This was my original build that I mainly used for light gaming. In late 2015 it only had 8GB RAM running at 1600 MHz on DDR3, a SK Hynix 250 GB SSD for it's boot drive, some random cheap case, a Asus motherboard and I was using the stock cooler on my FX 8350. However, a year later I bought a Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P motherboard, a Seagate Barracuda 2 TB 7200 RPM hard drive to store games and another Sapphire NITRO RX 460 4 GB to run in Crossfire with my original as I was impressed with it's performance in 1080p gaming. I bought a Corsair H55 liquid cooler for my FX 8350 as I was overclocking it to 5 GHz on all 4 of those "8" cores - you know what I'm talking about ;) - and it actually kept it between 70 and 75 degrees under load. I also got another 8 GB stick of HyperX Fury and a lovely NZXT H440 Razer Edition to treat myself (It is actually a pretty Rare Pepe now so I'll use it for my next build because it's just a good quality big f-off case).
Overall I probably shouldn't have spent so much on this platform because overclocking the CPU has definitely shortened it's lifetime as I'm locked to 3.6 GHz and DDR3 RAM is shockingly slow for nowadays's standards. However I do still recommend some of the parts like the SK Hynix 250 GB SSD, NZXT H440 Razer Edition and the Seagate Barracuda 2 TB 7200 RPM HHD as I will be re-using them for my next build and the rest I will selling because they're just so old now and will be nowhere near up to scratch with my next build I am starting soon.
Even though she's a boomer now, she's still my bae.
Not all of the prices are on here because of the age of some of the components so this is sort of just a list of the parts I did have by the end of 2017
Worked well after first experience with it and managed to overclock to 5 GHz stable but would not recommend anymore because it is outdated and turns out to have 4 actual cores instead of 8.
Fan-tastic (amazing joke) for any 4-6 core CPU and bang for the buck is still great to this day but kind of drab with looks.
Never had any problems with this board and didn't really care about VRM temps because I wasn't breaking any records with overclocking or anything but expansion-wise it's good although it could have done with some more USB 3.0 ports that's all.
As slow as DDR3 is, Kingston RAM has never caused problems and always worked flawlessly.
Pretty solid SSD for what I payed for it (The prices on here aren't what I originally payed) but the read/write times aren't exactly like a Samsung 860 Evo or anything.
I can't see why you'd buy a different hard drive than a Seagate one because this has been the most reliable thing about my build unfortunately and it performs just as well to this day.
Great card back in the day and held up well until the 1050s and 1060s got cheap and basically wiped it's value out and although it makes absolutely no sense to buy for gaming now I had a lot of fun playing games on 1080p with it I even bought another for a Crossfire setup.
I really love this case and I definitely recommend getting if you can get your hands on one because it looks great with the under glow and green Razer logos on it and it has loads of hard drive bays and room for two 360mm radiators!
Never had any problems with this EVGA PSU but those cables are not the best to look at so I would recomend going for a modular PSU if you can.