying results on most games. It runs hot tho because of the reference blower. I still give it 5stars coz i love my build and this beast is in it.

Case

Case comes with 5 fans! 2 of which are blue LED's. Optical drive bays are removable. 240mm radiators can be mounted either on top or in front of the case. Case also comes with rubber grommets and power supply shroud which helps improve cleanliness of your system. Also has a window panel to easily showcase your components.

Power Supply

Flat cables would just save you the looks! Easily to manage on the back and very presentable on the front. Great for budget build coz it comes with all the basic outputs you'll ever need.

Wireless Network Adapter

Plug n play! Got it, pulled out from the box, plugged in, and works!

Monitor

At first glance it looks low on height. But looks can be deceiving! Its a great IPS Monitor. Crystal clear image. Perfect for 1st person shooting and racing games.

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 13 points

Your username and the name of this build are beyond me

+1

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks for the vote mate! your name is also unique. for real!

  • 40 months ago
  • 5 points

Science studio is a good watch too

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

that guy too! i watch his video where he bought some parts in Georgia, same store i went

  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

Technically the AMD cpus only have half of their advertised cores. It's complicated, but their architecture makes the cores weaker so a 3.5GHZ quad core Intel CPU > 4.7GHz octa core AMD cpu. It's sad XD. Look it up if you don't belive me. Not trying to be mean or anything, but you made a good call to liquid cool that 8320E XD

  • 40 months ago
  • 5 points

Thank you sir for the insight. But My cpu choice was more of what my pocket can afford than what is best offered out there. XD. The whole system's cost was my entire pay for the month. Im literary broke right now. Lmao. But thanks to all you guys/gals, for all the comments, messages and votes, i felt my build is so much deserving already. I realy appreciate everyone!

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah your build does look pretty good XD I hope you get more money

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

In ancient times, when integer cores and floating point units could be on separate chips, the integer chip WAS the CPU. That's where AMD got that from. That's not the only factor in the difference in overall CPU efficiency between AMD's FX chips and Intel (things like lower IPC and a 32nm process come into play here) but it's usually cited as the biggest one. However, IMO being able to run each thread on its own core in hardware makes for more stable multitasking at a lower price point (gaming and streaming to Twitch at the same time, for example). You don't always have to watercool an FX to get decent overclocks though; I run an 8320 @ 4.3Ghz on a Hyper 212 air cooler. (I decided not to go farther than that until I get a better power supply.)

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Clean build, good cable management! +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

i tried. >_< . the wires on the back are a bit sketchy. I still have to redo all of them

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

I think I would've done 390x over 980 just for the VRAM, but a good build. +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

U sir have lots of build +1 to all!!! Salute

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Neat, tidy, clean, and also bonus to my tastes. +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

glad u liked it! +1back to u

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

girlfriend be like: AMD? ugh, that is so five years ago...

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  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Very good prices you got!!!

Have you overclock the 8320e?

BTW +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Almost all parts on microcenter are on sale sir!...overclocked? Sadly, not yet. I finished building it just this morning,3am and i have work today. It took me 4hours to build it. And my girl is already complaining about it. T_T. I just tested it to see if it POST, then hid all the box, then slept.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh.. Well enjoy your fine build!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Will do!

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice budget build, but I would highly recommend a cheap 120gb SSD to put your OS and a few of your most used programs because it will let you do everything so much faster for not much more money.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I will keep that on note sir, thank you.

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

The name is LIES! I can clearly see a woman in your pictures! Albeit she does seem to go away after a while... Hmm, we'll file this one under "Unconfirmed" for how much it repels girlfriends.

Anyway this is a fantastic first build, I think you're going to be pretty happy with the results. :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

U crack me up sir. >_< . I'll update the effeciency of this pc name if that ever happen.. Thank you

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah... but did you repel her, or did she leave to build her own system? One that's better than yours? ;)

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 solely on the name before I even look at pics and specs.

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 For the name that just made my day

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Envious of you guys in the states the prices you pay don't seem to match up with the uk at all, GTX 980 is $300 and £300 how does that work

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Everything comes cheaper to America, due to free trade deals. It will benefit us for awhile, until China gains the entirety of market monopoly.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

i dont really know about economics mate. but thats just how it is. Prices on UK amazon is not that bad either, I just checked now.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build by the way makes me want to build my new PC

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Funniest build name ever, nice build!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice build! I found this thread because I'm looking at the same case and cooler to house my Asus Z170-A mobo with either the i5 -6600K or the i7 - 6700K (depending on my budget) and the rest is yet to be determined. I'm building mostly for CAD and design work but a little gaming too.

I'm curious how those fans that come with the Z9 case are holding up? are they noisy? And with the H100v2, did you have to remove the fans that came pre-installed in top of the case? How do you like its cooling capability? I was looking at the Kraken X61 but pcpartpicker says its not compatible with the Z9 case. And I really like the case for the price.

Thank for any input and nice job on your build!

+1

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The case is pretty neat and looks awesomely simple that's why I picked it. I hear the graphic card's fan more than the case's so its a plus for me. Airflow inside the case is pretty sufficient. I placed 3 fans upfront but the placement of the 3rd is pretty sketchy(lolz) u can improvise on that one or just stick on 2 intake fans.

I took the pre-installed fans on top and used the cpu cooler fan that came with the h100 and used a "Pull" configuration for easy cleaning.

For the cpu cooler, i havent pushed mine to its full potential yet coz i havent overclocked my cpu. But as for performance, it keeps my cpu cool.

I hope this message will help you in your future build. Cheers!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the input! Cheers!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Once again buying an i5 will give a better price to performance than anything from AMD you're just hindering the GPU by paring it with a AMD CPU. Also that PSU is anything but reliable

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Noice build. I somewhat question the cpu's abilities due to the fact of old tech inside an all the power going into it, but that's just me.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 tho

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you done any gaming on it yet? I have the same CPU and want to upgrade my 750 ti GPU to a 1060

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

As of nw, I've only played No man's sky and thats about it. Sorry i know its irelevant but thats the only game i currently have. But my benchmark on Heaven is quiet high on Ultra Settings. In my own opinion, getting a 1060 is fine as getting a 980. That is if you are not planning on upgrading it or you wont be doing SLI in the future. They pretty much run the same speed, maybe. Thats only me. I hope I helped a bit.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Get the 1060 3gb and it'll be night and day from a 750ti :) Only $200 too!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the Ultrawide monitor for gaming (as in a variety of games)? I see you only had one game at the time, but how about now, four months later?

I've set my 2K monitor to 2560x1080 and found support to be lacking in games like Planetside 2 and ARMA II (older games), but excellent in Don't Starve, and okay in Source games like CS:GO... How does that hold up to a monitor natively running 2560x1080?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Woah! So amazing build!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Doesn't the fx 8350 bottleneck the gtx 980??

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

no sir

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Older build - but I am curious about the effect it has on an existing girlfriend?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Any knowledge if a H110i would fit in this case? I have one laying around for my old 8350 build. This site doesn't say there are any conflicts, but I wanted to make sure before buying.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/KVcrKZ I don't have the second graphics card, but I was going to add one in if I ever stumbled across one used somewhere.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

glad u liked it! +1back to ur build

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