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I know my way around this thing and can tell you that this was one great deal. It's going to be difficult to let go of (upgrading to Skylake i5). I built this in October 2015, and got the GPU/PSU during Black Friday events. Anna was therefore built as the season got a bit chilly.

It's quiet, looks nice, and I display it on my desk ALL THE TIME ~heart eyes~.

Currently running at a stable overclock of 4.3GHz. Though this chip can run 4.6GHz with the current cooler I didn't want to put undue stress on it everyday, as the case doesn't have proper airflow. Cooled by a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo w/ (2) Corsair AF120 White LED Fans.

The Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 Rev. 4.0 -- perfect for this system as it's a modern mobo that is amazing for overclocking with. I haven't had a single issue and it's done it's job extremely well. Set in is 8GB of G.SKILL Ripjaws X 1600MHz 9-9-9-24. Does the job very well, and I don't see any flaws in it.

Running a WD Caviar Blue 1TB. No issues compared to my Barracuda drives in my last (first) setup.

THE GRAPHICS CARD. I was skeptical when going for PowerColor but it was one of the best decision I ever made. Plenty of RAM to run whatever you throw at it. 1080p IS NO ISSUE AT ALL. I run 2 monitors on it (second one is irrelevant though it's 1080p). Most definitely could run a UHD or 4K setup. Powered by a Corsair CX750M just to be safe.

NXZT H230 -- Beautiful case that features hidden disk bays, and can hold up to 6 HDD's or SSD's. Has 2 intakes, and 1 exhaust. The stock fans are currently pulling air in, as a high flow Rosewill 120mm fan is pushing for exhaust. Horribly hot when the R9 390 gets going, and it gets really dusty. The dust filters are hard to clean unless you take apart the front panels.

I'm planning out my i5-6600K setup now. I really love this computer, and though it does the job I'm moving towards an editing based rig that'll need to be semi-portable.

Part Reviews

CPU

Fantastic CPU for the price. Definitely worth saving the few $ over the FX-8350 and buying this one to OC.

CPU Cooler

It does the job, but could use aftermarket fans.

Keeps my CPU cool so I can't complain too much.

Motherboard

Fantastic build quality. Large heatsinks, great RAM slot placement.

Running 2 cards x16 is no issue as the USB/Audio/Front IO connector ports don't get in the way!

Memory

No issues. Performs up to par.

Storage

Better quality than previous HDD's I've owned. Great for storage and surprisingly quick for my editing needs.

Video Card

A-W-E-S-O-M-E. It's the best purchase I've made as far as GPU's go. PowerColor's pricing made me skeptical when picking it up, but I haven't had an issue and it's really quiet (fans don't spin until 60C).

Case

Beautiful case, but even with dust filters it gets dirty easily.. The white paint scratches easily and the cooling is horrible. Great for an entry/family build but not so much for performance.

Power Supply

No issues. Powers my build fine. Another +1 for Corsair.

Operating System

It's Windows... Did you really expect more stars?

Case Fan

Keeps my stuff cool in a single-exhaust case (NZXT H230). Fairly quiet too.. I'm only running one.

Case Fan

Beautiful and bright. +1 for Corsair..... again!

Monitor

Beautiful monitor from ASUS. Couple dead pixels in the following months but I'm not worried as it wasn't horrible on pricing.

Keyboard

Beautiful LED colors and controls... Mouse seemed cheap but it really nice. 4 DPI settings (500, 1000, 2000, 3500).

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for the chocolate syrup boooooi!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

ayeeee lmao gotta have that chocolate malk! :)

  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

Welcome to team Red!

+1

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks good!

There isn't much on that case, glad to see someone who uses it and recommends it!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

It's most definitely confined as far as cooling goes, but it does have a nice look to it!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice computer.

I'm also liking the supra on your wallpaper.

drooling intensifies

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

hehehe one of my many pictures from StanceWars Seattle 2015.

  • 37 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm not big on the whole stance thing but I'm a sucker for anything Japanese.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Stance is one of the most amazing things to come pretty mainstream today. I've been following cars forever but Stance is slowly taking over. Fitment and a good stance is gorgeous to me on almost any car. I would advocate you check it out man go to some local blogs. Stancenation.com / whipschocolate.com just 2 there dive into the pure sex of JDM and Euro cars lowered.

+1 for the PC supra nice my man.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I like lowered cars, but I don't like cars with outrageous camber measures.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice love the color of the case. Also monitor very nice. All around nice build!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much! I have some special things planned for my next one mwuahahaha

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

+6282873638282773838382728288228 just cuz you're cool. :-)

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

And the build is good lol

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

hehehe thank you!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

How well is this set up for gaming and having stuff in the background. Do you stream at all?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I do stream matter of fact and it seems to hold up very well! Given I have a very solid gigabit connection here at school, there's no stream or game lag. I would recommend more RAM though as some games/programs are more intensive than others!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for actually responding. I love amd. But never wanted to try them due to the i7 being a beast haha.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

the 8000 series is a competent chip for recording/streaming

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you recommend any specific and chip? In comparison to 6700 non k at least

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

It is hard to compare Intel to AMD, they both have their strengths and weaknesses. the 6700 is a $300 chip, for about $100 you can get the 8320E and enjoy 8 cores/threads, lower power consumption than most other 8000 series chips and excellent multitasking and gaming performance. but i cannot compare a $300 chip to a $100 chip. you either sacrifice some performance and save $200 or you pay top dollar for top of the line performance. personally i would rather save $200 and put that towards my GPU and monitor.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

If you have the money, Intel is for sure the best way to go. This this is great for a under-700 budget... I spent too much on the GPU imo and could have used Intel the first time around!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Well. I'm trying to make a 1200 budget build with a 1070 and an i7 seems to push me over about 100if I include a 1440 monitor. Lol. I'm only keeping this build around 4 years

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

For sure.. Just keep in mind that 4 years can really change the performance considering the current FX-8XXX series is already 3 years old! I'd take a look and see if Devil's Canyon or Haswell family chips fit in your budget for Intel!

I love AMD but the gaming performance as far as longevity goes is better on Intel.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

hey guys, i dont have much experience with computers so i dont really understand which specs are good but im looking for a cheaper pc similiar to this one under 1k as low as possible that can baseline run a game such as ARK Survival evolved with no issues. any help will be greatly appreciated

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey man, the PCPP community would gladly assist you if you could make a post about this on the forums (go to the bottom of the page and one of the links is the forums, then create a topic in "create a parts list for me" or "parts list opinions wanted"). After all, your comment is about getting help to make your own sub-1k build, but you posted it in the section for comments about someone else's build.

No harm done, but now you know to go the forums for help :)

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

The forums are great and both PCPP and ComputerForum members will gladly assist you!

If you have 1k to spend, definetly check out some Intel Skylake builds... My next one will be a "budget" build with $750-800 and I'm building a i5-6600K & R9 380X build. The GPU will get upgraded down the road once DX12 is integrated fully to something a bit more beefy.

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Good chip, the FX series gets a lot of hate, but i can record, stream and game all at the same time and it doesnt skip a beat, cant beat that for the price.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed! Gonna miss AMD's brute force a bit, but I've never owned an Intel build... Should be interesting to see what Skylake has to offer for me.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Nzxt Hue+ would be great to see on a case like that. 2+ for Corsair and 3+ for you! ;)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I definitely will look into that for my next build!

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

It does haha.. Nikon D3300 to be exact! I really enjoy it, it's a great entry DSLR!

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately no.. It'd be awesome if it did though!